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  • #31
    You better sit down and prepare yourself for a shock. I'll wait..........
    .................................................. ........

    You ready? That incredible sounding FG300 of yours is all laminate.

    Pretty amazing, huh?


    I can't argue with you on the back and sides but the top is definitely solid...grain runs all the way through. I based the information on the back and sides by the multitude of reviews that used to be on this site. I went to look for them and could not find them anymore.

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    • #32
      Count me in! Where do I send the dues? As some of you may be weary of hearing me say, I love my big ol' Yammie jumbo CJ838s and its big ol' block inlays and its big ol' sound. Excellent plugged stage guitar, excellent living room guitar. Viva Yamaha...
      __________________________
      She's the lady of the light
      Yellow incandescent night
      Tiger eyes burning bright
      In the understory
      I can't see the forest
      For the branches and the leaves
      But I believe
      I do believe
      by me:

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      "Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
      Charlie Parker

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      • #33
        I can't argue with you on the back and sides but the top is definitely solid...grain runs all the way through. I based the information on the back and sides by the multitude of reviews that used to be on this site. I went to look for them and could not find them anymore.


        You aren't the first person to be fooled by the grain appearing to run all the way through at the sound hole. It sounds fantastic and naturally you assume it has to be a solid top. Go to Yamaha's archive page and input the numbers for the FG300 and the FG365S. You will see that for the FG300 it says the top is "spruce" for the FG365S it says the top is "solid spruce" Yamaha FGs had an "S" at the end of the model # for guitars with solid tops. A stood for Abalone Trim, CE + Cutaway electric and SB was Sunburst finish.

        http://www.yamaha.com/apps/guitararchives/guitarchive2.asp
        Originally Posted by Samilyn


        Can't put a price on the love one has for an instrument, the mojo it gains from being played by you or good friends, or the good feelings it produces when you pick it up and it feels like an old friend, no matter what the the numbers on the price tag.



        Listen to my CD on iTunes: The Girl With A Pearl Earring by Steve Z

        One of my songs done by a friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJQQGTtRqy0

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        • #34
          Count me in! Where do I send the dues? As some of you may be weary of hearing me say, I love my big ol' Yammie jumbo CJ838s and its big ol' block inlays and its big ol' sound. Excellent plugged stage guitar, excellent living room guitar. Viva Yamaha...


          Those are great guitars....I bought mine after searching for an 838, and I'd still buy one if one came up.
          Got any pics to share?

          Zenbu, whoa, you have 30? You should be president of this club!
          "Facto Non Verba"

          Here's my music

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          • #35
            Those are great guitars....I bought mine after searching for an 838, and I'd still buy one if one came up.
            Got any pics to share?

            You know, I just replaced my digital camera that died in August. Plus I finally figured out the picture-hosting thing. So I was thinking I would take a "family portrait" soon and post it in the pictures-of-your-gear thread.
            __________________________
            She's the lady of the light
            Yellow incandescent night
            Tiger eyes burning bright
            In the understory
            I can't see the forest
            For the branches and the leaves
            But I believe
            I do believe
            by me:

            www.box.com

            "Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
            Charlie Parker

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            • #36
              You know, I just replaced my digital camera that died in August. Plus I finally figured out the picture-hosting thing. So I was thinking I would take a "family portrait" soon and post it in the pictures-of-your-gear thread.


              Post the pictures here.

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              • #37
                Post the pictures here.

                Okey-dokey.
                __________________________
                She's the lady of the light
                Yellow incandescent night
                Tiger eyes burning bright
                In the understory
                I can't see the forest
                For the branches and the leaves
                But I believe
                I do believe
                by me:

                www.box.com

                "Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
                Charlie Parker

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                • #38
                  You aren't the first person to be fooled by the grain appearing to run all the way through at the sound hole. It sounds fantastic and naturally you assume it has to be a solid top. Go to Yamaha's archive page and input the numbers for the FG300 and the FG365S. You will see that for the FG300 it says the top is "spruce" for the FG365S it says the top is "solid spruce" Yamaha FGs had an "S" at the end of the model # for guitars with solid tops. A stood for Abalone Trim, CE + Cutaway electric and SB was Sunburst finish.

                  http://www.yamaha.com/apps/guitararchives/guitarchive2.asp


                  I bow to your knowledge on the subject. In my world, solid wood vs. laminates doesn't matter as long as it sounds great. I don't think there are a whole lot of us who play these older Yammys hang on to them for their investment value. We play them cause they are good sounding, solidly built, and fun to play.

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                  • #39
                    I've had ny Yamaha FN-575E for almost 20 years now. I bought it from
                    another guitarist across town for $200. I'll probably take this guitar to my
                    grave, because I've never found another guitar with such an easy playing
                    neck.
                    "Consider everything, believe nothing" Elgar.

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                    • #40
                      Count me in the Yamaha club.

                      Just recently bought a CPX900 (see my sig). Wasn't 100% about the sound at first though it playes and looks great. But even after just a couple of months the sound is coming together nicely. It's got a really nice ringing tone. Great for folk type sounds. I've never been much into playing folk but this guitar is turning me onto it. Been playing a lot in the DADGAD tuning on it.

