Through the years people have told us stories of their Yamaha FG...
My dad gave me his Yamaha guitar that heís had since 1972. Now I play it for my kids, and I wonít give it up for anything.
Amy — Hayward, CaliforniaIíve been gigging for over 30 years, and I bring my FG everywhere I go.
Edgar — Boise, IdahoIíve written every song in my life on my FG150. Itís the most durable guitar Iíve ever owned.
Audrey — San Diego, CaliforniaThe greatest thing about my FG is that it has stood the test of time. It just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.
Jack — Kenosha, WisconsinMy FG has been with me through all my world travels. It kept me company when I went backpacking through Europe, and it still comes with me on every vacation.
Caleb — Stamford, ConnecticutIíve had my FG forever. I canít see me playing anything else.
Aaron — Bandon, OregonMy mom bought me my first guitar — a Yamaha FG. She always had me play it when family came over to visit. To this day, every strum still brings up fond memories.
Jimmy — Riverside, CaliforniaI found the FG-75 in a hock shop for $60 with 3 strings missing. As soon as I picked it up I knew it was something special. I couldn't wait to get it home, clean it up and get new strings on it. Although this guitar has a slightly raised bridge and is in need of a neck adjustment its action is still comparable to other guitars costing hundreds of dollars. Its tone is so pleasing, to myself and others, my other guitars now spend most of their time in their cases. I plan on putting electronics in it and using it on stage.
Gene — Othello, WashingtonI bought my FG-330 in 1978. I'm not a great musician or song writer. When I am working on a song I grab my Yamaha because it feels right! When a group of us are sitting around everyone wants to play my Yamaha sometime during the night. When my brother asked me what type of guitar he should get to learn to play, I told him to get an Yamaha FG. It will last you a life time and only gets better with age. He bought an FG-340.
Joseph — Oak Creek, ColoradoWhen I was at school I always wanted a Yamaha FG but it was way beyond my means at the time. Then when I was 16 I joined the Royal Navy and after the basic training, returned with my leave pay in my pocket and went straight back home to Manchester, walked into Forsyths Music Store on Deansgate and bought the FG 335. I only had £159 for the whole six weeks and the FG cost me £129, but I didnít care. I was delighted. The guitar has been everywhere with me ever since and in 1982 when the Falklands/Malvinas conflict blew up in the South Atlantic it was with me then and came perilously close to being blown sky high when the ship (HMS Antrim) was attacked and damaged in San Carlos Water, cannon fire missed my FG by inches. I used it to chill after a long day at war in the tiny little Radar office up in the main mast and on the way home I played songs to entertain the troops, we've recorded together and performed onstage and it still looks and sounds fantastic. Many other guitars have come and gone since then but my old FG keeps truckin' along.
Andrew — StreetBury, UKBought my Yamaha FG110 in 1976 - Pawn shop on South Broadway in Denver, Colorado - Accompanied on many nights by the campfire and the crystal clear skies for the Colorado Rockies - Nederland, Jamestown, Ward, Boulder, the Flatirons and surrounds were my FG's home, as well as mine.... This guitar has an action and feel unlike any other mass produced string instrument - It's older than my daughter (26), not nearly as beautiful, but certainly as reliable - Best wishes and musical nirvana to all who lay hands on the FG110 of old
David — Layton, UtahI got my first Yamaha FG150 for Christmas in 1969. I loved that guitar. I was 14 years old. I took that guitar to school with me everyday for 2 years. I played at parties, special concerts at school. That guitar went everywhere I did. Later I got married, hit hard, hard times and sold the guitar with intensions of buying it back. Well needless to say that did not happen. I tried and played and bought many other guitars but they never felt like that Yamaha FG150. I loved that guitar and truly miss it. My husband has Taylor guitars but it's not the same.
Sandy — Bethel, OhioIn 1975, I had just graduated from school in Atlanta and picked up my 12-string after it had been refinished and had the frets dressed by one of the best guys in the area. It played like a harp!!! I KNEW I had a good one but to hear that kind of clarity all the way down the fret board was like having a religious experience. Didn't hurt that it was a D12-35. Sorry guys!! After about a week of playing it 10 hrs. a day, I had to leave for N.Y. and take a flight to Frankfurt, Germany, to do a two-year stint in the Army. I pulled into Brooklyn to wait for a buddy of mine to get off work. His family was giving me a send-off dinner on L.I. but I had to wait until 4p.m. to follow him home. Meanwhile, my Volkswagen van stayed across the street, loaded to the gills with my stuff, guitar, Beretta semi-auto, and tapes for cruising the Alps. This neighborhood was like a war-zone and I didn't recognize the danger. An hour later, my guitar and everything else was ripped off. I jumped in the van and cruised the 5-block area for about an hour but didn't see a thing. My "priceless" 12 was gone!! I didn't know whether to be mad or cry.
