Yamaha F335 Review

If you are looking for a guitar to take with you on your next road trip, or you know of a campsite that is in need of a fireside guitar player with a lot of heart and a questionable voice, then keep reading our new Yamaha F335 review because we have found the guitar you need.

 

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F335 Features


  • Sides: Meranti
  • Back: Meranti
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Top: Laminated spruce
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Body Style: Dreadnought acoustic
  • Pickguard: tortoiseshell
  • Tuners: Gold die-cast
  • Finish: Gloss

I visited my local Guitar Center as I wanted to see it in its natural state before the inevitable chapter 11 bankruptcy that is looming ahead and I asked for a rugged acoustic guitar that wouldn’t break the bank. After trying to sell me a beautiful Martin that was way out of my price range I saw a black beauty hanging on the wall. I pulled down a Yamaha F335 and began to strum. It was terrible. So I picked up the other Yamaha F335 and began to strum. It was great!

Acoustic guitars are not cheap and if you want a bad ass guitar you are going to pay for it. If you are willing to accespt a good sounding guitar without the frills then you can sometimes get a deal. The Yamaha F335 is that deal. Yamaha is know for making nice high end guitars and horrible low end starter guitars that convince many a person to stop playing guitar. Fortunately this is neither of those. This is the rare guitar that rides the line of pretty good without dipping into cheaply made and keeps the price low. Really low to be honest, I didn’t need this guitar and I bought it anyway after I noodled on it for an hour. It was $159 for God’s sake (prices may vary but not by much).

The guitar is cheap yes but it has a big sound and a great feeling neck. The bright spruce tone rang out all over Guitar Center confusing a young man that was playing arpeggios on a Jackson V horribly in the corner. He came over to check out the Yamaha when he was finished “shredding” and he agreed that the guitar didn’t sound sub-$500 at all.

The action was bad, but I’ll cover that more below.

If you have giant monkey hands like I do you may find that the neck is too narrow. If you have normal human hands, or if you spend a lot of time playing electric guitar, then the feel of this neck will be something you are used to. If you are beginner I would recommend trying out both this type of neck as well as a thicker one before you make a decision. Once you spend a little time on both I think it will be obvious which is a better fit.

I have huge hands but I also spend more time on electric guitars than I do acoustics so I didn’t have an issue. Mileage may vary but at this price point if you find out a couple of months down the road you don’t like it its no big loss.

I mentioned the action earlier and this guitar is going to need a little attention right out of the box. The $3,000.00 Martin plays like a dream with no set up but this little baby is going to need some. In fact with just a few tweaks this cheap guitar will play like bad ass and you will have enough left over to buy a couple more guitars. You know you want to.

After you get your new Yamaha F335 get the guitar properly setup. If you don’t know how to do this fond a pro in your area. They will do the following:

  • Get some new strings – You don’t know how long these strings have been on their and given the price point they are probably garbage. Get some new ones!
  • Lower the action – The action on this is way to high out of the box. Bring it down.
  • Tune it – Yeah tune the guitar. Come on it sounds horrible like that.

Ok, you now have a professionally set up acoustic guitar that sounds great. Head to the campfire and get to playing.

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Some guitar brands try to make a premium affordable or an affordable guitar premium quality. Both efforts usually fail because you can’t make a guitar something that it isn’t. You see some Fenders around $700 like this and a few Taylors around $200 trying this. The problem is players know the difference and really don’t care. Sell a good guitar for $200 that feels like a good $400 guitar and people will buy it. In our Yamaha FG800 review we will show that this guitar has succeeded at this.

With the FG800 you get what you pay for, and in this case, you are getting a really good guitar. Not a premium bad ass guitar, but a good one that plays well, and even advanced players could strum without getting angry.

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FG800 Features


  • Body: Dreadnought
  • String Type: Steel
  • Top Wood: Solid Spruce
  • Side Wood: Okume
  • Back Wood: Nato
  • Bracing: Scalloped
  • Neck Wood: Nato
  • Binding: Black
  • Radius: 74″
  • Frets: 20
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Tuning Machines: Die-cast Chrome
  • Scale Length: 25.5″
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle Material: Urea
  • Nut: Urea
  • Nut: 1.692″
  • Body Depth: 3.937″ – 4.645″
  • Body Length: 19.881″
  • Body Width: 16.220″

The FG series in known in music stores as a workhorse that gets the job done without breaking the bank. Reliable and well-priced the FG series has been available for 50 years and looks like its going to keep going well past the 800. With a sitka spruce top and a traditional dreadnought body the instrument looks good and sounds good.

Standard die cast tuners will be no surprise and as always, they do a fine job of keeping the guitar in tune. There is better on the market but remember the price on this model. The nut and saddle are Urea and the bridge is traditional rosewood. Urea is plastic used for its resistance to erosion from string tension. This is common on guitars in this price range. As you move up in cost you will start to see bone and TUSQ bridges, but you do have to pay for it.

One thing this guitar does bring to the table is a great sound. While the guitar doesn’t look flashy it does have a great tone. The body produces a rich well-balanced sound that will upstage many other lower end or beginner guitars.

The Yamaha brand has produced another workhorse and this guitar gets the job done. For beginners it is a perfect place to start. For more advanced players this is a great traveling guitar because it is rugged and strong. If you ding it up it won’t be too heartbreaking because you can easily buy another one.

