Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar

by Guitar Reviewer

  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Cutaway: Non Cutaway
  • Back & Sides: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Body & Neck Binding: Black/White

Product Description
The Yamaha FG700S Acoustic guitar is a great entry level acoustic guitar with deluxe features including a solid Sitka spruce top, die-cast tuners, and a rosewood fingerboard. The heritage of Yamaha guitars begins with the FG line of acoustic guitars. Yamahas legendary value and quality make their instruments some of the most prized on the planet. This is an affordable way to own a high-quality instrument.Yamaha FG700S FeaturesSolid Sitka Spruce TopRosewood BridgeTor… More >>

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Rating: 5.0 (6 reviews)

Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar

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Ma Wei January 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

It’s really a amazing guitar! I love it! The sound, shape, natural color, and price,it’s perfect!
Rating: 5 / 5

K. Tyner January 26, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I’m a beginning guitar player and after looking at dozens of models decided on this guitar–I wasn’t disappointed. This is a really nice guitar for the price. It has a good sound, stays in tune (I check it almost every time I pick it up), and other than some very minor cosmetic wood blemishes in the top, it looks great. If this thing gets better with age it’s going to be a great guitar.
Rating: 5 / 5

keno January 26, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I have had my Yamaha for a couple of years.I just love it.It sounds great,looks great,and is a pleasure to play.I was going to buy a more expensive guitar but was told that this was the absolute best guitar for the price by far.I have to agree.You can pay a lot more but not get a better sound,this is a rock solid value.Its great!
Rating: 5 / 5

S. Quinn January 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I got this guitar about a year ago as a birthday present from my girlfriend. Because ears are so subjective, we went to Guitar Center to try out a whole slew of makes and models. Pretty much anything they had in the sub-$500 range. I tried Martins, Fenders, Epiphones, Gibsons, Taylors, Ovations, Yamahas– you name it, I tried it. Most sounded pretty good, but you could tell they were budget guitars. Just no balance. Some had great deep tone but no treble. Others were very bright but had no bottom end. I was about ready to settle on a $350 Yamaha (which looked BEAUTIFUL) and had a decent balance, but then my girlfriend found this FG700S hiding behind some boxes. I played it and…WOW. Rich lows and bright highs. Needless to say, that’s the one I picked. My fingers hurt at first from playing it so much, but I got used to it pretty quick. I kept the same strings Yamaha had originally put on it for about 6 months before they started to turn dark with corrosion. I don’t know how long the guitar sat in their showroom for, but my guess is about 6 months based on the build date (I got from calling Yamaha). Get one of these brand new and I bet the strings will last you a year. I played and still play my FG700 more than my $500 Epiphone Les Paul, even when practicing. I just like the sound that much.

Then after doing some research in March I had a guitar shop put in a bone saddle (the white part that the strings bend over right before they go into the body) and I couldn’t believe my ears! What was already a great sounding guitar now sounds as good as anything up into the $800 range, easily. All for roughly $270 ($180 guitar + $90 saddle).

To me, this thing is an investment. They say that guitars age kind of like wine. You take good care of it and it will just sound better and better the older it gets. My father’s got an FG110 from the 70’s and it sounds amazing now. I figure that give this thing 20 years and it will sound as good as anything out there.

Pro’s: Great sound especially for $200, nice finish, easy playability, very good factory strings.

Con’s: Action can be a little high if you play a lot at the higher frets (you can have that adjusted), it’s a jumbo acoustic: so for smaller people the body can be a little oversized.

Rating: 5 / 5

S. Murphy January 26, 2010 at 11:02 pm

After many years of thinking about it, I finally decided to actually pick up the guitar so received a hand me down Sigma from the 70’s and started plucking away. After a few months of killing my fingers I figured I would spend a few bucks and get it fixed. In about 30 seconds Billy from B & D Repair (highly recommended if you are in the Phoenix area) said in all reality this was a money pit that would never get anywhere.

After a good discussion of what my playing level was and where I wanted to go with my guitar experience he recommended the Yamaha FG700S as a top level entry instrument.

Immediately after picking the guitar up my playing improved, mainly due to the strings actually being close to the fret board as opposed to a few inches away. I have been playing it pretty solidly every day for the past 4 months and have really enjoyed this guitar.

Sound stays true during light strumming as well as through hard and fast pieces. No real distortion of the sound during hard playing. Unit has a nice full sound as well for a wide variety of songs. Guitar comes with coated strings, so is nice and easy to play, as well tuning stays true. I am a bit of a nut so I tune it frequently, but it is not really needed that frequently as the unit maintains its tuning quite well.

For me this has been the perfect affordable beginner guitar.

Rating: 5 / 5

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