The next day, I went right down to 47th St. and tried to find another 12-string. The one I found was good but wasn't in the same class as my original. Got to Heidelberg and decided that I needed to learn more fingerpicking on a six-string. Never thought about Yamaha's until I wandered into a German music store and saw that FG2000. Wow, I never knew that any six could sound as good as some M's that I had played. Think I paid about $400, but my Yamaha kept me entertained through a wet, cold winter. I still have the FG and a cousin of mine who's a recording pro has told me that it's "studio-quality." I've made the kids swear that it will never leave the family.
P.S. There are some German ladies somewhere that liked it too!! P.S.S. Got any idea what's it's worth??
Kirk — Siminole, FloridaI was merely 20 years old living in Barcelona, Spain for a year, determined to learn the Spanish language. I was also a music fanatic and took Spanish classical guitar lessons from a Spaniard during the day, and played along with an American banjo player by night. During the summer of 1977 I traveled to Ibiza, Spain and landed a job as a tour guide, on a lovely, paradise island that was known as a "hippie" island. Here the sky was bluer than blue and the buildings whiter than white. It couldn't be more beautiful. Then, while there, I met someone the street selling his guitar for $100.00. I bought my beloved FG200. I played with a band while on the island that provided music for the tourists. One day as we were traveling through the countryside, my friend and I were in a car accident in which we flipped the car twice. After crawling out of the window, all I could think of was whether or not the guitar was o.k. It was. Today, almost 30 years later, I play in an all female bluegrass band called "Pink Grass" and am asked by the bluegrass crowd where my Martin guitar is (a favorite with bluegrassers). I tell them that I have never found a Martin that sounded better than this one, therefore, I would stay loyal to my Yamaha. This guitar has been many places in the world.
I also own a Yamaha piano and a Yamaha motorcycle! We are a Yamaha family!
Phyllis — Farmington, DelewareI just turned 39 in May, but my story starts in Elementary School in Topsail, Newfoundland, Canada, where my music teacher taught me three chords G, C, and D so I could play "Four Strong Winds". This was the only song I could actually play for years. Then in 1992 I moved to Wakefield, Quebec and got in touch with an old friend of mine who was living in Toronto. He always played guitar and I have always admired him for his abilities.
One very cold March weekend, one that was -20 degrees before wind chill, Harry drove from Toronto to Wakefield for a visit to catch up on the last five to seven years that we had been out of touch. With him he had a gift for me. It was a 1971 FG 75 Yamaha Guitar. Harry received this guitar for helping a girl move apartments in Toronto. At this point I was so rusty I could not play any chords at all, but it gave me the desire to learn. Very slowly I did start to learn the chords, to the point where my friends of greater abilities in Ottawa would have me play a simple three chord riff while they did some crazy picking for as long as I could repeat the three chord riff.
In 1995 I returned to Newfoundland and found myself in and out of playing the guitar. My time was spent doing more physical things and touching the guitar became a twice a month or so thing.
Around 2000 to 2001 it became apparent that I had a problem with my back, which reduced my ability to do a lot of things I was doing, so I went back to the guitar and found that my time spent playing and learning new chords became much more easy. I started looking though the new and used guitar shops looking for that perfect sound.
In March 2003, on the way home from work, in a used shop I found a 1984 Yamaha FG422 TBS Sunburst and fell in love. All I could do that evening was think of this guitar. The next day at work was my last one before my back operation, and when I left work I drove straight to the shop and gave this FG422 a new home. The time spent with my new guitar has given me the ability to become a confident guitar player, and now I play daily, even if it's just for one song or for several hours.
I love my FG's and I'm always scouting guitar shops for other FG's to join my family.
Friends help the FG's get around.
Scott — Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador, CanadaI am a drummer but I also play guitar. I had finally made a decision to buy my own after using my dads for years. I searched for months and never found the one that had that warmth, brilliance and tone that I like. I went to a shop in Toronto and played a few and then picked out a Yamaha FG720S. I simply strummed an E chord and it made all of the other acoustics ring in unison. I knew at that moment that this was the one I was looking for. The tone and warmth is so beautiful that it makes you want to play. I love my Yamaha FG!!!
Joe — Ontario, CanadaI've been thrash'n all of my life and this guit-box is epic!
Thanx Yamaha you rock!
Stephan — Torrance, CaliforniaI've been playing guitar for many years. Having heard about all the fantastic stories on the Yamaha FG guitars, I bought this vintage Yamaha FG-150 on eBay. Despite its age of 30+ years, the guitar still sound excellent with deep bass and good resonance. The neck is straight with low action and absolutely no buzz all across the finger board. Although I currently own a Taylor 310-CE and a Washburn F-12N guitars, this Yamaha FG-150 now becomes my main guitar.
