Yamaha goes back to the future with FG Red Label acoustic guitars

Yamaha has unveiled the new FG Red Label acoustic guitar series, which combines the aesthetics of the company’s ’60s acoustics of the same name with contemporary specs.

Chief among these are Yamaha’s Atmosfeel pickup and preamp system, which appears on the line-up’s electro models, and promises to deliver a “uniquely natural” plugged-in sound.

This is achieved via a three-way sensor setup, combining a piezo, internal mic and sheet sensor, the latter of which picks up soundboard vibrations.

Also onboard is Yamaha’s Acoustic Resonance Enhancement, which utilises precise control of temperature, humidity and pressure to alter the structure of the wood and capture the sound of a played-in acoustic.

Otherwise, the FG Red Labels feature solid Sitka spruce tops, mahogany back and sides, and ebony fingerboards, plus scalloped bracing.

The FG Red Label acoustic guitars are available from summer 2019 in Traditional Western and Concert (Small) body shapes at the following price points:

  • FG3/FS3: $1,275.00
  • FGX3/FSX3: $1,585.00
  • FG5/FS5: $1,900.00
  • FGX5/FSX5: $2,320.00

See Yamaha Guitars (opens in new tab) for more info.

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com (opens in new tab), in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).

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