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Adorama has Yamaha FGX700SC 6 String Solid Top Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar for $199.99. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian



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SO for folks that bought this when it was on sale (not as cheap as this) earlier, how's the guitar so far?

I'm in the market for something exactly like this and have been eyeing the sales... I just wish they have the A3R in the normal color, not the folk color. I wonder if other retailers will pricematch but offer the color I want.... hmmm

Is it true that this is not that loud without being plugged in? Or does it not being boomy not necessarily mean it's not loud?
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Quote from gurpreetji View Post :
SO for folks that bought this when it was on sale (not as cheap as this) earlier, how's the guitar so far?

I'm in the market for something exactly like this and have been eyeing the sales... I just wish they have the A3R in the normal color, not the folk color. I wonder if other retailers will pricematch but offer the color I want.... hmmm

Is it true that this is not that loud without being plugged in? Or does it not being boomy not necessarily mean it's not loud?
I would get this as a mid-level guitar, maybe one where you wouldn't mind if it broke. I'm in an environment where people are always in and out and kids running around--so for me, it's a good buy.

When Yamaha switched over to the SRT pick ups, overall volume did get reduced. BUT it still works and depends on your audience size, right? If you're on stage for a small crowd (up to several hundred), your guitar + system will work just fine. If you're looking at staging for a larger crowd, yes it still works, but at that level, I sense that your budget would be much higher for something like a higher end Taylor or Martin.

Unplugged sound is great (all solid wood) and VERY easy to play. Compared to a rosewood back (common, what I have), mahogany does generate a smaller sound. Overall, if this is your first guitar, take the plunge. If it's a back-up, still take the plunge. If you're looking for higher end, look elsewhere.
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I would get this as a mid-level guitar, maybe one where you wouldn't mind if it broke. I'm in an environment where people are always in and out and kids running around--so for me, it's a good buy.

When Yamaha switched over to the SRT pick ups, overall volume did get reduced. BUT it still works and depends on your audience size, right? If you're on stage for a small crowd (up to several hundred), your guitar + system will work just fine. If you're looking at staging for a larger crowd, yes it still works, but at that level, I sense that your budget would be much higher for something like a higher end Taylor or Martin.

Unplugged sound is great (all solid wood) and VERY easy to play. Compared to a rosewood back (common, what I have), mahogany does generate a smaller sound. Overall, if this is your first guitar, take the plunge. If it's a back-up, still take the plunge. If you're looking for higher end, look elsewhere.
Thanks for the response. I've been playing on and off for over 15+ year with the same starter $150 fender guitar. It sounds nice, loud and boomy... Even after playing some nice high end ones at the guitar shop, this one still feels so great for the price.

So this is replacing my current one. I didn't want to go so expensive since I'm not so sure my limited playing warrants one. I do play in a band, with friends, and we have only done a few open mic nights, not even a full set yet, although that is our next step (soon). Plus I want a electric + cutout, even though I may not plug in everywhere I go. Crowds will be small (for a while). So maybe this one works for my needs for at least a few yrs, or forever... Lol

Anyone know how I can snag a rosewood one in the regular color for a decent price?
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Thanks for the response. I've been playing on and off for over 15+ year with the same starter $150 fender guitar. It sounds nice, loud and boomy... Even after playing some nice high end ones at the guitar shop, this one still feels so great for the price.

So this is replacing my current one. I didn't want to go so expensive since I'm not so sure my limited playing warrants one. I do play in a band, with friends, and we have only done a few open mic nights, not even a full set yet, although that is our next step (soon). Plus I want a electric + cutout, even though I may not plug in everywhere I go. Crowds will be small (for a while). So maybe this one works for my needs for at least a few yrs, or forever... Lol

Anyone know how I can snag a rosewood one in the regular color for a decent price?
Just missed the A3R Frown

A3(M) = (M)ahogany
A3(R) = (R)osewood
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Quote from gurpreetji View Post :
Thanks for the response. I've been playing on and off for over 15+ year with the same starter $150 fender guitar. It sounds nice, loud and boomy... Even after playing some nice high end ones at the guitar shop, this one still feels so great for the price.

