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Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar

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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)

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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)
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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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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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(10 of 10 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....

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a deal!

    By KenW in Portland, OR

    from Portland, OR

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    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    Again, it is all in the context of the price you are paying, If I had the money, I would buy something like the Yamaha LL16 in the six string version. If you are starting out, this is the model for you. Do replace the saddle with Tusq or bone, and the bridge pins with Tusq.
    I am rating this perfect for features, figuring in the context of the price. For true perfection, it would have a solid mahogany or rosewood back and sides, Engelmann spruce top, and maple binding. Hey, such a guitar would cost a bundle.
    I bought this Yamaha FG700S for a young woman who coulnd't afford a guitar. It sounded "OK," but not outstanding. I knew I didn't want to pay more for something better. Then I replaced the saddle and bridge pins with Tusq, and the strings with D'Addario EXP 80/20 bronze light gauge. I was really blown away. This thing sounds wonderful now.
    The string height was good from the factory.I think I lowere it very slightly when I fitted the new Tusq saddle.
    Made in Hangchou, China... see the Yamaha factory video on YouTube... awesome quality production, all wood dried two years, etc. The finish is flawless. The wood is OK, but there is a small "swirl" in the top wood in the left upper bout. Another FG700S had the same thing. Straight grain in the top is usually preferred. The Yamaha FG720S had straight grain, but with Martin SP phosphor bronze strings and Tusq saddle & pins, didn't sound as good, in my opinion.(This instrument might sound best with the 80/20 broze strings.)
    Hint: I am finding that Yamaha is a top value, but I would buy the very best Yamaha model you can possibly afford. I bought their FG720S-12 12 string guitar, and it was very good, but inferior in sound to their Professional version, the LL16-12.
    Neck Set Angle: OK. All Yamaha guitars I bought are set so the saddle has less clearance above the bridge (2mm clearance for the high E string).
    For what you are getting, this is the best bang for the buck. You really have to check out the videos on YouTube to see why. The other models are made in an inferior Chinese factory (check out Ibanez Guitar Factory...), while this is made in a state of the art factory custom built by Yamaha, with workers trained by Japanese.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Yamaha FG700S

    By Thomas Rubino

    from New York

    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought this for my 14 yr old niece, it's her first real guitar. I am really impressed with it and I own a lot of expensive guitars (12 of them, actually). It looks good. The neck feels great. I adjusted the truss rod slightly before I gave it to her. And the sound...REALLY nice. Rich and Articulate with good volume. If she didn't want it, I'd keep it. I honestly think it sounds as good as many guitars you'd find at 3 or 4 times the price.
    Not Fancy, but a very clean good looking guitar. It has everything you need.
    Looks to be well built for the price, in fact better than I expected. The exterior and interior are very well done.
    Buy it. I think it's a bargain

    (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.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      7 years later

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      7 Years later and it still records better than my Martin D-41. For any kind of Baritone voice or deep piece of music, there is no better guitar to record with. I own 23 guitars and 12 of them are acoustic. This outshines all of them for 1/20th of the price of some of them. And the best part is that as the wood ages, so does the sound. The aged spruce top producers a consistenly round sound. I never get more excited than when I get to slap on a new pair of strings on this puppy and hear that first perfect chord. Save your money, treat your ears.Oh, and it's super easy to play.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice Guitar

      By David

      from undisclosed

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      Great Guitar with robust sound. It chimes the cords and sings the individual notes .
      Better than my Taylor big baby and my Alvarez Artist D60.
      Sounds as good as my Guild DV52 but plays easyer on the fingers.
      Suprisingly Good Sounding, Good tuners, Good Looks and very playable.
      Seems to be put together with excelent craftsmanship. No over glueing and flawless finish.
      I can't think of a better guitar you can get for this low price.
      Everything else is not even close . I have owned every brand out there and most are disapointing by comparison.

      (7 of 7 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!

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quality beyond the price point

        By Subsonikk

        from Tacoma, WA

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        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.

        (7 of 7 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.

          (7 of 7 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.

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Guitar!

