Yamaha FGX700SC – 2019 Honest Review

Are you dreaming of becoming the next world-wide famous guitarist, but don't know where to start? Well, we are here to help you! It is not a secret that every beginning is tricky. But as long as you keep pushing and don't give up, even when there are numerous challenges along the road, you will get to your desired goal.

However, without a proper beginner guitar, you will not be able to start playing and learning the basics, which can obviously impede the aforementioned goal. What should an adequate beginner guitar feature? The Yamaha FGX7000SC is the perfect example, as it offers excellent playability, a rich tone, and an attractive appearance.

Manufactured by a brand that has been a market leader in acoustic and classical guitars, this Yamaha FGX700SC is going to be an excellent investment for any guitar enthusiast. Let's see what it has to offer.

Yamaha FGX700SC Solid Top Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Natural

Main Features

As we have mentioned above, a few essential features make the Yamaha FGX700SC guitar a worthy investment. These features include:

Hand Sprayed Thin Finish

There are several reasons why the 0.25mm hand-sprayed decorative finish is a critical feature of this guitar. First of all, it contributes to the overall appearance by giving this guitar a more elegant look. The durable, high-gloss, hand-sprayed finish doesn't restrict the sound and allows full vibration and rich tones that you would expect only out of high-end guitars.

Non-Scalloped X Bracing

Eight included bracings not only contribute to the stability and durability of the guitar's top but also contribute to the tone response and vibrations produced by the strings. How? By ensuring optimal tension.

Dovetail Neck Joint

One of the most underrated guitar components has to be the neck joint. Many people don't understand that this part of the guitar is responsible for sturdiness and the invaluable neck to body connection. The Yamaha FGX700SC includes no metal hardware on the Dovetail Neck Joint and is, therefore, able to provide natural and powerful tones.

Rosewood Fingerboard

If you are a beginner starting with the basics, having a guitar that features a Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge is essential for optimal string tension and playability. Not only does this yield an attractive look, but it also allows smooth performance for people whose fingers are yet to form calluses. Additionally, there are 20 medium frets featuring dot inlays. 

Three Colors

As we have mentioned several times already, this model is unquestionably attractive and elegant. It comes in three different color variations (natural, black, and brown) with the Sunburst variety being the most popular one. It has a Solid Spruce Sitka Top, while the back and sides are made out of high-quality Mahogany. This combination gives it a classically elegant look that is common for Yamaha guitars.

System55T 1 Way Amplification

Given the fact that this is an acoustic guitar that we are talking about, we want to highlight the main amplification features. The most important of the set seems to be the Piezo 3-band equalizer, which will allow you to perform with that rich and clean tone that concert guitars usually allow. Also, there is an adjustable mid-frequency range control, as well as a built-in tuner that is extremely important for beginners, and should keep the guitar in tune for hours at a time. 

Yamaha FGX700SC Pros

Now that we have highlighted the main features that make this acoustic guitar perfect for beginners, it is time to move on to the advantages that it offers. And believe us, there are more than a few!

Design

First of all, the design is simply amazing. Where should we start? From the solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany body to a dovetail neck joint and a rosewood fingerboard, this guitar has that well-loved elegant look that will contribute to its overall appearance and make you look like a music star right from the start. 

Amplification System

The other significant advantage is the amplification system. So you want an affordable guitar that features the System 55T 1? Come on -- you must be dreaming! But with the die-cast tuners, built-in tuner, and previously mentioned equalizer, you will not only be able to play a variety of music genres but you can also do that with utmost confidence due to the rich and clean sound from this guitar. The best thing about it? No buzz! Unlike some of its competitors, the Yamaha FGX700S doesn't have buzzy frets or low-tension strings.

Sturdy Design

As we have mentioned above, the build of this guitar is not only attractive, but it is sturdy as well. You can feel confident that it will last you for years before the mahogany starts decaying. And even then, with proper maintenance and use it, will still be reliable and playable.

Action

It is not a secret that the action on the strings, as well as the featured fingerboard,  play a critical role in playability. Luckily for you and all Yamaha FGX700SC lovers, this model features a rosewood fingerboard, 20 frets, and low-action strings. This means that it is perfect for a beginner who is getting comfortable with the guitar body and basics.

Stay in-Tune

Last but not least, this guitar can stay in tune for hours once you have tuned it properly. Unlike some of its competitors, this means that the novice user will not have to be bothered by the somewhat complicated (if you are not used to it) tuning process.

Yamaha FGX700SC Cons

We have to say that there are not many problems when it comes to this acoustic guitar. We do, however, have to point out two minor issues.

String Quality

The strings are not of the best quality. You might want to replace them after a couple of weeks of heavy use, to prevent buzzing and messed up vibration.

No Transport Case

Additionally, with a guitar of this quality, you would expect it to feature a sturdy and attractive transport case. Unfortunately, it doesn't. While the fact that you will have to buy the guitar case separately is annoying, it shouldn't be a deal-breaker under any circumstances.

What is the Yamaha FGX700SC Best For?

There are a couple of uses for this affordable guitar. While it may not be the professional acoustic guitar that you will be using in a full-concert hall (though it would still come up with a powerful and clean sound), it is ideal for those that are just starting and require a playable instrument to get comfortable with. 

Also, other than this guitar being perfect for beginners, it is an excellent choice for hobbyists and guitar enthusiasts that are on a tight budget but don't want to miss out on the rich and powerful tones that Yamaha guitars provide. Whether you fall into the first or the second group of people, we can tell you just one thing, which is that the Yamaha FGX700SC is worth every penny!

Yamaha FGX700SC Solid Top Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Natural

Conclusion

If you have been looking at acoustic guitars for some time now, you have undoubtedly come across many Yamaha models that are too expensive for your budget. You loved the features and the appearance, but you just realized that there is no way that you can afford it.

Well, the Yamaha FGX700SC is putting an end to that. Not only is this guitar attractive and durable, but this acoustic offering from Yamaha provides excellent sound and a reliable amplification system that will allow you and your audience to enjoy your music to the fullest.