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The FGX730SC acoustic guitar offers great features, including a cutaway body with a Solid Sitka Spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and a rosewood fingerboard in a beautiful hi-gloss natural finish. ... Read More

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The FGX730SC acoustic guitar offers great features, including a cutaway body with a Solid Sitka Spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and a rosewood fingerboard in a beautiful hi-gloss natural finish. With FGX730SC you have the option of plugging into a PA or amp with a 1-way piezo/preamp system with a 3-band EQ, adjustable midrange frequency control, and built-in chromatic tuner. Acoustically or plugged in, the FGX730SC sounds fantastic.

A.R.T. technology uses unique multilayer structuring and achieves optimum dynamic balance. Yamaha acoustic-electric guitars have consistently used piezoelectric pickups to reproduce the pure sounds of the acoustic guitar. But piezoelectric pickups tended to overreact to changes in attack, which, in turn, caused distortion. To achieve ideal playability, Yamaha improved the way the dynamics were controlled on the FJX730SC acoustic electric.

The guitar pickup was designed with a multilayer structure consisting of six layers of different materials. This dampens excessive vibration from the top board while picking up small resonances to achieve ideal sensitivity and outstanding dynamic balance. Also, because the pickup is fitted directly beneath the top board, it functions as a transducer attached to the guitar body. In addition to two main pickups mounted under the saddle, this system has one each on the bass and treble sides to capture the vibrations of the entire length of the strings and body, as well as the sound's bass and treble components. The Yamaha guitar's pickups are laid out in such a way as to achieve clear reproduction even during high-position soloing.

The A.R.T. preamp system's 1-way configuration features one main pickup system consisting of two pickups underneath the saddle. The 3-band equalizer gives the ability to control the mid-range for versatile sound creation. The system is also equipped with an onboard tuner. The body's non-scallop, X-type bracing design delivers deep lows full of presence that are unique to the Yamaha sound, and a clear upper end, making a clear and tight response. The Yamaha FJX730SC's head design includes real mother-of-pearl inlay on the headstock and adds a touch of class not found often in this price range.

Yamaha's original L-block neck design offers faster transfer of string vibration to the acoustic electric guitar's body for greater depth and tone while enhancing stability around the neck joint. The large bridge offers greater transfer of string vibration to the body producing a tight and clear mid-range with full, balanced tone. Smooth lines and edges keep the playing surface unencumbered. Case sold separately.
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Features
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body Type: Cutaway
  • Back & Sides: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Body Depth: 3-15/16" - 4-5/8"
  • String Scale: 25-9/16"
  • Preamp: A.R.T. 1way Pickup System (1-way, 3-band EQ, adjustable midrange frequency, chromatic tuner)
  • Tuners: Die-cast Chrome
  • Finish: Natural
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Case sold separately
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4.4

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I Can't Believe I Love A Yamaha

Okay, so I have been a Martin owner for quite some time I own three... A vintage D-28, an O-45 and a D-16GT. My D-16 has been my...Read complete review

Okay, so I have been a Martin owner for quite some time I own three... A vintage D-28, an O-45 and a D-16GT. My D-16 has been my knock around for gigs and travel. Although I love to play all of them, I love to keep them in good condition even more, so six months ago I decided to go on the hunt for a good "knock around guitar" that wouldn't hurt my wallet but could stand up to the sound and playability of the Martin. I went to several stores around town to start the search but found that I had been spoiled by what I'm used to playing. I played several Takamines to much disappointment as they proved to have a lot of dead spots and seemingly bad intonation. I finally made it to my local Guitar Center and proceeded to play every acoustic guitar in the store. I was starting to lean towards a Breedlove of the same price and was asked to give the Yamaha a try by the clerk who had done some gigging with the same guitar. Much to my surprise as I started to play I found that I loved the tone, it has a very warm resonance that comes through plugged in or unplugged. Right out of the gate I found the action to be spot on (although I think I just lucked out). Overall I have no complaints this is a great gigging guitar, the electronics although cheaper than my Fishman, are very solid. I am also surprised to report that I have a lot of fun with this guitar because of the $1,000 sound at half the price. I have gigged with it now for 6 months and other than getting it set up 2 months into owning it, I have nothing but good things to say about this guitar. You CANNOT beat the quality for the price here, so if you're on the fence, just buy it.

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Unplayably High Action

The guitar appears well made and sounds nice, however, the action is so high, that even if I were to sand down ALL of the saddle, so that the strings were as low...Read complete review

The guitar appears well made and sounds nice, however, the action is so high, that even if I were to sand down ALL of the saddle, so that the strings were as low as they could possibly go, the action would STILL be high for an acoustic. The truss rod is functional and works well, but the action is so high that the arc of the neck is meaningless. The one I tried in store was laughably high, and because of the rave reviews online, I assumed it was a manufacturing defect. The one they sent me is just as bad. The Takamine I played of the same price had a very low action for an acoustic and was very comfortable. This one is going back to the store, may get the Takamine. Soooo dissapointed! For reference, the strings are over 1/8" off the board at the 12th fret and the bridge only offers about 2mm of adjustment.