So this is replacing my current one. I didn't want to go so expensive since I'm not so sure my limited playing warrants one. I do play in a band, with friends, and we have only done a few open mic nights, not even a full set yet, although that is our next step (soon). Plus I want a electric + cutout, even though I may not plug in everywhere I go. Crowds will be small (for a while). So maybe this one works for my needs for at least a few yrs, or forever... Lol

Anyone know how I can snag a rosewood one in the regular color for a decent price?
Call Samash or Guitar Center to price match. Check online at Reverb and Guitar Center for used ones. However, the current deal is priced lower than most used ones on the pre-owned market. The, still available, A3M is a very good deal.
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OK guys... I bit!!! A3M coming my way!!!!
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added a $200 guitar too. Smilie nice price!
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If I may just add my 2-cents.

I've been playing guitar for about 10-years, and by 'playing guitar' I've had one sitting around that I pick up now and again. I've gone through a slew of guitars over the years, mainly because they look cool, but perhaps more practically because I think 'this one's the one that will do it for me'. And so the story continued, not really advancing, but definitely learning more about the instrument.

Fast forward to today. It's not how loud the guitar is, or what wood is used, strings I've found some to be louder but harsher on the fingers and others quieter but easier to strum... It wasn't until I spent quite a bit on a made in USA Martin that I just can't put the guitar down. The feel of the sapele neck which is super thin and allows me to wrap my entire hand around comfortably. The action of the guitar and how little I have to press the strings down to hear no fret buzz. The smoothness of the frets and how fast I can change chords without rearranging my fingers every time.

In closing what I'm trying to say is that all these 'cheap' guitars sounds absolutely fine, but what they don't tell you; is what you get from spending a G on a well made guitar. It has, hands down, been the best money I've spent second to owning my own home.
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If I may just add my 2-cents.

I've been playing guitar for about 10-years, and by 'playing guitar' I've had one sitting around that I pick up now and again. I've gone through a slew of guitars over the years, mainly because they look cool, but perhaps more practically because I think 'this one's the one that will do it for me'. And so the story continued, not really advancing, but definitely learning more about the instrument.

Fast forward to today. It's not how loud the guitar is, or what wood is used, strings I've found some to be louder but harsher on the fingers and others quieter but easier to strum... It wasn't until I spent quite a bit on a made in USA Martin that I just can't put the guitar down. The feel of the sapele neck which is super thin and allows me to wrap my entire hand around comfortably. The action of the guitar and how little I have to press the strings down to hear no fret buzz. The smoothness of the frets and how fast I can change chords without rearranging my fingers every time.

In closing what I'm trying to say is that all these 'cheap' guitars sounds absolutely fine, but what they don't tell you; is what you get from spending a G on a well made guitar. It has, hands down, been the best money I've spent second to owning my own home.
Most of what you're describing can be done to any acoustic by setting it up.
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If I may just add my 2-cents.

I've been playing guitar for about 10-years, and by 'playing guitar' I've had one sitting around that I pick up now and again. I've gone through a slew of guitars over the years, mainly because they look cool, but perhaps more practically because I think 'this one's the one that will do it for me'. And so the story continued, not really advancing, but definitely learning more about the instrument.

Fast forward to today. It's not how loud the guitar is, or what wood is used, strings I've found some to be louder but harsher on the fingers and others quieter but easier to strum... It wasn't until I spent quite a bit on a made in USA Martin that I just can't put the guitar down. The feel of the sapele neck which is super thin and allows me to wrap my entire hand around comfortably. The action of the guitar and how little I have to press the strings down to hear no fret buzz. The smoothness of the frets and how fast I can change chords without rearranging my fingers every time.

In closing what I'm trying to say is that all these 'cheap' guitars sounds absolutely fine, but what they don't tell you; is what you get from spending a G on a well made guitar. It has, hands down, been the best money I've spent second to owning my own home.
Completely unfair post.

These Yamaha's are great for the money, when you: "gone through a slew of guitars over the years, mainly because they look cool" that might be your problem as Yamaha definitely does not look cool, but it sounds great. If you were buying cool looking toy guitars you got what you paid for, I have several great Ibanez electric guitars, but their entry level acoustics suck, but the look cool....

