Yamaha FG800 review

The Yamaha FG800 – the reigning king of the budget dreadnought

Yamaha FG800 review
(Image: © Yamaha)

Guitar World Verdict

There’s no doubt about it, the Yamaha FG800 is one of the greatest beginner acoustic guitars of all time. Its solid top helps deliver a rich, full-bodied tone usually reserved for more expensive instruments. In addition, the smooth neck is comfortable, extremely playable, and perfect for players at the beginning of their musical journey.


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    Solid top

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    Scalloped bracing

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    Superb build quality

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    Gloss body, matte neck


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    Dreadnought body may be too big for younger players

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    No pickup

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At this point, the Yamaha FG800 doesn’t really need much of an introduction. This is because the FG series has seen a longevity other guitars could only dream of. Originally released way back in 1966, the FG has been a constant staple of the beginner acoustic guitar market since its debut. 

Now, things have moved on a fair bit since then, and the line has expanded significantly. As of writing this, Yamaha currently offers 19 different guitars under the FG banner. Arguably the most popular among them is the reigning king of the budget dreadnought field - the FG800. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

As a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, I help create and maintain the site's 200+ buyer's guides, scour the internet for the best possible deals on a range of guitar products, and spend a lot of time getting hands-on with the latest guitars, amps, pedals, and more. My gear reviews have also been featured in many prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines and MusicRadar.com.

During my career, I have been lucky enough to talk to many of my musical heroes, having interviewed members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Creeper, Thrice and more.

In a past life, I worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, I advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

I also have a passion for live sound. I'm a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.