Price Advice - Yamaha Acoustic

peteripeteri Frets: 855
Hi

I've got a Yamaha acoustic - FG-410 from back in 1988-1990 period (bought new).

Good condition, apart from one scratch on the top it's mint and has a Yamaha gig-bag.

Looking to off-load it, any idea how much it'd be worth? Can't find many around used.


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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1649
    A few sold ones on Ebay for around the £50 mark
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  • peteripeteri Frets: 855
    Wow! Must have spelt something wrong before.

    That's a bit crap, the case is worth more than that ;)

    Thanks!
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3330
    Old does not automatically mean valuable.

    A quick eBay search yielded prices ranging from thirty-odd quid to over two hundred (including gig bag). I cannot recall whether the soundboard of the FG-410 is solid or laminated. This will have a considerable effect on desirability.
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18510
    Definitely under £100.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32861
    Old does not automatically mean valuable.

    A quick eBay search yielded prices ranging from thirty-odd quid to over two hundred (including gig bag). I cannot recall whether the soundboard of the FG-410 is solid or laminated. This will have a considerable effect on desirability.
    All ply.

    It's a typical Yamaha entry-level (or maybe one above entry level) guitar - well-made, better than you would get at that price point from most other makers, consistent and durable, but of pretty much no distinctive character. That isn't always a bad thing...
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • peteripeteri Frets: 855
    Ah ok, memory the better of me! ;)

    Explains why it sounds ok - but not full of character.

    Think I'll keep the case tho! :)

    Thanks all
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1649
    ICBM said:

    All ply.

    It's a typical Yamaha entry-level (or maybe one above entry level) guitar - well-made, better than you would get at that price point from most other makers, consistent and durable, but of pretty much no distinctive character. That isn't always a bad thing...
    The older all ply Yamaha FG 180's are highly desirable.

    I agree about Yamaha acoustics being really well made, consistent and durable for their price tag. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32861
    earwighoney said:

    The older all ply Yamaha FG 180's are highly desirable.
    I know, and I don't really know why... I've always found them very average-sounding. They do have a nice 'old ply' sound, but no more than that.

    They are durable too, but after 40+ years almost all of them need a neck reset now, which is not easy because of the type of glue that was used.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1649
    ICBM said:
    earwighoney said:

    The older all ply Yamaha FG 180's are highly desirable.
    I know, and I don't really know why...
    Elliott Smith fans I imagine!

    I had a similar Yamaha from that around that era and it was a nice enough guitar but not anything special.
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  • ClashmanClashman Frets: 155
    I gave my old FG-75 to the charity shop it was a piece of crap to be honest ,they don't seem to age well.
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 1022
    ICBM said:

    All ply.

    It's a typical Yamaha entry-level (or maybe one above entry level) guitar - well-made, better than you would get at that price point from most other makers, consistent and durable, but of pretty much no distinctive character. That isn't always a bad thing...
    The older all ply Yamaha FG 180's are highly desirable.

    I agree about Yamaha acoustics being really well made, consistent and durable for their price tag. 
    The Japanese ones, anyway...

    I sold an interesting 1st Taiwan batch FG 180 last year (made in Taiwan under Japanese supervision, red label); it only made £150.
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