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2.0

Unplayably High Action

By Chris

from Annapolis

The guitar appears well made and sounds nice, however, the action is so high, that even if I were to sand down ALL of the saddle, so that the strings were as low as they could possibly go, the action would STILL be high for an acoustic. The truss rod is functional and works well, but the action is so high that the arc of the neck is meaningless. The one I tried in store was laughably high, and because of the rave reviews online, I assumed it was a manufacturing defect. The one they sent me is just as bad. The Takamine I played of the same price had a very low action for an acoustic and was very comfortable. This one is going back to the store, may get the Takamine. Soooo dissapointed! For reference, the strings are over 1/8" off the board at the 12th fret and the bridge only offers about 2mm of adjustment.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best tone under $1000

By Argyle

from Los Angeles, CA

Title says most of it - I tried a ton of different guitars in at least four different stores, and the $500 FGX730SC had better acoustic tone than anything else priced under $1000. In fact I had to go up above $1500 before I started to hear comparably good tone from other brands. Plugged in, the FGX730SC's tone is still excellent, though not quite as beautiful as the acoustic sound. I play it through an Acoustic AG-30 guitar amp. The Yamaha's built-in tuner is very convenient, the neck feels superb, the nut was perfectly cut for easy playability at the low frets. I removed and sanded the saddle to lower the action at the other end of the strings, and also switched to extra light (.010) strings for effortless playability. The only slight criticism I have of this guitar is that it is not particularly loud (unplugged). If you don't need maximum acoustic volume, check this out - it's a really good guitar.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't know what I'd do without it.

By Elizabeth Paine

from Hampton, CT

My first guitar was my mothers 30+ year old Ventura. I played it for over two years and it's starting to sound almost as if the bridge is coming loose. We are going to bring it somewhere to see if it's worth fixing.. but that's not the point. I've been going crazy not having my own guitar! So I went into Guitar Center 15 days ago and tried a bunch of guitars and I loved the way this one sounded and looked, too. I put it on layaway and picked it up today and I haven't been able to put it down. It's a beautiful guitar and sounds amazing. I posted a picture of its backside because there are no other pictures of it. Not sure if it will make it up but I think it's an important thing to know if you are interested in buying something that looks... spiffy and expensive, and for such a reasonable price! This is a wonderful buy. I recommend it 100%.

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I Can't Believe I Love A Yamaha

By rubrsoul29

from Syracuse, NY

Okay, so I have been a Martin owner for quite some time I own three... A vintage D-28, an O-45 and a D-16GT. My D-16 has been my knock around for gigs and travel. Although I love to play all of them, I love to keep them in good condition even more, so six months ago I decided to go on the hunt for a good "knock around guitar" that wouldn't hurt my wallet but could stand up to the sound and playability of the Martin. I went to several stores around town to start the search but found that I had been spoiled by what I'm used to playing. I played several Takamines to much disappointment as they proved to have a lot of dead spots and seemingly bad intonation. I finally made it to my local Guitar Center and proceeded to play every acoustic guitar in the store. I was starting to lean towards a Breedlove of the same price and was asked to give the Yamaha a try by the clerk who had done some gigging with the same guitar. Much to my surprise as I started to play I found that I loved the tone, it has a very warm resonance that comes through plugged in or unplugged. Right out of the gate I found the action to be spot on (although I think I just lucked out). Overall I have no complaints this is a great gigging guitar, the electronics although cheaper than my Fishman, are very solid. I am also surprised to report that I have a lot of fun with this guitar because of the $1,000 sound at half the price. I have gigged with it now for 6 months and other than getting it set up 2 months into owning it, I have nothing but good things to say about this guitar. You CANNOT beat the quality for the price here, so if you're on the fence, just buy it.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If its Yamaha, it must be good.

By Johndel

from valencia, california

Well, "good" is an understatement simply because this guitar is simply remarkable, very elegant, classy and very solid. The look and feel is outstanding. Dude, this is rosewood back, sides, fretboard, bridge with solid sitka spruce on top with binding; wake up this is unbeatable !!! The tonal quality is excellent, fret spacing is superb, design is impeccable what other adjectives for me to say just to convince you? Go to Guitar Center before they change their mind and bring it back to $800s. I highly recommend this to everyone. If still in doubt, just compare all the guitars available there ranging $300-$500. I can honestly say that this is superior and can beat anything in its class....handsdown.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy.

By Ed M.

from warren Michigan

Like most, I played them all and chose the Yamaha. The neck is very user friendly, The way it sits is solid (won't feel like your fighting to keep it on your leg), The sound is Great plugged in or not. If your looking through the Guitar center give this one a try. I purchased this guitar 3 years and hasn't let me down. It is a guitar that you'll have to keep even after moving up to a more expensive one. Recommend 5 stars.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING GUITAR

By Joey

from Damascus Maryland

I bought this guitar for my my birthday in March, and let me just start off by saying that this guitar is worth the money. I compared this with a Taylor and the Yamaha sounded way better. I love its rosewood neck so its easier to slide up and down the neck without getting your hand stuck on it like you would a glazed neck. It's sound is amazing and i would recomend it to all first time guitarists and experienced ones. BUY IT!!!!

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(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice guitar just not reliable

By Jim Wheeler

from Toledo, Ohio

I love the sound this guitar offers.The one issue I do have with it is it will cut in and out quite often. Took it to guitar center and they could not help because it was just outside of warranty. Has anyone else experienced this?

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal

By Brian Wilkins

from Pensacola, Florida

Spent about a month looking for a guitar in the 400-500 price range, tried out most of the takamines, epiphones, and fenders, but this guitar had the best sound and feel for the money, wont compete with the sound of a martin, but has great playability, nice looks, and good tone at the perfect price, the rosewood back and sides are also a nice bonus for a midrange guitar and because of it this guitar sounds more on the high range, but has great mids as well.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A good buy!

By Jeff B. aka Bobo

from Bedminster, NJ

For the price this is an excellent buy. It has a good feel and decent tone which improves with .13 strings rather than the light guage it comes with.The action is good but less so above the 9th fret. The electronics are also good and it sounds fine played acoustically or ampified. This was the best axe within the price range and it is recommended. JB

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