(SOLD) Yamaha FG-300 Jumbo Acoustic 1968
Yamaha FG-300, made in Japan 1968, natural gloss. The Yamaha 'Folk Guitar' series launched in 1966, so this 'red label' example is certainly an early specimen. The FG-300 was the top of the line offering in the series, so you get some cool touches like the adjustable bridge, hummingbird-style pickguard, split pearl inlays and seven ply binding. It's beautifully executed: the workmanship and tonewood selection are top notch and you can really feel the love that's gone into it. The neck is a slim, soft-V profile, it's very comfy in the hands and features some gorgeous rosewood on the board. The tone on deck is thick: heaps of punch in the low end, wide mids with a sweetness and complexity to them and a snappy top end. It's an addictive strummer, there's a depth and snappiness to the tone that brings out the best in your playing. This one came from a local gent who bought it brand new from Allan's Music in Melbourne in 1969, so it's been a treasured item that needs a loving home. Your house, right?
Model: Yamaha FG-300
Made: 1968, Japan (serial (898050)
Finish: natural, gloss poly
Body: jumbo style shape; spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, rosewood bridge
Neck: mahogany, rosewood fingerboard, dovetail joint, 25.5" scale, 15" radius
Mods: saddles replaced, pickguard re-glued
Case: original Yamaha case, good quality and condition
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some dimples on the end and edges. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples and rub wear on the back only. The back has a handful of minor scratches on the back and bottom edge as well as some light scuffs around the whole body. The sides have light scuffs around the whole body as well as a scratch on the bottom shoulder and a scuff on the bottom corner. The front has a little wear patch between the pickguard and bridge, a couple of marks behind the bridge and widespread light scuffs and dimples, as well as standard play wear on the guard and shoulders. Overall: good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: action is moderately low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. The frets look have some minor wear but are freshly polished and in decent shape, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 12/54 Moonshiners strings.