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Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar  Natural 

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With 12 strings to drive it, the solid Sitka spruce top sings loud and clear atop the nato body. It also has die-cast tuners, a rosewood bridge and f...Read More

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With 12 strings to drive it, the solid Sitka spruce top sings loud and clear atop the nato body. It also has die-cast tuners, a rosewood bridge and fingerboard, tortoise pickguard, and white/black body and neck binding. Case sold separately.

Sweet 12-string jangle at a price you can handle.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Nato back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge
  • White/black body and neck binding
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Case sold separately

Order today and get that ringing 12-string sound you've always wanted.

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YamahaFG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Stays in tune (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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This guitar is a steal

If I was to be really picky, perhaps they could have had some stain on the Nato back and sides, which are natural in color. At least you can see exactly what the...Read complete review

If I was to be really picky, perhaps they could have had some stain on the Nato back and sides, which are natural in color. At least you can see exactly what the wood looks like. To me, it looks just like the mahogany used by Taylor and others.
I really recommend the Yamaha FG320 12 string guitar to anyone looking for a 12 string.
For features, this guitar has a beautiful finish, and the neck is very comfortable to put your hand around. A word of caution is that Yamaha is "famous" for using narrow necks on its guitars. This neck would be hard to play if it was any narrower. If you are a man with big hands, you might have to go to something else. If you are a woman with small hands, you'll think you are in heaven.
The sound quality is what I look for first and foremost. I ordered this without being able to play it. The other instrument in the store were too much money, or too cheap. I took the risk of ordering it online without ever hearing one. Wow. I was immediately impressed. Then I thought that maybe I should have ordered the rosewood Yamaha 12 instead, thinking it would be even more fantastic. That probably is the case, but I went to another music store, where I could try this instrument out against a Martin 12-28, a Taylor with sapele back and sides, and a Guild GAD-30-12 with solid maple back and sides ( a full jumbo instrument). What blows me away is that this humble Yamaha sounded better than all these high-dollar instruments! True, I have new strings on mine, and the others have older strings on them... but it really made an impression on me.
I looked into the use of Nato wood for the back and sides. At first I was put off with it, but learned from the internet that Nato is actually stronger than regular mahogany. Hence, the neck made of Nato is a wonderful thing.
String height: good at the nut, where lower cost instruments are usually too high; just a tad high at the 12th fret, but I can adjust with the tension rod and it should come right to perfection.
This instrument is so good that I am seriously thinking of buying the same thing, in a six string configuration. I have some expensive six string rosewood guitars, but the Yamaha FX300 I played in the store actually sounded more like what I always wanted! Now I put up for sale my collector's item Tacoma JR55, because Yamaha does it better for a lot less!
This instrument is such a good deal, I should be getting prison time for stealing, for buying it as such a low price. I'm joking, but the quality of the instrument versus the low cost is staggering.

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Just OK

I bought this after reading all the reviews. I had a Yamaha twelve with a laminate top many years ago. I thought this would sound better with a solid top, but it doesn't. ...Read complete review

I bought this after reading all the reviews. I had a Yamaha twelve with a laminate top many years ago. I thought this would sound better with a solid top, but it doesn't. This twelver has a nice sound, but that's about it. It lacks richness, depth, and bottom end. I will send it back and keep looking.

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5.0

You can't go wrong with a Yamaha!!

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

      I'm experienced enough to know mid quality at a fabulous price. The action is way too high and the neck needs tension adjustment, oiling, plus the sanding of the brass frets and an immediate string change. I played the guitar for less than five minutes and the D string broke.

      Once set up and with proper strings, this guitar will sound great. I have the six string folk model and when it was properly set up, it changed its' voice to that of a higher quality guitar. I expect the same of this one. Yamaha knows how to engineer sound really well.

      Many people don't like the sound of a twelve string guitar, this is my second one. My other one is acoustic electric. Buy this guitar, you won't regret it. I own 23 guitars now, so I do have a little bit of understanding.

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      5.0

      The majority was right.

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      from Mercer PA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

        I agree with all of the previous positive comments, and will add that after adjusting the truss rod, nut height & action, as well as filing the fret ends, this guitar plays & sounds great. I bought it as a compliment to my Yamaha FS700S, and they do make a great pair. I'm a happy customer.

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        4.0

        Beauty

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        from Traverse City, MI

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

          Yamaha acoustic guitars have always offered the best bang-for-the-buck and this one is true to that. I hope they never let up on their commitment to quality. A great 12 string. The only negative I can say is that the neck is a bit too narrow for my fingers. But in all other aspects this is my favorite purchase in the last 20 years. Buy one! And put DR Sunbeam strings on it, you will not be disappointed!

