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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST,Musket sans Ian
Date: 26 Jun 13 - 03:59 AM

I was bought a guitar of forgotten origin by my mum when I was 14. Once I started earning at 16, the local music shop, being Yamaha agents sold me a guitar, the denomination I can't recall but my son still has it. I played that guitar and learned on it for many years. I recall it with pride. Thin bellied, ply top with no electrics, it survived early folk club and festival outings and although my first big cost guitar was a Les Paul for my rock playing, the Yamaha was a constant folk attachment for years till my first Martin.

I still play a Yamaha. I like thin at the nut guitars and found the best compromise for a 12 string to be a Yamaha APX4-12. Bought it almost 20 years ago and it is often with me although rarely taken on stage. That's more to do with style than quality.

Bert Jansch was a hero of mine and when I buy a workaday guitar I do see what Yamaha are offering, mainly due to him. Mind you, my Rainsong will take some beating. I doubt I shall be buying for a while. ....


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 25 Jun 13 - 02:43 PM

I last posted on this thread 8 years ago. I still have the FG335 I bought in January 1979 with my girlfriends tax rebate. I have had it fettled since I last posted, got the action lowered a tad and I am still amazed at the quality of the sound. If anything it gets better as the years go by. I don't often play it these days but on the rare occasions I do I love the rich timbre it produces. If you want a good quality Guitar for next to nothing keep your eyes open for an old Yamaha FG335 or it's predecessor the FG180.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 24 Jun 13 - 03:27 PM

I have a FG-512 that I bought new in the mid 80's. Will keep her until they plant me!


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST,Don Wise
Date: 24 Jun 13 - 03:41 AM

"We've been together now for 40 years....." my FG110 and I. Despite the top end of the neck having to be repaired after a Silly Wizard managed to stumble over it on a darkened stage at Barnsley festival decades ago...............


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: Ebbie
Date: 24 Jun 13 - 02:50 AM

A month or so ago, the janitor here where I live found a Yamaha FG420 (I think?) acoustic electric in a soft case in a dumpster (dust bin. He has never played anything but I put new strings on it and it sounds fine.

I have taught him only three chords, in the key of D, and his hands are developing muscle memory. We practice only 1/2 hour 5 days a week- he has a three-year-old kid at home so he doesn't take the guitar home - but he is coming along.

Big problem is that he is a big man with HUGE fingers. Although I haven't told him so, he would find it easier to make clean chords if the Yamaha had a wider neck.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: PHJim
Date: 23 Jun 13 - 08:56 PM

Here's Bert Jansch playing a high end L series Yamaha. He may have a sponsorship, but in any case, it sounds pretty good in his hands.

Bert Jansch with a Yamaha


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: PHJim
Date: 23 Jun 13 - 08:00 PM

Despite the fact that this is a terribly bloody, violent song, it's one of the most beautifully sung and played that I've ever heard...and he uses a Yamaha FG???

Arthur McBride - Paul Brady


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST,Rev Bayes
Date: 23 Jun 13 - 05:07 PM

I bought an FG-730 a year or two ago for hacking away on. Not sure if I got lucky but I have to take on seriously high end guitars before I hear something I like better.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: PHJim
Date: 23 Jun 13 - 02:25 PM

You can get everything from sound systems, porta studios, brass and reed instruments, pianos and motorcycles that are branded "Yamaha", but the topic of this thread is "Ever played a Yamaha GUITAR?"

My ex wife had an FG180 which was inherited by one of my sons. My other son owns a better quality Yamaha, as does one of my brothers. My wife's first guitar was an LG75, which we now have strung up in Nashville tuning. These are all quite playable guitars with satisfactory tone. None of us use these as our primary instruments, but they work fine.

HuwG said in his original post that the Yamaha was "on the scale of a D-45". While Yamahas are about the size of a Martin dreadnought, they have a unique shape that is different from the dreadnought. If you place any Martin Dreadnought, D-18, D-21, D28, D-42... back to back, they will match exactly. If you try a square shoulder Gibson like the Hummingbird, it will match exactly. a dreadnought shaped Guild matches as does a Goya M-26. The Yamaha is quite different, although many refer to it as a dreadnought shape, it is unique.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: HuwG
Date: 23 Jun 13 - 10:00 AM

My baby's back!

A few weeks ago, one of the machine heads on the F340 fell to bits when I removed the string to restring the guitar. So, I took it to a local technician (Ken Cookson).

