Yamaha FS800 vs FG800 – Which is The Better Guitar? (Review)

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YAMAHA FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
Our #2 Rated
YAMAHA FS800 Small Body Solid Top Acoustic Guitar, Natural
Top
Solid Spruce
Solid Spruce
Back
Nato/Okume
Nato/Okume
Sides
Nato/Okume
Nato/Okume
Fretboard
Rosewood
Rosewood
Scale Length
25 9/16”
25”
Total Length
40 7/8"
40 3/16"
Our #1 Rated
YAMAHA FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
Product
Top
Solid Spruce
Back
Nato/Okume
Sides
Nato/Okume
Fretboard
Rosewood
Scale Length
25 9/16”
Total Length
40 7/8"
Our #2 Rated
YAMAHA FS800 Small Body Solid Top Acoustic Guitar, Natural
Product
Top
Solid Spruce
Back
Nato/Okume
Sides
Nato/Okume
Fretboard
Rosewood
Scale Length
25”
Total Length
40 3/16"

A lot of people have confused and even interchanged Yamaha FS800 to Yamaha FG800 as both acoustic guitars are made from the same materials.

However, there’s a fine line that separates these two outstanding guitar. We will discuss more about it in this post. And most importantly, in a battle between Yamaha FS800 vs Yamaha FG800 – who wins? Let’s get started.

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Materials

Both guitars are made from the same materials. Each acoustic guitar has the same solid sitka spruce top, nato back and sides, rosewood fingerboard, rosewood bridge and diecast tuners.

The Difference

The main difference between this two acoustic guitars is – the size. The Yamaha FS800(“FS” stands for Folk-Small) has a body dimension of 19.1 x 41.6 x 6 inches, while the Yamaha FG800(“FG” stands for Folk Guitar) 20.7 x 42.5 x 6.1 inches.

YAMAHA FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
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YAMAHA FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Nato back & sides

Of course, given that the FS is a much smaller acoustic guitar, players with short hands will find comfort in this guitar’s tighter string spacing at bridge and shorter neck.

Here are the detailed specs for each acoustic guitar:

Our #1 Rated
YAMAHA FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
Our #2 Rated
YAMAHA FS800 Small Body Solid Top Acoustic Guitar, Natural
Top
Solid Spruce
Solid Spruce
Back
Nato/Okume
Nato/Okume
Sides
Nato/Okume
Nato/Okume
Fretboard
Rosewood
Rosewood
Scale Length
25 9/16”
25”
Total Length
40 7/8"
40 3/16"
Our #1 Rated
YAMAHA FG800 Solid Top Acoustic Guitar
Product
Top
Solid Spruce
Back
Nato/Okume
Sides
Nato/Okume
Fretboard
Rosewood
Scale Length
25 9/16”
Total Length
40 7/8"
Our #2 Rated
YAMAHA FS800 Small Body Solid Top Acoustic Guitar, Natural
Product
Top
Solid Spruce
Back
Nato/Okume
Sides
Nato/Okume
Fretboard
Rosewood
Scale Length
25”
Total Length
40 3/16"

How’s the Sound?

Well, some might say that the FS800 has a warmer and louder sound. While the FG800 has more emphasis on the bass and has more sustain.

But I will say that based on my experience, these are slight differences and they are almost unnoticeable. Also, these sound differences don’t matter at all as these as both great acoustic guitars in own right.

You can watch more of how each guitar sounds here.

Which Guitar Should I Buy?

Having said that these two guitars have the same materials though have different sizes, it all comes down to comfortability in playing and preference.

The Yamaha FS800 is included in our best acoustic guitars for beginners list, and arguably a perfect guitar for those players who are short and were used to play smaller instruments. There are also some players who prefer playing on a smaller guitar and some who wants to have a guitar that they can easily carry along with. We recommend the Yamaha FS800 for these guitar players.

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On the other hand, there are also some who prefer a standard dreadnought style guitar with a full loud sound, and the Yamaha FG800 is the perfect acoustic guitar for these players.

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