Just like the Japanese-made FG-180 I operated on recently, this Yamaha is a jumbo-sized guitar in the pattern of a dreadnought with a broader reduced bout. It"s also basically the very same guitar as the FG-180, save for minor trim distinctions and also its being made in Taiwan rather of Japan. Yamahas are quite constant in construct top quality from the late "60s with the at an early stage "80s, so I have to admit I don"t quite understand the hype about the Japanese models (of the exact same grade) being substantially superior. All of the Taiwanese models from the moment seem to be around on par.

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This guitar essential the "usual Yamaha overhaul" -- a stress level/dress, bridge shave actually, string ramps, and also fresh setup. The neck joints on these old Yamahas don"t typically drift to the allude wbelow the fretboard extension "ski-jumps," yet the totality body gets under enough compression that the angle does end up being as well shpermit at the bridge and also somepoint needs to be done with it. If the guitars were more helpful, they"d warrant a neck reset, however given that expense of repair is a substantial concern with less-expensive guitars, they obtain the shave actually treatment at the bridge. Fortunately, a shave doesn"t have to look poor (or job-related poorly), and Yamaha bridges are thick, anymeans, so taking them down a little bit isn"t the finish of the civilization.
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The all-ply building means that these guitars hold-up incredibly well over the years. I think I review the serial number properly -- making this a 1981 build -- yet I have to admit that Yamaha serials seem to be almost everywhere the location.

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The truss rod was thankcompletely operational as it have to be, meaning this obtained a typical collection of 54w-12 lights.

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Here you have the right to view the original, sprayed-on end up about the edges of the bridge. After bringing the height down, I sanded, poliburned, and also then added a thin layer of finish on the top. Now the saddle has actually 1/16"+ of adjustment room, it"s compensated, and also the strings have 30 degrees or so back-angle on the saddle because of the new string ramps. As an outcome, the guitar is loud and proud.

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