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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 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (28)
  • Good audio (25)
  • Fun to play (23)
  • Stays in tune (23)
  • Consistent (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (27)
  • Jamming (23)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Recording (6)
  • School bands (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Novice (13)

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.

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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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality beyond the price point

By Subsonikk

from Tacoma, WA

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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

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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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    4.0

    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.

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    (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

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      (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

        (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.

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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....

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar

            By Werlybrd

            from Long Island

            About Me Novice

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Cheap and Cheerful

                  By Canstacker

                  from Wilds of British Columbia

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Great Build Quality
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                    Like others I looked at reviews before buying one of these for my wife's birthday. It arrived quickly and in perfect shape. Set-up was great out of the box. Great rich sound and sustain. To get a solid top acoustic for under two Benjamins that sounds like this is, well... awesome! Great purchase, would buy 10 more like it!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Decent Guitar at Good Price

                    By Lunk

                    from Colorado Springs, CO

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Construction
                    • Good Feel
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                    • Needs Better Strings
                    • Plastic Nut Bridge Pins

                    Best Uses

                    • Camping Guitar
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues
                    • Student Guitar
                    • Use As Your Beater

                    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                    This guitar has a nice appearance, finish, and sturdy construction. If you want to drop the money to improve the sound it emits, replace the nut, bridge, and pins with bone, and drop in some new higher quality strings. It will improve its tone. This guitar is a good deal though.

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