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Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar  Natural 

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The Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar has the ultimate combo for projection and pure tone. The expertly braced spruce top speaks clearly atop t...Read More

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A solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides produce the perfect sonic mix.

The Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar has the ultimate combo for projection and pure tone. The expertly braced spruce top speaks clearly atop the rosewood body. It has a rosewood fingerboard, rosewood bridge, die-cast tuners, body and neck binding, and a tortoise pickguard. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge
  • White/black body and neck binding
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Case sold separately
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YamahaFG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 121 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (103)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good audio (22)
  • Good feel (22)
  • Stays in tune (19)
  • Consistent (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Jamming (16)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Recording (6)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ridiculous Value

Wow. I'd tried a couple samples of this model several years ago and was impressed. I recently ordered one for myself as a busking/small venue gig instrument I wouldn't have to worry about...Read complete review

Wow. I'd tried a couple samples of this model several years ago and was impressed. I recently ordered one for myself as a busking/small venue gig instrument I wouldn't have to worry about losing... And this guitar is even more impressive than I'd remembered. I am completely in love with it.

I have owned many, many acoustic guitars over the years made by Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Larrivee, etc. While I have been happy with all of them, in terms of pure bang for buck I have never been more thrilled with a guitar than I am with this FG730S. It is a beautiful guitar (I bought it in natural finish), the fit and finish are flawless, the tuning machines are smooth and hold tuning very well (the guitar has kept *almost* perfectly in tune from day to day despite some really awful heat and humidity), it is a joy to play and the tone is terrific. It is bright and clear with decent bass presence and absolutely no harshness or tinny quality whatsoever. I find it very difficult to put this guitar down once I've picked it up because I am so awestruck by how great it sounds and how much fun it is to play despite its unbelievably low cost.

I would unequivocally recommend this model to players of any level, ranging from beginners to very experienced players who want a darn good guitar to play out without being terrified of theft or damage.

The only knock I must give this guitar is that the setup out of the box was truly atrocious. It was virtually unplayable as there was a massive amount of relief in the neck, and the heights of both the nut and saddle were kind of absurd. However, the guitar is extremely well constructed and it did not take a lot of work to adjust the playability to the point where it is now very comfortable and a ton of fun to play. There was plenty of saddle to work with, a truss wrench was included with the guitar and the nut had to come down only a tiny bit. For players not experienced with performing their own setup work, I very strongly recommend taking this guitar to a good tech for a setup as soon as possible.

This one is a definite keeper, and I hope to have it for the rest of my life. Love it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very Disappointing

I did a ton of research online on "the best acoustic mid priced guitars" and the Yamaha FG 730s was number one or near the top of every list. Yamahas have...Read complete review

I did a ton of research online on "the best acoustic mid priced guitars" and the Yamaha FG 730s was number one or near the top of every list. Yamahas have long had a great reputation for quality so I dove in and purchased a tobacco sunburst model last summer. I could not have been more disappointed. The finish on the guitar was sloppy and unappealing. There were different colored pieces of bone throughout the neck which made the guitar (out of the box) look old or like it had been pieced together by scraps. The neck had a significant bow in the middle and the action was a bit high. The guitar volume was very weak (for a dreadnought) and the sound was flat and uninspiring. I heard no distinct highs, lows, or mid range sounds, just a muddy mix. In spite of the high action and bow, the neck was smooth to play and the guitar did stay in tune. I also owned a Martin OM-1 (about five hundred more than the FG 730s) at the time and I recorded both for comparison purposes. Honestly, there was no comparison. The Martin, although a much smaller size, had more volume and a wonderfully rich, distinct tone. The Yamaha just sounded weak and flat. In my opinion, the guitar looks and plays like an entry level guitar. I sold mine within two months of making the purchase.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value

By Tvone

from Mesa Az

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

    After first week or two one should change to better strings ,I set it up withMartin strings .010-.047.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Budget quality

    By Bradley

    from California

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

      First of all it's a beautiful instrument. I chose the natural finish, and the spruce top is clean and white. And the rosewood sides and back are a deep and dark red. When I received the guitar, the neck was perfectly straight, but the action was kind of high. I didn't want to risk damage, so I had my local shop lower the action. This is eminently playable with no reservations. But expect the action to be high when you get it.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice guitar!

