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Yamaha FG-160
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Yamaha FG-160

Other Acoustic Guitar from Yamaha belonging to the FG series.

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« Yamaha FG-160 »

Published on 07/14/01 at 15:00
In 1972 I borrowed $225 to purchase this guitar (with hard case) new at a local music store in Marietta, GA. Before I walked in the store I didn't even know Yamaha made guitars. I couldn't afford a Martin (Back then EVERYONE wanted a Martin). I figured I would trade-up later on when I could afford a nicer guitar. Joel, the owner of the store took down this FG-160 and said, 'Try this one..nice guitar for the buck.'

I discovered that this guitar is very responsive to the paricular types of strings. With light guage it has almost a classical quality - great for jazz rifs. With a medium or studio guage the bass comes out very rich - especially for country or Spanish. I recently tried an electric pick-up on it (removable type) and without an equalizer it has great clarity
plugged in.

It's difficult to come up with a dislike about this guitar. It came with only one strap button...I've never put a second one on it.

Since I've kept the guitar cased all its life (when not in use) the finish has maintained extremely well. The finish has developed a rich patina, slightly darker than the original. I've never used anything but a soft cloth on it. It's a very well built guitar. It has never warped. Everything on it is still original, even the tuning gears.

At first, my motives for keeping this guitar were mostly sentimental - after all, it was my 'first' and has given me years of pleasure. But I have come to appreciate its quality and craftsmanship even more. It's not the most expensive or elaborate guitar I've played, but it will always be my favorite.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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