Yamaha FS730S - Summer NAMM 2015

Yamaha introduces the FS730S, an affordable concert-sized acoustic guitar with rosewood back, sides, bridge and fingerboard.

Yamaha FS730S

This guitar is essentially a rosewood variation of the company's popular FG730S model, carrying over the same shape and specs but with upgraded tone and looks.

When it comes to acoustic guitar bodies, rosewood is considered by many as a step-up when compared to the more common mahogany. And as such, it is normally only found on premium prized instruments. Thankfully, we have mass production experts like Yamaha, who can equip their guitars with premium features without jacking up the price too much.

The Yamaha FS730S starts off with a solid sitka spruce top, the most commonly used tonewood for acoustic guitars because of its great tone properties and elegant appearance. As mentioned earlier, the back and side of this guitar are crafted from rosewood, which is known to improve the guitar's clarity and nuance.

The body of the guitar follows Yamaha's concert shape, which is smaller than the conventional dreadnoughts. Body length is 19 9/16", body width is 14 15/16", and body depth is 3 15/16"-4 3/4". This small body shape makes it ideal for for younger players, students, and those with petite hands, the usual marketing target for Yamaha. The compact body also makes this guitar more portable and appealing to players who are on the move.

The FS730S' nato neck has a 25" scale length and a 1 11/16" nut width. It is topped by a rosewood fingerboard with 15 3/4" radius, designed to be comfortable for both students of the instrument while staying within familiar specs for experienced players.

Yamaha Corporation America marketing manager Armando Vega said, "Smaller-bodied guitars are popular and the FS730S is perfect for the first time buyer looking for a guitar to grow with or an experienced player seeking a great sounding, smooth-playing acoustic that can handle any style of playing."

Other features of this guitar include rosewood bridge, cream body binding, die-cast chrome tuners, black ABS with white dot bridge pins, and abalone soundhole inlay. This guitar is available in various finishes, including Tobacco Brown Sunburst, Vintage Cherry Burst and Natural.

The new Yamaha FS730S was put on display at the 2015 Summer NAMM show booth #644, it is expected to have an MSRP of $495 when it starts shipping this month. For more information, visit Yamaha.

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