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          sight unsees

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          from Raleigh, NC

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

            So I bought this guitar sight unsees, I have played alot 12 strings under the 1k range, Martin and Taylor and Fender, so I took a leap of faith knowing I did buy a Yamaha 6 string for my 14 year old daughter thats sounds pretty good. I own a Martin D-28, Taylor 810ce, and Fender 88 Strat. After recieving the guitar and tuning it the strings its sounded very thin and trebly, replaced with Martins same issue and going out of tune. Finally ordered some John Pearse strings, the staple on all my acoustics and WOW what a delightfull sound. I havent picked up my Martin in a week so far cant stop playing this. 320.00!!! Really this is a steal, buy one now!! anyone complaining about this guitar has no idea what they are talking about. Thinking about puting some fishmans in it next to get it wired up. Its all about the Strings people it makes or breaks everything.

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            (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pretty good out of the box!,,

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            from Roving Minstrel

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

              Now, I've owned several higher-end instruments including two Deering banjoes, a Gibson J-200 6-string, a Phil Leadbetter Dobro, etc., but always wanted a 12-string to fool around with and not feel afraid to take it to the beach, campfire sing-alongs, etc. So, I'm pretty happy with this instrument -- now made in China -- as it played right out of the box. The action is mildly high compared to the J-200, which I soon intend to remedy. But I've needed to tune only twice with an electronic tuner in the nearly two weeks I've owned it and feel that the nyatoh (a mahogany-like wood that grows in China and Korea) body adds deep growly lows to an instrument that already provides a good bit of natural jangle and sonority at a reasonable price -- especially after an extra 15% holiday discount!!! Lots of fun for between 1/10 and 1/8 of what I paid for each of my 'better' instruments. By the way, I do not recommend ANY 12-string for a FIRST guitar and probably would not recommend a higher priced one to anyone other than specialists and/or professional performing musicians and recording artists. Stylistically speaking, it's kind of a narrow genre or niche and, IMO, newbies have enough to think about without having to negotiate the additional challenges involved in buying, playing, replacing, and tuning an additional six strings...

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice guitar

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              from Lillydale, West Virginia

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

                  This is really good. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars because the inotation needs some work, the strings could be lower and the saddle needs to be pulled back however you do that but I bet some guitar tech can do it. I currently have 9-46 strings on it and the Top E, A, D and G strings on the bass side are still sharp. Get this fixed and it will be a 5 star guitar. I've been sanding down the bridge to lower the strings which I should probably let a professional do. But anyway for the good this guitar is LOUD! I like that. Loud and clear. To me it sounds really really good. Buy it then go have somebody work on it and it will be amazing.

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                  5.0

                  Great 12 string

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                  from W. TN.

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

                      I was looking at Martins and Taylors and came across this. Picked it up and bought it on the spot. It rings like a bell. Just keeps vibrating. I sware, If you are talking when you take it out of the case, you can hear it start to reverberate just from your voice. I thought a 12 would be hard on your fingers. Not so, the two strings together makes for a flat platform for your fingers that note well. For the price, just get one. You won't be dissapointed.

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                      5.0

                      great buy on this 12 string

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                      from brevard, nc.

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                      Pros

                      • Action Is Very Good
                      • Consistent
                      • Excellent Finish
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Intonation Is Very Good
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune
                      • Well constructed

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

                        This instrument looks great with no apparent finish flaws,etc. It tuned right up and has required minimal tuning tweaks. The tone is rich with good balance between treble and bass. Overall, this is one sweet 12 string.

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                        5.0

                        Greatest budget 12-string EVER!

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                        Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

                        Nail down this purchase while you can. Get a Bill Me Later account with Pay-Pal if you have to. Or hanker to relatives to buy it and pay them off. Don't be like me and suffer with a R. W. Jameson 12-string for years because you thought $99.95 was all you could risk.

                        This guitar will take you into the realm of the "Plays Like Butter" that you've heard about but doubted exists. IT exists baby with this guitar.
                        It's a no frills 12-string. No cutout.
                        No electronics so you know you're actually paying for all guitar here.
                        If it's a "solid top" then it's certainly a two piece one (bookend).
                        No neck heel strap button, so I'll be venturing into the realm of getting my first headstock tie on strap; as I don't dare to take a chance of cracking the heel on this sweet baby.

                        The nut with is 1' 13/16" at the top and its spacing is supurb and just right for my funky bony fingers, but be warned you Roy Clark guys with Joe Construction paws.

