Yamaha FS800 vs FG800 – Which is The Better Guitar?

A lot of people have confused and even interchanged Yamaha FS800 to Yamaha FG800 as both 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 FG800 – who wins?

Let’s get started.

yamaha fs800 vs fg800


Both guitars are made from the same materials. Each guitar has the same solid sitka spruce top, nato back and sides, rosewood fingerboard, rosewood bridge and diecast tuners. Check out our Yamaha FG800 review here.

The Difference

The main difference between this two 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.

Of course, given that the FS is a much smaller 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 guitar:

Yamaha FS800

Yamaha FG800

Solid Sitka Spruce Top Solid Sitka Spruce Top
Rosewood Back Nato Back
Nato Neck Nato Neck
Rosewood Sides Rosewood Sides
Concert Size Dreadnought Size


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 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 a guitar perfect 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.


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


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