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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 spruce - for the top. This gives you a nice mellow tone... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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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 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
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Stays in tune (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yamaha FG 800

I was looking for an acoustic guitar with low to mid range volume. I have an Epi Pro 1, which I really enjoy but, the only way to increase the low end volume...Read complete review

I was looking for an acoustic guitar with low to mid range volume. I have an Epi Pro 1, which I really enjoy but, the only way to increase the low end volume is to play hard. Not my style. After reading all the reviews on guitars in the $200 - $300 range, my budget, I still couldn't make a choice. I figured the only way to decide was to go to the Columbus, Ohio GC and try them. Glad I did. There was nobody in the acoustic guitar room so I was able to play every guitar that I was looking at, and some that I wasn't, in my price range. After playing other Yamahas, Fender and even my beloved Epis, I kept coming back to the FG 800. Although a kinda "plain Jane" guitar, it had the low to mid range volume that I was looking for and the tone was fantastic. I purchased a boxed guitar and gave it a thorough inspection before leaving the store. After getting home and fine tuning it had a slight buzz on the D string. Put on some Elixer Polyweb 12s and no more buzz. the Elixir strings really brought out the tone and the volume is still there without "banging" it out. I gave it 4 stars because of it's Plain Jane looks. Really like the tuners, too.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I keep trying but...

I keep going back because i like this model but.... the quality control is not good at all. I keep going toGC
and i look and look at this model and the...Read complete review

I keep going back because i like this model but.... the quality control is not good at all. I keep going toGC
and i look and look at this model and the smaller versions..aagain theres a quality problem with the back of the necks on many of these very poorly carved and sanded no finish. a lot i tried had very rough finishing some even gouged not good the rest of the guitars are very good but the sloppy neck carves ruin it. May i also say i really like the sanburst finish the one i tried sounded nice the neck was awful as for the finish it was only half applied with a obvious big white spot down the middle somebodies fingerprints smeared in the fnish looking at an angle you could see the awful spray job shame. Very poor quality control on an other wise decent guitar.

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nothing left to prove

By Dr. Allan

from hills and hollers of WV

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • song leading

    Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I have owned Yamaha guitars for over 40 years from basic ones to high end ones. Their consistency and "bang for the buck" are unparalleld. The volume and tone the FG-800 gives exceed one's expectations when you look at the price. I recently ordered five to take with us on a mission trip to later donate to our host church, and I didn't consider any other guitar to buy multiples of other than Yamaha. Best guitar on the planet for a beginner guitar, best back up guitar to have, just hands down the best entry level model of any brand.

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Yamaha FG 800

    By Turkeecaller

    from Central, Ohio

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Top Strap Button

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I was looking for an acoustic guitar with low to mid range volume. I have an Epi Pro 1, which I really enjoy but, the only way to increase the low end volume is to play hard. Not my style. After reading all the reviews on guitars in the $200 - $300 range, my budget, I still couldn't make a choice. I figured the only way to decide was to go to the Columbus, Ohio GC and try them. Glad I did. There was nobody in the acoustic guitar room so I was able to play every guitar that I was looking at, and some that I wasn't, in my price range. After playing other Yamahas, Fender and even my beloved Epis, I kept coming back to the FG 800. Although a kinda "plain Jane" guitar, it had the low to mid range volume that I was looking for and the tone was fantastic. I purchased a boxed guitar and gave it a thorough inspection before leaving the store. After getting home and fine tuning it had a slight buzz on the D string. Put on some Elixer Polyweb 12s and no more buzz. the Elixir strings really brought out the tone and the volume is still there without "banging" it out. I gave it 4 stars because of it's Plain Jane looks. Really like the tuners, too.

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Guitar

    By Treblekicker, sometimes

    from Lincoln NE

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      Needed a brighter sounding acoustic that is affordable. My gibson lg1 is beloved but could not provide bright tones for certain songs. This guitar can. A good investment for my home studio.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great fireside guitar

      By John

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      Bought this guitar as a gift and replacement guitar for my father-in-law. Great sound right out of the box and rock solid tuners. Fretboard is easy to play, especially for an older player.

      Great value for the price. A lot of guitar for the money.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar. I'm a beginner and this guitar is perfect.

      By Dakao

      from Foothill Ranch, Ca.

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        Beautiful guitar. Great sound and feel

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good product! Must buy for beginners~

        By Wali

        from Ithaca, NY

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Awesome bass & resonance
        • Consistent
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          Product seems absolutely great, however, my particular guitar has very faded fret marks which might be a bit difficult for a beginner like me.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Seems pretty good to me

          By John

          from San Antonio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            Not sure if I should review this or not. I have played and checked it out as well as I could, although, many times details can be overlooked until you actually own it for a while. What I like is it does project very well for a concert sized body. The body is a tad smaller than a regular dreadnaught. I like the finish, nice clear coat on the body that isn't too thick.. The neck and heel have a nice feeling satin finsh. What I don't like, is the setup. Not just Guitar Ctr, but all guitar stores have really poor setups on acoustics. They all say this is because some prefer a higher action and dont want to cut too deep on the nut and bridge. Which I understand, but over 1/8" at the 12th fret is ridiculous! I am talking about from the top of the fret to the bottom of the string! That's horrible even for a bass guitar. Of course there's no fret buzz. I could shoot arrows from that without any fret buzz! I guess my advice would be to bring a fingerboard straight edge and straight edge for fret highth with you when buying an acoustic. Yamaha does have a good reputation as far as quality goes tho. The nut width is pretty narrow, which I like, just over 1.5". Seems like a good affordable guitar. If I can work a deal with GC or someone and get a $50 trade in on my Mitchell MD100, I'm going for it. many lower end acoustics have issues with the fingerboards skewing upwards where they are glued to the body due to improper heel angle, which is critical and requires precision. By eyeballing this Yamaha it seemed good. One more thing, the guitar projects very well. I've read they have trimmed the bracings of the sound board from a previous model to make for better resonance. The tuners are sealed cast type. Look like Pings, so thats good. The fret ends a manicured well. No sharp edges. Well, I'm not looking for a beginner guitar but want something better than a Mitchell that's affordable. I think this might be my ticket.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Yamaha alwaysdelivers best value deep resonance bright sound

