Review Yamaha FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
A solid-top guitar with authentic sound that is well balanced without sacrificing its robust strength, thanks to the newly developed scalloped bracing design. Can be confidently recommended to all beginner guitarists.Yamaha’s FG800 Folk Acoustic Guitar is a reasonably priced entry-level acoustic guitar featuring one of the most popular tonewoods – solid Sitka spruce – for the top. This gives you a nice mellow tone with a slower response, and keeps the guitar nice and lightweight, a combination that is ideal for a beginner trying to find their way around the instrument. The nato back and sides also keeps the guitar lightweight and inexpensive while not sacrifcing tone. Other features of the FG800 include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, black and white body binding, die-cast tuners, and a tortoise pickguard. Case sold separately.Check the drop-down menu to the right to select between Natural or Sunburst finishes.
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- Body type: Dreadnaught
- Cutaway: Non-cutaway
- Top wood: Solid Spruce
- Back & sides: Nato/okume
- Bracing pattern: Scalloped
- Body finish: Gloss
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: Info not available
- Nut width: 1.69″ (43mm)
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Neck wood: Nato
- Scale length: 25″
- Number of frets: 20
- Neck finish: Matte
- Pickup/preamp: No
- Brand: Not applicable
- Configuration: Not applicable
- Preamp EQ: Not applicable
- Feedback filter: Not applicable
- Tuner: Not applicable
Headstock overlay: Rosewood
Tuning machines: Die-cast Chrome
Saddle & nut: Urea
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: None
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: Hex Wrench
The FG800 Compared to Other Models:
By dissecting the basic model of the new FG series, we’ll cover all of the upgrades that set it apart from the old FG700.
I’ll say it once more. The FG series from Yamaha is the best-selling acoustic guitar series of all time.
Compared to previous models, the biggest improvement the FG800 has brought about is on the inside. While the FG700 and all its variations featured straight bracing patterns, all new versions feature scalloped bracing patterns inside. This means that the solid tops on all of them are lighter and thus more responsive to sound. The result is a louder guitar with more projection.
In case this is your first time here and you are wondering what a bracing pattern is, take a look at this explanation:
Also, ‘projection’ is a word you probably see a lot on guitar reviews and forums. It doesn’t refer only to the volume, but to the direction and length of the sound. If played on a large hall, a guitar with better projection will appear to be louder because it has a more focused sound that is…er, projected, without dispersing. A sound that can make it to the other side of the room without problem.
This is what the change on the bracing pattern of the FG800 is for. So overall, it leads to a more focused and clear sound with better sustain. That’s important if you want to play for people or record in a room.
The scalloped bracing pattern also helps with the low end. The FG800 has a dreadnought body that won’t disappoint when it comes to lows, but thanks to that upgrade it really makes this guitar sound big and booming like a dreadnought should.
As with the previous version, the top is Solid Spruce and the back and sides are laminated Nato (eastern Mahogany, similar in tone) and Okume.
It’s got a Gloss finish that looks very thin and easy on the eye. The basic FG800 only comes in natural finish has 20 frets and nut and saddle made of Urea. This last thing is a resin material that is present in mostly all of Yamaha’s acoustics except for the most expensive models, where the nut and saddle are usually made of bone. It doesn’t alter the tone dramatically though, and if this is your first guitar, at $200, you shouldn’t worry about that.
Yamaha FG800 vs FS800
The FG is a full-sized dreadnought with a very robust sound and feel to it. For some reason the guys at Yamaha thought this might be a little too much for some people and wanted to make a guitar that would feature all the positive aspects of the FG series but on a smaller body.
So as it’s always been with the FG and FS series, all new FS guitars are smaller and thinner than the FG’s. Mainly to cater to female and young guitarists alike. The new FS series are even a bit smaller than the FS700’s when it comes to depth now.
Other than that, you get the same specs depending on the model. Let’s take a look at those now.
Yamaha FG800 vs FG820
The main two differences between these two guitars lie in materials used and finished. The backs and sides on the FG820 are actual mahogany as opposed to nato and okume like in the basic FG800.
Also, the FG820 features cream-colored binding as opposed to black. This was intended largely to stand out more on its various finishes. Out of all the models on the FG and FS series, the FG820 and FS820 feature the most available finishes. Some of them are Autumn Burst, Natural, Black, Sunset Blue (yeh-hah!), and Brown Sunburst.
- Value for money (definitely!)
- Sound quality despite the cheap price
- Durable and can withstand the test of time
- High action
- Needs to be setup first
To conclude, if you’re looking for a decent guitar with high quality sound that doesn’t get you burning a hole in your pocket, then this guitar will suit you well.
Though I would just like to emphasize the high action on the strings which can become a burden for those who prefer a lower action guitar.
Overall, the Yamaha FG800, with its sound quality and price doesn’t disappoint at all.