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Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar   

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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 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (92)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (41)
  • Good audio (39)
  • Fun to play (38)
  • Stays in tune (34)
  • Consistent (25)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (43)
  • Jamming (27)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Recording (12)
  • School bands (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (26), Experienced (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quality beyond the price point

I tried this in a store after salespeople, online reviews and acoustic guitar forums were all saying the same thing: if you're starting out on an acoustic, this is the standard to beat...Read complete review

I tried this in a store after salespeople, online reviews and acoustic guitar forums were all saying the same thing: if you're starting out on an acoustic, this is the standard to beat in the "Under $200US" range. The Yamaha FG700S had me hooked from the first chord I strummed in the showroom. It felt right. It sounded right. The build quality is remarkable and not matched by many at this price; only Epiphone's AJ200 comes near this.

As an aside, let me say this: it is a fact that China's economy has surpassed that of the US. The Yamaha factory isn't employing miserable workers who are starving, so what you have is a range of instruments built by people with job satisfaction. At some point, Yamaha Japan might turn to a country with cheaper labor, but at the moment this China guitar is winning.

This has the solid top, which will sound better with age. The string spacing is like a Martin D18, so if finger style is your thing, here's the heads up. The tone - very robust, very pleasing. I may move to using a medium or light pick for strumming, if you're going Pete Townsend on this and strumming hard, you'll get some harshness from the low-end tone. I lucked out on picking up one that had a great factory setup.

Out of the box it's a sit-down guitar as it comes with just the bottom end strap button. Other mods I may make are a graph tech Tusq saddle and bridge pins.
If, like me, you started out on electric guitar and never got into acoustic playing because of the heavier bronze strings and higher action on an acoustic give the FG700S a try. Thanks to this guitar I'm actually excited about developing an unplugged playlist, and having a nice new portable songwriting tool.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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 guitar I ever had

By Slasher

from Singapore

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    Im 33 and been playing since 13. Played and owned quite a lot of guitars. This is the cheapest and the best sounding acoustic guitar Ive ever had. Period.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Tes

    By Russ

    from Toledo,ohio

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      Just started lessons

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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      not bad for the price

      By wildman

      from mo.

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      new strings helped out. construction could be better

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yamaha - a dream come true!

      By Wolf

      from Big Bear City

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Needs minor adjsutment.
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        I'm somewhere between a novice and experienced. I have 21 guitars. This one is a go to at least twice a week. I had the guitar professionally adjusted, and the strings changed over to Martin custom light .11

        What resonates out of this guitar now is pure heaven. I've had this guitar for a while. Nothing was out of adjustment really with this guitar, but I'm in the habit of performing maintenance, in order to keep my instruments in good working order.

        Some of the reviews refer to this guitar as cheap. It's far from reality. The proper nomenclature is a unique and hard to find bargain, for a guitar that plays like it costs 1K or better. The fit and the finish is excellent.

        This guitar will do for anyone, until they become serious enough, to require an orchestra grade guitar.

        You cannot go wrong with a Yamaha.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a better guitar than epiphones ive had

        By kj

        from Mon louis island, AL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • 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:

          this FG 710 i have is better than all of the epiphones ive owned. put a bone saddle and martin ebony bridge pins on it and it came alive!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice for the price

          By Jake

          from Washington state

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Just having fun
          • Practicing

          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          I own 2 FG700s, so far so good. I had them professionally set up. For me guitars are like comfort food to others. I enjoy their company. I am still in the learning stage, and I understand it takes patience and lots of practice to understand playing a guitar. So, hang in there.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice sound

          By Jeanie

          from Austin, TX

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          Great for its price

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Quality beyond the price point

          By Subsonikk

          from Tacoma, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune
          • Will Improve With Time

          Cons

          • Some Harshness In Lows

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          I tried this in a store after salespeople, online reviews and acoustic guitar forums were all saying the same thing: if you're starting out on an acoustic, this is the standard to beat in the "Under $200US" range. The Yamaha FG700S had me hooked from the first chord I strummed in the showroom. It felt right. It sounded right. The build quality is remarkable and not matched by many at this price; only Epiphone's AJ200 comes near this.

          As an aside, let me say this: it is a fact that China's economy has surpassed that of the US. The Yamaha factory isn't employing miserable workers who are starving, so what you have is a range of instruments built by people with job satisfaction. At some point, Yamaha Japan might turn to a country with cheaper labor, but at the moment this China guitar is winning.

          This has the solid top, which will sound better with age. The string spacing is like a Martin D18, so if finger style is your thing, here's the heads up. The tone - very robust, very pleasing. I may move to using a medium or light pick for strumming, if you're going Pete Townsend on this and strumming hard, you'll get some harshness from the low-end tone. I lucked out on picking up one that had a great factory setup.

          Out of the box it's a sit-down guitar as it comes with just the bottom end strap button. Other mods I may make are a graph tech Tusq saddle and bridge pins.
          If, like me, you started out on electric guitar and never got into acoustic playing because of the heavier bronze strings and higher action on an acoustic give the FG700S a try. Thanks to this guitar I'm actually excited about developing an unplugged playlist, and having a nice new portable songwriting tool.

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          5.0

          Great for Anyone

          By InTune

          from Northern Minnesota

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            This guitar is all around great. I have other more expensive guitars and still play this regularly. With a quick saddle and bridge pin upgade to tusq this guitar can hold its own against the best of 'em. Perfect to take camping or out to the fire. I've done it multiple times and the guitar holds up to it all. Whether beginner or experienced, if you are considering this guitar as a first or a back up beater... just buy it.. you won't be disappointed.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

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