            By Caneca

            from Miami, Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              bought it for my daughter, excellent for beginners. sounds bright but also deep resonance, Yamaha is synonymous to quality, always. tried Fender and Ibanez at same price range, but do not compare.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Neck issue

              By cash

              from Ports nh

              About Me Experienced

              Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              I wish the neck would play smoother its hard to move up and down the neck drags a lot..

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              No

              By Edward

              from undisclosed

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              I traded it in athe local store, here in Fayetteville NC, for an Alvarez. It would not stay in tune, and I had to strum real hard.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I bought the guitar for my son he loves it.

              By Lorena

              from Tucson AZ

              About Me Child

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • School Bands

                Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                Great guitar.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                I keep trying but...

                By cash

                from Portsmouth NH

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • Not Consistent
                • Poor Construction

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                I keep going back because i like this model but.... the quality control is not good at all. I keep going toGC
                and i look and look at this model and the smaller versions..aagain theres a quality problem with the back of the necks on many of these very poorly carved and sanded no finish. a lot i tried had very rough finishing some even gouged not good the rest of the guitars are very good but the sloppy neck carves ruin it. May i also say i really like the sanburst finish the one i tried sounded nice the neck was awful as for the finish it was only half applied with a obvious big white spot down the middle somebodies fingerprints smeared in the fnish looking at an angle you could see the awful spray job shame. Very poor quality control on an other wise decent guitar.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Entry Level Acoustic for the Price

                By Cameron

                from Corvallis, OR

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                  I don't have much experience with other guitars, but I have owned this model for over a year now and I have no complaints. I was really impressed with the build and have decided that, at least at the entry level, Yamaha makes the best for the price. I use this mostly for practice and leisure playing. After putting some new strings on it held it's tune with only a few exceptions for the rest of the session. Would recommend to anyone in the market for an entry level guitar.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Buying Experience

                  By Danny-Boy

                  from High Ridge, MO

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                    Lucky enough to have had Jake help me out and get me to the right guitar. They entire buying process was professional, interesting and fun. I can not recommend buying from Jake and GC any higher.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    So much sound so little price.

                    By Turn to Stone

                    from Auburn Ma

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                      great value.

                       
                      4.0

                      Very good guitar, great guitar for the price!

                      By John

                      from San Antonio TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Needs minor set-up

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                      A really good guitar at a really reasonable price. The only reason I gave it only 4 stars is The action is too high and needs a simple set-up. This is an easy fix, and if you dont know how, a decent guitar tech will ido this for less than $20. If you buy this from any reputable retailer, filing the bottom of the saddle down for proper action should be done for free. This is an issue not just with this Yamaha, but Fender, Epiphone, Ibanex, Rougue Mitchell etc. Have this in common. I've even seen this on high end acoustics like Taylor. and the rest. I dont understand why on a Chinese built guitar where labor is 1/8th the salary of what Americans make, they don't have someone at the factory do this to at least get the action in the ball park. Not perfect, just workable. There's no excuse for a new acoustic guitar to have the strings 1/4" away from the frets. Sometimes you get one that does come with good action out of the box, but more times than not, it aint so.
                      Now the good. The neck was very straight with proper relief. No high or low frets! The quality of the craftsmanship is excelent. Something Yamaha is well known for. Nice fit and finish. Nothing fancy, just a straight up solid guitar.
                      The sound is subjective. If you're looking for a bright vibrant sound, this is for you. It projects very well. It has a very broad sound with bass and crisp clean highs. Not boxy sounding at all. If you prefer a more rounded warmer tone like one with a mahogany top and body, this wouldn't be your cup of tea. I like both types of sounds, so why not have both guitars? To me the sound sparkles and the tones ring out. Very articulate harmonics. Not what one would expect from a guitar at this price. And some will tag this as an "entry level guitar" because of the price. Yes it is a great entry level guitar, but is also xlnt for the experienced, or even pro player. No I wouldn't compare it to a Hummingbird or Martin D45., but it sounds nice, real nice, and very playable.

                       
                      5.0

                      Finally, An Easily Afforded Guitar With QUALITY Sound!

                      By C J Camp

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      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:

                        The first time I strummed a chord I did a double-take. I thought I had picked up the wrong guitar or maybe someone put the wrong tag on it? This guitar sounds like a thousand to fifteen hundred dollars!
                        I bought my first Yamaha guitar (an FG200) in 1973 and I knew then that Yamaha guitars are well-built, but the sound was not comparable to much more expensive guitars. This one is. IMHO this is the best "sound vs. price" guitar value on the planet. You can't go wrong!

                         
                        5.0

                        intonation

                        By Jaribu

                        from Detroit

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Yamaha FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                          I am a bassist who is also studying guitar. I did not expect to find such fine intonation on an instrument at this price. If this is also a concern for you, I highly recommend this guitar.

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