The Yamaha FG700S is the perfect inexpensive guitar for beginners learning to play and for the experienced who want a great quality campfire instrument. This particular acoustic guitar gives you the incredible intense tones and the deep sound quality of a more expensive guitar, without the fear of a $900 price tag if you damage it while camping or playing at a beach party.
Yamaha has four series of acoustic guitars but the FG (according to usa.yamaha.com and a slew of guitar magazines) is “the number one sold acoustic guitar of all time.” I did not see sales numbers to verify that comment, but, the Yamaha FG700S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar has been around over 50 years so there is no doubt it is a fan favorite among many types of players.
I have to say the Yamaha FG700S feels really comfortable to play. That is to say it’s a nice average size – not too big, not too little. It’s sized well enough that it fits anyone over the age of 7 reasonably well. Also, it has a slimmer neck than most acoustic guitars and that makes it easier to play more difficult chords, especially for those with smaller hands or anyone wanting to rock hard with some impressive barre work.
Similarly, the action makes it great to play for the average person as well. The distance between the frets and the strings made it easy to press down for more powerful chords and super firm sound delivery.
In addition to the comfortable size and string placement on the Yamaha FG700S Solid Top acoustic guitar, is that it is such a sturdy guitar. I play at campfires frequently and I have not seen any indication of damage after being dropped on a cooler (more than once). The solid Sitka Spruce top is just that; solid. Super durable construction with lighter weight woods (spruce top and nato sides and back) that makes the overall guitar lightweight as well – another reason the Yamaha FG700S is great for beginners or a practiced musician’s travel instrument – you won’t get tired carrying it around. The nato wood is a popular Asian wood which helps translate into the cost savings on this guitar – it’s a good quality wood that is fairly inexpensive for Yamaha to use, which passes on to us, the players – woohoo!
Another reason the solid Sitka Spruce top on the Yamaha FG700S is so important is because Sitka spruce is an excellent soundboard. Having a solid top on an acoustic guitar is a must-have for good sound quality, and the Yamaha’s FG700S Solid Top Acoustic Guitar is one of the best priced options on the market with this quality tone wood. Sitka spruce is very popular because it gives a mellow tone with a relaxed response. The nato back and sides also produce a nice tone, and the fingerboard is constructed using rosewood, which is the expected choice for acoustic guitars for its high quality.
In addition to the good quality tone wood on the body and soundboard, the Yamaha FG700S uses diecast chrome tuners which hold tune for weeks versus the cheap tuners typically found on a guitar in this price range. I like to do acoustic versions of classic and alternative rock, and the tuners on the Yamaha FG700s took the beating for almost a month before I had to retune!
The only sound issue I can find is if you want intensely loud sound, like with any other acoustic guitar, you’ll need to get a few electronic accessories to boost it, but the Yamaha FG700S has pretty intense tones on its own without an amplifier.
This acoustic guitar is one I would definitely recommend to anyone learning to play for the easiness of size, weight and neck width, and the impressively low cost for the quality. I would also recommend this to more experienced players as an inexpensive travel guitar both for the sturdiness of construction and its outstanding sound quality.