Sound — 10
I'm generaly a player who likes to experiment. The guitar doesn't have much in the way of the flashy stuff you get with ovations or the like. But it still sounds perfect. Dad described it as a low-end of the range Yamaha. If this is the low-end, what must the top-end be like?
Overall Impression — 10
As I've said, I like to experiment. The FG doesn't have much in the way of frills, but that's part of it's charm. You find that you have to work at it to get the sounds you want. If I wanted to play something really clever, I'd probably have to get an electric with a trem and mother-of-toilet-seat pick-guard and all the usual frilly bits. But I love this guitar and if anyone ever comes across one that they can get cheaply, and that they'd class as matching what I've said here I'd advise them to buy it ASAP.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I love this guitar and, if I ever join a band, I'll invest in a clip-on mic to avoid needless D. I. Y. It sounds great as an acoustic and I'd hate to risk losing that fresh, yet aged sound.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The only flaws in the body have been inflicted due to the odd slip or knock. There's a few small scratches at the base of the body and one on the head, but they merely add character.
Features — 10
This is a '77/78 FG160 that's seen it's fair share of travelling and playing. My dad bought it when he was a penniless student (ah, the days when student's could afford guitars). He's since been lugging it around with him all over the place and, subsequently, it has the odd knock on the body. Dad, when he realised I was serious enough about playing to want to buy my own guitar, gave the FG to me. It now rarely goes for more than a day without me murdering the odd Bob Dylan or Pink Floyd song. The neck's a bit rough from all those years that dad's been using it, but it's the perfect guitar for me to learn on. It has absolutely beautiful tones and the harmonics really ring out. You can play a harmonic, put the guitar down, come back about two minutes later and it'll still be sending out those amazing sounds! It's true that they don't make 'em like they used to.