Peter — Vancouver, CanadaI bought my Yamaha FG from an old drunk for $200 for booze money. I didn't even try it before buying it (I was young and foolish) and the first time I played it was with some friends at a beach party. Man, what a surprise and what a night. That Yamaha sounded so good! We got to playing and singing Eagles, Beatles and CSN songs and as night wore on, the one girl I had my eye on was by my side and made that night magical to say the least. I kept that girl by my side but unfortunately lost the guitar on a flight from Dublin
David — Nova Scotia, CanadaI bought her used about 12 years ago. When I picked her up it was like no other acoustic I had ever tried. The sound was like honey and butter on a hot biscuit to a southern born boy like me. I have had several other guitars but when I loaned her to a friend for a church campout and he left her in his vehicle in the summer heat for three days and she died from it, I have to say she was the guitar I cried over. I have never found another that to me could replace her but I keep looking. Maybe she has a twin sister out there. But after over 6 years of looking I am beginning to doubt it. She was my baby.
Paul — Yakima, WashingtonIt was 1981, and I was a fresh face on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I had been playing about 5 years with a beginner's Epiphone, but it never had a really good tone. I met a guy on campus who played guitar and keys and I was lamenting the fact my guitar didn't sound very good. He looked at me and grinned and said, "Well, come on up to my room, I've got something to show you."
Inside his dorm room was a miniature recording studio. This guy had it all, but his keyboards were his life, and he just hadn't mastered guitar like he wanted, so he wanted to sell his Yamaha. I strummed it once, just once, and knew I'd found my instrument. This guitar sounded as good as another close friend's top-of-the-line Martin, and that is no joke. I bought it then and there, and I played this guitar for over 20 years before groups, churches and weddings and it never let me down. Yamaha's quality can't be beat, and in this day and age, that is saying a lot.
Morris — Wendell, North CarolinaI got my Yamaha FG335 in June of 1980 as a High School graduation/birthday present. (My birthday was the day after graduation.) In May my parents asked me what I wanted and I told them that I wanted a "good guitar". I had been playing for some years on an old Barclay model that I think was made of plywood. My father bought it for less than $50 and never played it. Ours was a one income family so he didn't have a whole lot of money to spend. At that time I was taking some lessons in school, using school guitars, which were Yamahas. That's what influenced my decision when my parents asked what kind of guitar I wanted.
D. M. — Boston, MassachusettsUnbeknownst to me, my mother had associated the guitar name with motorcycles...that was how she decided she would remember it. When we got to the music store the owner, who knew my father, asked him what he could do for him. My father replied that he was there to purchase a guitar for me. The owner asked if there was a particular model he wished to buy and my mother stated, very matter-of-factly, "Yes, my daughter is looking for a Harley Davidson!" I was mortified! I quickly said, "Yamaha, Mom, Yamaha!" and walked as far away from her as I could. I heard her say, "Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Suzuki, I knew it was a motorcycle name." Well, the owner just laughed and I ended up leaving with my FG335.
Now 26 years later I still have that guitar, it still looks great and it's got a nice, mellow, warm sound! I have several other guitars in my collection but none with such a special place in my heart. I learned a ton of songs on that guitar over the years and wouldn't part with it for anything. Not even for a brand new Harley Davidson!
D. M. — Boston, MassachusettsI bought an FG-335 II in the early 1980s. This guitar sounded good when I got it, but what's amazing is that this guitar really started sounding better over time. Just in the last few years, I've noticed a huge difference in sound; it's darker, fatter, more mellow, it rings with an incredible amount of depth, and it can play softer or louder than when I first got it. It's also a tank when it comes to durability; also -- I almost never have to tune it. One final note; I compared it -- side by side -- to a $4000 Martin -- and my little $200 -- 25 year old Yamaha SOUNDED BETTER! Believe it. And I wouldn't trade this guitar for any other acoustic around.
Mark — Forth Worth, TexasRecently I made a travel to the music store to get some strings for my electric guitar, and not wanting to make the extra long trip to Walter Ostenecs (yes, the polka hero owns a local guitar shop here), I made a stop at a little guitar shop a little closer. Upon entering I noticed a tarnished looking old twelve string standing in the corner, took a quick look and to see what make it was, and knowing Yamaha was a nice sounding player friendly guitar as one of the first guitar I ever played was my buddies FG-100 series from years ago, I always appreciated their tone and comfortability.
Anyhoo, upon picking the twelve string up and playing it I fell in love with my baby right away, one of the best twelvers I have ever played.
I asked the gent behind the counter how much she was and he replied $180 bucks.
Needless to say about an hour later I was walking out of there with one sweet sounding twelve string in which I named after my daughter Anah-Liese.
Keep up the good work guys, D from C, keep on rock'n everybody.
Dale — St. Catherines Ontario, CanadaMy FG 160 is the guitar I play when I just want to play for me. When Iím writing and when Iím playing in an intimate setting leading worship in a small crowd. I was about 18 years old when I got my guitar and started going to church. I happened to tell the pastor of the church that I played guitar and drums. He said that the church needed a drummer. Well one day in the middle of a Sunday morning service he noticed me sitting in the crowd of people. He called me out of the crowed to play drums right in the middle of service. Well after some thought I answered his call and decide to play the drums. After a while we had been talking and I told him I was more of a guitar player than a drummer he asked me to play worship on a Wednesday night and I did well. Some time had gone by and I had been playing drums on Sunday and leading worship with my guitar on Wednesday. We noticed the crowd had been growing on a Wednesday and shrinking on Sunday till finally there was standing room only on Wednesday and almost no one on Sunday. So the pastor dismissed the worship band and had me leading worship with just my guitar on Sunday morning. The crowd grew till there was standing room only on Sunday. Well now its ben about 8 years and I am a semi professional worship leader leading worship in many different churches around the Tampa area and helping to change the lives of many people through music. I couldnít have done it without my old 1970s FG 160 which despite its worn frets and many scratches is still my favorite guitar to play.
