My worry is that I know less about Yamaha, and that I’d regret not going for a Martin. What we have in the test area today is a from the reissued Red Label range, a Japanese-built FG5. Yamaha’s Red Label guitars were introduced to America in 1968, but the line itself goes back to October 1966. I also like the Taylor 322E, but that is a lot more expensive, and tbh, still not as good as the Yamahas. This is a forum where guitarists, from novice to experienced, can explore the world of guitar through a variety of media and discussion. The Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum > Guitars > The Guitar Critic's Corner > New Yamaha FG5. Golden Nehru Jacket Award, Friends of The Gopher Society, http://cgi.ebay.com/71-Ya...ZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem, http://www.acousticguitar...s/showthread.php?t=145187. The FGX5 is absolutely world class in every way. I'm not sure of the model numbers but have played a couple that were pretty good for sure. These were well-constructed, great-sounding guitars from Japan that were made in the classic tradition of steel-string, flat-top guitar design and tone, with their own innovative tweaks. I know in the old days a lot of bluegrassers that could afford a second Martin used them as their backup guitar. The one I bid on sold for only $290. But the salesman showed me a Yamaha FGX5 Red Label ($1300) and I was blown away by how awesome it sounded. 24 posts 1; 2; Next; New Yamaha FG5 New Yamaha FG5. So when I researched what that involves on these old red labels, I learned they're notorious for having epoxied neck joints that are impossible to steam apart. It may not be obvious that there were subtle changes made between about 6 months and nearly 3 years after the Red label FG’s became available in the beginning of 1967. I should have stayed in and won the thing, but I was out of town when the bidding was concluded and had set my max bid too low. The FG-300 is a real good take on the Gibson Hummingbird, and has a country sound that will make you cry. Location: Ohio the heart of it all. The Yamaha Red Label FG-180 is the only one that I know of that is particularly sought after. He is looking to get rid of it and I have heard good things about these in the past. Something about it really sounded just so beautiful, a booming and rich sound, super warm and got me really excited. But the modern incarnations add up-to-date features like a new scalloped bracing pattern, Yamaha’s “Atmosfeel” pickup and preamp system, and tonewoods “aged” through the company’s pressure-, humidity-, and temperature-treating process. Martin 00-15M / Yamaha FS5 MIJ Red Label / Faith Venus Blood Moon Burst / Taylor GS Mini-Koa / Yamaha CSF3M / Lava Me 2 #11 07-11-2019, 02:06 PM YamahaGuy. There’s no Martin’s at any of the guitar shops within an hour and a half of my local area. Initially “YAMAHA GUITAR” is shorter and bolder. However, I had not considered a Yamaha until I heard it. It has a very balanced and rich tone. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Watch this one and see what happens: Back in the early '70s in Louisville, I played lots of long solo nights. The FGX5 should be equally impressive. I've been wanting to try the FG5/FS5 (and their acoustic-electric versions) to compare, but haven't had a chance to get my hands on one. An old friend has a Yamaha Red label guitar that was owned by his grandfather. Buena Park, CA (April 26, 2019) -- Yamaha today launched the FG Red Label series of acoustic guitars, blending the vintage, handcrafted design of iconic early Yamaha instruments with the company’s cutting-edge technological innovation in wood conditioning and true-to-life sound reproduction.. SalFromChatham. Thanks for visiting. Registered User : Join Date: Dec 2016. it needs a neck reset, which is not worth doing and I've seen pretty many with this problem, the Japan ones are a little more valuable, I've seen them sell at $400. I own a Yamaha FS5 Red Label for about 3 months or so now. Let us know the model of the one your friend has and where made. The tone of Paul Brady's guitar has always attracted me, so on a whim I decided to send him an e-mail and ask for his thoughts on the FG. He graciously gave me all the details of his guitar, including its purchase price, where and when he bought it and how it has faired over the years. I had him play it back to back with a Taylor 317, (unfortunately the shop didn’t have any Martins) and the FGX5 sounded fantastic. If that's not a selling point for one of these guitars, I don't know what is! The guitar that belongs to Paul Brady is from 1967. For me, the best Martin in the same price range is the 000-15m, but the Yamaha is just flat out better. I did some research on the Nippon Gakki instruments and learned that they are highly respected and very affordable. I don't own either brands, but lately I've been going into stores trying different guitars to see what I might get next, and the Yamaha FG3/FGX3 blew me away. They are making a STATEMENT to the World. The fit and finish are perfect. Something about it really sounded just so beautiful, a booming and rich sound, super warm and got me really excited. Martin and the other guitar brands I mentioned need to take a lesson from Yamaha. What should I look for and how much are these worth? 3,078 756 3. Can anyone speak to their experiences with the new Yamaha Red Label guitars? 1966 Martin D-35, 2001 Martin D-28, 2016 MFG custom D-18 Adirondack top, Gibson J-40) Isaiah 41:10. Am I losing / missing out on anything by not getting a Martin? The so called lawsuit takamines weren't too bad either. The Yamaha Red Label FG-180 is the only one that I know of that is particularly sought after. I'd say, if it is one of those models in good shape, maybe $300 give or take. Press J to jump to the feed. After quietly celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic red label acoustics in 2016, Yamaha decided it was time to revisit the range, employing some modern tweaks and upgrades along the way. Back then I played hard enough and long enough to bust strings during a gig, and so need a backup, so I got my first FG-180 Yamaha. But the salesman showed me a Yamaha FGX5 Red Label ($1300) and I was blown away by how awesome it sounded. I figured it was good enough for New Grass Revival's guitarist, Curtis Birch, so it'd work for me. The change to the common label happened in June/July 1967. On Ebay last week, I bid on (and unfortunately lost) a 1967 FG-180 red label. It helped me get into playing more acoustic. I had him play it back to back with a Taylor 317, (unfortunately the shop didn’t have any Martins) and the FGX5 sounded fantastic. He also noted that he bought a later model FG-180 with a red label and that it did not sound nearly as good as his older FG. One of the dumbest things I've ever done was part with my FG-180. I was happy to hear that he remains enamored with his Yamaha. 3,078 756 3. I know in the old days a lot of bluegrassers that could afford a second Martin used them as their backup guitar. Just thought I'd pass this along. It was in very good condition. As a working and not wealthy musician, I was doing good to afford my D-28, but no way could I afford a second Martin for backup.
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