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Introducing the Yamaha FG9!

by Ben Clark May 15, 2023 1 Comment

Introducing the Yamaha FG9!


Yamaha has been churning out acoustic guitars since 1966, and their newest dreadnought release nearly sixty years later is top-shelf. With intentional design, master handcrafted construction, and no hesitation to make the right tweaks, the Yamaha team set their sights on a guitar that would cut, complement, and carry like an ideal acoustic should. Here at the General Store, we think they’ve hit their target.

This is the Yamaha FG9. Offered in both a mahogany and a rosewood model, this guitar sports a very well-thought-out set of characteristics that cause it to stand out to our eye and may just make it the perfect choice for a range of pickers. 

One of the most influential of those characteristics is the guitar’s dialed-in construction. Catering to a well-known love among flatpickers, Yamaha equipped this guitar with an Adirondack spruce top – and tapered its edges, adding even more to the Adi’s strength and liveliness. Scalloped bracing on the other side of that top supplies the whole package with its signature balance and volume.

Another touch that luthiers and players alike will appreciate is the bolt-on neck. Strong and simple, this design will very much lessen the hassle of neck repair work, should it ever be needed.

Naturally, this guitar's construction couldn't just be structurally great – it posesses a unique aesthetic design as well. Taking inspiration from Japanese culture, Yamaha outfitted the FG9 with an elegant, understated set of appointments that show true attention to detail.

The FG9's "Y" shaped headstock.

The FG9's unique fretboard inlays, inspired by Japanese kumiki.

The FG9's "rope" purfling, again inspired by Japanese culture.

The FG9's neck heel, featuring a new logo for the FG line.

Below is a full list of the FG9's specs:

  • FG dreadnought body shape

  • Adirondack spruce top

  • Mahogany or rosewood back and sides

  • Scalloped X bracing

  • Bolt-on, one-piece mahogany neck

  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge

  • Bone nut/saddle

  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish

As expected, the FG9’s construction and careful planning process resulted in fantastic sound for the instrument. Loud, clear, and resonant, it is intended to both slice through a wall of bluegrass instruments and support a singer with its bed of rich tone.

Check out our reviews and demos below! 

A truly exciting guitar, the FG9 is looking to be an ideal companion to many pros and hobbyists – perhaps we’ll see YOU with it at your favorite jam real soon! If you’re looking to learn more about the FG9 or any of our other products, always feel free to give us a call at 833-BANJOBEN.

Ben Clark
Ben Clark

1 Response

Ray Smeltzer
Ray Smeltzer

June 19, 2023

Both nice sounding guitars. The rosewood has a nice tone

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