#1
I have a Yamaha fg700s and when i go play higher end guitars in the shop i really want one. Others have told me my guitar is fine,no need to spend 700 or so on a new one, it probably just needs to be setup.
I have had this guitar (my only one ever) over 3 years and from the day it came out of the box all ive done is put elixir light strings on it ,no adjustments. Is there a need to have someone do a "setup" on it? I am mainly a pure strummer and if it needs a setup who do i go to a Luthier ? Thanks
#2
Setups will generally always make your guitar play better. If higher end guitars FEEL better, I'd recommend a setup. If higher end guitars SOUND better, save for one and buy it, you can't make a cheaper acoustic sound like a more expensive one.
By the looks of it your guitars seems to be a low to medium-level acoustic (I've never played one, just going off the price, however it sounds decent enough to me in YouTube clips). You've been playing for 3 years, and if you think you deserve a better axe than go for it.

Also, do you change the strings regularly? If all you have done is put a set of elixirs on it 3 years ago then replace the string ASAP!! Thanks a crazy long time to only have one set of strings on. A new set will completely brighten up the tone you get and the feel.
#3
I just play at home,practice alot..i change the strings fairly regularly,probably sooner than they need it and when i do they are extremely bright for a week or so til broke in. I just read things and people say never just take a guitar out of the box and play,get it "setup" 1st. I like mine and its the best 200.00 on the market it appears im just not sure it needs to be setup or i will mess it up if i do...Like doing some homework before i let someone touch it.
My music store owner was offended when i asked if it needed to be setup,he said they come out of the box like they are suppose to play.He isnt a guitar guy,he is a drummer,but appears somewhat knowledgeable.
#4
I agree if it sounds better get it. Feel can be adjusted or altered.

I like no finish on my necks so I sand it off. I get that better feel
I polish frets when I buy gutiars for a smoother feel
I scallop my fretboards for more string control.

But for a setup it doesn't hurt but unless you've played for years you don't really appreciate it. I mean as long as you can stay in tune and there is little to no buzz honestly I wouldn't worry about it. All a setup does is make the neck slightly easier to play. That and of course intonation is done so you get pinch harmonics where they should be guitar to guitar.
#5
Don't let people at stores tell you that it's fine right out of the box, especially drummers
What makes you want these higher-end guitars? That's what you need to ask yourself. As myself and Tallwood have stated, you can't change the sound of a cheap acoustic. A setup will improve playability, but the fact is that it will likely never play as well as a $700 guitar with a good setup.