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Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar Natural

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Yamaha's FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar is a reasonably priced entry-level acoustic guitar featuring one of the most popular tonewoods - solid Sitka spru...Click To Read More About This Product

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Affordable and fun folk guitar for the budding musician.

Yamaha's FG800 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 FG800 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
Body
Body type: Dreadnaught
Cutaway: Non-cutaway
Top wood: Solid Spruce
Back & sides: Nato/okume
Bracing pattern: Scalloped
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Info not available
Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Nato
Scale length: 25"
Number of frets: 20 
Neck finish: Matte
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: No
Brand: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: Not applicable
Tuner: Not applicable
Other
Headstock overlay: Rosewood
Tuning machines: Die-cast Chrome
Bridge: Rosewood
Saddle & nut: Urea
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: None
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: Hex Wrench

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YamahaFG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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    (12)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Stays in tune (15)
  • Good audio (14)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Consistent (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Outstanding!

This guitar is head and shoulders above its pricepoint. I wasn't expecting much, but I wanted a guitar to travel with that I wouldn't have a big investment in. Boy, was I...Read complete review

This guitar is head and shoulders above its pricepoint. I wasn't expecting much, but I wanted a guitar to travel with that I wouldn't have a big investment in. Boy, was I wrong. This Yamaha is just amazing! It has a solid spruce top and laminated Nato/Okume back and sides, and a Nato neck. The fretboard and bridge are rosewood. The frets are level and polished, with no hint of sharp ends. Mine is Sand Burst, and the finish is beautiful. The back of the neck is a matte finish, making it very easy to play. The shape of the neck feels good, with just enough beef to be comfortable. This is not a skinny neck profile. The tuners are inexpensive, but they work as intended and the guitar stays in tune. The saddle and nut are some type of cheap plastic and could benefit from an upgrade, but they work just fine as is. The serial number is crudely printed on the brace just below the end of the fretboard (inside of the soundhole), and there is a cheap square green label glued inside to designate the model and brand. I can't determine how the endpin is installed, it was shipped installed and a look inside with a mirror reveals that there is no hole drilled through the base for the endpin. I can only guess that the pin is glued to the base of the guitar. There are a couple of small indentations in the soundboard, below the finish, but you have to look for them. All in all, the fit and finish is very good. The truss rod adjustment nut hits on the brace if loosened too much. This does not cause a problem, but the access hole does not line up perfectly with the truss rod adjuster. The rod itself turns freely and works properly. I had to do a truss rod adjustment, and everything fell into place with the exception of the intonation being slightly sharp on two strings. This is easily corrected, and the action is right where I like it, although some may want it lower. The sound is amazing, loud and sparkly with a clear, punchy tone. You can't go wrong!

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good!

NIce guitar. Action is a little high but can be fixed.

NIce guitar. Action is a little high but can be fixed.

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(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Outstanding!

By Jimmy J

from Way Up North

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Minor flaws

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues
  • Travel

Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is head and shoulders above its pricepoint. I wasn't expecting much, but I wanted a guitar to travel with that I wouldn't have a big investment in. Boy, was I wrong. This Yamaha is just amazing! It has a solid spruce top and laminated Nato/Okume back and sides, and a Nato neck. The fretboard and bridge are rosewood. The frets are level and polished, with no hint of sharp ends. Mine is Sand Burst, and the finish is beautiful. The back of the neck is a matte finish, making it very easy to play. The shape of the neck feels good, with just enough beef to be comfortable. This is not a skinny neck profile. The tuners are inexpensive, but they work as intended and the guitar stays in tune. The saddle and nut are some type of cheap plastic and could benefit from an upgrade, but they work just fine as is. The serial number is crudely printed on the brace just below the end of the fretboard (inside of the soundhole), and there is a cheap square green label glued inside to designate the model and brand. I can't determine how the endpin is installed, it was shipped installed and a look inside with a mirror reveals that there is no hole drilled through the base for the endpin. I can only guess that the pin is glued to the base of the guitar. There are a couple of small indentations in the soundboard, below the finish, but you have to look for them. All in all, the fit and finish is very good. The truss rod adjustment nut hits on the brace if loosened too much. This does not cause a problem, but the access hole does not line up perfectly with the truss rod adjuster. The rod itself turns freely and works properly. I had to do a truss rod adjustment, and everything fell into place with the exception of the intonation being slightly sharp on two strings. This is easily corrected, and the action is right where I like it, although some may want it lower. The sound is amazing, loud and sparkly with a clear, punchy tone. You can't go wrong!

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the price0000000000000000000000000000000000

By tallman

from Kingston okla.