                      I also have a brilliant Yamaha AV amplifier. Superb sound for the price (
                      Last.fmgoodusername wrotemc100 is an utter cunt but completely correct

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                      • #41
                        Those are great guitars....I bought mine after searching for an 838, and I'd still buy one if one came up.
                        Got any pics to share?

                        Zenbu, whoa, you have 30? You should be president of this club!


                        yeah 30 odd Dynamics...doesn`t include the early classicals, or my Yamaha electrics...

                        two early 60s classicals...No.85 on the left and No.45 on the right...the 85 has two nasty cracks on the top that I hope I`ve stopped, but still, compared to Trigger it`s almost mint...the 85s are very rare even over here...didn`t know of the cracks...seller didn`t really mention them but it sounds fabulous...got a bunch of their earliest classicals too...they are ridiculously cheap...and only a coupls of low end models are not all solid...the Nos.25 and 60.



                        it wasn`t me

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                        • #42
                          I just posted a seperate thread about this but I thought I'd post one here at the Yamaha Guild.

                          In case anyone is looking for a pretty nice sounding cheap classical, here is an old Yamaha Classical just like my old G-50A that I dearly love the tone of http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Yamaha-G-50a-Acoustic-6-String-Guitar-NR_W0QQitemZ200180103636QQihZ010QQcategoryZ33033QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

                          I know Stackabones was GASing for one after he herad my MP3 of it.
                          Guitars = Chick Magnet
                          Guitar Hero = Guy Magnet
                          You do the math.


                          HCAG Civil Posters Society, Charter Member #002.
                          Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music. - Albert Collins

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                          • #43

                            I did the model number check with my G50A and it came up with this:

                            Years Sold: 1969-72

                            Original MSRP: $69.50 USD

                            Top: Spruce (May be pine)

                            Back/Sides: Katsura

                            Neck: Nato

                            Fingerboard: Bubinga

                            Bridge: Bubinga

                            String Length: 658mm



                            I also notice that Yamaha also says the top may be spruce or pine. How would you be able to tell between spruce and pine? The body is very light in weight too...maybe this also help make the excellent tone?


                            I'm in the same position with my G-120 (no "A" - MIJ grey label). The "wizard" says the top on mine is pine - no alternative. It certainly looks like it could be pine - the grain is more open and wide-spaced than spruce usually is...and it certainly is softer than spruce - it's got lots of strumming or pick marks on the treble side of the sound hole. (No danger of looking like Trigger just yet, though) I was thinking it might actually be cedar, since I never heard of pine as a tonewood. I guess if anyone could do it Yamaha could.

                            Regardless, a lovely guitar and I enjoy it more every day.
                            Sometimes the only compensation for doing the right thing is knowing that you did.
                            - John Gorka
                            It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
                            - Marshall Chapman
                            Shut up 'n play yer guitar.
                            - Frank Zappa

                            Adjunct member, IK(H?)FC III
                            Steering Committee, Psalm 19 Society (IKFC IV)
                            Yamaha G-120 wabi-sabi classical: Just another good ol' Yammie Lammie

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                            • #44
                              I bow to your knowledge on the subject. In my world, solid wood vs. laminates doesn't matter as long as it sounds great. I don't think there are a whole lot of us who play these older Yammys hang on to them for their investment value. We play them cause they are good sounding, solidly built, and fun to play.


                              I agree with you completely. IMHO your guitar is now even cooler than it was before because it is a laminate that just sounds too good to be a laminate. My FG-340 is another one of these wonders.

                              By the way, if you want to look at the reviews on HC they are here:
                              http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/brand/Yamaha
                              Originally Posted by Samilyn


                              Can't put a price on the love one has for an instrument, the mojo it gains from being played by you or good friends, or the good feelings it produces when you pick it up and it feels like an old friend, no matter what the the numbers on the price tag.



                              Listen to my CD on iTunes: The Girl With A Pearl Earring by Steve Z

                              One of my songs done by a friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJQQGTtRqy0

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                              • #45
                                I'm in the same position with my G-120 (no "A" - MIJ grey label). The "wizard" says the top on mine is pine - no alternative. It certainly looks like it could be pine - the grain is more open and wide-spaced than spruce usually is...and it certainly is softer than spruce - it's got lots of strumming or pick marks on the treble side of the sound hole. (No danger of looking like Trigger just yet, though) I was thinking it might actually be cedar, since I never heard of pine as a tonewood. I guess if anyone could do it Yamaha could.

                                Regardless, a lovely guitar and I enjoy it more every day.


                                Although I bought it used and it was made in Taiwan you just about described my guitar to a tee what with the "strumming or pick marks" on the treble side of the top. The back is very badly marked up and so is the bottom but there are no cracks anywhere. I am surprised she survived this long....I wonder what stories she could tell.
                                The grain on the top of mine doesn't seem as tight either...like cedar. It sounds to me very much like the cedar topped LaPatrie classicals I've tried. Very warm and balanced tone. My guess is that pine laminate is a cheap replacement for cedar?

                                Like you said they make a lovely old guitar and I play mine every day too.
                                Guitars = Chick Magnet
                                Guitar Hero = Guy Magnet
                                You do the math.


                                HCAG Civil Posters Society, Charter Member #002.
                                Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music. - Albert Collins

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