Yamaha FG820 6-String Acoustic Guitar


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Yamaha FG820 Acoustic Guitar

Gearank Recommendation

The FG820 appeared on our recommended list for Acoustic Guitars Under $300 from September 2020 until March 2022 when it was out-ranked by the Yamaha FS800 and the Ibanez AW54.


The Yamaha FG820 is a traditional dreadnought with a solid spruce top that's within reach of serious students of the instrument.

And while having a solid top is already good to get in this price range, having been built to meet Yamaha's renowned quality standards, makes it even more appealing.

The guitar's body stays true to classic dreadnought design, with the back and sides crafted from laminate mahogany.

Scalloped Bracing
(1) Scalloped Bracing. (2) Normal Bracing.

The neck is also has a standard shape, with the specifications of straightforward reproductions of a classic dreadnought neck profile.

To improve the guitar's resonance and tone, Yamaha employed scalloped bracings (lighter), a feature that's you can normally find in more expensive acoustic guitars.

Because this is a full size dreadnought, it's a bit too big for younger players. If you're buying one for a young child then we recommend getting something a bit smaller such as a Parlor Guitar.

If you're looking for an affordable dreadnought acoustic with solid top, then you have plenty of good options in Yamaha's line up, this one being one of the top rated.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars.


  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Standard
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 400 mm
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 25.5”
  • Nut Width: 42.86 mm


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