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I have been learning to play for 4yrs.During that time I have had several guitars in this price range.The reason being I was never happy with the proformance of any of them.This guitar right out of the box,was the best sounding, ease of fretting and best made of all.I will be playing this one for ever.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Couldn't ask for more in a budget guitar

    By Greg C

    from Iowa City

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      I bought this as an inexpensive guitar I could be comfortable traveling with, and keep my more expensive acoustics at home. I couldn't be happier with this guitar. It exceeded my expectations for sound, playability, and build. The action is a little high out of the box, but that will be easy to adjust. The sound is full and rich, much better than any guitar in this price range I've ever heard. The quality is superb. The finish is beautiful and the construction is rock solid. I can't imagine a better beginner guitar or inexpensive second guitar. In fact, it's such a good instrument, I don't know if I can bring myself to travel with it.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely amazing. Easily the nicest affordable acoustic

      By Sal

      from Melbourne

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Nice feeling easy playing neck
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune
      • Very nicely balanced sound
      • Very well built

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought one of these for my son. I have a guitar that costs 7 times the price and it is a very very nice guitar but this Yamaha had me shaking my head in disbelief. If I had played this Yamaha at the time time I had bought my own guitar I would found it very hard to pay 7 times the amount for only a very small difference in sound. I have also had the previous model, the FG700 and the FG800 is better in many ways. It sounds more dynamic and considerably more resonant.

        (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        good!

        By marcus

        from hell

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          NIce guitar. Action is a little high but can be fixed.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My 3rd Yamaha.

          By Enabler

          from Bentonville, AR

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            Bought the FG800 specifically because I'm so pleased with the FG700S I already own. Just an absolutely wonderful all around guitar with good looks and sound rivaling guitars costing up to 4 times more. I will

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            High Quality

            By John

            from San Antonio TX

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Projects very well
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune
            • very vibrant

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              Very simple straight forward without unecessary bling. The only complaint I have is, like almost all imports, and a lot of high end Domestic guitars, is the lack of any set-up. I guess these days guitars come needing a set just like needing to be tuned. The neck was very straight with a perfect relief. Only thing needed was some filing of the bottom of the saddle. I've seen Taylor's and other high end guitars worse. Gibsons seem to be the only ones with a set up pretty close. Some prefer a higher action, so Gibson's are a bit high, but in the balpark. Reason being, you can always remove more from the underside of the saddle, I guess. A few minutes of filing and it was good to go. I like the satin neck finish. feels comfortable and not sticky like a glossy finish. No frills or fancy cosmetics. The woodgrain looks nice. It has a very smooth shiney finish without a thick coat of clear. The craftsmanship is that of a hand crafted high end guitar. Fit and finish is flawless. The woodgrain headstock is tasteful. Much nicer than some black plastic overlay. Small dot fret markers continue the theme of simplicity and a natural look. The sound is surprisingly vibrant with lots of sweet overtones. Projects very well. A lot of sound here. I like the soft mellow tones of mahogany bodied guitars too, but fell in love with the way thesetone jump out and sparkle with long sustains. It's kind of ironic to me that a guitar with such subtl looks that just blends into the backgraound sings out so loud and clear. Yamaha has always had a reputation of making great guitars at an affordableprice. I think theyve outdone themselves with this one. At an entry level price this a great deal. Are these the new poor man's Martin?

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it

              By Mike

              from Western NC

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                Really, really nice guitar. Particularly considering the price. I love it.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing!

                By rpt50

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • action is a tad high out of the box

                Best Uses

                • this is the best "everyday" guitar you can buy

                Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                How can Yamaha do this? How can they build a guitar that sells for peanuts, but sounds and plays as good or better than MUCH more expensive guitars? The FG800 is not going to win any beauty contests as it is almost totally devoid of "bling", but the sound is shockingly good. The guitar plays very well out of the box, and with a quick saddle shave the action is perfect. There is simply nothing to complain about, or nothing that I would want improved. Yamaha has provided us with a guitar you can take anywhere because it sells for a "beater guitar" price, but sounds as good as your high-end performance instrument.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing deal!

