Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar Bundle with Hard Case, Strap, Stand, Tuner, Strings, Picks, Capo, String Winder, and Instructional DVD - Natural
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- Solid sitka spruce top
- Nato back and sides
- Black-and-white body and neck binding, rosewood fingerboard
- Die-cast tuners
- Includes: Hard Case, Stand, Strap, Tuner, Strings, Picks, Capo, Winder & DVD
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Everything you need to start playing straight out of the box, including Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar, Hard-shell Case, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, Stand, Tuner, Capo, Strap, Strings, Winder, Picks, and Polishing Cloth. The Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar is an ideal entry-level guitar for beginners and intermediate players. Moreover, the hard-shell case that accompanies the bundle allows you to keep your investment in pristine condition. Constructed with a solid Sitka spruce top and rosewood fingerboard, along with die-cast tuners, the quality of the FG700S is a cut above the many generic acoustic guitars on the market with cheap laminate tops. The solid Sitka spruce top of the Yamaha FG700S makes a world of difference. Not only does it look attractive; it sounds like a pro guitar, not a cheap generic. The quality extends to the playability of the guitar too. You can feel as well as hear and see the difference. A favorite of teachers and students for many years, the Yamaha FG700S is ideal for anyone looking for pro quality at a still-affordable price point
Top Customer Reviews
The packaging was secure and quick. No damage, and received in two-days with free-shipping.
The bundle is a bit misleading. You're supposed to get the guitar, a hard case, strap, stand, polish, tuner, strings, picks, capo, stringwinder and DVD. My package came with everything except for the polish. The FG700S is a great guitar, and came with Yamaha anti-rust FS50BT strings. The guitar itself retails on Amazon for ~$200, so in the package, you're really getting the rest of the items for about $50.
The black guitar hardcase is awesome. It has 4 brass clips, one with lock and key. It is faux-leather on the outside with 3 brass feet on the underside. It also has a molded plastic handle. The interior is a plush felt and foam coating with a hidden "stuff box" for all your guitar extras to be hidden away behind the guitar neck. The guitar I have fits so snugly, it won't fall out even if the case is open and inverted. Not sure who made it, but it's a great hard case. You can find hard cases on Amazon for $50 and up.
The strap I received was a Levy's black poly guitar strap ~$11 on Amazon. Not bad, nothing special, but will do the job.
The stand is a black foam-padded, 3-piece unmarked guitar stand. It seems sturdily made to hold a guitar. It comes with a rubber cinch that holds the guitar neck in the upper part of the adjustable neck holder. It has 3 rubber feet, but none of the legs are locking. You can get one for about $12 through Amazon.
There was no polish, but it came with a yellow Austin Bazaar polishing cloth. You can buy a yellow one from amazon for $4. The Ernie Ball polishing kit shown in the picture is not offered in this bundle.
The tuner is a grey multi-swivel Cherub WST-900 (~$19 plus $8 shipping). It's a great tuner that determines tune by either sound via mic or vibrations via computer chip. It takes only seconds to attach to your guitar head and then literally just a few twists on the strings until the guitar's tuned. It has colored LED's and arrows to tell you how far off key your strings are. Also, it has two pivoting hinges, so it can be facing any direction you want it to--or at least pointing at you as you're holding the guitar. It can also be used to tune other musical instruments and has the ability to tune both sharps and flats as well.
The strings are Austin Bazaar light Gauge strings: .012, .016, BB24, BB32, BB42, and BB54. You can find a set of light strings for about $5 from other companies on Amazon.
A card of 4 Austin Bazaar picks were included, but they really are cheap. They come on a flimsy plastic card, and probably aren't worth what they're printed on. Luckily I got a set of nice ones for X-mas. But don't expect the twelve you see on the picture of the bundle.
I also received a black Dunlop 83CB acoustic trigger capo. It's nice, and does what a capo is supposed to do. A Jim Dunlop 83 can be found on Amazon for ~$13.
A yellow Austin Bazaar string winder was included, not a black one like shown in the picture. It is comparable to either the Dunlop Gel (~$2) or Fender 99-1028 ($5). Nothing special here.
The Yamaha Quickstart DVD is included in the package, but don't expect the Gig-Maker DVD. It's not included.
All in all, a great starter set, but I'm not giving it a 5-star rating because the marketing on the bundle is inaccurate. However, for the extra $50 this package costs above the guitar alone, you're getting ~$125 worth of stuff. Savings to the buyer: $75. If you'll use all the bundled stuff, it's a great discount.
This is a beautiful guitar that looks like it will last many years with proper care. All the included items were of good quality and seemed like they would last awhile until he needs upgraded in a couple of years. This is a much better deal than anything we had available in our local music store. Shipping was very fast and everything was well packed. I would feel comfortable buying from Kraft Music again.
I am so glad I chose the hard case over the soft one that is in a different auction.. totally worth the extra cost. This case and stand are much better than I expected them to be and it will help my son keep his guitar nice.... I am totally happy with this deal.
The book I bought to go with this is How to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Play the Guitar and my son found it very helpful in starting out.
Reason for 4 stars is because the guitar strap. I had to buy a boot shoe string to tie the other end to the neck bridge. Wish it would have come with something to tie it with, or at best, with a second strap nut where the neck meets the body.
Otherwise, it has great sound, feels right, tuner works great (make sure tuner is set to "G" for guitar before tuning), picks are low quality but acceptable, capo is perfect for the guitar. All in all I love it!
Just the minor inconvinece with the strap is the reason for 4 stars.
Great Buy, Great Product, Would Buy Again from seller and brand (Just probably won't buy the same guitar).