The deal was as simple as I usually manage. I had the existing machine heads (which I never really liked, as they were loose and did not always pull straight) removed, and the existing holes in the headstock drilled out and filled. The machine heads from a Gremlin which was also in bad condition were then fitted to the Yamaha.

In return, Mr. Cookson got the Gremlin. This was damaged stock I got half price from Johnny Roadhouse. It had been dropped on its strap button, and I thought that it had got away with cracked veneer on the sound board. Unfortunately, some of the internal bracing must have been broken, and over time, the sound board pulled up and away from the bottom bout, so that the action became progressively higher. When it became like playing an egg slicer, I put it to one side. My best wishes to Mr. Cookson.

The Yamaha sounds as magnificent as it ever has, and holds its tuning better thanks to the new machine heads. It is now a true "bitzer". I intend it to be buried with me.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST,does anyone know what or can tell me what a
Date: 20 Mar 11 - 02:34 PM

it is a rg 180 red label yamaha is worth


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: MikeL2
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 12:49 PM

Hi

Some years ago - around 1976 - I bought a Yamaha FG-360.

At the time I had to by it quickly due to the demise of my Martin in a car accident....RIP.

As an acoustic it has a great sound and was louder than my Martin. However I didn't use it that much as I had a couple of old Hofners and they were better for what I was playing at the time.

The other day I was clearing out my old(e) music room and came across my Yamaha again.

I am trying now seek out what people here think of it.

I don't have a reference No but it has a label inside that reads

YAMAHA FG-360
Nippon Gakki Co Ltd.

And it has the letters NK stamped in ink on one of the perpendicular struts.

I restrung it with a set of old Martin medium strings ( bought in about 1980 ) The sound is still very good but not quite as bright as when I put it to rest 30ish years ago.
Can anyone tell me anything else about this???

cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 01:51 PM

Not only have I played one, (I've owned two), but when I was in a recording session, in L.A., I brought my Martin D-21, and my Yamaha FG 140....I recorded with the Yamaha!!!!
GfS


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST,Paul Morgan
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 01:39 PM

Yamaha has a great guitar. I have 3 now and have purchased and sold a few.

The best one I have is the FG 180 made in Japan by the Nippon Gakki factory. The sound is great and the action is perfect. I have never had to adjust anything. If you can find one of these 35 year old guitars, BUY IT!

Almost as good is my FG 160e, an acoustic-electric from the early 1970's also Japanese Nippon Gakki. It sounds almost as good acoustically as the 180, but the amplified sound is not quite as woody as I would like. (Maybe it's just my amp) The saddle is aluminum with a peizo pickup wire under the bridge. It also has a factory soundhole pickup.

I recently bought a recent model LL-16 off of Craigslist for $365, which was essentially new. Teriffic sounding guitar, but I still need to have it "set up". The action is still to high to suit me. These are made in China and I was a little hesitant at first, but upon close examination, the workmanship is excellent and the sound is teriffic. The top and sides are solid wood as opposed th the plywood of the fg 160 and fg 180.

I bought and sold a FG 200. Also made in Japan. Nice guitar also, but the sound,although loud, was a little brassy to suit me. I like that nice mellow tone that the 160 and 180 have.

I had a F 335 briefly (made in China) but didn't think much of it. I bought it for the hard case that it came in so I kept the case and sold the guitar for $75. This guitar had good action, but the tone and volume was just mediocre. If you are looking for a good guitar to learn on, this would be fine. They are relatively inexpensive and sound decent.

I have a 1968 d-18 Martin and a 1976 d-28 Martin that I rarely take out of thier cases. The old Yamahas are the ones that get played. Even though they were nowhere near the quality of some of the more expensive guitars (the exception being the LL-16), they cannot be discounted. I admire Yamaha's ability to produce a great sounding instrunment for a reasonable price.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 09:03 PM

oops, wrong thread


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 09:02 PM

200


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST,nico
Date: 14 Jun 09 - 07:08 PM

Just bought a yamaha fg-335 from a charity shop for £30...cant believe it!!!! My girlfriend was in the shop earlier, saw the guitar and thought to take note of the model. So when I came home on a break she told me about the guitar she saw.....I was in the car before she could finish! Bless those old ladies who sold me it, they were really happy for me to part with this money for charity....and I was!
I have cleaned it up, oiled the fret board and metal wooled the frets (almost no wear). I will replace the nut and saddle with bone...the string spacing was awful!! I think a sanding of the bridge will be in order for lower action, but the saddle slit is quite deep....happy days!!! Straight neck too....whoo hoo!
Sorry, had to share it with peolpe who will understand.


