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Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar Review

The Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar is designed with the beginning guitarist in mind. Yamaha has crafted this affordable, solid top guitar for the new guitar player who wants the full sound of an acoustic guitar without having to plug it in or pay a lot.
Yamaha FG700S
Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar Features:

  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Nato back, sides, and neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Natural color
  • Satin finish
  • Black/white body binding
  • Diecast chrome tuners
  • Tortoise pickguard

The best way to know if the Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar holds up to the Yamaha standard is to find out what musicians who own this instrument have to say about it. What are the pros and cons of playing this acoustic guitar?

The Pros of the Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar:

  • Most who have this guitar find it fun to play. There are many who enjoy it right out of the box. It is enjoyable enough to play to actually improve as a musician. The action is good. It is easy on the fingers. This guitar makes learning how to play a pleasure. The enclosed strings are light and the action is low. It is such a joy to play it is hard to put it down. The neck feels good. This instrument is not too heavy.
  • This guitar is well put together. It looks better in person than it does in pictures. This guitar is solidly constructed and the finish is durable. Both the interior and exterior are well out together. The wood used to make this instrument is beautiful. It is not an ornate guitar, but it is well equipped. There is an online video which shows the craftsmanship that is put into the making of this guitar in one of Yamaha’s factory. It is hard not to see the high quality of materials, skill and artistry put into constructing this instrument.
  • This guitar has a quality sound. It has a full sound. It has a robust sound. This guitar sounds as good as some that are twice the price of this instrument. People are often curious about this guitar when they hear it. Finding another guitar that sounds as good as this one, in this price range is tough to do.  It has a “deep, smooth sound.”  The quality of the sound for the price has been a pleasant shock. This guitar is “rich and articulate with good volume.”
  • It makes a great jam session guitar. It makes a great beater. Those who are experienced musicians also dig this instrument.
  • A few modifications can take this from a good guitar to a stellar guitar. Changing the strings and the saddle take this guitar to another level. The proper saddle alterations will cause the tones to be more even. The right strings will further refine the sound.
  • The price of this guitar is well worth it. This is a great value. This guitar pretty much cannot go wrong as a gift. This guitar gives more than the price would suggest. Not only is finding another guitar in this price range of this quality unlikely, it may be tough to find a guitar as good as this one at three or four times the price.
  • The Yamaha FG700S holds its tune very well. It stands up to 30 minutes of playing a day with needing tuning only once or twice a week. It almost never needs to be tuned. Daily checking of this intrument with a tuner results in it needed the teensiest bit of tuning, if that and only on one or two of the strings.
  • Some retailers sell this guitar with an accessory kit and hard case.

The Cons of the Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar:

  • This guitar is only suited for beginners and not much farther beyond that.
  • This instrument has to be modified to bring out its full potential. These modifications are really for someone who has had the guitar for a while. Someone who has been a guitarist for a number of years is more likely to benefit from these alterations.
  • The version that is sold with the accessories suffers from the disappointing quality of most of the accessories.

Overall, most people who own the Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar have only positive comments about this instrument. It would seem that Yamaha has once again put its signature quality into a more affordable guitar. Basically, it is a testament that to Yamaha, a beginner does not have to begin with a low quality instrument. The use of the solid top helps this guitar have a more full-bodied sound than a laminated top would. That is why those who are in the know about guitars do expect and are not disappointed in the sound of this solid body guitar versus a laminated guitar. They are rather taken aback at how good this guitar sounds as compared to others in its price range, or even those guitars which are three or four times more costly.

Some have found themselves reluctant to give this guitar up as its intended gift. This Yamaha was built in such a way that beginners have been putting in the necessary playing time to actually increase their skill level. This guitar is about durable, design and no aesthetic frills. Yamaha seems to want to help those who desire to play have a good, cost effective, instrument. There are modifications that can be made, which will further enhance the sound capabilities of this guitar. Even though this has to take place for this instrument’s full range of audio to come forth, that is not really a downside. It means that this guitar has room to carry on with the growing guitarist, outside of its initial design. Really, no one who has owned this guitar seems to have a negative review. The very few who did not realize what a quality instrument this actually is, have rectified their mistake by purchasing this guitar again.

Yamaha FG700S
$199.99 from Amazon
Yamaha FG700S BUNDLE
$259.99 from Amazon

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