Yamaha FS3 Red Label Concert 6-String Acoustic Guitar


88 out of 100. Incorporating 10+ ratings and reviews.

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Yamaha FS3 Red Label Concert 6-String Acoustic Guitar

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Our rating of 88/100 is based on analysis of 10+ 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.

The FS3 harkens back to 1960's era folk guitars and its woods are 'pre-aged' with Yamaha's Acoustic Resonance Enhancement (A.R.E.) treatment so it already sounds 'opened up' straight out of the box.

Yamaha's FG/FS Red Label range has been getting rave reviews from regular users as well as professional reviewers like Dylan Mitrovich from Mixdown Mag.

This is the smallest guitar in the range which is getting ratings as good or better than the larger models.

Yamaha kept the price down by having the FS3 made in China instead of Japan where the more expensive models are made, however many guitarists buying this know it's from China (some say so in reviews) and are still very impressed with the guitar.


  • Body Shape: Concert
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Solid Mahogany
  • Finish: Semi-Gloss
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Neck: African Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not Specified
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15.75"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"


Some owners have said that it is loud for a concert sized guitar - thanks to its updated scalloped bracing (compared to the original Nippon Gakki Red Label guitars it's based on) which was designed precisely for this purpose. Most reviewers say it plays very well and sounds great, or words to that effect, with one going as far as to say that it sounds better than the 3 Taylor 114 series guitars he owns - a sentiment echoed by others like one experienced guitarist who said it sounds as good as guitars that cost 4 times as much.


Although it is louder than expected, it doesn't have the projection of larger guitars. This is why some recommend to get pickups for it.


Whether you're a strummer or a fingerpicker, you'll find this solid wood mid-sized guitar a pleasure to play.

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 Under $1000.

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