                By CharlesJ80

                from Huntsville TX

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                  I've owned the FG800 for almost 2 years and felt it was time to write a review. The first thing I noticed immediately was how great the neck feels. Having owned everything from Ovations to Epiphones, the FG800 stands out not just among my acoustics but it's just as playable as any of the electrics I've owned also. The shape and feel is absolutely spot-on, I can play for 4-5 hours in a sitting and the neck just never wears me down. Most likely, you will need to adjust the action as I took mine down just over a 1/32", which doesn't seem like much but what a difference in playability it did for mine. After switching out the factory strings I was absolutely amazed that this was a guitar I paid under 200 for. Having never owned a Martin or Taylor, I decided that I would take a trip to GC one day and just see how it compared. Obviously, I came away impressed with both, but anything less than 750 from either I would say the FG800 holds its own or is even better in some cases. The sales rep/ guitar guru even had me play a Martin for around 600, that he was confident I would love. I was polite enough to acknowledge that it sounded nice, but I knew there was NO way I would ever switch out my Yamaha.. Even if it was the same price! In fact, my next purchase will be a Yamaha cutaway either the same model or a step above, I haven't decided yet. You won't be disappointed with the FG800, take it from the other reviews everything they said is absolutely true.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best buy for its price and quality

                  By JoyStick

                  from Tulsa, OK

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                    The least expensive acoustic guitar with solid spruce top. As soon as I got my hands on it I replaced the strings with new Elixir Extra Light Nanoweb and now it sounds very close to my other Taylor guitar. You may want to lower the action a little bit but in my case it is very acceptable, Can't complain for a reasonably priced guitar that has this great sound and playability.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Rough neck finish

                    By Cash

                    from Memphis

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • I like the Vintage color top

                    Cons

                    • The neck is rough and scratcy no finish on it

                    Best Uses

                    • Good for all

                    Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                    I like the new yamaha upgraded models the sound is close to much higher priced mocels the craftmanship is very good however you have to try a few to get the right one some sound and feel better than others...the only thing i dont like is i guess they skimped on the neck sanding and did not put any finish...too bad.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good guitar for beginners.

                    By RMW

                    from Abilene, TX

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                      I recently purchased this guitar from our one a only music store. The quality is there, and the sound is very bright due to the strings. My only issue is that the forth tuner [C] is slightly mis-aligned, not a real issue for play-ability. Good guitar for beginners.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best inexpensive Guitar ever

                      By Doc

                      from Nh

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent​ sound regarless of price​
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                        Get one

                         
                        4.0

                        The green label is so ugly .

                        By Josh

                        from Houston , TX

                        Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                        I just one to say about one thing , the green label . The label devalues the FG800 Yamaha guitar .

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        not impressed.

                        By Jon W.

                        from Arkansas

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Rich Sound

                        Cons

                        • Poor Construction
                        • Requires Constant Tuning

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                        I had to do quite a bit of work to get this guitar to play comfortably. When I got it, the strings were too high, the truss rod was not doing anything, and the nut slots for the strings were too high as well. If you were to hand this to a beginner they would give up not long after.

                        The neck is made from very soft wood. I can scrape it away with my thumbnail.

                         
                        5.0

                        An Unbelievable Value

                        By Jon Fields

                        from Allentown, PA

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Loud as a Martin Dreadnought
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune
                        • VERY WELL MADE

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording

                          Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                          I play out a couple times a month on some fairly high end equipment all purchased here from Musicians Friend (the sales, backstage pass, selection, free shipping, etc. are a tough act to match), but on occasion I actually like to look before I buy and this guitar came from their sister brick and mortar operation, Guitar Center. I am turning 60 next month and have been playing since I was 8. It is not often I am just plain blown away by any guitar.

                          At this price point you get a well quarter sawn solid spruce top, first class veneers on the sides and back, no finish flaws, a perfect fret job, a neck set that has the fingerboard extension in perfect alignment, decent 7/64" low E 12th fret action, a Martin saddle compatible bridge (so you can tweak the action with readily available parts), and if you look inside with an inspection mirror, it is just shy of Martin or Taylor perfection. It has forward shifted scalloped bracing of a fairly low profile that is not rounded (similar to early 2000s Taylors). The top is arched a bit more than a Martin or Taylor which might contribute to its slightly brighter tone, but the volume is right there with a HD-28V. All three finish variations were in-stock and I was surprised by how subtle and pretty the sunburst looked and bought that one (it also had a slightly nicer top than the others in stock).

                          I have million miles on United and carried a Baby Taylor or Martin LX all over Europe, Asia and the US. Today with early boarding being a purchasable upgrade, and the US DOT requiring airlines to let you board with a guitar, you can travel with a dreadnought. I prefer the Taylor DR/GA gig bag which is tight fitting and only a few inches longer (no wider or thicker) than the more protective GS Mini hard bag. Now I've got a guitar that is loud enough to jam and entertain with me everywhere. But, you have to gate check on commuter planes and it's nice to have a first class guitar that is not too precious to gate check.

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Tune it down a whole step!

                          By Chris

                          from Boston, MA

                          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 FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                            Tune this thing down a while step. It sounds good tuned standard in E, but it sounds freaking amazing tuned down a whole step. So resonant and gorgeous.

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