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

​Material

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

Sound

​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.

Playability

​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.​

Pros

  • 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

​Cons

  • ​No cutaway
  • May require professional tuning over time

​Colors

​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. 

4 COMMENTS

  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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