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For several generations, Yamaha Corporation of America has provided musicians with their "first instrument" from the FG series of guitars. Over the years, this lineup of Yamaha's unique "dreadnaught" body shape has evolved to include acoustics, acoustic/electrics, 12-string guitars and cutaway models. For Winter NAMM 2002, Yamaha Guitars is making fundamental improvements to the FG line, affording dealers and customers the best quality, best sounding and easiest playing instruments available.

FG improvements include advancements in construction and final setup, with thinner laminates on the backs and sides, combined with lighter finishes, for overall sonic enhancement. All models now feature solid Spruce tops, die cast tuning hardware and real body binding. Higher-end models feature gold die cast tuning hardware, plus a full bound headstock, neck and body. All models in the series are currently available.

"Yamaha recognizes that this market sector has become increasingly competitive," states David Bergstrom, director of marketing, Pro Audio and Combo Division. "We feel that these changes will help us maintain our position as the number one choice for entry-level instruments."

Leading the offering is the Yamaha FG403S. Featuring a solid Spruce top, die cast tuning hardware, real body binding, high gloss finish and an MSRP of $299, this instrument is sure to be a favorite among beginners.

The FGX413SC is an entry-level acoustic/electric with Yamaha's own in-bridge piezo pickup and preamp, plus 3-band EQ and variable midrange frequency control for a natural acoustic amplified sound. Available in high gloss natural finish, the unit carries an MSRP of $599.

The FGX423SC-12 BLK represents the top range in the series. This 12-string acoustic/electric solid-topped cutaway features an eye-catching gloss black finish and an attractive MSRP of $749.

"The improvements to the FG guitars make these instruments aesthetically, as well as sonically, pleasing," says Gary Cook, Guitar product manager. "The series will continue to provide professional quality specs at attractive price points."

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