Yamaha FG9M review – a classic square-shoulder dreadnought combining old-world craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology

A reminder, if needed, that Yamaha can also make high-end acoustic instruments to take your breath away

Yamaha FG9
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Yamaha acoustics have a great reputation as beginner’s and affordable intermediate instruments, but the FG9 M shows that Yamaha deserves serious consideration from guitarists seeking top-quality, no-compromise professional acoustics as well.


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    Big and bold tones.

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    Outstanding playability.

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    Tone is ideal for songwriters and soloists.

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    Clean, understated design.


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When most guitarists talk about acoustic steel-string guitars, a few American brands like Martin, Taylor and Gibson usually dominate the discussion. 

However, for many decades Yamaha has remained the world’s best-selling acoustic guitar brand, quietly but prominently leading the market thanks to the incredible value and quality that Yamaha instruments offer beginning-to-intermediate guitarists. It’s like Yamaha acoustics are so ubiquitous, players simply take their presence for granted.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.