Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar Sand Burst 886830614699

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Yamaha's FG700S 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 ton... Click To Read More About This Product

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Yamaha's FG700S 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 FG700S 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
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Nato back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Black/white body binding
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Headstock inlay
  • Natural finish
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Case sold separately
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YamahaFG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 213 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (183)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (56)
  • Good audio (53)
  • Fun to play (50)
  • Stays in tune (48)
  • Consistent (35)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (57)
  • Jamming (38)
  • Small venues (24)
  • Recording (17)
  • School bands (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (34), Experienced (28)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hard to beat its value in the $200 range

I got this acoustic a GC after my birthday. After browsing the store for weeks, I decided on a acoustic and narrowed it down to about 10 models which included Ibanazes, Fenders, Epiphones...Read complete review

I got this acoustic a GC after my birthday. After browsing the store for weeks, I decided on a acoustic and narrowed it down to about 10 models which included Ibanazes, Fenders, Epiphones and Ovations. I had very little time that day to pick one out from the hundreds of guitars they have so I asked one of the staff for help. He asked me a few questions like what was my price range is this my first guitar and so forth. When I told him my price range was $150-$250 and I didn't need a acoustic/electric, he immediatly grabbed a Yamaha FG700s from the rack. It seemed that he was quite estatic about this particular guitar. I asked another staff member just for a second opinion and he too was very positive about this model. After trying it out for 10 min. I decided to go with their word and buy the FG700s. Details I noticed: What really first grabbed my attention was the finish. Bleeding gorgoues. If it had the label Taylor on the headstock I wouldn't have any trouble believing it. The looks are practically on par with the $700-$1000 acoustics yousee in the high-end companies. The top is made of a solid Sitka Spruce top which has a absolutely awesome tone. The large body lets it be loud without strumming hard. The hardware is great, so much better than the tuners on the Squire I've been borrowing. I tuned it when I first brought it home and stayed in tune for about 3 weeks. The neck gives it a very long sweet sustain. The finished mahogany makes the neck easy to play and beautiful to boot. There's only a couple of things I dislike about this. Firstly there is no dot inlay on the third fret which makes it slightly difficult for a beginner such as myself. Also, the body is not exactly as easy to play as a shallo roundback so it may be a little bit uncomfortable at first. I would recommend this to anyone who is beggining playing and/or has a sub $300 budget. This is a great acoustic justas the people at GC said.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Review after a year of ownership

I left a comment on this guitar awhile back when it was new. I thought it would be helpful to go back and write another after having spent some time with it. I have...Read complete review

I left a comment on this guitar awhile back when it was new. I thought it would be helpful to go back and write another after having spent some time with it. I have now owned this guitar for well over a year. It is still my go-to guitar because it is cheap and I don't have to worry about it getting damaged when I take it on the road or out to lessons and such. The general sound is still pretty good.

I have changed the saddle and bridge pins to Tusq and it has wakened the the guitar up quite a bit. When I want a sharper tone I use Marin SP lights, and when I want a more mellow earthy tone I use John Pearse X-lights.

There is one thing that has shown up on this guitar that appears to be consistant with this series, which is fret buzz of the 4th string at frets 3 and 4 mostly. My friend has a FG730S and my instructor has an FGX700SC. All have been professionally setup all by different luthiers. Every single one after a little time has the fret buzz on the same string and frets come back. The buzz is very harsh sounding, very tinny and metalic and sounds like it comes from the bridge but is fret related. It also comes in mostly at the tail end of the note.

You can tweek it all you want and you might get rid of it for awhile, but unless you can live with really high action, it will come back every time.

I think that it is a production issue where the slots for the 3rd and 4th frets aren't cut as deep as the rest.

I have remedied mine by shimming the 4th string at the nut, filing frets 1-5 a bit and making neck adjustments regularly. The action is higher than I like it now, but the buzz has gone away. My friend and instructor have used similar fixes for now, but both are considering trading them in toward something else.

I still think that it is a great guitar for the price if you can get past this minor short-coming or if you like high action. It stays in tune beautifully and you really can't beat the sound, materials, or quality for the price.

Maybe others are seeing this distinctive buzz as well and would like to elaborate on their experience....

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5.0

Best two hundred bucks spent in a long time.

By LD in VA

from VA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Playing at home
    • Practicing

    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I took up guitar three years ago as an over 40 guy. I had the action lowered and the strings changed to light by the tech at GC which makes the guitar much more enjoyable and easier to play. It holds tune very well. I tune it as needed which is less than weekly. This guitar is being discontinued so grab it if you are on the fence.

     
    4.0

    Great beginner guitar

    By Chris

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I got this as a starter guitar. Played fairly decent out of the box, just lowered the action. Sounds great. I recently upgraded to a Taylor but I still play the Ima pretty often.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Intro Guitar

    By TrackTakesUpAllOfMyPlayingTime

    from New Hampshire

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Strings Rest High Over Fret Board

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I am a pretty amature player. However I have played around with quite a few guitars for fun and shopping for my own. I got very lucky with this guitar. I was playing around with acoustics and the floor model of this guitar had been sold that day and not restocked yet. A man came in and asked for one right in front of me. I asked to see one too. Loved it immediately. It stays in tune so much better than my 400$ electric and I play it over my electric when I'm just messing around. I love this guitar enough to review it. Year and a half relationship still going strong. Best new guitar for price!

     
    5.0

    Do it again

    By Frank

    from New Jersey

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      Found it too tough on yhe finger so I tuned it down one step sound great and saves my finger tips

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Just received with minimal time

      By Jim

      from Phoenix

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought this to practice 50% and 50% on my electric

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        5 star guitar for under a grand!

        By JT

        from Kansas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          Honestly, this is the best acoustic you can buy at this point in time for under a grand. AND they're discontinuing this model so grab one before they're gone! I've played and owned many of the sub-1000 Martins and Epiphones and this absolutely destroys them all. Much more projection, better tone, better playability, and superb durability. Almost frighteningly, this played just as well as a Taylor 800 series I tried recently and even sounded a little more to my liking (aka it doesn't have that weird taylor-mid scoopy thing happening).

          One piece of advice, get it setup by a pro or if you have the knowledge be prepared to do a setup yourself. That and restring it with a set of Martin 80/20 Lights. That'll get you the absolute most out of this fine instrument.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Definitely not for children

          By Bread

          from Surprise

          About Me Child

          Pros

          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            More for adults, slight buzz overall good

             
            5.0

            I love my guitar

            By Momma A

            from Henrietta, NY

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              I listened to so many acoustic guitars at the Guitar Center and decided the FG700S was the perfect one for me. I had to wait a few days for a special order; (they were out of stock) and I'm so glad I waiting.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar, best choice!

              By Elissa

              from Rockville, maryland

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                This is the first guitar for my kid.
                Teacher who is professional musician also very satisfied with this guitar.
                Sound is deep and rich and price is really good.
                Happy to get this guitar for my kid.

                 
                5.0

                Best guitar I ever had

                By Slasher

                from Singapore

                About Me Experienced

                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 FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                  Im 33 and been playing since 13. Played and owned quite a lot of guitars. This is the cheapest and the best sounding acoustic guitar Ive ever had. Period.

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