Yamaha FG850 Review
Yamaha FG850 Overview
The Yamaha FG850 is a folk guitar and one of the newest additions to the FG series with some excellent new features. Improvements to the scalloped bracing design has allowed Yamaha to bring out even more sound than any other FG series guitar.
Lets take a deeper look into why the FG850 is a popular choice among entry level acoustics!
Yamaha FG850 Body
Firstly, this traditional western dreadnought style body is incredibly warm as a result of the mahogany top, back and sides. Surprisingly while still maintaining top end clarity.
The gloss finish over the all mahogany body is incredibly eye catching and really stands out.
Yamaha's new scalloped bracing design makes the top more rigid. As a result of this, the acoustic has a louder volume presence but also a stronger mid to low tone.
The sides and back of the guitar are also made from mahogany, this also contributes to the overtones that are meaty and present in the mids.
This really makes the guitar great for a more modern rock or bluegrass sound.
Overall the acoustic is very beautiful especially with the cream binding which truly adds definition to the look.
Body Length: 19.9"
The Body Width: 16.2"
Body Depth: 3.9 - 4.6
Yamaha FG850 Neck and Headstock
The FG850 neck is made of Nato wood from Mora trees with a rosewood fingerboard, 20 frets as well as a 25.56 inch scale length.
This neck has a good string spacing that makes it easy to play and is quite comfortable. Players with small hands will appreciate the 1.7" wide neck on this acoustic guitar.
The head stock on the FG850 is a common Yamaha head stock that is fitted to most of their guitars. This is a result of a simple, great neck that is easy to play.
Yamaha FG850 Hardware
The FG850 comes with a Synthetic Urea nut, saddle and bridge pins made of black ABS with a white dot. Synthetic Urea is a combo of synthetic ammonia and carbon dioxide used normally by Yamaha for nuts and saddles.
The pick guard is a tortoise pattern which wraps around the sound hole inlay of black and white abalone.
These machine head tuners are made of die cast but are decent tuners for this price point, they feel good and hold tune well.
The FG850 does not have any electronics on board.
This is of no surprise as the build is already great quality for a China made acoustic.
Yamaha FG850 Sound
So, now that you know a bit about the guitar, the question is, how does it sound? This all mahogany body really adds a thick meaty low - mid range to the guitar that just feels as big as it sounds.
The advanced bracing to the top allows the sound projection to be quite large but also keeps the top end clear and articulate so the balance in sound is really pleasing with every strum.
The more aggressive you play, the more lively and adapting the sound becomes to really satisfy many genres of music.
Yamaha FG850 Feel
This acoustic is a full size dreadnought but is very comfortable, the neck width is standard but its shape is nice and would be good for players with small hands as well.
The string spacing is nice which makes it easy to work the fret board with ease.
The tuning was easy and consistent, the strings were not to hard to press and the intonation perfect throughout. It was easy to feel inspired by the guitar because it does seem like a better then entry level guitar.
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
There are many great acoustic guitars in the under $500 price range available these days that play and sound great. The Yamaha FG850 seems like a more expensive guitar once you feel and play it.
Yamaha’s design, build quality and tone are quite good for an acoustic at this price point.
This is an amazing guitar for a beginner to really keep inspiration flowing, but is also a good back up for even more experienced players.
The FG850 is made in China in order to keep the price point low, but there are many great guitars being made in China, this allows for a great quality acoustic for an even better price.
What Do You Think?
Yamaha is known for great guitars, they are innovators in their field and have some amazing sales history, even in the FG series!
We would love to hear from you! Please let us and the rest of the community know if you have played this guitar, or have any experience with one in the comments below. What are your thoughts?
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