Anyone know what a Yamaha acoustic FG-365S in great condition is worth lately?
Good question. I have one that has to be 20 years old. I have no idea what it is worth. I love this guitar. It has its own very unique voice. Its not a Larivee (which I have owned), but it is altogether my favorite guitar! Any ideas, anyone?
: Anyone know what a Yamaha acoustic FG-365S in great condition is worth lately?
I have several top end acoustics but my old Yamaha 365s-II still remains one of the sweetest guitars in my beloved collection! I too love playing this guitar and love it's warm tone. Mine is from the early 70's and is in close to mint condition. Bought it off my friend Rebecca who's dad was in a famous 60's band (I think the 60's) called the "Letterman" for about $100. It was one of his old guitars which was handed down to thew kids. I know I got an isane deal but wasn't sure at the time what it was realy worth, just knew it played and sounded killer! It was one of those great deals between friends! I now know the guitar is worth a lot more and cherish it. In the 70's this model was considered a fairly HQ acoustic guitar. I recent saw one on the internet in "good condition" and the going price was $415. I have also seen one in a pawn shop for $275 in fair condition (but sounded great). The FG365's were just well-made and designed acoustics. They picked good woods because as the wood gets older the tone keeps on improving! I made a slight neck adjustment and I use Martin SP Light strings on mine which seems to be a perfect match! I am interested in seeing what your guitar looks like, can you email me a picture (firstname.lastname@example.org) Hang on to your axe it's worth some dosh and sure it will be a true classic! Peace. M.Enzo/Hanalei Bay Hawaii
They only made them from 1977-81.
I also own the very same guitar, hell of a sound, im not sure how much exactly, but yamaha DOES NOT make acoustics like they used to at ALL. so Its definately a classic
: I also own the very same guitar, hell of a sound, im not sure how much exactly, but yamaha DOES NOT make acoustics like they used to at ALL. so Its definately a classic
: : I also own the very same guitar, hell of a sound, im not sure how much exactly, but yamaha DOES NOT make acoustics like they used to at ALL. so Its definately a classic
I too own this guitar. It has aged beautifully. I had to replace the nut so I put in new bone nut,saddle and pins. This increased the volume and rounded out the tone. It has a three piece back with a beautiful inlay. It also has mother of pearl markers and logo. I bought it used in '83 and I like it better than my Martin. I would love to know it's worth as well.
I've owned one since 1978, and I still play it every day. It has retained its Martin-like tonal quality and the Rosewood back and sides have mellowed out the sound. My 365 also has perfect intonation (each note rings true up and down the neck), which is rare for even a great guitar. In terms or "great" guitars, the very modestly priced Yamaha 365s, Taiwan-built guitar
was given a "decent" rating from one of the guitar mechanics in Los Angeles.
I've had "slick" offers of $300 for my guitar--and those were only opening bid offers. I think the 365s is easily worth $400, and I wouldn't sell mine--dings and all--for anything less.
fjb--hermosa beach, ca
I've owned one since 1978, and I still play it every day. It has retained its Martin-like tonal quality and the Rosewood back and sides have mellowed out the sound. My 365 also has perfect intonation (each note rings true up and down the neck), which is rare for even a great guitar. In terms or "great" guitars, the very modestly priced Yamaha 365s, Taiwan-built guitar was given a "decent" rating from one of the best guitar mechanics in Los Angeles.
I own als a 365S, somebody told that they are hard to find these days, they don't build guitars like that anymore and it's worth 700€ or dollars
I have a yamaha 365 s (s stands for solid top) bought sight unseen on ebay in australia for $260 with a case. The guitar itself was unknown to me but it had a solid top and I appreciate the MIJ guitars of the 70's. Ok, This was a 1980 made in Korea but the sentiment remains. Obviously well made and a very solid guitar. Somebody had gone to a lot of trouble to produce a fine instrument. 3 piece back like the Martin D 35 Not a lot of info about the 365 was available but it was the first yamaha model made with a solid top.