P.s. I have a Yairi YD-402 old martin copy. The neck has bowed down like the truss rod is too tight....but there is no truss rod!! I think it has a t-bar truss rod, but surely this does not mean it is unmendable????


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: kendall
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 07:38 AM

Ah yes, the Taylor 12. Second only to an Apollo 12.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 06:33 AM

does anyone have any info on the early 1980's SJ400s series???? thinking of swapping my new stonebridge for it!!!


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha guitar?
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 05:28 PM

I have 2 yamaha 12 strings, lower end models.. The volume and tone are fine, but the necks are terrible. The rod is sprung on the oldest, but it's used now for slide work. The newer one, I tune down a step, even for fingerpicking in open tunings (c,g,d). It rings like a bell, has good clarity, but the action is a little higher than I like. I can't get it adjusted down without causing buzzing. It compares favorably to Alverez and Takemine 12-strings, but was blown WAY out of the water by a Breedlove Atlas and a Taylor 12. But, my used yamaha, cost 150 bucks.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 04:37 AM

Not that I want to start an internal war but IMHO the FG360s were better spec and sound than the 180s - which is why I have been hunting for a 360, and I got it for a good price...

Yep, the bottom bout is BIG. 16 1/4 inches on the 360s I've seen - but some seem to be fan-strutted and some X-braced. I'm waiting for info back from Yamaha on that.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: ollaimh
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 02:13 AM

i've bought and sold a dozen yamahas over years. iused to gig and busk on the road and would find them in junk stores(er i mean antique stores) or penny saver magazines from edmonton alnerta to boulder colorado. i should have kept a couple butn when i was broke they were always an easy sale.

u've had the fg 140, 160, 180 and 200 all red labels and some nippon gakki. they were all great guitars.better tnam any seventies martin.

the very best mass produced guitars ever made, especially the red labels. i had one i really ougt to have kept. a 180 but the bottom bought was an inch and a half wider than any other one i've seen. it wouldn't fit the standard case.

it was the best sounding one i ever played.

i used to wish i had kept one then the other day i wss in a pawn shop and there at5 the back was a fg180, all dirty and beat up but sounding like a dream. red label nipon gakki --so i think i'll keep this one


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 05:39 PM

I ampleased to say that I just acquired an FG 360, Red Label, 1973, X-braced. Currently with Brian Rodgers to reduce action from extreme bluegrass to playable, and then for us to debate how best to amplify it!


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 07:08 PM

In my humble opinion, and I've never owned one, but played many, the Yamaha FG180 was/is the best mass-produced low-budget guitar ever made.
They are all playable,good-quality instruments. Never heard or played a bad one. I own & play Martins for preference, but a good, and they usually are, Yamaha FG180 is an excellent musical instrument.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Tootler
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 04:44 PM

This thread title is misleading. Yamaha make a great many more musical instruments than just guitars. I have several Yamaha recorders and also a Yamaha electronic keyboard, all of which are "Yamahas"

The thread title needs amending to make it clear it is specifically about Yamaha guitars.

Geoff


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: GUEST,steve weymouth
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 04:39 PM

Ever played a yamaha? Yep!
I bought mine from new in 1989 cost £380.It is a FG461S and has been played nearly every day since.I have other guitars of quality but this one is f***ing great!the highs and lows are outstanding for most styles, feed the thing new strings now and then and it just get better with age.Unlike many other guitars this one is built well enough to actually get old.
best regards fellow guitar heads.
steve A.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Bernard
Date: 23 Feb 08 - 02:36 PM

Dave, Yamaha guitars weren't that cheap 35 years ago. I paid £49.00 for my FG160 in 1971, and the average week's wages were around £11.00 - which would make it well over a grand by today's prices!

As I recall, the numbers worked a little differently each year or so - the FG160 was the cheaper one, and the FG200 was the 'posh' version (and I've now got one). The cheaper version of the FG180 was the FG140.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 12:49 PM

Yup.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Feb 08 - 12:44 PM

I have a 37 year old Yamaha FG160 and I am the original owner.

I remember at the time thinking..should have paid a bit more and got the 180 but this is still a great guitar.

It's still in ok condition, plays pretty well, a bit dull because who treats old and relatively cheap guitars to new strings much, or even cleans them?

These days it spends most of it's time as a visitors curiousity piece in my daughters flat. But I have told her, she damages it or loses it under pain of death.

One day it will be safely back in my room, and it will be an emotional re-union. I used to play it as a member of an acoustic pub band years (and years) ago. In it's time, for those of you who are old enough to remember, it's hammered out America's "Horse with no Name" and "Riverside" to name just a few, and I could actually do the leads quite well, he he. Still can.

