YAMAHA FGB1

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  • acoustic guitars

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2000

There have been acoustics made of carbon fiber, graphite, cherry, walnut, exotic hardwoods from South America and Africa but Yamaha's FGB1 pushes the boundaries even further. Made almost entirely of laminated bamboo the FGB1 is made from a fast growing, renewable resource. Yamaha claims that bamboo's straight grain helps it resist warping, and makes it sonically powerful.

The top, sides, back, and neck of the FGB1 and FGXB1 are bamboo. Since natural bamboo is only available in thin strips, it must be laminated and processed using special technology that has taken years to develop. The type of bamboo Yamaha uses grows from sprout to full guitar-readiness in 3 to 5 years, and thus is a fully replenishable resource (unlike the world’s rapidly dwindling rainforests: the main source of most tonewoods)

The only non-bamboo elements are the rosewood fretboard and the mahogany bridge. With its striped face, this radical guitar looks intriguing, and sounds loud and crisp.

FGB1 Specifications
Top: Bamboo
Back & Sides: Bamboo
Neck: Bamboo
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Bridge: Rosewood
Body Depth: 100–118mm (4-1/16"–5-1/16")
String Scale: 650mm (25-9/16")
Tuning Machines:Diecast Gold
Finish: Natural

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Prices (5)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2012$300excellentJohnPerfect condition, no case, all bamboo except for the rosewood fingerboard and bridge, hard plastic nut and saddle and bridge pins. Woody sound with new elixir lights, but bright and loud.
2012$280excellentJohnPerfect condition, with original case, bamboo except for the rosewood fingerboard and bridge, mahogany neck, hard plastic nut and saddle and bridge pins. Woody sound with new elixir lights, but bright and loud. And, yes, I have both the bamboo neck one and the mahogany neck one.
2016€350newThomas mahonCouldn't be happier with it
2007$150excellent
2001$850newGerryI really don't know why I bought it...bamboo is not what guitars should be made from...

Reviews (1)

YAMAHA FGB1 reviewed by Anonymous

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Average: 1 (1 vote)
I had to give it one star...the thing is so sensitive to heat & humidity variations...the neck is all over the place...neverbuy another Yamaha just because of this bamboozle...looks nice though.

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