Yamaha FG-412

Acoustic 6-String Guitar

Made by Yamaha

Description Spruce top, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, rest is nato. Tuning machines are chrome and are enclosed. Plays very well and sounds excellent.
Posted By Frank Gerris Jr. (124)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 6/6/2002, Frank Gerris Jr. (124) posted:
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This is my first guitar. A really excellent guitar for a beginner if you want to get something that you won't outgrow as you get better.

Really a great buy. I got this guitar a few years ago and it cost considerably more than what it goes for now. I looked at a lot of the cheaper guitars and they just didn't feel or sound half as good. The extra cost at the time was well worth it since it played and sounded as good as some of the much more expensive guitars in the stores.

I put in an LR Baggs i-Beam pickup and installed a strap pin in the base of the neck. Those and the truss rod adjustment to lower the action are the only mods I've made. Only way this guitar could be improved now is to make it a cutaway.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $345.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Russo's Music, Hamilton, NJ
Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, nato back, neck and sides. Chrome sealed tuners. Classic dreadnought style with large soundhole. It has stood up to a lot of abuse and still plays fine. When I got it they had the option of a violin finish but don't believe they still offer it.
Plays real easily. Everyone who picks it up says "plays real nice." No kidding. Action was originally a little high but is good now after a truss rod adjustment. Didn't have a top strap pin so I installed one at the base of the neck. Much nicer than having a string go around the headstock and feels much better.
Sound Quality:
Sounds just as good as guitars costing as much as $600. Makes great music whether I fingerpick, strum, or just wail on it. I play mostly folk and rock with it. Had a slight amount of buzz on the high end when I first got it but that went away. Installed an LR Baggs i-Beam pickup and that sounds great.
I've beaten the hell out of it. Plain and simple. It goes camping and to open mic nights where it's been dinged and bumped and still plays well. Holds a tuning pretty well too.