even with old strings it rang nicely with the first strum. It need a set up and strings. I took it along to my luthier Charles Cilia in Sydney who also strummed it and just said WOW. I got it a new saddle, nut, frets and strings and set up low. Oh boy what a guitar this is. I had a high end Maton which I then sold. Yeah the maton was better and at 12 times the price it should be. But it wasn't 12 times better. I don't care what the headstock says, if it sounds great then fine by me. I'll play it along side anyone's gibson or martin or Maton. It projects a strong sound, well suited to fingerpicking or bluegrass equally. I wont say well balanced because every ad I've ever seen for a guitar in the last two years says " it is well balanced". Who knows anymore what that means. I know it is a great guitar. I am 60 years old and been playing since I've been 8. I speak as a player not a collector.
I got lucky with mine. They may not all be the same but it's worth a punt if you see one.
Glad to know others out there appreciate a sound like only the Yamaha 365 can put out! Mine has a few dings in it, (put there by others . . . grrrr), but I love her just the same. I bought it in Bakersfield, CA '78, and have never seen the equal. Beautiful with the three piece back.
I've seen them priced from $350 to $750, but I wouldn't take double that for mine. I play her every day, and she's showing some wear on the neck as well as a hole almost worn through her just above the pickguard right in front of the bridge where I "gauge" each lick with my little finger anchored there.
I'm 62 now, and me and her has been together since the day I bought her. I think my bride gets jealous of her because she is who I turn to when I'm down. A few old Gospel tunes, a little Marty Robbins, and the like, and I'm all better. Kids are already fighting over her even though I have Mosrite, Washburn . . . (don't own any farm equipment . . . you know, Fender!!), but I do own a Fender amp.
Gene Moles put pickup in her in the early 90's, and I play her over the Fender twin and the Mosrite 400. Only when I need the volume which is nearly never, but, she never fails to put that beautiful sound out! Pure, warm, loud and sweet. You'll never go wrong with one!
Interestingly enough I went and talked with a guy who owned a shop, [don't worry I would never actually follow-through] about the price of this old gal. And he said that just having a regular tune up and set up dramatically increased the value. He figured that when in her condition [almost perfect] she was worth $800. That's coming from someone who lives to make money by buying cheap and selling high.
Hi, I have a FG365S11 that I want to sell. I bought it new in about 1976. I took a few lessons but never played it. It is like new with maybe 2-3 hours of use. It is like in mint condition. What can I get for it???
They are not made in Korea, they were made in Taiwan from 78-81. I have one I got second hand in the early 80's out of a music store and its in great condition. Its not quite as loud as a D35 which they were copying but it sounds and plays just as well. With rosewood and spruce and seemingly well built you would have to pay best part of $3000 to get an equivalent Martin and Yamaha simply dont make them like this anymore. I was told its only worth 250-350 but likely wouldn't sell it for less than double that because it plays and looks great. I am a fan of old Yamahas and Martins but the Martins are just too pricey..
I have this beautiful guitar in mint condition for sale. It is Rosewood and two different woods on the back inlaid , It also comes with a Chromatic tuner CA-30. I also have two sets of Vintage Bronze Acoustic 12-VNL Strings, gsh V N 24 strings Vintage Bronze VN 24, M 13 56 BB 40 M Bright Bronze Acoustic full set. Of strings, cha Pkain steel ball end 016, .016 dia .406 VN, cha strings VN 32 .032 dia.813 mm, 12 012 .012 dia. .305 mm, the Vintage Bronze VN 42 .042 d I a. 1.067 mm, VN 54 .054 dia. 054 dis. 1.37 mm, Vin Bronze Korg, New Leather strap, with CA s w lined in soft fun, no signs of age, or wear,, with compartment inside to hold tuner. I am selling it due to arthritis and c an not p lll at it, and am taking Dulcimer lessons and want to purchase a high-end dulcimer. Call (910) 289-4730 for seriously interested consumers. Thus guitar is no longer made and has a beautiful tone when tuned.
