FGX730SCA review by Yamaha

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (24 votes)
Yamaha: FGX730SCA
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Price paid: $ 285

Purchased from: Pawn Shop

Sound — 10
Can be a liitle on the bright side plugged in But easy to dial it back in Very full sound and great sustain I play blues lead Lots of stones ect Fast action... Very fast I play an 83 Fender Smith strat as my main guitar when going electric or a Studio LP This neck doesn't slow me down one bit and is great all the way up the neck The intonation is spot on

Overall Impression — 10
If there were lost or stolen I would look to replace it this was an absolute STEAL at this price Of course I would have to play one first. I took a flyer on this because of the Price from a pawn shop on ebay It was a Home Run! I own 3 Vintage fenders ( 2 mustangs 65 & 76 and an 83 smith strat ) a G& L strat, 2 Taylor's a Seagull 25 th aniversery addtion and a Gibson Studio Raw Power with Maple body mahagony neck and maple fretboard neck ( unique & awesome ) My amps are Hot Rod Blues Deville 2-12, Mesa subway blues, Hartke 75 ac for accoustic a shitty little Marshall MG30 ( don't buy one) and a bunch of little practice amps and basses. This baby will be my main stay accoustic guitar hands down.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This is going to be my number one workhorse The 14 is going back in the closet Its not close I love this guitar I dont know how old she is but there are no signs of cracking anywhere She is light as a feather the lightest guitar I've ever played So I hope I don't smack it into something when playing out.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Nothing needed to be done zippo new set of light 12Ga exllior polly's and I was set Like I said dead on all the way up the neck ( better then most if not all my guitars with the ecepetion of the 814 Ce Which isnt fair its a 3000 guitar).

Features — 9
Bough this used off ebay with HSC for 266.00 Guitar is in Mint condition with one tiny ding and one surface scratch don't know age I'm guessing 10-12 years old. Removed old crappy strings Conditioned fret board and threw on some new exillor poly lights. The glossy finish g on this guitar is gorgeous with faded vanilla binding and rossetes It looks and plays like a 1200 guitar I love the fast but not thin neck and great frets For bending and sustain The on board electronics are very responsive I was shocked at how well they were. I own two Taylor's a 14 ce and 814 ce this blows the 14 away It reminds me of a Martin D18 I had years ago. I play thru a Hartke 75 AC and it sings thru it.

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    divrack@aol.com
    Ive owne one used for over two years and its been thru the wars and keeps sounding better and better i use Elixer nano webs stings on it ill put i up against my Taylor 210 all day long and then some. Its either a 2000 or 1980 not sure but has the red label inside I had lent it to a friend I just got it back WOW I think im going to sell the taylor this is a GREAT guitar and a def keeper for sure I had a 814 CE Now that was like a baby grand piano but it was also 2400 used I think i pad 350 for it with HSC
    IABart
    I've had mine for 3 years. Action from the factory was very high. Getting it lowered resulted in buzz, so I had to order a bridge from Yamaha and replace it to a height in between. I was a beginner when I bought this guitar. I'm intermediate now, and if I could do it over again, I'd buy a Mitchell MD-100S or the Epiphone Masterbuilt AJ-500REMs. There are TONS of better solid top guitars w/out electronics at 1/2 the price, or I'd have saved and bought the AC-3R or AC-1R from Yamaha, or a Takamine EF. All better guitars in my opinion. For the money, FGX-730 is very good, but not THE best at that price point (or even below-as I mentioned, now that I'm more experienced, I've played a dozen used solid tops at a major chain, for $99 or less (the brands nobody wants), that sound better and have nicer actions than the Yamaha.