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Yamaha FG740 SFM Acoustic Guitar (Natural Finish) 


Focus Camera has the Yamaha Solid Spruce Top Acoustic Guitar with Flamed Maple (FG740SFM) on sale for $229.00 with free shipping.

  • Natural Finish
  • Flamed Maple Back and Sides
  • Tortoise Pick Guard
  • Diecast Chrome Tuners

Compare to Amazon for $333.11 shipped.
Note: The Yamaha Acoustic Left-Hand Guitar (FG720SL) is also on sale for $219.00 with free shipping.

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Seems like an older model replaced by a FG800 for $30 less here:

This is a special version of the FG700 which was replaced by the FG800.

This version differs in that instead of mahogany it is flamed maple on the back and sides. It has a significant tonal difference when played next to a mahogany guitar.

However for all intents and purposes most people would not notice its distinct tonal characteristics other than it might seem slightly louder and more "bright" than other guitars they have heard and even that is lost on the average guitar player (let alone the layman) when they have not A-B tested it at least once. All this can vary pretty widely between any two guitars though.

In my years of working at a guitar shop it is roughly like this for tone woods:

  • Mahogany - Slight low-mid frequency focus
  • Rosewood - Slight high-mid, high frequency focus
  • Maple - Slight low, high frequency focus

There are many factors relating to the internal construction which can balance these emphases. Mostly this is only true in higher end guitars and especially true in nice rosewood guitars.

good deal

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