At NAMM 2023, Yamaha unveiled the FG9 steel-string acoustic guitars. Specifically designed for singer-songwriters pursuing the highest level of expression, these dreadnought-style guitars are handcrafted in Japan and feature Adirondack spruce tops, a choice of Indian rosewood (FG9 R) or African mahogany (FG9 M) backs and sides. Nick Jennison tells us more.
The brand new FG9 models from Yamaha are made in Japan, and if you look closely, you'll find some subtle nods to traditional Japanese culture, such as the Kumiko-inspired fretboard inlays and the ebony and rope inlay and purfling pattern on the rosette.
The design is subtle and clean, with a natural gloss nitrocellulose finish to let the wood shine and a tortoiseshell pattern pickguard. Singer-songwriters, in particular, will appreciate the projection and clarity, as well as the guitars' remarkable responsiveness to cut dynamics—whether they prefer the deep lows and sparkling highs of Indian rosewood or the warmth and accentuated midrange of mahogany to complement their vocal performances. Deluxe appointments and traditional Japanese aesthetic details such as rope rosettes also ensure that FG9 guitars are as inspiring to behold as they are to play.
When designing the FG9, Yamaha employed cutting-edge acoustic measurement and 3D structural measurement processes to understand how physical structure affects acoustic characteristics more fully. The custom shop's skilled luthiers built numerous prototypes, and eventually, this level of scientific measurement and analysis, combined with innovative craftsmanship unique to Yamaha, created what we see in the FG9.
The results are guitars that deliver the outstanding projection characteristics of dreadnought-style instruments while at the same time providing exceptional clarity and detailed articulation. This unique combination of penetrating projection and extraordinary clarity distinguishes FG9 guitars from all other instruments in their class.
Head to your nearest local Yamaha dealer to try out an FG9 yourself. We think you'll be amazed at just how good these instruments are.
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