#2
the yamaha, without a doubt. it sounds better, yamaha generally has better quality control, generally yamahas have better build quality, higher quality hardware and a nicer finish, and in this particular case the yamaha has a solid top where epi has laminate top.

there is no disadvantage that i am aware of to getting the yamaha over the epiphone. i have more experience with the fg700s and the fg730s, but the one you're looking at falls right between them and the fg720s's that i tried definitely sound better than any all laminate guitar.
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#3
Quote by patticake
the yamaha, without a doubt. it sounds better, yamaha generally has better quality control, generally yamahas have better build quality, higher quality hardware and a nicer finish, and in this particular case the yamaha has a solid top where epi has laminate top.

there is no disadvantage that i am aware of to getting the yamaha over the epiphone. i have more experience with the fg700s and the fg730s, but the one you're looking at falls right between them and the fg720s's that i tried definitely sound better than any all laminate guitar.


Alright I'm going for yamaha! Thaanks dude!
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#4
The thing here is that those are two very different guitars. The all-laminate thinline PR-5E vs a solid top dreadnaught is the issue. I would say to check out the Epiphone Hummingbird Artist. At $249 it's a dreadnaught with a solid top that would more accurately compare with the Yamaha.

As far as advantages and disadvantages, some people would say the nato body of the Yamaha would be a disadvantage compared to the mahogany body of the Epiphone, but I've owned a Yamaha FG-423S with a nato body and thought it sounded great. I have played both the Epi H-bird artist and the Yamaha FG-720S and I really don't think you could go wrong with either one.


here's the hummingbird artist -

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Limited-Edition-Hummingbird-Artist-Acoustic-Guitar-105335319-i1448734.gc
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#5
Quote by 1500 meanstreak
The thing here is that those are two very different guitars. The all-laminate thinline PR-5E vs a solid top dreadnaught is the issue. I would say to check out the Epiphone Hummingbird Artist. At $249 it's a dreadnaught with a solid top that would more accurately compare with the Yamaha.

As far as advantages and disadvantages, some people would say the nato body of the Yamaha would be a disadvantage compared to the mahogany body of the Epiphone, but I've owned a Yamaha FG-423S with a nato body and thought it sounded great. I have played both the Epi H-bird artist and the Yamaha FG-720S and I really don't think you could go wrong with either one.


here's the hummingbird artist -

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Limited-Edition-Hummingbird-Artist-Acoustic-Guitar-105335319-i1448734.gc


The Yamaha sounds better.
#6
1500 meanstreak, the nato body doesn't mean much. most laminate guitars, yamaha included, are made with a very thin sheet of the wood on the outside - in the case of the fg720 it's nato, in the case of the fg730 it's rosewood. but the wood underneath - which is the thickest part - is a different and cheaper wood. i talked to a yamaha rep who wouldn't tell me what the wood is, but he did tell me it's the same wood on all their laminate back and sides FG series guitars.
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