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Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar Natural 

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Yamaha's FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar is a reasonably priced entry-level acoustic guitar featuring one of the most popular tonewoods - solid Sitka spr...Read More

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An incredibly affordable solid-top with impeccable Yamaha quality.

Yamaha's FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar is a reasonably priced entry-level acoustic guitar featuring one of the most popular tonewoods - solid Sitka spruce - for the top. This gives you a nice mellow tone with a slower response, and keeps the guitar nice and lightweight, a combination that is ideal for a beginner trying to find their way around the instrument. The nato back and sides also keeps the guitar lightweight and inexpensive while not sacrifcing tone. Other features of the FG700S include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, black and white body binding, die-cast tuners, and a tortoise pickguard. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select between Natural or Sunburst finishes.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Nato back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Black/white body binding
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Headstock inlay
  • Natural finish
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Case sold separately

Great price point for a solid starter guitar. Order today.

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YamahaFG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 101 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (36)
  • Good audio (33)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Stays in tune (27)
  • Consistent (18)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (36)
    • Jamming (23)
    • Small venues (15)
    • Recording (10)
    • School bands (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (22), Experienced (19)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great First Guitar

    First things first: I've owned this guitar for 3 years, buying it when I didn't know a single chord on guitar. Now that I've been around the block with playing different styles of...Read complete review

    First things first: I've owned this guitar for 3 years, buying it when I didn't know a single chord on guitar. Now that I've been around the block with playing different styles of music and styles of guitar, I feel I can properly review this one. Also, I play 12 instruments and have played in multiple bands of differing styles, so I know sound. I've never written a review for a product before but I feel I might be able to help one or two people in their option to buy this or not.

    If you're looking for a great bang for your buck, this is a great choice. If you're looking for a really great beater guitar, this one is great for that as well. Recording? It has some nice lows and decent mid range - I've recorded with it professionally. I've played hundreds of small gigs / coffeehouses with this mic'd and not and either way it pulls through amazingly, no matter what kind of abuse you give it. I've gone hiking, boating, and mountain climbing with this guitar and it's kept up just as well as I have. Whether you're in the studio or on a trail somewhere, this guitar is a fantastic instrument to have with you.

    Even though I'm upgrading to the Yamaha Ac3R, the FG700s will always be my first guitar, and it's definitely earned its bumps and scratches.

    VS

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    Review after a year of ownership

    I left a comment on this guitar awhile back when it was new. I thought it would be helpful to go back and write another after having spent some time with it. I have...Read complete review

    I left a comment on this guitar awhile back when it was new. I thought it would be helpful to go back and write another after having spent some time with it. I have now owned this guitar for well over a year. It is still my go-to guitar because it is cheap and I don't have to worry about it getting damaged when I take it on the road or out to lessons and such. The general sound is still pretty good.

    I have changed the saddle and bridge pins to Tusq and it has wakened the the guitar up quite a bit. When I want a sharper tone I use Marin SP lights, and when I want a more mellow earthy tone I use John Pearse X-lights.

    There is one thing that has shown up on this guitar that appears to be consistant with this series, which is fret buzz of the 4th string at frets 3 and 4 mostly. My friend has a FG730S and my instructor has an FGX700SC. All have been professionally setup all by different luthiers. Every single one after a little time has the fret buzz on the same string and frets come back. The buzz is very harsh sounding, very tinny and metalic and sounds like it comes from the bridge but is fret related. It also comes in mostly at the tail end of the note.

    You can tweek it all you want and you might get rid of it for awhile, but unless you can live with really high action, it will come back every time.

    I think that it is a production issue where the slots for the 3rd and 4th frets aren't cut as deep as the rest.

    I have remedied mine by shimming the 4th string at the nut, filing frets 1-5 a bit and making neck adjustments regularly. The action is higher than I like it now, but the buzz has gone away. My friend and instructor have used similar fixes for now, but both are considering trading them in toward something else.

    I still think that it is a great guitar for the price if you can get past this minor short-coming or if you like high action. It stays in tune beautifully and you really can't beat the sound, materials, or quality for the price.

    Maybe others are seeing this distinctive buzz as well and would like to elaborate on their experience....

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    5.0

    Best Value in Warmth & Chime, Period!

    By Steve

    from New Jersey

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Chime
    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great With Extra Lights
    • Intonation
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune
    • Warmth

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    Straight to the point the FG700S is indeed the best guitar value in a dread out there...and one of the best dreads out there for vocal accompaniment, especially for the trippy rhythm machine variety, the warmth and chime I seek and find after 40 plus years of guitar playing in the Yamaha FG700S. Played with a Fender thin celluloid or Dunlop standard nylon .60mm on a set of Martin SP PB extra lights (that's right, extra lights), not trying to max out this guitar into some driving bluegrass realm of guitar machismo (though most FG700S dreads have decent headroom), I personally am much more about the textures I get, trippy sexy rhythms that are just plain "together." I have in the past written a favorable review of the FS700S, but really at least for me the FG dread gets me there more easily and somehow always with that sense of better. Had to come back and revise my first review after a try out/set up with extra light strings. Love it even more! An iconic guitar at the entry point but also for the seasoned singer/player on stage or in the studio. Crazy good for the money.

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    5.0

    Playing Everyday For 3 Months

    By Todd the Green

    from Piscataway NJ

    Pros

    • Fun to use
    • Great tone
    • Light Weight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Learn learn learn
      • Soothing

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      Still Love It. Upgraded the Strings and it sounds even better.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Best Value in Warmth & Chime, Period!