I mainly play electric guitar and only have a few acoustics and one of them are FG700S (non cut-away) it is my main camping / beach / park guitar and it is awesome, it is easy to play and sounds great and if something happens to it - well no big deal. i think it is comparable to many fancy looking guitars in $400-700 and i think i paid $160 on sale 5 years ago....

Does nice martin sound better? probably, but at 5-7x the price is like saying everyone should buy S class Mercedes since it rides smoother than Camry, but they both take you to work just fine.

Yamaha guitars are actual musical instruments, not look cool toy like many others. Most companies charge 500++ for any solid wood acoustic guitar, so yes this is great deal for the money and if you set this guitar up and get nice strings it will rival many much more expensive guitars.

For example i bet this sounds much better than Martin Custom X Series 2016 X-000CE Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Black @ $600 with plywood body and birch neck.

so please go write hipster blogs or something else if you need to feel better about your self for buying 1g guitar, but your post is not really relevant or helpful here on SD, and it is awesome to see deal for actual musical instrument guitar not some rogue crap for $50
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Again, the smaller concert size AC3R/M isn't part of the sale. I'm still holding out hope.
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I've been playing guitar for 25 years, and can honestly say that the FGX700SC is the best "bang for your buck" acoustic/electric out there. I own one of these, and also have the FG730S. I keep one in standard E tuning and one in D standard tuning, for playing live (I threw a S.D. pickup into the FG730S). The build/sound quality of these FG series Yamaha's are pretty incredible. It is pretty amazing that you can buy an acoustic guitar for $200-$300 and have it not only sound great, but also come with a great setup, and look pretty decent too. Highly recommended, not only for beginners, but also for veterans who are looking for a good, solid, cheap gigging guitar.
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Completely unfair post.

These Yamaha's are great for the money, when you: "gone through a slew of guitars over the years, mainly because they look cool" that might be your problem as Yamaha definitely does not look cool, but it sounds great. If you were buying cool looking toy guitars you got what you paid for, I have several great Ibanez electric guitars, but their entry level acoustics suck, but the look cool....

I mainly play electric guitar and only have a few acoustics and one of them are FG700S (non cut-away) it is my main camping / beach / park guitar and it is awesome, it is easy to play and sounds great and if something happens to it - well no big deal. i think it is comparable to many fancy looking guitars in $400-700 and i think i paid $160 on sale 5 years ago....

Does nice martin sound better? probably, but at 5-7x the price is like saying everyone should buy S class Mercedes since it rides smoother than Camry, but they both take you to work just fine.

Yamaha guitars are actual musical instruments, not look cool toy like many others. Most companies charge 500++ for any solid wood acoustic guitar, so yes this is great deal for the money and if you set this guitar up and get nice strings it will rival many much more expensive guitars.

For example i bet this sounds much better than Martin Custom X Series 2016 X-000CE Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Black @ $600 with plywood body and birch neck.

so please go write hipster blogs or something else if you need to feel better about your self for buying 1g guitar, but your post is not really relevant or helpful here on SD, and it is awesome to see deal for actual musical instrument guitar not some rogue crap for $50
Not trying to start a war here. I don't see how my post was unfair? I simply wanted to share something that most people don't talk about it. For instance when you're shopping for a guitar on Reverb or Musicians Friend etc you can't even search by neck width or action height... instead it's all about the wood which is neither here nor there.

My slew of guitars in the past has included; Yamaha FG700, Guild M-120, Crafter HT-24 and even an electric; Ibanez RG321-MH. I still own a couple of these as 'beater guitars' but to compare them directly it's easy to hear the difference. If we're considering toys then yes, you're only getting a 10% jump in quality for tripple/quadruple the cost over a Yamaha.

To reiterate from my previous comment; a lot of these cheap guitars don't hold their tone as you play up the neck. The necks are fatter. The strings are higher. The frets are rough. Thus you have a harder time making chords. You have to push down harder. You don't hear much of a difference between say a C and a Cadd9.

Yes it's only a 10% difference but I argue that last 10% helps you learn quicker. Perhaps if you've invested more in a guitar you wouldn't stick it in the back of your closet so fast, so there is that physiological difference.
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