Yamaha FG800 - 6 String Acoustic Guitar

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94 out of 100. Incorporating 900+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$220
Yamaha FG800 Acoustic Guitar

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 94/100 is based on analysis of 900+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

NB: At publication time this was on our recommended list for Acoustic Guitars Under $300.

Yamaha's ability to mass produce and release affordable guitars with good quality is really impressive, to the point that its almost unfair for their competition.

This is even more obvious when considering their success across many different instruments and price ranges.

The FG800 in particular is as close to a traditional dreadnought as you can get, complete with a solid spruce top not usually found in this price range.

Yamaha also implemented scalloped bracing for this model which ups the sonic quality even more.

The neck doesn't stray too far off from traditional specifications, the end result being a classic looking and familiar playing instrument that many appreciate.

Specifications

  • String Type: Steel String
  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Body: Nato Back & Okoume sides
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.692"

Pros
"Money well spent" is a 3-word statement that nicely summarizes market response. Users believe that this guitar is a great deal given its specs, and it also helps that it is backed by Yamaha, a brand that's well known for quality and reliability. Playability is also often commended, even experienced guitarists comment that this guitar is very comfortable to play.

Cons
There are a few who report about high-action / poor setup issues, but that's only from a small number of reports, and there are others who nitpick on minor cosmetic issues.

Overall
Thanks to the Yamaha FG800, beginners and the budget conscious can now own a good quality solid-top dreadnought at a very affordable price.

NB: At publication time this was on our recommended list for Acoustic Guitars Under $300.

About the Author

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.

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