Now it gets Avril Lavigne chords laid across it, but they are pretty mean chords actually so it's ok.

Ah, I'm getting wet eyed..better stop now....

Dave.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 08:19 AM

Yamaha are fabulous guitars - no question. I'v had APX's and found them a delight to play, but a little lacking in a purely acoustic gig.

With Yamaha - you get a design team, and the quality control is excellent. second to none.

Like I say, I did feel when it came under the scrutiny of a good studio recording - for solo stuff - you need a solid wood guitar, (preferably something played in - but you can say that about any guitar).

And thats when yamaha suddenly seem to get very expensive. Which is kind of weird given the kind of quantities they produce.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: redsnapper
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 07:24 AM

Yikes weelittledrummer!

That makes my top of the range APX 10CN stereo electro-acoustic (a very rare model) an even better bargain at £375 second-hand (totally unmarked). What's even better is that it's my favourite guitar in 45 years playing.

RS


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: GUEST,Warwick Slade
Date: 07 Aug 07 - 03:12 PM

I still have an old FG 332 but never seen one before or since. It sounds good in alternative tunings. If anyone has any info on it I would be interested.
Heard an original build FG140 last week. I sounded fantastic


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 07 Aug 07 - 03:04 PM

the recent development whereby you can buy a solid wood guitar very cheaply has caused a rift in my long term relationship with Yamahas.

I still have the cpx15cm.

however my main guitars at the moment are Faith. I also have a Cort.

Yamaha don't seem interested in competing. I think they placed all their hopes on the ART system of bugging. As far as I know you can't get a Yamaha solid wood electro acoustic for less than a couple of grand or so.

Its a pity.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Fidjit
Date: 07 Aug 07 - 12:37 PM

Had a f180 from early seventy's until I swapped it in '98 for a wider necked classical.
Reason for the swap was my old fingers were having trouble playing finger style with the narrow neck. Kept hitting two strings at once. I enjoyed it though.

Now thinking about looking for a wide necked steel string.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 07 Aug 07 - 07:25 AM

I have an FG-180 bought new by my father for my sister in 1970. I play it almost everyday. It sounds fantastic, has a big bright sound (Elixer 12s fitted) I wouldn't part with it. I have a Taylor 310 too and it stays mainly in its case. Viva Yamaha FG-180!

Robert


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: jiva
Date: 16 May 07 - 05:15 AM

My first Yamaha was an FG580 - 6 string, Brazilian Rosewood Nippon Gakki model. According to the brochure (mid 1970s) it was top of their range of hand-crafted FGs. I was really looking for a 2nd hand Martin and found the FG580 advertised in the New Musical Express. This guitar was my all time favourite for 25 years.

After years of searching and trying many 12 strings I eventually tracked down an FG630. According to that same brochure this was the top notch stablemate for the FG580 - same woods but with a slotted headstock.

My favoured strings were D'Arco New Yorkers, but when they became unavailable I moved to D'Addarios. Later moved to Elixir Nanowebs and never regretted it.

Both guitars have a big big sound, maybe the bass end a little too much. Recently they started to sound a little 'tired' - replacing the bridge pins with brass ones revitalised the sound somewhat; brighter, with a better string separation kinda feel.

In 2005 we bought a CPX15A 6 string and CPX8-12 12 string which both sounded great in the shop and at home and through a PA, but didn't cut it in an acoustic folk club environment.

4 months later the CPXs were sold and part-ex'd - our performance guitars are now Taylor 810-LTD, Taylor 810CE 6 strings and Taylor 855 12 strings.

Couldn't bear to part with the Yamaha FG580 and FG630. I occasionally play them at home (they're old friends) but, now being accustomed to the Taylors, find the neck difficult by comparison. They still sound good, but to our ears not 'as good'.

Jimmy & Val
www.jiva.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Rowan
Date: 15 May 07 - 10:20 PM

The first Yamaha I played has a beautiful tone and action but, because its keys are ivory (it predates the CITES ban on ivory products) it creates bureaucratic nightmares. The second Yamaha I played was OK to learn on but, for ensembles the locals prefer everyone to use Aulos instruments.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: GUEST,JimmyE
Date: 15 May 07 - 05:47 PM

I own a FG-365Sii that I bought for $200 at a music store in Bellvue, NE in 1985 when stationed at Offutt AFB. This guitar was my first and has served me well. I love the sound and it has received many complements from other players. It is still in great shape despite a tour in the desert in 1990. Best $200 I ever spent when considering the durability, sound quality and the pleasure it has given me over the years.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: English Jon
Date: 16 Apr 07 - 08:58 AM

The SG2000 is the best electric guitar I've ever played. Shame I can't afford one.

