Yamaha FG800 Acoustic Guitar Review

Yamaha FG800 Acoustic Guitar, Natural

Manufacturer: Yamaha

Model: FG800

Yamaha has always been a byword for quality and reliability, and the Yamaha FG800 Acoustic Guitar only reinforces this image.

The FG800 is a successor to the FG700S which was a very successful model for Yamaha - a best seller enjoyed by many.

AS a part of FG series, the FG800 proves that a great acoustic guitar doesn’t necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg. Moreover, it delivers powerful and clean sound in the low to mid-ranges, on par with models that are thrice the price.



Price

Specifications

  • 6-string
  • Dreadnought
  • ​Solid Sitka spruce top
  • ​Nato back and sides
  • ​Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Diecast tuners
  • ​Weight: 6.7lbs.
  • Dimensions: 42.5 x 20.7 x 6.1 inches

Build

The FG800 utilizes a number of quality woods, each of which adds a different flavor to the overall sound. As noted above, it sports a classic dreadnought shape, which enables it resonate deeply and give out powerful projection capable of filling a large room.

The solid Sitka spruce top is supported by a slightly modified quarter-sawn scalloped X-bracing. The bracing has twofold purpose – one, to maintain and increase the durability of the top, and two, to help it bring out a more natural sound.

The nato back and sides are there to counterbalance the extreme brightness of the spruce and give it a honeyed, creamy quality.The rest of the guitar consists of nato neck and rosewood fingerboard and bridge, which contributes in the overall mosaic of sound with complex highs, and thick and creamy lows, with just enough punch and honk in the midrange to make the tone sound warm and cozy.

Finish

The amazing hand-sprayed thin finish comes only in natural finish, but the top’s maple patterns and nato’s warm colors are more than adequate compensation in this regard.

Beside the basic dreadnought, there is one other shape available in this series (FS concert), as well as five grades with different tonewood options, and a range of different colors, plus you are able to choose between an acoustic and electric-acoustic variant.

Available Colours & Models

Available in 2 body shapes, including an all-new FS concert size; 5 grades featuring different tonewood options; a myriad of color options; acoustic or electric-acoustic models. Whatever the personality of your music, there’s an FG to match." (from Yamaha FG/FGX Series website)

The chart below shows the possible options from the manufacturer in the series.

The guitar links below only show a few examples of the various options that may be currently  available on Amazon. It is not possible here to show all the possible combinations for purchase. For example, the FS (Small Body) model is a cool option. Here is the FS820 Small Body in a classy Ruby Red color  

You can use our links as a starting point -- you also may wish to search Amazon by each model number such as "Yamaha guitar FG800", "Yamaha guitar FG850", etc. to find the model, color and bundle option that is of most interest to you.

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No.

Colour

Wood

More Info

Yamaha FG800 Acoustic Guitar, Natural

800

Natural

Solid Sitka Spruce Top

Yamaha FG820 Acoustic Guitar, Sunset Blue

820

Sunset Blue

Solid Sitka Spruce Top

Yamaha FG820 Acoustic Guitar, Autumn Burst

830

Autumn Burst

Solid Sitka Spruce Top

Yamaha FG840 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Flamed Maple

840

Flamed Maple

Solid Sitka Spruce Top

Yamaha FG850 Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany

850

Mahogany

Solid Mahogany Top

Action & Feel

The Yamaha steel strings (.012-.052) sit a wee bit too high on the upper frets, though they’re not too high, not even to give beginners much trouble. The action can be closer by fiddling around with the saddle, though it would probably be better if you had someone experienced do it.

The guitar feels comfortable, though somewhat bulky, but that’s to be expected from a dreadnought. In exchange you get a resonator with enough projection to fill a hall.

Sound

To elaborate on the previous point, the dreadnought shape brings a robust strength into the deal, and will certainly boost the confidence of beginners. Moreover, the sound is well balanced, sweet and mellow, with warm quality to it (meaning it emphasizes lower and mid-ranges).

Take a look at this review of the FGX820C to hear what the acoustic electric cutaway sounds like. A lot of great guitars to choose from!