Yamaha FG820 6-String Acoustic Guitar

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94 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$290
Yamaha FG820 Acoustic Guitar

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.

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.

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

Features

  • 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

Pros

The Yamaha FG820 is well loved for its overall build quality, and this is a common theme among reviews of Yamaha made instruments. Owners appreciate how good the neck feels, describing it as very easy on the hands of beginners. Others appreciate the extra cosmetic details that add to its premium look, like the cream colored bindings on the body and fretboard. Owners of this guitar are simply satisfied with what they got for the money - a good quality instrument.

Cons

No note worthy complaints about the guitar's design and quality, but note that Dreadnoughts like this can be a bit bulky for smaller players.

Overall

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, such as the Yamaha FS800 or Ibanez AW54 in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars.

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