Yamaha Acoustic Guitars: F1HC
by Guitar Guru
”Between a Solid Top and a Hard Case”
The Yamaha F1HC is an amazing deal for a solid-top acoustic guitar
and is a good acoustic guitar for beginners, especially since the price won’t break the bank.
The price (just ~$229 including a hardshell case) is decidedly affordable for a solid-top guitar
. Made with a solid spruce top and Nato back and sides, the F1HC has a sweet tone that is almost wistful, though a bit thin and plaintive. Now, the guitar that comes with the Epiphone AJ-220ST Solid Top Acoustic Guitar Pack
has a fuller, rounder tone, costs about $30 less and includes a wall hanger (no case) and electric tuner.
The Yamaha F1HC has what they call a “natural” finish. While the color may be natural, the finish is so thickly applied that it almost appears to be plastic. While this shouldn’t necessarily effect the quality of the guitar, one does have to wonder how it will affect the ability of the wood to breathe and mature over time. Believe it or not the thick finish actually does affect the playability of the guitar in one respect. The neck of the F1HC, which is very comfortable to hold, tends to actually get a bit sticky because of the thickness of the finish.
But if you’re looking for an inexpensive solid-top with a hard case and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg and appreciate a rather wistful tone, then the Yamaha F1HC is an affordable, solid-top choice.
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