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In total I've owned two Yamaha acoustic guitars and had the privilage of sampling several more, but it has to be said that the 'FX-370 C' was by the far the highest quality, best sounding specticle I was able to admire and play.
Its treated wooden body with medium set bridge and saddle makes for a great quality product. But it's the hollow body (containing very few sound compromising blockades) that is the foundation for this guitars rich, deep sound.
How does the instrument feel to play?
As mentioned earlier, its the medium set bridge which gives your right hand that perfect vantage point for deadening and strumming the strings in a range of styles. If the bridge is too high, it can also becomes difficult (especially with acoustic models) to push down on the strings at the higher (above 10th) frets with your left hand fingers. The guitar in general hasn't made this a reality, it's kept all relavent aspects at the right set-up heights.
Having the flat set plastic guard to deter you from scratching the main body allows for musicians to 'play at will' and not hold back, as some guitars seem to make you do. However, the quality of this anti-scratch plate is quite low. Personally I believe they look and feel better if they are slightly raised from the body, like with Gibson guitars.
What about the quality of other sections of the guitar?
Well, as mentioned earlier, the treated wooden body is made from a lovely material that has been presented very well, whilst retaining a durable feel. You do get the understanding from this product that it is well put together and that it could survive a significant drop or fall from holding height. The darker coloured bridge, neck and head of the guitar are treated in a similar way to the body, however they are definetly made to be more durable, as these are the areas that recieve the most contact from the player.
The metal fret barriers complement the sound well and are extremely well cut and positioned. A pack of steel strings (which should be used with this style of acoustic) combine well with the fret barriers to produce a clean, natural sound. As expected, the tuning forks of the head are made from the same material as the fret barriers and are also very high quality in texture and cut.
There is a general feeling from the materials and craftsmanship of the guitars components that this is a very high quality instrument as a whole.
How has the instrument stood the test of time?
To be quite honest, I've only been in possession of this instrument for around about half a year, and it was infact bought second-hand from a friend. But, considering the multiple users it has faced, and the amount of playing I have logged with the guitar, it's held out very well indeed. The wood has remained un-scratched and apart from a build up of dust in the nooks and crannies of the instrument, it has kept its self very clean and respectable.
A good all-round durable guitar.
What's the final word?
All in all this guitar is well worth the £200-£300 price tag you can find it. It may be quite a common, regular instrument in looks and materials, but it definetly has some very special qualities. It feels great to hold and admire aesthetically, but more importantly it feels fantastic to play and strum.