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The perfect combination of modern inspiration and timeless design.

Featuring vintage aesthetics, classic tone, and renowned craftsmanship, Yamaha FG Red Label folk guitars combine modern inspiration with a timeless design. Built with a custom-treated Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, FG Red Label guitars sound like you've been playing them for years from the very first note.

Features

  • 1960s aesthetics and modern craft, refined over 50+ years of Yamaha guitar development

  • New scalloped bracing patterns provide a warm, powerful tone with deep lows and rich harmonics

  • A.R.E. treatment imparts the sound and sustain of aged wood

  • All-solid construction with a Sitka spruce top and mahogany back & sides

  • Ebony fingerboard & bridge

Specifications

Body Shape: Concert
Top Material: Solid Sitka Spruce with A.R.E.
Back/Side Material: Solid Mahogany
Neck Material: African Mahogany
Nut/Saddle Material: Bone
Fingerboard/Bridge Material: Ebony
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Scale Length: 25" (634mm)
String Spacing: 25/64" (10mm)
Body/Neck Finish: Semi Gloss
Nut Width: 1.73" (44mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 15-3/4" (400mm)
Tuners: Gotoh Open Gear - Chrome
Pickguard: Wooden type
Case: Hardshell Case
Accessories: Hex Wrench
Strings: Elixir NANOWEB 80/20 Bronze Light
Country of Origin: Japan
Product weight: 4.19lb /1.9kg

Incredible value with real character1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
I've had my FS5 for over a year now, and I love it. I play mostly fingerstyle, and this guitar has a certain character that's hard to describe. Much louder than it should be (if that's your thing), and a beautifully dry, vintage tone that should only get richer over time. I love the baked spruce top combined with the mahogany back and sides. All wood, all natural. A little stiff out of the box, but after a proper set-up it plays like butter. The C shaped neck is very comfy. I was "this close" to getting a Martin 000-18 (I already own a couple of Martins) but decided to take a chance on one of these, and I'm glad I did. At half the price, it's a no-brainer. The guitars coming out of the Hamamatsu custom shop are not your garden variety Yamahas. These guitars are special. The only drawback is finding one in stock. I wonder why that is?
Posted by Dave on Aug 25, 2020
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Fantastic guitar! Yamaha does it again3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKanata, Ontario
Features: 4.5/5 This guitar features everything that I want. All-solid wood, impeccable craftsmanship, simple yet refined aesthetics, a high-quality hard case, a small comfortable body, the acoustic trifecta (ebony, mahogany, spruce), the list goes on and on. I would give 5/5, but there are no electronics installed (if you want this guitar with electronics, Yamaha makes the FSX5.) Quality: 5/5 The top wood on this guitar is a beautifully flamed piece of Sitka spruce. For the price, the figuring is remarkable and you would not find a nicer quality top wood without paying 3 times more. This guitar comes from Yamaha's Japanese factory, and it shows! I didn't think it could get much better than my Yamaha LL16D, but the attention to detail on this FS5 is world-class. And the sound! Sweet, ringing, chords and notes flow out of the small-body. There are harmonics that accompany single notes and they sustain like a piano. For those wondering about volume, this guitar actually surprised me with the volumes it can reach with hard strumming, and without overdriving the top, either. Last but not least, the construction is very lightweight while still feeling solid. It's a perfect living-room, sitting on the couch guitar. Value: 5/5 I've been playing my Yamaha LL16D for close to 5 years now, which I was lucky enough to purchase from L&M for $999. As soon as I saw that Yamaha was shipping a Japanese-made acoustic with the same A.R.E. treatment for only $1499 (including a case), I ordered it as soon as I could! The A.R.E. process that Yamaha uses is the best I've heard of all of the torrefaction processes. My LL16D has bloomed so beautifully in the last 5 years, that I knew my next acoustic would have to have the same process so I could enjoy it's aging for many years to come! Overall: 5/5 If you're looking for a small-body all-solid wood acoustic guitar that is on the same level of quality (or even higher!) as a Gibson or Martin, without breaking the bank the same way those do, then look no further. There's a reason why Yamaha instruments are used by professionals around the world. They are a world-class manufacturer and the engineers and craftsmen that work for Yamaha truly have a passion for creating fine instruments. This is a company with history and experience building acoustic guitars, as it says on the truss-rod cover, "Since 1966."
Posted by Lorenzo on Nov 3, 2019
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