Yamaha Acoustic Guitars are one of the most sought-after Guitars in the world. These guitars have a unique blend of old and new, which means the fusion of old guitar-making technique of hand-crafting mixed with modern assembly-line and mass production. This is one major reason why Yamaha Acoustic Guitar has so many affordable versions because they are mass-producing. The second reason is Laminated top, which I will tell you about.
Yamaha Acoustic Guitars Review
My first experience with a Yamaha Acoustic Guitar was during a short trip to Tawang in a college expedition 16 years ago. It was an F310 guitar which one of the members of that expedition had newly bought. Before this experience, frankly I didn’t know that Yamaha manufactures guitars too. Before playing it I was of the opinion that its a duplicate product. However, one good look at it and a couple of strums later I was genuinely impressed.
The look and feel was nice, good intonation and action, although the owner had not kept it well. During the past few years I had more chances to play some variants of Yamaha Acoustic Guitars and now there is enough juice to make some worthwhile comment on each one. I will begin with an overall assessment and my score for Yamaha Acoustic Guitar in general. After that I will tell you about the variants which are popular and commonly available. I will also tell you about the pros and cons of these variants. This will help you to take a decision on which one to buy.
Yamaha Acoustic Guitars List
The Yamaha F310 is the entry level guitar from Yamaha Acoustic Guitars. It is a full sized 41 inch dreadnought model with no – frills. It is a simplistic model without cutaway or pick up. The package includes only the guitar. However, this affordable piece sounds much above its price tag. It also has a nice, deep sustain identifiable with more expensive instruments. Therefore, it is arguably one of the best choices of Acoustic Guitars for beginners.
Take a look at the prices of F310 Yamaha Acoustic Guitars from the trusted stores in India:
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Yamaha F370 is the next in line from Yamaha guitars after the F310 acoustic guitar. Construction – wise there is little difference between Yamaha F370 and Yamaha F310. The back and sides in F370 are made of Nato wood laminate rather than spruce laminate as in case of the F310. The top is the same laminated spruce which is used in F310, the earlier model we saw. Laminated wood brings down the price of this guitar to an affordable level. This guitar also doesn’t have built-in pickup just like F310.
Here is the price range of Yamaha F370 to buy online:
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This is an affordable concert sized cutaway model from Yamaha Acoustic guitars. It sports a nice cutaway design. Hence, it is easy to play this guitar below the 14th fret as well. Such guitars are very suitable for those who love to play finger picking style guitars. It has a Laminated Spruce top with tone wood back and agathis wood sides. Laminated wood brings down the price of this guitar to an affordable level. Furthermore, the fingerboard is made of Rosewood. However, it does not have built-in pick-up or tuner etc.
Yamaha FG JR1 Junior
The Yamaha FG JR1 Junior is especially designed for kids. It is a small 3/4 size guitar meant for kids. It is apt for children of the age group of 4 to 14 years. The guitar has a laminated spruce top with Meranti back and sides. It also features a Nato wood neck with Rosewood fret-board. Since it is small and the neck is smooth, this instrument is fairly easier on little fingers. Children love this guitar because of its ease of playing and nice balanced sound.
What are Yamaha Acoustic Guitars Made of ?
To begin with, the body of a Yamaha Acoustic Guitar in affordable range is all laminated wood. The same kind of compressed wood found in 90% of today’s Guitars. It is like solid wood versus plywood – in simple terms. Lamination wood brings the cost of the Guitar down to affordable level and hence you will find so many cheap guitars in the market. You will find solid wood being used only in the high end Yamaha Acoustic Guitars. Laminated Spruce also comes in different qualities. However, you can be rest assured that Yamaha Acoustic Guitars are made only from the best ones. Most choices of Yamaha Acoustic Guitars listed above have Maple or Nato neck with Rosewood fingerboard which is a great combination and is prevalent in most acoustic guitars nowadays.
What to check before buying?
There are a few important things you should check before buying Yamaha Acoustic Guitars
- Some of the Yamaha Acoustic Guitars don’t come with installed pick-up
- Secondly, take a look at the combo options
- Most combo deals will be better than in-store deals
What to do after buying?
- First thing to do is to tune and check the Action (distance between the fret board and strings)
- De-tune and change strings – always do this on a new guitar, irrespective of the brand
- Adjust truss rod if you found that action is high or too low
- Wipe the entire guitar with a clean, dry cloth and then tune
- Once tuned, enjoy the Music !