Yamaha FG-150

Acoustic 6-String Guitar

Made by Yamaha

Description A small bodied(00 or 000 size) acoustic from late sixties or early seventies. Solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides. Mahogany neck. Rosewood fretboard and bridge. Reputedly a Martin clone. Made in Japan. Nippon Gakki Red Label.
Posted By Brian Alford (94)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.7 (of 5)
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On 4/23/2013, Dave Bellows (5) posted:
Overall Rating:
The guitar size is comfortable for learners and more advance players. this instrument is versatile and can fit any stlyle of playing.
Features:
Yamaha FG-150 Nippon Gakki late 60's This is a sweet sounding guitar. The size is perfect for fingerstyle and blues playing. The fretboard had to be refretted and restored with new tuning keys...which was normal after so many years of use, and the luthier who did the work told me:"this one is a keeper" I had a Fishman under saddle pick up installed and it's now my favorite guitar for solo gigs. If you can find one, it's worth the investment. Thanks
Playability:
The fretboard is perfect for my small hand
Sound Quality:
I find it perfect for my light strumming and mostly fingerstyle.
Durability:
Solid as rock after much abuse in it's early years.
On 12/24/2002, Brian Alford (94) posted:
Overall Rating:
Hey, if you have a little cash ( about $150 on ebay) and you can get a solid wood vintage looking and sounding copy of a Martin you'd be crazy to pass this up.
Price: $70.00
Where Obtained: Pawn shop
Features:
All solid woods. I had heard that Yamaha had made some nice solid wood guitars in the past, and after some research found that the FG's from this period were well regarded. I remembered a little Yamaha that I had seen in a pawn shop for $90, and went back and sure enough it was one of them. I offered $70 and they took it.Has a lot of rash and scratches but under the goo and dust the finish still shines. I have found no flaws. The tuners are open back, but I put some Martin silk-n-steel strings on and tuned her up and she plays like a dream, Great tone for blues! The frets are still good and the neck is still straight (adjustable truss rod). I give it a 4 due to the crappy tuners, even though it is all solid wood.
Playability:
Very easy to play nice action after I reworked the saddle and made a very small neck adjustment. I am sure a bone nut and saddle would improve it but it plays so good now, why bother?
Sound Quality:
Very nice full tone and loud for a small body. I used the silk-N-steel to lessen the strain on it just because of it's age. I am sure that some brighter strings like john pearse's would really take it over the top. I fingerpick on this one and it just makes you want to play the blues!
Durability:
Are you kidding? Over 30 years old and neglected but still solid as a rock! The gloss finish must be Kryptonite.