Out of the box this guitar is much more playable than super-cheap models like the Fender FA-100 as well it should be. New strings and a set-up are usually a good idea for any new guitar but this one surprisingly didn’t need it and played very well after a quick tuning.

I hope our Yamaha FG800 Review was helpful. If you have a specific guitar you would like to know more about contact us and let us know. Even if we don’t publish a full review we would be happy to answer your questions. Click here to email us.

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Epiphone acoustics are selling faster than their electrics over the last decade and while they may be a symptom of an overall reduction in the electric guitar market it is also because Epiphone knows how to make a good acoustic guitar. The DR 100 is one of the best guitars we have played at the crazy low price point.

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DR-100 Features


  • Hand: Right
  • Top: Spruce
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: SlimTaper
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dots
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Tuning Machines: Epiphone Premium Tuners
  • String Type: Steel
  • Back/Side Wood: Mahogany
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Nut Width: 1.69″
  • Scale: 25.5″
  • Bridge: Rosewood

This dreadnought guitar is Epiphones bestselling acoustic guitar, and given the volume they are working with that says a lot. With a mahogany body and spruce top the guitar immediately looks and feels like a higher grade, more expensive guitar. The neck has the Epiphone SlimTaper profile and is made of beautiful mahogany. SlimTaper refers to the neck dimensions and allows for an easier and firmer grip. Many players associate more playing speed with SlimTaper profiles but that is somewhat subjective. Your mileage may vary.

The DR 100 hardware is pretty standard fare. With a saddle made of synthetic material as opposed to bone and die-cast tuners you get pretty much what you would expect from a guitar priced between $129 and $149 USD. Despite this these Epiphones usually show up with the action adjusted and intonation set up which is much more than we expect from a beginner priced instrument. The set up probably won’t be perfect, and we wouldn’t expect it to be, so a visit to your local shop for a full acoustic set up might be in order. Individual guitars may vary so tune it up and take a close look when your guitar arrives.

The guitar’s low-end response was slightly lacking, but the overall clarity of the DR 100 is surprisingly good especially in the high end. This means that the guitar should perform well across many styles of playing making it a great choice for beginning guitar players that may not be sure what they want to focus on. Even if you want to get a little slide guitar in you won’t be disappointed.

If Epiphone wanted to created the ultimate beginner guitar in an attempt to undercut the competition in price while also providing good playability and a wide range of tonal possibilities then the Epiphone DR 100 review must state this is a success. Epiphone stepped out the Gibson shadow long ago with their electric offerings and this acoustic instrument manages to maintain the Epiphone quality with an amazingly low price tag. If you are a beginner just get one, that’s all there is to say. If you are experienced and need a backup or a travelling guitar this one might be for you. It won’t play like a $2k Martin but it will sound good and stay in tune and that might get you through the show.

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First off this is a mini guitar. Although it is smaller than the “average” guitar do not confuse that with a kid’s guitar or a beginner instrument. While the LX1E could certainly fill both of these rolls, it is a quality guitar with a price tag to match. Beginner instruments usually range from $150 to $300 while this Martin will run right between $415 and $450 USD. This is a great price given the quality of the guitar, but it should be considered a step above a kid’s first guitar. The LX1E might also be referred to as parlor sized or even a traveling guitar.

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Martin LX1E Features


  • Solid Sitka spruce top.
  • Modified 1 Style top braceing pattern.
  • Inlaid Boltaron rosette w/ red fiber
  • Mahogany pattern HPL textured finish back and sides.
  • Headplate: Mahogany Pattern HPL
  • Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval.
  • Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint.
  • Nut Material: White Corian.
  • Fingerboard: Richlite
  • 23″ scale length.
  • 20 frets total.
  • Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/16″
  • Finished top
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1 11/16″
  • Bridge Material: Solid Morado
  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh Nickel w/ Small Knobs.
  • Saddle: Compensated White Tusq.
  • Bridge and End Pins: White w/ Black Dots.
  • Interior Label: Gold Foil Label with Serial # and Patent #
  • Electronics: Fishman Sonitone pickup

This is certainly not one of Martin’s top offerings as those are going to be priced at thousands of dollars. Here is a $40k Martin-45 Fire and Ice. If you are wondering if it plays well I would guess yes. I wouldn’t know for sure as I would never pick it up in fear of dropping it.

The LX1E has a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides. This will help keep the price below the $500 mark but also add a more rugged quality to the guitar. As previously mentioned this good for traveling and certainly campfires.

The instrument lacks the booming lows of a Dreadnaught but the tonal clarity in the highs and mids were very good. One would expect this in a smaller guitar and Martin leaned into it and made a solid, clear tone that won’t disappoint.

Fine Acoustics Staff

The pickup is from Fishman and really has a punch. Plugged in this guitar really fills out the space tonally and was the biggest surprise during the review. We haven’t had a lot of experience with the Fishman Somitone and I’m now a big fan.

The Martin LX1E should come with a decent set up as again, this isn’t a bargain basement guitar. That said while the action is low out of the box it is likely you will need to get it adjusted and have the intonation looked at. Getting the lowest action possible is a big deal and the cost of a good set up is always worth it on a new guitar.

Overall the guitar is a great choice. If you have large hands you may have trouble fretting past to 10th fret so keep that in mind. For my tastes I prefer a full-sized instrument, but this Martin sounds great and the price is certainly right.

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