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Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar

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A small body acoustic guitar, the FS720S has the same features as the FG720S, including a solid spruce top, chrome hardware, and non-scalloped X-brac...Click To Read More About This Product

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Solid Sitka provides great projection in this small-bodied acoustic.

A small body acoustic guitar, the FS720S has the same features as the FG720S, including a solid spruce top, chrome hardware, and non-scalloped X-bracing. Perfect for anyone who wants a natural sound in a smaller, more comfortable to play guitar.

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FEATURES
  • Top: Solid Sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: Nato (eastern mahogany)
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fingerboard and bridge: Rosewood
  • Tuners: Die-cast chrome
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    YamahaFS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar
     
    4.8

    (based on 21 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (5)
    • Consistent (4)
    • Good audio (4)
    • Good feel (4)
    • Stays in tune (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (3)
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    (17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good for bluegrass, beginner, or travel instrument

    By KenW in Portland, OR

    from Portland, OR

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    Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    Outstanding guitar for the money. If you are not playing bluegrass style, I would probably vote for spending just a few more dollars more to get the FG730S with rosewood, or if economy is of primary importance, consider the FG700S.
    This is impressive as a basic guitar. The Yamaha FG720s comes with Nato laminated back and sides. This is also called Eastern Mahogany. Since the back of the instrument primarily reflects the sound, the use of laminated wood is not necesssarily a bad thing. Hint: Look up Nato tone wood in Wikipedia. I was impressed to find that it is stronger and harder than "regular" mahogany. This is a benefit in the use of nato wood for the guitar neck.
    Mahogany gives a more punchy sound (maple would possibly also be in that catagory, as it gives a very bright sound). If you want a bluegrass instrument, this would be a good choice.It carries through more of the fundamental of the note, rather than the very low and high frequencies.That is why I bought it. The low E is more punchy than on my expensive rosewood instruments. If you want lots of overtones, spend just a few bucks more, and buy the Yamaha FG730S, which has laminated rosewood on the back and sides. In that situation, if you want more punchiness, you could use the D'Andrea brass tone pins (but with new strings, it might sound metallic...)
    Sound/tone quality:
    As a bluegrass instrument, this is pleasing in sound, punchy, and projects well (good volume). When I record, I might use this instrument over my more expensive guitars (as another reviewer also stated), as it will come across with clarity and good note separation. Reverb can then be added to give a great sound in the final album.
    Note: I played a Yamaha FG700s in the store, and to my memory, it sounded like this instrument. That lower model did have a flaw in the pick guard installation (part of it was lifted up at the proximal end), and I suspect that the FG720S has better tuners, but I can't verify that.
    Incidentally, I had purchased this instrument in the 12 string version, and liked it so much I immediately went for this 6 string version.
    Setup quality:
    Unbelievably good for an instrument in this price range. I wouldn't touch the string height... it's perfect at the nut, and seems OK at the 12th fret.
    Manufacturing quality:
    Outstanding. If you really want something to sell you on a Yamaha instrument, go to YouTube, and check out the video of the Yamaha guitar factory. Their procedures and quality blow away the competition for any instrument in this price range. To compare, then go to the Ibanez factory video. You will immediately buy the Yamaha!
    Yamaha does a good job of giving a lot of guitar for the money, and they are very humble when they evaluate their own instruments. Most companies over-sell their product, but Yamaha possibly under-sells theirs. In other words, you are getting a better instrument than they claim.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I like this little fellow

    By Guitar Buying Addict

    from clandestine location

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        I don't know if I just got a good copy of this guitar or not, but if they are all like mine, I recommend them. I bought it used while I was buying an expensive guitar because it rang so loudly. It has such a fast neck that I feel like I am playing a Stratocaster. The action is perfect
        ( easy to play but no buzz)and the body is comfortable. I have been known to put down a Martin to pick this one up. Some of the colors shown here I do not like; mine is the natural.
        I hope if you buy one that it doesn't turn out that my particular copy was one of the few good ones.

        (7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar

        By Albino Blues

        from Sierra Vista, AZ

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        Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        Priced right. Plays very good. Some minor issues mentioned above. But I like it and will keep it. I've been playing over 45 years and was looking for a cheap guitar to throw in my van for travel and playing at the beach. Would I buy another one? Yes.
        Tuners work good. Some problems on low E and G staying in tune. Nut could be better. Bridge good. Finish pretty. Not that great for fingerpicking folk. It's best for strumming with a pick. Nice smaller body.
        Moderate to Above Average in quality. Better than most at this price. B and high E strings not very loud. Not a deep tone, sorta middle to trebly. A lot of string buzz on fretboard requiring truss adjustment. Guitar had not been properly setup. Had to replace the cheap strings. Should have had at least a soft case but came with none. Heavy cheap wood smell. Had to spray it with fragance.
        Good bang for the buck. Better than average. Not a PRO guitar but more appropriate for beginner to intermediate player, or someonr who wants a travel guitar.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Nice Guitar!

