Yamaha FG-170 Folk Size Acoustic 1974
Yamaha FG-170, made in Japan 1974, natural gloss. Yamaha's FG series launched in the 1960s and has been made in one form or another continuously to this day. This little cutie is a folk size, similar in dimensions to a Martin 00 or a Maton 808, so it sits on your lap comfortably. It's got a balanced, unassuming tone with plenty of body and roundness; it has the eloquence typical of a smaller body paired with the airy natural volume of a guitar with plenty of years on the clock. This is a charming little thing.
Model: Yamaha FG-170
Made: Japan, 1973-4 (serial 40318)
Finish: natural, gloss poly
Body: folk size shape; laminate spruce top, laminate mahogany back and sides, rosewood bridge
Neck: mahogany, rosewood fingerboard, dovetail joint, 25.5" scale, 15" radius
Case: basic non-original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has dimples on the end and bottom edge and some scuffs around the posts on the front and tuners on the back. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples and some rub wear on the back only. The back has some surface scratches in the middle of the body, as well as dimples along the top and bottom edges and some scuffs through the middle of the body. The sides have minor dimples and scuffs around the whole body, no major marks. The front has dimples along the back and bottom edges, scuffs in the elbow area, dimples on the shoulders and some play wear around the soundhole. Overall: good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: action is moderately low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. The frets have normal wear but are in reasonable order, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 12/54 Moonshiners strings.