Thanks and glory to God
Joshua — Riverview, FloridaI've had my Yamaha FG for years and it is still excellent quality. It has served me very well.
John — New York City, New YorkIím a lefty, but when a cousin offered his 300 to me to re-string in 1989 I happily accepted. (thanks John ). I still have it, but just recently bought an FG 700SL that I really enjoy too. The FG700SL is actually my first REAL lefty acoustic, and Iím excited about the action it has. Iíve been playing on a restrung backwards 300 for so long. The FG700SL lefty action is refreshing and clear.
Iím turning 40 this Friday- itís never too late to get a good guitar and put it to use.
Kevin — Hollywood, CaliforniaMy wife and I were the victims of a burglary several months ago (Feb. 06). Among other things, we both lost our guitars. After auditioning a number of guitars and reading numerous reviews, I quickly realized that we were going to own a couple of new Yamaha FGs. I bought two FG730S guitars. I got the Natural for my wife and the Tobacco Sunburst for me. It is going to be a Christmas surprise for my wife. I have them stashed at my parents' house. The tough part is sneaking over there to play mine without raising suspicion. I can't wait til Christmas.
Darrell — Abilene, TexasI was doing a studio session and my acoustic guitar's bridge had pulled off in the case. Darn Florida heat I guess. Anyway, someone said they had an acoustic in their car and ran out to get it. When he returned, he opened the case and produced a Yamaha FG. Never got the serial # but that guitar sounded so good on the recording. I attempted to buy it from the kid, but he said it was his grandfather's and didn't want to part with it. I went down the next day to have my acoustic repaired and have been looking for a FG with that same tone to this day. I've had Martins, Taylors, Deans and Washburns, but none sound like that recording.
Mick — Spring Hill, FloridaBack in the late 60's my Yamaha was my first steel-strung guitar. Now nearing my 60's I still play and although I don't have the FG180, I still own a Yamaha
Chris — Maidstone, United KingdomMy FG110 E
I am a musician residing in South Africa. I used to play in a band in the early 70's but now I sort of collect guitars and play for fun. My first guitar was a Yamaha model 80 Nylon and I have about 8 Yamaha guitars in my collection. The FG110E (I assume the E stands for electric) is a steel string that has the same size body as the classical guitar. I bought it to pass on but it has such a good tone I have kept it. It has an electric pick up with 2 large controls on the front of the guitar.
It doesnít compare to the newer models when plugged in but acoustically it's a great guitar. I would imagine itís at least 40 years old, maybe the guys at Yamaha could help me as I canít find it on their site.
This guitar is NOT for sale!
Steve — Cape Town, South AfricaI've been playing for 25 years now and have had the privilege to play many high end guitars. I am a fingerstylist and also play in my church praise band. I'd had an old Ibanez electric-acoustic that I'd been playing and decided to upgrade. I went into my local Guitar Center and there she was on the wall...the Yamaha FGX04 electric - acoustic. I was amazed at the tone and the craftsmanship on this instrument. Needless to say that I took her home that night and have been playing it ever since. Another guitarist that plays in the praise band with me has a Taylor and he has complimented me on the sound of the FG. I play my FG through a Yamaha Acoustic-Stomp that goes directly into the church PA...what a combo! For all of you that have FGs with electronics I highly recommend the Acoustic-Stomp from Yamaha. You'll love your FG even more!!!
Thank you Yamaha for making such great guitars. Keep up the good work!
ChenWai — Arlington, TexasI own 6 acoustics, and I always end up back to my fg-411. Unbeatable tone and playability. Also have a fg-411-12 later added sound hole pickup. what sound!!! Excellence in instrumentation.
Dave — Jackson, MississippiI traded a pretty little Alvarez classical to a friend for his FG-180 in 1974. He had bought the guitar used a year earlier from a local dealer, and I seem to remember that it was a year or two old at the time. I was always impressed with the sheer volume of the FG, but it still had a sweet tone that belied its modest cost. Fast forward 32 years and hundreds of string changes later, the little FG now resides in College Station, TX with my 19 year-old son. He loves to play it like I used to, and he plays it every day. What a great instrument!
Don — Midland, TexasI could never afford a quality guitar. In 1987 I saw a guitar leaning against a tree at a garage sale in Belton, TX. I stopped and looked at it. It was kinda beat up and someone had tried to put some lacquer on the top. I did not know anything about Yamaha except a good friend who played a lot really liked them. I gave $75 for it and have never played any guitar that sounded better or fretted any easier. Many friends with Martins and Gibsons and other famous brands have tried this particular guitar of mine and were amazed at the loud, rich and full tone. It is indeed a joy to play no matter how it looks.