        By David

        from Arkansas

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        Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        This is my third Yamaha guitar. Slightly smaller folk body makes for a great finger picking guitar. Balanced tone. Flawless finish. Nice action out of the box. Very easy to play. Only changes have been installing earthwood extra light strings. I've not seen a better guitar anywhere near this price range, period!

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome guitar for the price

        By mR gum

        from Ohio

        Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        I wanted a guitar that I could just leave out of the case, not worry if it picked up a scratch or two, and not have to live in a humidity controlled environment. I saw this online and decided to go to GC to check it out. Appearance - looks WAY better than the photos online. Quality - looks & feels like a guitar that cost 4x as much. Sound - sounds as good as any laminate sided guitar can imo. Overall - can't beat it for the price, period. I also love the concert size body..perfect for sitting around and playing...gives good all around balanced sound. The guitar is plenty loud as well. I couldn't be happier at this price point. Actually, this guitar could probably have cost me twice as much and I would still be very happy.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Value

        By Rick @ Montana Guitar Shop

        from Paradise, MT

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          Being a guitar maker as a profession I can tell you this is an excellent value for a student guitar.

          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Blown away!!

          By Donniewwjd777

          from Waynesboro, VA.

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          Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          This is one awesome guitar, and I've played and owned many. All I can say, is if someone blind folded me and told me it was a Taylor, I would have believed them. Put it this way, It definitely sounds and plays better than a lot of acoustics that cost 5-7 times more than this baby. It kinda makes you sad when you pay some of the prices I've paid for guitars, only to find this little gem for "giveaway" prices...LOOOOOVE IT!!!!D <

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Kinda makes me smile when I look at it...

          By Mr. Grieves

          from Whitefish, MT

          Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          I was at GC in Seattle and I was shopping around for a new acoustic. I played a lot of them but this one really stunned me. It felt like two long lost relatives were reunited when I picked it up. Very bright tone, good craftsmanship, not to mention awesome looks.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just A Great Guitar

          By tmoores95

          from Canada

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          Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          This was my first guitar ever but I wouldn't really call it a beginner guitar. I still play it everyday and love it. I can't find anything reall negative to say about it. It sounds exactly like an ideal acoustic guitar to me. Sounds better than the Martin's and Taylor's for four times the price and is better looking too. Stays in tune, has binding on the fretboard, and has a nice neck. For the price I don't think there is a better acoustic you can buy. I can see myself playing this think for the next 10-20 years

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          no regrets

          By Mandrill

          from Jersey

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              this thing is just sweet. the body is very comfortable, tone is nicely balanced.. beautiful finish plus a solid spruce soundboard. for the money, you're gonna be very impressed.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect fit

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              I bought this recently because I wanted something a little smaller. I am trying to learn and my full dreadnaught just felt too big to set behind. I was fighting to play cords plus my 16 year old daughter was getting interested in guitars again. She had the same issues with the full size guitars. Comfort is the #1 reason for buying this guitar.The neck width is still wide enough for my old hands and my daughter says it is very comfortable for her as well. Last night she yelled from the other room "dad, I played the F cord without it buzzing"; I just smiled. I didn't even buy a case because I will be hanging this on a hook so it is always there calling our names. It has wonderful sound but if you like booming lows get the FG750s instead. This guitar is the one you leave out because you won't want to put it down. This will be the one that turns my family into a musical family. Thanks Yamaha!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Suprising quality for the cost.

              By donnyb

              from Hawaii

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              Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              After reading many positive reviews, I decided to give this model a try. I wanted a small body acoustic to have laying around my living room, something I could just grab & strum or pick whenever I wanted to. I have owned a Martin D28 in the past, but always kept it in the case, so it didn't see much play action. This little Yamaha has a really decent sound for the smaller body. Workmanship/construction is quite good. Plays easy right out of the box. Good action & intonation too. The frets are a bit thin, and the rosewood fretboard isn't much to look at, but for the money, its a very good value.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great at the price!

              By MikeX7

              from Des Moines Iowa

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                If you are looking for a take along beater/beach guitar, or if you have a young person just starting, this is a great guitar. Solid top, decent action with light strings, nice sound, good tuners. I had an inexpensive Yahama acoustic for 20+ years, then got snobby and only played Martins and Gibsons, then recently decided to get something inexpensive to leave lying around (don't do that, buy a case or good gigbag). i've tweaked the bridge and the truss rod, but for the price I doubt you could do better.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very Nice!

