Summary: I have numerous acoustic guitars, including 50-year old Stellas and an Epiphone on to more modern instruments by Gretsch, Washburn, Alvarez and Breedlove. The Breedlove is currently my main guitar. I bought the Yamaha FG730S for one simple reason: I played it several times in the music store and could not believe the sound. At the price, the materials and finish were just beautiful and the sound was unbelievable.
Summary: I was asked to put new strings, clean, and tune this guitar up for my neighbor. The strings were rusty and it needed a lot of cleaning. When I finished with it, I wanted to tell him that it was junk and should sell it to me. That would have been a lie, it sounded great with good resonance and sustain. I play Guild guitars mainly, and this one would fit in that circle.
Summary: I have an older Epiphone acoustic from 1971 that developed a neck block problem. So, thought about getting something new to play with. After many hours of research about lower priced acoustics, there is an overwhelming positive response to the Yamaha FG series guitars. I originally purchased an FG700S, but after a few days wasn't sure that was what I really wanted. So I returned it.
Pros: Consistent, Fun To Play, Good Feel, Rich Sound, Stays In Tune
Summary: I was afraid I would become a sissy trying out & playing only the most expensive guitars (costing upwards in the $thousands) at the local guitar store. Expensive guitars tend to be easier to play-- generally,you don't have to press down on the strings as hard, so I wanted to try a great less expensive guitar that would give me more of a workout, but would still sound fantastic, and I found that with the fg730s.
Summary: This is my first and only guitar, so I don't have any expert commentary about it. I have had it less than a month. I selected the FG730s due to the reviews and that it is consistently rated in the top 5 beginner guitars rankings. I'm happy with it, so far. Looking forward to learning how to play it.