      By Steve

      from New Jersey

      Pros

      • chime
      • Durabilty
      • Fit and finish
      • Intonation
      • Playability
      • Warmth

      Cons

      • At This Price Point None

      Best Uses

      • Trippy Rhythm Machine
      • Vocal Accompaniment

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      Straight to the point the FG700S is indeed the best guitar value in a dread out there...and one of the best dreads out there for vocal accompaniment, especially for the trippy rhythm machine variety, which is what I seek and find after 40 plus years of guitar playing in the Yamaha FG700S. Played with a Fender thin celluloid on a set of Martin SP PB lights, not trying to max out this guitar into some driving bluegrass realm of guitar machismo (though most FG700S dreads have decent headroom), I personally am much more about the textures I get, trippy sexy rhythms that are just plain "together." I have in the past written a favorable review of the FS700S, but really at least for me the FG dread gets me there more easily and somehow always with that sense of better. An iconic guitar at the entry point but also for the seasoned singer/player on stage or in the studio. Crazy good for the money.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Value in an Acoustic Solid Top

      By Mike Quinn

      from Rockford, IL.

      Pros

      • Articulate Sound
      • Easy to play
      • Rich Full Sound
      • Well built

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          I was lucky and picked up a used model in MINT condition for half of the retail price. I put on Martin SP PB mediums and put in Taylor ebony bridge pins. This sounds wonderful! What a super guitar at a super price point! The ebony pins help the defined bass and the Martin strings sound great on this model. You can't go wrong with this guitar. I have had Martins (D-15, D-28) and Taylors (214e, 422e) and this sounds "almost" as good!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Nice first guitar

          By Bonzo

          from Helena, MT

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

          • Requires Constant Tuning

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          This is my first guitar.Did alot of research and this model for the money can't be beat. The Sandburst finish is so cool and different than the natural. Has a very rich sound. I was impressed with the fit and finish. The only problem is keeping it in tune, I have the Snark SN-1 tuner which makes it easy, but I do have to tune it every time I play. I would recommend this to anyone. Also Musicians Friend was easy to order, free shipping and delivers on time.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great guitar

          By webfoot

          from conway, s.c.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            while i agree with the reviewers on the sound and quality i do not think this is the best for a beginner. the action is a little too tough on fingers for that. i would recommend the washburn rover for the ease of playing over this one

            Comment on this review

            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great First Guitar

            By Koa

            from Red Bank, NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              First things first: I've owned this guitar for 3 years, buying it when I didn't know a single chord on guitar. Now that I've been around the block with playing different styles of music and styles of guitar, I feel I can properly review this one. Also, I play 12 instruments and have played in multiple bands of differing styles, so I know sound. I've never written a review for a product before but I feel I might be able to help one or two people in their option to buy this or not.

              If you're looking for a great bang for your buck, this is a great choice. If you're looking for a really great beater guitar, this one is great for that as well. Recording? It has some nice lows and decent mid range - I've recorded with it professionally. I've played hundreds of small gigs / coffeehouses with this mic'd and not and either way it pulls through amazingly, no matter what kind of abuse you give it. I've gone hiking, boating, and mountain climbing with this guitar and it's kept up just as well as I have. Whether you're in the studio or on a trail somewhere, this guitar is a fantastic instrument to have with you.

              Even though I'm upgrading to the Yamaha Ac3R, the FG700s will always be my first guitar, and it's definitely earned its bumps and scratches.

              Comment on this review

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's definately a keeper

              By CW

              from Hampton, Va.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Excellent quality
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                Wanted a solid top starter guitar for my granddaughter. Very pleasantly surprised with the craftmanship, sound, how easy it is to play & how it stays in tune. I have an expensive Martin and another Yamaha. Find myself playing the FG700S more than the other two. Great guitar for the price.
                Definately a keeper.

                Comment on this review

                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Review after a year of ownership

                By Jon

                from Columbus

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • School Bands

                  Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                  I left a comment on this guitar awhile back when it was new. I thought it would be helpful to go back and write another after having spent some time with it. I have now owned this guitar for well over a year. It is still my go-to guitar because it is cheap and I don't have to worry about it getting damaged when I take it on the road or out to lessons and such. The general sound is still pretty good.

                  I have changed the saddle and bridge pins to Tusq and it has wakened the the guitar up quite a bit. When I want a sharper tone I use Marin SP lights, and when I want a more mellow earthy tone I use John Pearse X-lights.

                  There is one thing that has shown up on this guitar that appears to be consistant with this series, which is fret buzz of the 4th string at frets 3 and 4 mostly. My friend has a FG730S and my instructor has an FGX700SC. All have been professionally setup all by different luthiers. Every single one after a little time has the fret buzz on the same string and frets come back. The buzz is very harsh sounding, very tinny and metalic and sounds like it comes from the bridge but is fret related. It also comes in mostly at the tail end of the note.

                  You can tweek it all you want and you might get rid of it for awhile, but unless you can live with really high action, it will come back every time.

                  I think that it is a production issue where the slots for the 3rd and 4th frets aren't cut as deep as the rest.

                  I have remedied mine by shimming the 4th string at the nut, filing frets 1-5 a bit and making neck adjustments regularly. The action is higher than I like it now, but the buzz has gone away. My friend and instructor have used similar fixes for now, but both are considering trading them in toward something else.

                  I still think that it is a great guitar for the price if you can get past this minor short-coming or if you like high action. It stays in tune beautifully and you really can't beat the sound, materials, or quality for the price.

                  Maybe others are seeing this distinctive buzz as well and would like to elaborate on their experience....

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I love my Yamaha

                  By Primejll

                  from Corona, CA

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                    Great Guitar! I love my Yamaha! So fun to play and practice with. Rich, full sound and beautiful as well. Couldn't ask for more.

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