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Learner guitars - help

Not looking to spend 1000 up front. I’d go a hundred or so more if I got a lot better guitar, but it sounds like the Yamaha is gonna do just fine.
The FG800 is the basic model, kind of a plain jane. The FG830 is not much more money and has sold spruce top with laminated rosewood back and sides and a bit more pizzazz. If you don't want the natural color they also have a tobacco burst color. That seems like a sweet spot for that line.
 

CJB3

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The FG800 is the basic model, kind of a plain jane. The FG830 is not much more money and has sold spruce top with laminated rosewood back and sides and a bit more pizzazz. If you don't want the natural color they also have a tobacco burst color. That seems like a sweet spot for that line.

The FG800 has a solid wood top too. Looks as if the main difference is laminated nato vs laminated rosewood. Both are good options, IMO.
 

BradWorld

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I have an old Yam from the 80’s that is pretty decent. Solid spruce over rosewood. But I bought a cheap Carlo Robelli Sam ash special in the early 00’s for like $100 that I play a lot more. Sounds great and plays like butter. Sometimes you get lucky and find a good one in the el cheapo lines.
 
I'm another guitar guy. Currently have 8 I think, 5 electrics, 3 acoustics. Have went thru 60 of them in the last 6, 7 yrs. Pretty much concur with what everybody has been saying. Yamaha FG800 is a real good bang for buck starter guitar or even a keeper for a long time. A lot of the other name brands I'd be a little cautious about their low end acoustics, but if you're willing to spend even 100 or 200 more dollars than their lowest end, you should be able to get a decent guitar. If you buy anything used, look for cracks on the top and too high of action on the fretboard as tell tale signs to probably pass on those.
 
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