Yamaha FG700S
King Loudness 12/05/2011

Yamaha FG700S : King Loudness's user review

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The Yamaha FG700S is one of the standard dreadnought models available to the public. It's priced so that it is within the reach of many beginning and intermediate players. It features a solid sitka spruce top, nato back and sides, rosewood fretboard, rosewood bridge and a nice faux tortiseshell pickguard. It is made in China and like many other Yamaha guitars it is available in a few diferent body styles to suit different tastes as well.


This guitar is reasonably for a dreadnought type design. It has a nice thin satin lacquer finish which not only helps with the tone but makes it lighter and more resonant. For my own personal tastes unwound choose one of the smaller bodied Yamaha guitars as that's my preference, but if you are after a good feeling and sounding dreadnought design for not a whole lot of cash this one is definitely worth a second look. It plays extremely well right out of the box and the comfortable setup right away shows Yamaha's commitment to quality in their instruments.


Like many Yamaha guitars this one has a nice deep and rich tone that will work very well for chord work and some lead styles. The low end is reasonable, if not a tiny bit woofy when hit hard. It doesn't have an extremely apparent midrange quality to the sound either but you can certainly still hear yourself fine in a mix. The high end has a decent sparkle that helps to bring out chords and some lead in a great way. It can get a tad sharp sounding if you hit it too hard but that can be avoided by adjusting your technique. It's definitely got an admirable sound for its price point.


All in all I think the Yamaha FG700S is a fantastic buy for anyone looking for a great sounding dreadnought for chump change. It's everything you need and nothing you don't. Nice simple looks paired with excellent playabilty and very surprising tone make this guitar a real winner. For the retail price of $200 Yamaha's practically giving these away! Definitely worth a look in my opinion.