            By Evan Clark

            from Athens, OH

            Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            First of all let me say that I have never written a review for anything in my life. I am only writing a review for this because the FG700S is so great. I'm a beginner and didn't know anything about guitars or playing guitars about a year ago. I read reviews for hours while deciding what guitar to buy and wow am I glad I chose this one! This guitar sounds amazing. I've played many others guitars since I got this one and none of them sound even close to as nice as mine. It is also a great guitar to learn on. It's very easy to play with a good action, bar chords are easy to learn and play on it. It stays in tune for so long! I almost never have to tune this thing. I've had this guitar for a year now and haven't had any problems with it yet and don't think I will, it seems very sturdy. Moral of the story is, it's a great guitar for a great price. Buy it, you won't regret it.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nothing else for the money comes close

            By Bluzuner

            from Battle Creek, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fit Finish
            • Good Feel
            • Quality Control
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              Mine came out of the box perfect. Sticker straight, no globs of glue anywhere, strings were even fresh. Mine looks less "bronze" and more "Violin" sunburst. Attractive guitar. Fit and finish were great. Yamaha appears to have that nailed down.

              I think they ship these with the truss rod not engaged (for shipping reasons). I snugged it up, and the action is spot on. No buzzing anywhere, and string position is low. Intonation is correct. I've had some other low range axes (Epi, Ibanez, Fender), and the work on this Yamaha far surpasses anything coming out of those other factories.

              It reacts well to aggressive strumming, but I can fingerpick it lightly and get volume from it. I have a LL6 from Yamaha also, which has a wider nut and string spacing at the saddle. I had thought that fingerpicking would be a problem with the FG700, but it's not.

              I can't figure out why this Yamaha isn't much more expensive. The quality control, playability, and sound is so much better than anything else in this price range.....and it's not even close. This thing should be twice it's price.....so get one before Yamaha wakes up!

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Everyone should have one of these.

              By Bob

              from East Coast

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                Several months ago I bought a Martin DRS-2 to play out and decided I needed a beater for outdoor gigs and such, so as not to bang up the Martin. I grabbed this Yamaha and shortly after fell in love with the sound and feel. I installed an acoustic pickup and bone nut, put Martin bronze strings on it, set the action just where I like it and then... I still needed a beater! I play both out now and when I listen to recordings of live performances I can't decide which I like better. There is a difference in flavor but both are quality sounds. Both also keep their tuning better than any other guitars I've had. I can put down the Yami, play the Martin for a week, and a week later pick up the Yami and it' still in tune even according to a quartz tuner. That's reliable.

                My son-in-law is just now getting his first guitar and I commented to him that if I had found this first I might have been satisfied enough with it that I might not have bought the Martin. I'm glad I did, but I might not have and I'd have been very happy with this. The Martin is nicer but not nearly by as much as you'd think based on the huge difference in price. Only by a smidge.

                I have since bought a cheap Epiphone for beating around. The Yami and Martin share the load as my favorites for playing out and both sound great. The differences are the Martin has solid back and sides and costs four times as much. I think the Yami sounds amazing for a guitar in the laminate back and sides class. Once you have some experience you'll want a high-end guitar, but for beginner, intermediate, or road warrior I am convinced after owning a dozen acoustics over the years, this one is a solid winner and sounds/feels/looks like it should cost 2-3 times more. Better grab one before Yamaha realizes they're selling a professional quality guitar at a beginner price.

                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Bang for the Buck

                Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                I bought this guitar for Christmas for my son to bring up to college, i played everything in this price range and let myself be talked in to trying guitars up to over twice this price and kept coming back to the FG 700S

                My son took it up to college and him and his buddys rave about the guitar thought it cost much more.
                Well he's home for the summer and i started picking on it and I got news for you it might not make it back up with him this fall, I really love this guitar !
                Tone is so even and crisp and clear with a nice warm low end tone,
                Nothing fancy but looks real nice.
                you will not regreat buying it
                I really believe you can spend at least twice as much money and still not get the sound and tone you get from the FG 700S

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Incredible value, Great sound.