Cheers,
Jon


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: GUEST,Bruce Michael Baillie
Date: 16 Apr 07 - 07:21 AM

I bought a secondhand FG160 in 1975 for £40 played it until 1997 when I sold it for £150, an excellent istrument it was, and I dare say it still is, I sold it to a chap called Dave Taylor and it went to Ireland with him where I'm sure it will still be in use to this day!
Loads of people played them back in the seventies


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Betsy
Date: 16 Apr 07 - 03:12 AM

I bought an FG 180 very early 70's - still have it.
Everyone on the British folk scene seemed to have them e.g. Christy Moore , Barbara Dickson , Vin Garbutt to name a few.
I understand it was a "copy" of the Martin D28 which most of them couldn't afford at the time .
Great workhorse , travelled well, light in weight , and plenty of sound. ( P.A.'s were not a norm in the 60's / early seventies Folk Clubs)
Now have a Martin. I bought in 1994 it from Music Ground in Donacaster. I took my Yamaha to test against used Martins ( in case I could avoid buying a new Martin) but although they had plenty of used ones - none of them came up to the quality of the Yamaha.
I bought a new HD 28 , but recently bought one of Martins "plastic" guitars , or as a lautist friensd calls them "formica" guitars.
The sound form this one (strangely) is the most satisfactory in volume and tone, and very good through a PA System


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 15 Apr 07 - 07:28 AM

Suzuki were making musical instruments before motor-bikes were invented, too. Mind you, the Suzuki guitar I had ( 6-string dreadnought with adjustable bridge ) was nothing to write home about. But I have owned 3 Yamaha guitars, a "baby" and two from the FG range, and I liked them all, apart from the silly headstock logo, and would recommend them to anybody who wanted good sound & build quality at a lower price than a Martin, Lowden, et al.....But don"t stop saving-up for the Martin !! Incidentally, the estimable "Dr. Bob ", who can be heard at "The Blue Boar" in Poole, and elsewhere, still uses his Yamaha orange -label guitar from the late 60"s,or thereabouts, and it sounds SUPERB !!


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 15 Apr 07 - 06:48 AM

I had two Yamaha FG-somethings in the 1970's: one superb and one dull (though maybe a new set of strings would have transformed it - then as now I plumbed the obscene depths of degrading penury).

My local music shop has had a used LA-8 (from the Yamaha hand-made workshop)for sale for months now: it should be everything I want, looks very pretty and is clearly beautifully put together, but the sound is not a patch on some cheaper, new guitars in the shop. Once again, it may be just in need of a set of strings, but I'll leave it a while and wait for the price to come down before I find out.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Tootler
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 07:49 PM

I play Yamaha recorders.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Apr 07 - 02:36 AM

Yamaha have been making guitars since 1961.

It's funny but many people seem to think they are a very recent company, having branched out from making motorbikes to a sideline in electronic keyboards and cheap guitars. The truth is they have been at the top end of musical instrument making since 1887 and have covered the whole orchestra since then.

Then again, many people think Japan wasn't discovered until 1953.


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: terrier
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 06:35 PM

I've never owned a Yamaha guitar but back around 1965 I came across a player who had a classical style Yamaha with a carved head. The guitar looked really old then but sounded really good. Just how long have Yamaha been producing guitars?


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: GUEST,Murray MacLeod
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 03:43 PM

This Yamaha is unusual, is it not ?


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: SouthernCelt
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 01:50 PM

I've got a early 70s vintage FG-110E (I think that's the model anyway, FG stands for 'Folk Guitar'). I bought it nth hand (meaning I don't know how many owners it had) from a fellow where I work whose wife wanted to get a little extra $ to buy a guitar she liked better. This model was one of the first acoustic-electrics that Yamaha made, has a pickup affixed across the neck-side of the soundhole and has high-hat volume and tone knobs. This is a medium-size body guitar -- larger than a parlor, smaller than a big auditorium or dread model. Has a relatively short scale neck. It plays relatively well, though not nearly as loud acoustically as my D-35 and doesn't hold tune as well as the Martin. It's good for having handy for a quick run through a song or two but I still pull out the Martin when I'm seriously practicing.
SC


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 12:45 PM

I have a Yamaha classical guitar. It goes everywhere with me Neil


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Subject: RE: Ever played a Yamaha ?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 09:39 AM

I'm selling a DX7S - but it's a synth!


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