Thanks Yamaha for a great instrument!
Charles — McGregor, TexasI was lucky to finally find an old FG-180 about a year ago. Mine dates back to '69 and is in marvelous shape. I'd heard the rumors of superior tone, and this one certainly does not disappoint. I've owned other high end guitars over the years, but I've yet to find a guitar that I love to play this much. Some people get hung up on name brands and refuse to stray from what's tried and true, but with a Yamaha guitar, not only are you getting a quality guitar, but you're also getting an affordable one. Yamaha has been making great guitars for many years now and I'd encourage anyone out there who's yet to play one to go take a Yamaha FG for a spin. You'll be impressed.
Jeremy — Nashville, TennesseeI bought my FG-365SE in 1981. I paid $350 with a hardshell case. I'm told it was the first year Yamaha made an acoustic electric. You nailed it, first shot. It's one of the finest instruments I've ever played. I've had "my old friend" for 25 years now and if it seems possible, it keeps getting better. I'm in the market for a new acoustic and didn't know how well a finely made guitar could age until I started playing new ones. Nothing, not even $2500 Martins sound as sweet as my 25 year old Yamaha. When you pick it up, you can feel the quality. Every one of my friends that plays it can't believe how great it sounds and looks. It's nice to know with all the overpriced boutique guitars on the market, you can still get a lot of bang for buck from Yamaha. Keep up the good work. Thanks!
Frank — Springfield, New JerseyI started playing guitar over 40 years ago on an old beater guitar that was given to my family. The neck was warped, it wouldn't stay in tune and there was a brace that rattled around inside. I never had much money, so I vowed that when I could afford it, I would buy a new acoustic guitar. 26 years ago I found my FG 750S, and it's the only guitar I've owned since.
Back then, I didn't know Yamaha made guitars, I'd only heard of their motorcycles, but to me, the FG played and sounded as good as the guitars that I couldn't afford. I wanted it so much that I got a loan of $280 from my credit union to buy it. I never wanted to be a great guitarist, I just liked to play, and my FG and I have spent many pleasant hours together. It's built like a tank, still plays great, and I have literally played the frets off of it - twice. I read a review from another owner who said they would literally track down and kill anyone whoever stole this guitar. Well, I would drive him.
D.J. — Kansas City, MissouriMy experience with Yamaha Products started with my mother's FG 300 witch she had bought when she moved to Orange County, CA in 1967. She had been taken piano lessons in Texas prior to moving. Unfortunately she couldn't bring along her piano so when they were settled she bought a brand new Yamaha. Over the years she had given up guitar but still kept that FG all those years. I remember playing with it as a youngster and despite its abuse from us kids itís still in super condition. I'd put that guitar up to any Martin any day of the week. Anyway, I keep it put up because I was looking for an acoustic that I could gig with. So I scoured the pawn shop with no luck until I asked this one shop keeper if he might have any thing in the back. He said he did and pulled this ugly spray painted guitar case from the back. I open the case and I saw this black guitar covered with stickers of all types. It was so ugly but it had character so I thought to myself "what the heck", I gave it a try. I saw the price on it was $59.95. I pulled it out of the case while asking how long he had had it and he said about a year and a half. I strummed a "c" chord on it and with one strum, with it's rusty strings, I noticed it was somewhat in tune. I simply said, "I'll take it". Unfortunately I didn't have enough money to cover Uncle Sam's cut so I had to borrow 3 dollars from my brother. Only because they didn't take checks. Then I went to the music store and bought a Fishman active pickup and presto, I had one mean giggin' machine for less than two hundred bucks!! I played for a few months and all was great except the black spray paint was rubbing off on me and my clothes. I noticed it was still shiny underneath. So I decided (being an automotive painter) to try to remove the spray paint and see what I found fearing some ugly scar. I decided removing the stickers and covering the top with duct tape and jerking it up removed the most of it. Careful elbow grease and careful buffing finished the restoration with excellent results. My musical colleges were astonished that it was the same guitar! That goes to show how resilient a Yamaha really is.
Miles — Brownfield, TexasI have had this guitar since I was 14 years old. I was just learning to play on an old airline with split sides. I also worked at a full service gas station sweeping up. One of my friends dad got this guitar at a music store and gave it to my buddy so he could join the small band myself and a couple of other guys were fooling around with. He never had much interest in learning to play so I bought it from him for $40.00 this guitar has been with me over 33 years and i still play. I taught my son, now 26, to play on this guitar. This guitar has made a difference in my life and I hope to someday have a grandchild that will enjoy the music. $40.00 for a life time of music and memories.
George — Seagoville, TexasFound an FG-300 today in a shop in Ottawa KS. A little of the abalone is missing in the frets, and thereís a few scratches, but man it sounds sweet!
