Yamaha FG-180-1 / 1974 - 1977 Nat

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This is a well cared for Vintage Yamaha FG 180-1, black label, made shortly after the company moved from Japan to Taiwan in 1973.  It comes with original black hardboard case. Features the iconic three-piece back with white binding on body and neck. As with most early 70's FG's that were shipped to the U.S. this has a plywood spruce top and agathis body (not laminated, see below), a mahogany neck with indian rosewood bridge and frett board. The action at the 12th frett is moderate (3/16") and the saddle could come down. Very little dings or scratches as seen in photos. The area marked on the top was a repair blunder a previous owner must have tried to eliminate age lines, which many of those old Yammies have. (Don't ever do that again buddy!) I coated it lightly with clear cote. It plays very comfortable and has that classic Yamaha depth in the low end yet bright enough in the highs to stand up among other instruments in a jam.  There will be a video of this instrument soon. Please feel free to ask questions.  And as for the argument over reds and greens and black labels read below....
  • The "laminated question"  from YamahaVintageFG " Almost all commercially produced vintage Yamaha FG’s for export are plywood. This is because of the uncontrolled climate (temperature and humidity) on the ships carrying them to America. Many earlier solid wood Yamaha guitars cracked in shipping. Plywood pretty much guarantee that won’t happen. Also, the 100 series guitars were very lightly braced. The combination of all tone wood plies and very light bracing gives them the sonic appearance of a solid wood guitar."
  • It's REALLY PLYWOOD! Plywood is a wooden board consisting of 2 or more layers glued and pressed together with the direction of the grain alternating, typically 90 degrees. Laminate is a wooden board (in the case of guitars) consisting of 2 or more layers glued and pressed together with the direction of the grain in the same direction.  
  • And FINALLY!  from "Acoutic Guitar Forum"  -- I just took delivery of a second red ..... label Yamaha FG-360, made in Taiwan. My first 360 is a Nippon Gakki (made in Japan). The strange thing is, side by side they are like peas in a pod, there is no what you would call constructional differences. They literally could have come off the same production line the same day, they are that close. Also, and importantly, they both sound very similar; one is not better than the other.

Product Specs

Very Good (Used)
1974 - 1977
Made In

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Shekinah Guitars

St. Petersburg, FL, United States
Joined: Jan 2016