Yamaha FSX720 and FSX730
(MattG | Posted 2010-01-25)
At this year’s NAMM show, Yamaha introduced some new additions to its FSX line. The FSX line is Yamahas smaller bodied line. Advertised as “Superior sound but less bulk,” they are targeted for smaller women and children. This year they introduced the FSX720SC and the FSX730SC. There are several body styles available. The FJX720 and 730 are built in the style of a jumbo body. The FGX is a dreadnought body, and the FSX is similar to a 000 cutaway body.
The FSX720 has Nato back and sides, which is a hardwood very similar to Mahogany. It has a spruce top but it doesn’t say what kind of spruce. It is probably Sitka. The FSX730 has Indian Rosewood back and sides and also has a spruce top. Both of the guitars have electronics but the only information given on the 720 is that it is a one way piezo pickup. The 730 uses an ART pickup, which stands for Acoustic Resonance Transducer, but also doesn’t give specifics. Both have a built in chromatic tuner.
All the guitars should retail between $600 and $700 so you should be able to pick one up for $400 to $500. There are rumors that Yamaha will be releasing a “premium” model, the FSX740 that will have Maple back and sides. Not sure why this makes the guitar premium, but maybe they will add some fancy inlay. The guitars are all available in black, natural, or sunburst but won’t be available to purchase until April 2010