Price paid: $ 140
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I play everything from Jazz to Metal, and it fits my style perfectly. I love a bright sound on acoustic guitars, and this one has it nailed. It has nice bright trebles, but the bass is there, so it sounds full. The only thing I may change is the saddle and the bridge pins, to brighten the guitar and add sustain. I couldn't ask for more when it comes to the sound of this guitar.
Overall Impression — 10
I know this is just another review full of 10s, but this guitar really does deserve it. It fits my styles perfectly. I've been playing for 2 years. I also own a Yamaha F335 (which I don't really like), and a Takamine Jasmine S35 (worse than the F335, but it was my first guitar.) If it were lost or stolen, I would definitely get another one. I love the guitar to death, so I'm not letting it get lost or stolen. I can't find anything I hate about the guitar either. My favorite feature is the sound. It's exactly what I'm asking for. I compared this to a lot of other guitars at guitar center, and chose this one over guitars 3 times the price. The only thing I wish it had was a bone saddle and nut.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've not had the chance to play live yet, but I'm certain this guitar would withstand live playing. The hardware seems it will last too. The strap button seems okay, but I don't use straps anyway, so that doesn't matter to me. It looks dependable, but I'd still take a backup just in case. You can never be too safe after all. The finish seems it will last with time too, which is nice.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was set up very nicely. I can't find any flaws in it at all. The factory strings were okay, but I changed them to my choice, Elixir. This is a perfect example of how much Yamaha actually cares about their quality.
Features — 10
I bought this guitar brand new. It was made in China I believe. It has 20 frets, on a nice thin Nato neck, with a 25 and 9/16 inch scale length. The top is Solid Sitka Spruce (thank god), with Nato back and sides. It's a natural finish, which I like, and the tuners aren't special, but they stay in tune well, so they work.