                By Robjaws77

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                I recently purchased this guitar as a Christmas gift for my wife who is a beginner. She has small hands and thus a full size dreadnaught probably would not be as easy for her to play. This guitar fit the bill perfectly being slightly smaller, but still with a nice low end.Yamaha acoustic guitars are the best value in acoustic guitars. I already own a Yamaha FG-401 purchased in the mid '90s, which also plays beautifully. Not only are they beautiful instruments, they sound and play great, and also will not break the bank.This was the first time I had a guitar shipped and was a little nervous, but I was happy to find the guitar very well packed with no shipping damage upon arrival. My wife loves it and it looks and sounds great. The action out of the box was pretty good. It could probably stand to be lowered a little and we will be replacing the Yamaha strings (they seem to be mediums) with some light or extra light strings. My final thought is...this guitar looks much more expensive than it is and with a solid spruce top that sounds great it is an absolute steal at this price!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                joy

                By gortex redneck

                from white-as-hell, Oregon

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                Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                My Breedlove Dread is to heavy on the bass. My jazz boxes are so . . . jazzy. My classicals are my bread and butter. I saw this little ax at Apple guitars in Portland. Played it, then played the Loudens and Martins. It ain't a Louden or Martin, but damn, for the money this is the best little ax going. It's got a wider nut and saddle so my tango finger chops got some room to play - nice for finger style. The fit, the playability is a joy. This is the one I keep on picking up and enjoying. This is the one I grab to learn a new song on, find different chord positions on. Man, for the money, this is the well made, righteous guitar. It even had good strings on it. I kept it the way it is, set up just right. Yamaha, way to go. I love it.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice Guitar for the Price

                By AncientOne61

                from Palmer, Massachusetts

                Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                I just recently purchased the awesome Yamaha FS720S Acoustic guitar with the new Burst finish, not shown online yet. I have nothing but nice to say about the way this guitar sounds, plays and looks. I recently put my Ovation away because I was tired of chasing the "bowl style" body around my lap while trying to play. This guitar is worth every penny they are asking for it and I would put it up against any high dollar Acoustic I've played. If you want to enjoy playing and listening without leaving your wallet at the store this is the one to buy. I would highly recommend for beginners and experienced musicians.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                awesome guitar

                By rybred038

                from Potomac, MD

                Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                Man, I bought this guitar about a year ago now and I absolutely love it. honestly, I played a lot of the martins and Taylors and I just didn't like the sound as much. granted the quality on a martin or Taylor will be better, but in my opinion this had a much fuller sound than any others that I played, and the quality is still top notch. this guitar has great bass, middle, and treble sounds, especially when you upgrade the strings (I play martin marquis mediums and they sound incredible). And its great to jam with buddies around a campfire or something, haha. I'm looking at the FG750S right now, and ive played that one as well... so if you've played this and like it, but want just a little bit more, the 750 is super nice too, and still affordable. oh, and not to mention the wood selections by yamaha, awesome, both the 720 and 750 look absolutely amazing, and I've gotten plenty of comments on how great this guitar looks. so bottom line, this guitar has a great sound overall, looks awesome, and has a great feel. And don't be fooled by the price, this guitar is awesome, highly recommended for intermediate to advanced players.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Plays Great! I like it.

                By Sunnyvale Dave

                from Sunnyvale, CA

                Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                I played this guitar at a local shop. I tried it because I was interested in a cheap acoustic that I could travel with and not worry about. I was also interested in a standard size, the long fret board and higher string tension of my dreadnaught is a bit hard on the fingers.This guitar was really a pleasure to play. Easy to play and sounds good for a cheap guitar. I would like to have one but resisting expansion of my collection. I have one electric, one acoustic (dreadnought) and a resonator. Before I bought my acoustic (about $900), I played a lot of guitars in the $200-$350 range. I wasn't really impressed until I played the more expensive one that I bought. If I had played this one I would have bought it.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent guitar to start

                By cineman

                from Chicago

                Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                I had this guitar for three years when I was beginning to learn how to play. I got lot of compliments on how this guitar looks; it does look great but feels even better. I couldn't ask for better beginner's guitar; it always stays on tune and you can play right out of the box. This guitar has OM size body but the depth is about same as dreadnaugh. The bass notes are little weak but overall sound is very balanced; good for travis pickings or playing lead.

                 
                5.0

                great Value

                By TG.

                from Wilmington,Ohio

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Yamaha FS720S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                Good guitar for the price.

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