Dusty — Rantoul, KansasThe reason I started playing guitar was because in Japan I was inspired and still am inspired by Miyavi. So of course, not knowing where to start, I did some research and I found he had a Yamaha FG 423S & FG 522SJ so then of course I immediately went a bought me a Yamaha too. I decided to get the last one they had because the reviews were so good and the one he had was out of date. I am on month 3 of my guitar adventures and I have been loving this guitar. I have tried a few other guitars to compare and I still think I made a lucky decision by following my favorite guitarist. So as my guitar adventures continue itís still me and my FG.
Gary — Clinton, MarylandMy father purchased this guitar in 1980, paying about $200. I got this guitar from him once I started playing, and I have yet to find a guitar that matches up to it. I have been playing for about 5 years. I have a pretty good sized collection of guitars, including an FG720S-12 that I absolutely love!!!! You just can't match up to Yamaha. I was trying out a $900 Martin D-15 and it just didn't do it for me. Yamaha is the way to go!!!! Nothing can come close to a Yamaha guitar!!!!
Ryan — Tranquility, New JerseyI've bought my FG-365 brand new too many years ago (20+) to remember exactly when. Now, many notes later, I'm playing guitar for my favorite audience - my wife & 5 yr old daughter Emily & 1 yr old twins Jacob & Mayim. I've had many people who play CF Martin (D35's & D45's) & Alvarez Yari acoustics tell me that my guitar sounds & plays better than their guitars that cost THOUSANDS more. I wouldn't ever tell them that, but definitely agree. Aside from getting the frets refinished, the only thing I've ever had to do to it is restring it. The kids love strumming it & someday, one of them will get it for their very own - I know it'll be around that long. It's a definite beauty.
David — San Antonio, TexasI Love my Yamaha FG!!
Tim — Patterson, CaliforniaI've had my guitar for a long time. I play for myself and am in no way a good player. I enjoy playing, blues, bluegrass, and folk. The guitar has been rained on banged about and played. It sounds better than some very expensive instruments I've tried at the local music store.
Robert — Stratford Ontario, CanadaI have been a musician for nearly 50 years, keyboards mostly, but I started on electric guitar and have never owned a decent acoustic. Also, I am a lefty, so the few guitars I had were rightys flipped over, and never a prized possession. Just recently I decided it was time to treat myself to an actual lefty acoustic, and started looking around. I was appalled at the lack of choices and quality in left-handed instruments. I had nearly "settled" on a Fender dreadnought when the salesman said he thought he had seen a Yamaha in that day's shipment, and it was his personal experience that I would probably like the Yamaha better. Now, I had been trying out guitars for days, comparing sound and feel, and when he brought that guitar out of the box and tore the wrapping off, I had a gut reaction, just by LOOKING at it- it is so pretty- long story short- I played it, loved it, and took it home! I am thrilled by the full resonance and bright sound, the great feeling and playable neck, and the overall high quality of the craftsmanship. I came to the Yamaha website to learn more about my model, and found all the wonderful stories about OUR guitar. I know I am keeping this fine instrument for life, and that I will become a better player just from hearing myself on this instrument. One more thing- this is a real left-handed guitar all the way, and- I'll say it again- she is SO pretty. Thanks, Yamaha
Gary — Fillmore, CaliforniaLast Christmas my grandmothers friend sold her husbands old guitar to her for $50, which she later gave to me for free. Today I finally looked it up on google.com turns out to be worth 300$. lucky me!!
Julian — Houston, TexasI got my '73 FG75 for Christmas many years ago and I learned to play from Grateful Dead and C,S,N & Y song books. It's been through 2 Penn State campuses, 2 wives and 2 cases (It's now in a gig bag). It's dinged, dented and scratched but it plays like a dream. One tough little bugger. I have a friend who owns a bunch of Martins and he often asks to play my old Yamaha. I also own a 1947 Gibson A-50 mandolin and a new Fender/Squier M-80 but when I want to learn a new song I pick up the FG.
Kurt — Leola, PennsylvaniaGrowing up my father tried to get me interested in all kinds of things (ie boxing, soccer, rugby, etc) which was all well and good but eventually, sure enough, my enthusiasm would diminish so needless to say I was in and out of many a different weekend activity of which none had really grabbed me by the "kahonies'' until one blessed early morning my life changed forever. My cousin came home, still up from his night out, and urged me to watch a movie with him it was ''crossroads.'' Ya know, the one with the karate kid in it? The movie ainít the best, but the sound track by Ry Cooder and Steve Vai absolutely enchanted me and after hearing the guitar duel at the end I new what it was I wanted - To play guitar. And then without even asking my dad walks in one day with this FG512II, hands it to me and says "that's the last bloody thing you get." I was only 8 years old. I am now 28 and she has been with the whole time and her tone is still excellent. She still stays in tune despite being put thru the ringer on numerous occasions. The best companion Iíve ever had.
