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Old 11-17-2013, 10:12 PM
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Default NGD! Yamaha FG-280

Hello all,

I found this FG-280 Yamaha on Kijiji. I went to see it thinking that it would need the typical neck reset but was surprised to find that it is OK. .095 on the twelve fret low E and .070 on the treble E. It sounds amazing.

It is a green label made in Japan. I searched the Yamaha database that gave me some info. This model made from 72-74 this one is a 73 with spruce top and rosewood sides and back.

Does anyone else have one? I read that it was not imported to North America. Such a lovely guitar.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:22 PM
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I have a Yamaha FG-280 that I bought new in the 1970s (made in Taiwan). It has needed a neck reset since the early 1980s and is very hard on the fingers to play. I went away from guitar playing until late last year. The Yamaha has now been replaced for my daily playing by a 10 yr. old Norman. Much easier on the fingers .

Phil
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:29 PM
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I have a Yamaha FG-280 that I bought new in the 1970s (made in Taiwan). It has needed a neck reset since the early 1980s and is very hard on the fingers to play. I went away from guitar playing until late last year. The Yamaha has now been replaced for my daily playing by a 10 yr. old Norman. Much easier on the fingers .

Phil
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:08 AM
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I have a "Snakehead" Yamaha FG 200 that needs a neck reset. I traded a $125 amp and $50 for it 8 years ago. So it's a $150 guitar and it needs a $400 neck reset and I'm probably going to do it.

I already put a Baggs Anthem SL in it. The guitar just sounds great. People are kind of amazed by this laminated old imported guitar. I got a new Taylor but I can't get rid of the Yamaha. The official excuse is, well, I might play out and need a spare. They're just wonderful instruments. And with 13s on it, it does make everything else seem easier to play.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:47 AM
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I have a "Snakehead" Yamaha FG 200 that needs a neck reset. I traded a $125 amp and $50 for it 8 years ago. So it's a $150 guitar and it needs a $400 neck reset and I'm probably going to do it.

I already put a Baggs Anthem SL in it. The guitar just sounds great. People are kind of amazed by this laminated old imported guitar. I got a new Taylor but I can't get rid of the Yamaha. The official excuse is, well, I might play out and need a spare. They're just wonderful instruments. And with 13s on it, it does make everything else seem easier to play.
I have had my FG200 since I bought it new in 1972. It was the best sounding guitar I could afford when I was 17, all of $100. I have played it so much that the fretboard has craters in it for the first 7 frets. It has never needed a neck reset, and is straight as an arrow. It was my only guitar for 30+ years. I play my Larrivees much more now, but will never get rid of that FG200. Too many great memories.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:17 AM
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Kevin,

Congratulations on that new Yamaha.

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Old 11-18-2013, 09:03 PM
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Now I know what people on this board are talking about when they marvel over the sound of these old FGs. It has a very unique sound unlike any of my other guitars.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:34 PM
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Hi Kevin,
You scored a fine guitar. Any chance of some pictures?

Congrats--and enjoy!
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