                By Robert King

                from MI

                Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                I'm very pleased with the FG700S overall. Great sound, very good quality, durable, stays in tune, beautiful finish/wood. Factory box was well packed inside a larger box, no surprises, no damage. Couldn't ask for better than that.
                The quality of this guitar is very good. The wood is beautiful, construction and finish are solid and durable. I accidently knocked the bottom of an air duster can against the bottom near the strap button pretty good, and I cannot see a mark anywhere.

                It stays in tune very well. I check it with my tuner each day before I practice, and it rarely needs more than just a hair (a small hair at that) on maybe one or two strings. Very impressed.
                I've read other reviews saying that not only will you probably not find a better guitar for the money, you will likely not find one for two or three times the money, and I'd have to agree.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing BUT....

                By Nic

                from Houston, Tx

                About Me Novice

                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:

                  Well I picked up this guitar as my first real guitar. I owned a beginners guitar from Telluride (plywood ****) and I decided I wanted something nicer but didn't want to break the bank. This Yamaha was the score of the century. This guitar has the most amazing sound for its price. In fact, it should be in the 600-1000 price range. That's where it would be eligible to compete and be compared to other guitars in that price range. My friend down the street owns some 2,000$ guitar which I almost am certain it to is a Yamaha/Electric-Acoustic and My guitar is EXTREMELY close to what his is capable of. I was blown away. Now, the bad. I received my guitar with a couple of noticeable scratches, As if the guitar had been played roughly before I got it. I'm not sure what that is all about. I got the warranty on it, but I'm just to far in love with the sound that I do not want to send it back hahah.. Anyways, Thanks Yamaha For the Amazing guitar. This is a must buy for all types!

                  (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  FG700s Modifications

                  By James

                  from Texas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                      Out of the box this guitar sounds great, but with a few modifications it will blow you away. Do yourself a favor and buy a blank bone saddle and carefully sand it to match the current saddle profile, maybe lower the action if needed. Once installed, the tone will be a bit more even with a little less mids and accentuating the highs. Install some Elixir nanoweb light strings for an even greater refinement. Then take a hair dryer and and credit card and slowly remove the pick guard. Again the guitar will get louder and be more responsive. I waited 3 years to remove mine and the wood underneath is a bit lighter. If you are really brave, use a green scotch brite pad on a palm sander to dull/thin down the finish on the front and back of the guitar. Most people will turn away here. No more warranty. No resale. But if your looking for a great guitar for cheap, you all ready know this is as cheap as it gets. Might as well go for great. I've been a musician for 20 years and I can tell you that this guitar sounds every bit as good as my 2006 solid wood Taylor 214e. I do understand there are differences between an OM and Dread sound. My wife who sings beside me and has a great ear will also pick the FG700 in a blind A/B sound test. I installed a Martin Gold Plus pickup in mine and use it as a stage guitar. The dull finish looks great by the way, think epiphone masterbilt look. Nice sheen and more expensive looking. I believe the thick poly finish really dampens the sound of this guitar. This review is not for everyone but I believe you will be as pleased as me with your purchase.

                      (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

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Superb Value

                        By Patric

                        from Napa, CA

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                          Exceptionally well built guitar for the money. Also beautiful. Sound very rich and full. I'm more than pleased and this guitar far exceeded my expectations.

                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great guitar

                          By Werlybrd

                          from Long Island

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                          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                          The price to quality ratio on this guitar is excellent. I initially went with this guitar because I wanted the cheapest acoustic I could find that is an actual musical instrument and not a toy. This is that guitar.

                          Sure it has a plastic nut, saddle and bridge pins. It has laminate back and sides also. That's where the cheap stuff ends. The tuning machines hold their tune excellently. The top is solid spruce, very important in this price range. The frets came nicely dressed, with no sharp ends or high spots to be found. Even the wood grain on the fingerboard, bridge and top seems to be of a higher quality than the price suggests.

                          I gave this 5 stars bearing everything in mind. If I had no clue this was a very affordable instrument, ie cheap, I would give it 3 stars for tone and playability. That isn't fair of course, since that places this guitar up against Martin, Taylor, Gibson etc. This guitar gets five stars because it blends good characteristics with an outstanding price point.

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