      By taggmike

      from Monroe, N.Y.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • More Bass

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

      Nice playing and sounding guitar. Plays like butter. Great for strumming and very nice looking.

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      (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Very Disappointing

      By Will Carson

      from Shenandoah Valley

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

      I did a ton of research online on "the best acoustic mid priced guitars" and the Yamaha FG 730s was number one or near the top of every list. Yamahas have long had a great reputation for quality so I dove in and purchased a tobacco sunburst model last summer. I could not have been more disappointed. The finish on the guitar was sloppy and unappealing. There were different colored pieces of bone throughout the neck which made the guitar (out of the box) look old or like it had been pieced together by scraps. The neck had a significant bow in the middle and the action was a bit high. The guitar volume was very weak (for a dreadnought) and the sound was flat and uninspiring. I heard no distinct highs, lows, or mid range sounds, just a muddy mix. In spite of the high action and bow, the neck was smooth to play and the guitar did stay in tune. I also owned a Martin OM-1 (about five hundred more than the FG 730s) at the time and I recorded both for comparison purposes. Honestly, there was no comparison. The Martin, although a much smaller size, had more volume and a wonderfully rich, distinct tone. The Yamaha just sounded weak and flat. In my opinion, the guitar looks and plays like an entry level guitar. I sold mine within two months of making the purchase.

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Christmas guitar for husband!

      By guitarforhub

      from chapel Hill, nc

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Learning

        Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

        Folks at musician's friend were helpful, order was timely, shipped incognito! Thanks!
        best, wife shopping for husband's gift

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great value, great craftsmenship!

        By Guitar28

        from washington, la

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Buy One
        • Great tone

        Cons

        • Nut Height A Liitle High

        Best Uses

        • Great All-around

        Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

        Playing for 20 years, needed a campfire guitar, played this one and it sounds just as good as my Martin, very impressed with quality and for the price you won't be dissapointed. I did file down the nut grooves a bit, and adjusted the neck a tad. I love this guitar!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Service

        By Macker

        from New York, NY.

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

            The guitar was purchased as a gift for my daughter. This model was recommended by a friend. It arrived promptly and was well cushioned for the journey. It is a high-quality instrument with a nice finish to the wood. I think this is a great instrument for someone serious about learning the guitar.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wonderful guitar and incredible value!

            By TC

            from Milwaukee, WI

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

                I gave guitar as gift. Reciepient was thrilled.

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                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A+ value, but needs some work

                By Jay 8188

                from New Jersey

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                Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

                For the cost this is just fine, although to be a truly 5-star job it needs electronics to match the comparable Washburn option. If doing it again I'd go for the Washburn WD10SCE which sounds & plays just as nice with electronics added. Same cost.

                Beyond that, the action on this was fairly high, not uncommon. The bridge needed to be filed down so I just had the nut and bridge replaced with nice bone pieces and it plays great. A good tech did it and it wasn't free.

                The neck feel is just so-so but I took a little sandpaper to get rid of some of the gloss and it has a smoother feel.

                All in all, a very good value and fine option for playing around the house or miking it up for home recording. Just expect a little work and maybe shop a few different models first. It's the #2 option at the price point right now I think.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great guitar

                By Ed W

                from Nashville

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Poor Setup

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Yamaha FG730S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar:

                  The fg730s I received sounds nice and looks nice. At this price point I can't imagine a better guitar. The setup was terrible though. Yamaha specs state the 12th fret string height should be 5/64ths and 7/64ths at the 1st and 6th string respectively. Mine was at 7/64ths and 9/64ths. That translates to very unpleasant to play. I had to sand down the saddle and nut. I don't think one should have to adjust the action on a brand new guitar. That kind of thing has discouraged many a novice from actually learning.

                  I've been impressed by Yamaha quality over the years. Despite the bad action on this guitar, the thing sounds and plays great now. And of course it looks as good as the pictures. So I'm happy yet again.

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