​Like mentioned in this ​post, Yamaha's FG line is one of the oldest and most popular ones amongst all market-wide guitar lines. ​Now it's time to review the FG830 model.

It's no question that ​Yamaha have improved with each guitar they made and this guitar really excells in all areas.

fg 830 review

​Our Rating

​At first sight, it appears as just another basic entry-level guitar. But it is actually much more.

​There's not much to hate about FG830. Let's take a look at some of its key features. We will take a look at the materials, sound, playability, pros, cons and even colors.

After reading this review, you should have a pretty good understanding of what this guitar has to offer, where it performs the best and where it just simply sucks.


Hmm, I wonder which material Yamaha picked for this beauty. You guessed it - Rosewood tonewoods!

Having a guitar built from those materials ensure that you get the best possible sound out of it, but also the overall tonal balance.

This ​is not your average mid-level guitar and will certainly impress you.

Besides the good sound, it also looks amazing thanks to its fretboard.

yamaha fg830 acoustic guitar


​When you find a guitar that's pretty affordable, but doesn't sound cheap, you just hit a jackpot! That's exactly the case here.

If you're a beginner, or one of those people trying to play on a decent guitar, without paying for the first-tier models, then look no further.

Its rich projection and overtones will sure impress you and make you ​wanna play this guitar all day long.

Even its sonic impact, which is one of the most important feature people look for in a guitar, suprised me, as I didn't expect it to be that good considering this price range.


​For those of you who are new to the guitar world, playability is ​a big factor and you should certainly take it in​ ​consideration.

It tells you how easy the guitar can be played. But to understand playability, we must firstly know what "Action" is.

Action on a guitar is basically​ the space between the neck and ​its strings. You will be pushing through that space everytime you play.

  • So, too much space, or action, is no good. 
  • On the other hand, too little space is also bad. You want to have the perfect ​ratio, otherwise your fingers might get tired (too much space), or you'll hear the buzzing sound (to little space).

So, what is the action and playability on Yamaha Fg-830? It's great to say at least.

Perfect for beginners, as they can practice and practice, and won't get tired quickly.​


  • Rich tone and a great sustain
  • Bridge bracing was custom-designed
  • Strong and clear bass
  • Rich projection
  • Great for beginners, but even advanced guitarists
  • Impressive sonic impact
  • Durable body


  • ​No cutaway
  • May require professional tuning over time


​One of the things I personally love about Yamaha Fg830 is that it comes with variety of color options. These are: Autumn Burst, Black, Natural, Sunburst and Sunset Blue. There is even a left handed version of​ this model.

​Final Words

While FG830 probably isn't the guitar you want to see yourself playing in 10 years, it sure is a pretty great, if not one of the best, entry-level model. 


  1. I recently purchased this guitar at my local guitar shop and I’m very happy with it so far. I’m not a professional player or anything like that, but I’ve played a couple of guitars before this one, and this one beats them all.


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