Picked mine up 20years ago in a garage sale. 5 piece back with all the bindings. Flipped to lefty and wouldn't change it for anything. Literally unbeatable Imho
Just picked one up (stole)on Reverb for 120.00. I will put a little work in the tune up and change the strings to GHS 12 g Light accoutics, and it should value between 3-400. I have an FG345 that I love from the same era, and it plays like a Martin. They knew how to build them back pre 80
INSIDE MY GUITAR THERE ARE THREE LETTERS IN BLACK RRH OR PRH DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THEY STAND FOR. I THINK IT MIGHT BE THE PERSON WHO BUILT THE GUITAR. IF YOU KNOW PLEASE EMAIL ME THANK YOU
I do stand corrected. It is made in Taiwan. It says so clearly on the label inside, even if the font is so small as to be unreadable. I still maintain this is a great guitar and one of my better purchases.
This forum is very on point. I can only add a general statement about the worth of a guitar vs. what you can sell if for, and why this point is especially germane to this guitar. Public perception creates monetary value. People want a fender, gibson, taylor, etc and will pay for the name, but my fg365sii has an inspirational quality that make the guitar feel like it was sent to me from above. I kid you not, it's very special, and if you can find one, buy it. You make one of the lucky few who get one from a time when the makes had their game on. In other words, no one one would pay enough. I'd sell mine for 1500, spend 1200 for another decent acoustic, pocket 300, and miss this guitar for the rest of my life. I found mine in a basement in old carboard case, with rusty strings. I put a new set martin strings, tuned it up and hit a g chord, and was like WTF!!! I have owned Taylors, Gibsons, Martins, and I know how a guitar is supposed to sound, and God, they screwed up, tried to make a cheap knockoff for people who couldn't afford a name brand, and accidentally made a great guitar. And I paid the guy 100 for it in 2014. That my friends is called a miracle.
I bought a new Taiwanese 80 model for around $350 or so with case and it is really a beauty. I also own an early 80-81 Ovation Legend Starburst 6 string.. While the Yamaha is great, it lacks the deep full range (mainly the loud bass) that the Ovation has. I had the action lowered and play light gauge on it, I assume it may improve with mid weight strings.
I think the Yamaha with its three piece back is rare and am pleased to say this fine guitar has increased in price. You can catch it on the new period certain early 80s movie on netflex called Sing Street, a great movie. I never have seen the guitar played in a movie or band. Perhaps others may know?
Iam selling my Yamaha fg 365 s vintage acoustic guitar, which is about 5 years of used condition.
Condition still great, sounds great..
Taiwan made in 80's.
Anybody interested to grab this guitar, do mail me.
It is nice to hear so many people raving about these guitars. Mine is the FG-365-SII and it is a peach. I got it for £100 UK with the original case from a friend in about 1992. I wouldn't sell this for anything. No way! It needs work now because it's been well loved and well used, even after a few beers - whoops! But it still sounds better every time we play it, which is usually every day.
I am hoping that CA glue and wet/dry sanding and a polish will sort it out. It has one or two deep notches to the wood and a slight 3" split near the edge by the sound hole. It is hard to believe how sweet these sound. You get so many offers from people but would I swap it for an original D-28? No! When you go into a shop, you can play the high end acoustics and you think to yourself how lucky you are to have something which cost a fraction of the price and sounds just as good and usually better.
To the guy who posted on 02/22/2016, saying 'but my fg365sii has an inspirational quality that make the guitar feel like it was sent to me from above'. I agree with you completely. The Yamaha luthiers were some of the best ever and the standards they insisted on even for the factory models is heart warming. I recently went on a day trip with my son to pick up a more recent LD10E and that is a peach as well. The LD10 likes medium or maybe heavy strings but this 365 sounds best with Martin Extra Light 10's. Those tones... So we both have a very nice guitar and it has given me the bug to try and make one. But that's another story.
Whoever you are and wherever you are, it is good to be part of a group of people who somehow got hold of such a lucky find. It seems that all the stories on here point to a bit of good fortune. There aren't many of these about, at least not for sale. We know why!
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