                        The tail block strap button is securely screwed on from the inside of the guitar.

                        The bridge appears to have been varnished, or perhaps it's of a composite material. But anyway it glistens and doesn't seem to be the sort of material that would need to be wiped down with boiled linseed oil for conditioning.

                        The lower bout is 16 1/2" wide and the upper bout 11 1/2". The thickness being 4 1/2" on the lower and 4" on the upper which is thinner than I'd have liked but how can you complain, I mean you're not gonna get a huge beefy acoustic unless you got out $2600+ these days.

                        And the scale is 25".

                        The 25" scale and the rather thin thickness I'm sure goes in hand with the beefy bracing and purfing inside this guitar to make it a rather battleship sturdy sucker. But fear not the bracing has been generiously scalloped and has been milled to a pointy peak rather than just like blunt rails.

                        If you're like me and had only experience with laughable faulty China 12-string guitars that have to have a severely back-bowed neck in order to bring it straight under tension, then this one will make you happy. They for sure have a quality neck on this baby with the right tollerances built into the neck-set and truss rod and neck materials. It's the first 12-string I've had that doesn't get a funky HUGE "relief" curve in the neck from the 5th fret to the nut no matter hoe I mess with the truss rod.
                        I find nothing wrong with this guitar.

                        I bought it for $250 + $38.95 postage on e-Bay from a guy that had bought it from a failing and mothballed music store bankrupt sale. He and I agree that it was surely "setup" by a tech at that store, but for all we know it really comes out of the China box this good.

                        When the dude bought it it was in DGCFAD ( one whole note flat tuning) and I've left it that way until I can find the exact right truss rod wrench for giving it a bump if it needs it when I go to EADGBE tuning. By the way the truss rod nut is at the base of the neck inside the sound hole.

                        As I said this guitar had been in a music store as a courtsey demo and then in the hands of the guy I bought it from and was always tuned 1 note flat. But even at that it had only a 3/32" "belly" which might actually just be the built in natural belly of the guitar.
                        That "belly" remained after I removed the strings, and I'm certain that there is no forward canting of the bridge. and both those measurements shall remained locked in, because I've installed the JLD bridge system.
                        My only minor complaint would be that the China factory had failed to remove the inner bridge backer splinters after they drilled the string pin holes.
                        A can't go wrong venture.

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                        5.0

                        This guitar is a steal

                        Comments about Yamaha FG720S 12-String Acoustic Guitar:

                        If I was to be really picky, perhaps they could have had some stain on the Nato back and sides, which are natural in color. At least you can see exactly what the wood looks like. To me, it looks just like the mahogany used by Taylor and others.
                        I really recommend the Yamaha FG320 12 string guitar to anyone looking for a 12 string.
                        For features, this guitar has a beautiful finish, and the neck is very comfortable to put your hand around. A word of caution is that Yamaha is "famous" for using narrow necks on its guitars. This neck would be hard to play if it was any narrower. If you are a man with big hands, you might have to go to something else. If you are a woman with small hands, you'll think you are in heaven.
                        The sound quality is what I look for first and foremost. I ordered this without being able to play it. The other instrument in the store were too much money, or too cheap. I took the risk of ordering it online without ever hearing one. Wow. I was immediately impressed. Then I thought that maybe I should have ordered the rosewood Yamaha 12 instead, thinking it would be even more fantastic. That probably is the case, but I went to another music store, where I could try this instrument out against a Martin 12-28, a Taylor with sapele back and sides, and a Guild GAD-30-12 with solid maple back and sides ( a full jumbo instrument). What blows me away is that this humble Yamaha sounded better than all these high-dollar instruments! True, I have new strings on mine, and the others have older strings on them... but it really made an impression on me.
                        I looked into the use of Nato wood for the back and sides. At first I was put off with it, but learned from the internet that Nato is actually stronger than regular mahogany. Hence, the neck made of Nato is a wonderful thing.
                        String height: good at the nut, where lower cost instruments are usually too high; just a tad high at the 12th fret, but I can adjust with the tension rod and it should come right to perfection.
                        This instrument is so good that I am seriously thinking of buying the same thing, in a six string configuration. I have some expensive six string rosewood guitars, but the Yamaha FX300 I played in the store actually sounded more like what I always wanted! Now I put up for sale my collector's item Tacoma JR55, because Yamaha does it better for a lot less!
                        This instrument is such a good deal, I should be getting prison time for stealing, for buying it as such a low price. I'm joking, but the quality of the instrument versus the low cost is staggering.

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