Jay — Christchurch, New ZealandMy Dad bought me my FG180 at Cookes music store in around the early 70's, I was only fifteen at the time and the FG180 didnít get much use as I gigged with my Strat. The Strat got sold when I started a family (ouch), but the FG180 was cased and put in the attic, until a couple of years ago when I started my mid life crisis. Since then I can't put it down. The only problem was that for the first couple of months after not playing for years my fingers were killing me. The more people I speak to about the Yamaha FG the more good feedback I get about it. The tone and the volume knocks your head off. I have made many mistakes in life and had many regrets, but I can say without hesitation that the best decision I have ever made musically is to hold on to my FG180. It's magic and nothing comes near to it............
Barry — Sheffield, United KingdomMy wife bought me an FG331 as her first Christmas present to me. After 26 years I still have the same wife and the same guitar. Both have just gotten sweeter with time. My FG lives right beside my recliner and is played every single day. I don't know how much it's worth today but I wouldn't take anything for it. It still is the very best gift I've ever received.
Eddie — Demorest, GeorgiaI am writing to update my FG story. Just before Christmas I bought another FG. This one an FG460S-12. I was looking at this guitar in a used shop in St Johnís, Newfoundland for over a year and could not let it go. It looks, feels and sounds beautiful. I am so happy.
Scott — Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador, CanadaI grew up listening to my grandma, Agnes, play and sing an FG400 along with a harmonica. In 1994, at age 88, grandmas arthritis got so bad in her hands that she couldn't play the guitar any longer and passed it down to me. I've named guitar after my grandmother. Not a day has gone by that I don't play Agnes. She goes with me on ALL trips. There has been a time or 2 when there wasn't room and my wife told me, "it just wonít fit", BUT I have ALWAYs found a way to take her along for the trip. I love this guitar with its nicks and all. It is still 100% original and stays in tune like you wouldn't believe. I have a few other guitars and they just don't play as good as my Yamaha.
Jody — Cartersville, GeorgiaI've been a guitar player for almost 40 years now. My first guitar was an inexpensive Barclay that my parents gave to me for Christmas when I was 13 years old. I had been trying to learn on my brother's electric, but begged enough until my folks broke down and gave me that first one. I had it for about 6 years, and learned everything I could on it. It had a rather fat neck and was difficult to play sometimes, but it was a good learner. When I was 19, I purchased an Ovation flat top acoustic which I had for about 16 years. It was a good guitar, but over time the neck began to warp and it's sound failed to be as good as was when new. In 1995, I re-married and for our honeymoon, we took a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. While shopping in neighboring Pigeon Forge and Severville we came across and obscure little stringed instrument shop there in Severville.
Since I had traded off my old Ovation a year or so before and had given the trade to my son, I was without an instrument at that time. There is where I found my FG-411S. It's been a wonderful friend to me and we get a little closer every day. It plays and sounds better than most other guitars I've ever played. Thanks, Yamaha, for your attention to crafting a quality instrument.
Kenny — Columbus, GeorgiaMy first Yamaha was an FG151 that was actually made in Japan. I bought it on Okinawa when I was stationed there in 1979, for the equivalent of 63 bucks. Solid spruce top, rosewood sides and back. I still own it and its one of the best sounding guitars I own. Itís priceless. Itís the best sounding guitar I own, though it plays like a brick. When I read the description of the FG730S, I couldn't resist ordering one. I haven't been sorry. My only regret is that it took Yamaha this long to come out with it! Beautiful sound, excellent action. I'd be really upset if it were lost or stolen. For the money, it can't be beat for the sound, workmanship and quality. I don't know how they do it, but for the sound, playability, and quality, I'm selling my Martin DM, and Taylor 214, and will probably buy another FG730S and have a Fishman pickup installed. As I said, my first FG is priceless. Itís been with me on Okinawa, on several ships on the Mediterranean ocean, and on a couple of submarines (can't reveal what depth), and even to Mt. Fuji Japan. Itís an awesome guitar and I wouldn't trade or sell it for the world! Perhaps the most astonishing thing is, I didn't have a case for it until I got back to the states and bought a hardshell case several years after I bought it, and there are very few scratches or dings on it! The most damage on it is the wear and tear from the capo. Back to the FG730S................very comparable guitar.................just wish it had been around in 1979.......................wonder what I would have paid for it then?
Mikes — Knoxville, TennesseeI got my Yamaha as a Birthday gift from my wife in the 70's when we were living in Long Beach, California. The thing I liked about it was the beautiful tone of the 12 string. I, at one time, had a Framus 12 string that was all but unplayable so when I tried out the Yamaha, I was stunned by the sound and the action.
Several years later, my demonic cat knocked it over and cracked the headstock. I strung it as a six string and continued to play it until last month, when I repaired it as best I could and put 12 strings on it again. Well, the guitar sounds and plays as good as ever.
I intend to leave it to my Son and am sure he'll get the same pleasure out of it that I have enjoyed these thirty five or more years. Thanks for a great guitar,
Skip — Brockton, MassachusettsI have always loved and enjoyed listening to the smooth sound of a well tuned guitar. I currently play my Strat along with SRV CDs, but wanted an acoustic to take on my RV trips that My wife and I often go on. I purchased an Ibanez that I ended up returning after only having it for one week, after carefully looking at other guitars, I fell in love with the nice full sound that the FG had, I knew then that I had found my last guitar. I love playing it and it didn't cost nearly as much as others with the same quality sound and great looks. Thank you...
Robert — Wildomar, CaliforniaI have been playing guitar since middle school and played a school dance in 8th grade with two other friends that consisted of playing the three songs we knew over and over. Had a group when I was stationed in Germany in the late 60's in the Army as well as a band in college at UT in Austin Texas. I have just sold my Ovation and wanted an acoustic and lucked out when a neighbor traded me a Yamaha for a PA speaker last week. I was so thrilled as this little Yamaha is so very clean except some minor flaws on top it's like new. What craftsmanship. I went on line and started surfing to learn all I could and found some great feedback on it from owners. I have found a true treasure and plan to fix minor blemishes as I feel this guitar is a great. I have owned so many Yamaha products and have had so many great experiences with them.
Dennis — Citrus Heights, CaliforniaPurchased my FG 180 in Shreveport, LA. in 1971-72 while still in high school. I've owned several other guitars but kept this one because it has such great tone. Both my sons have learned to play on this guitar. It's been all over the US. I've replaced tuning keys and bridge pins, but it still has great tone and playability. I have also 3 other Yamaha guitars that I use in leading praise and worship at our church.
Steve — Grapevine, TexasMy earliest memories of my father contain him and this guitar when I was four years old he would be up late working on a new song for church that Sunday. I was always impressed by his gospel talent and the music this would play. He has now given it to me and now I am learning to play in my spare time. It's been 23 years since I laid in bed and feel asleep to this guitar. But maybe with some practice I'll be playing to my daughter someday and she can feel proud of me the way I did my father in those moments.
Allan — Findlay, OhioWhen I left France for Reunion island in 1998 (and Iím still here) I traded my TV for an Yamaha FG-440 from a friend. This friend bought this guitar in 1985, and today I really enjoy the sound and I will never sell it. It is a collector for me. Awesome juicy sound (doesn't need pickups) Iím really proud to own an FG-440 model and I know that some great players in the world compare it to Martin's sound.
Christophe — Reunion Island, FranceI discovered Yamahas a bit later in my life, After reading about all the great things about the old red labels, and Nippon Gakki, I had no clue what they were taking about, people comparing these red labels to Martin and Gibson, I thought, what the hell, I bought a 66 FG180 for a mere $350. I will tell you when I heard this guitar I was amazed to say the least!! Pure resonance, And volume, With the sweetest tone I think I ever heard. I have been playing acoustic for over 25 years, Finger style strumming etc. I have and had some Martins and Gibsons, as well as others.. Not one surpassed the Yamaha.. And think about it.... These instruments were constructed with laminated wood, Go figure!!..I now own the following Yammys: 4 fg180s 1 fg150 1 fg230 2 fg160s 2 fg300s..I had a Yamaha L20A handcrafted all solid wood guitar, I sold it, My main fg180 killed it. I donít no how they did it but Iím glad they did... Considering what these guitars are made of, and the prices they are, combined with the sound they produce, I believe they just might be the finest acoustic guitars ever made. Thanks to all at Yamaha... Curt
Curt — Claremont, New JerseyI had a Martin HD28. It was good sounding most of the time, and excellent sounding once in a while. It was just too muddy sounding. I got an old Yamaha FG-335 recently and it wasn't just a little better in tone than my HD28, it was a lot better. Very clear, balanced, and rich.
Since owning the FG-335, I've obtained two other vintage Yamahas: The FG-331, and FG-75. I also really like the new FG-720s and FG-730s and will be getting one of those soon.
Bottom line, Yamahas are my favorite guitars. They have their own unique bracing and body geometry that gives them the best voice to my ears.
Al — LeRoy, MichiganAt 21 years of age in 1972 I am introduced to guitar playing by friends in college. So I buy an FG-180 from the local music store. Money was tight of course. And a few people thought I was being extravagant. 37 years later I can still rate it 95% mint condition, still has the rich tones and volume. The original cost compared to the value of years of enjoyment was definitely worth it. So to all the naysayers "guess what an fG-180 is worth now, cause you will never see this one on ebay." Dylan was right, time will tell just who fell and who got left behind. I went my way. I Also own the CG-101.
Daniel — Westfield, New York
FEATURED ARTIST: LIZ PHAIR
"My godfather had a Yamaha acoustic, and he would play songs for all us kids. When I started playing guitar in the eighth grade, it was on a Yamaha."
FEATURED PRODUCT: FG730S
The level of detail and craftsmanship found in the 730S place this guitar in a class above the rest. Finish options available for this guitar include Natural, Tobacco Brown Sunburst, and Vintage Cherry Burst.
TOP: SOLID SITKA SPRUCE
BACK & SIDES: ROSEWOOD
BODY & NECK BINDING: BLACK/IVORY
WARRANTY: LIMITED LIFETIME
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