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Great yard sale score........ "Ten Bucks"

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by J. Hayes, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. J. Hayes

    J. Hayes Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    76
    May 18, 2005
    Virginia Beach, Va.
    Last weekend my wife and I were doing our usual Saturday morning "Yard Sale Route" and we stopped at one which had a very dirty acoustic with only three strings and bridge pins and a broken nut... I looked at it and put it back in the case and walked around a bit. When we were leaving my wife asked the lady "How much is that guitar?" and she said "Ten Dollars".... I thought that for only ten bucks I could just hang it on the wall or something. I took all the strings (3 of 'em) and got out my guitar polish and to my surprise the thing was beautiful with a nice "aged" finish. I tightened up the tuners and put a new set of bridgepins, a bone nut and some new strings and then straightened out the neck, tuned 'er up and was really surprised. The thing has a great full tone and projects wonderfully. It's a Yamaha FG-340 II. The tag inside says it was made in Taiwan, Republic of China... Has anyone here ever had one of these? This is a great guitar and I'm going to keep it as my "go to" acoustic when I don't need to be "plugged in"...... It has binding on the body, neck and headstock with a solid top and all.. Here's some shots of it...............JH in Va.
     

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  2. Tim Armstrong

    Tim Armstrong Super Moderator Staff Member

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    57
    Mar 5, 2003
    Austin, Texas
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    Total score!

    My first good guitar was a mid-70s FG-160 made in Taiwan, and it was a sweet-sounding guitar (unfortunately I had neck problems with it after several years, and it eventually was sold). They made very good guitars in that factory.

    Tim
     
  3. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    65
    Jun 24, 2006
    Fort Worth,Tx.
    Hard to go wrong for ten bucks.
     
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  5. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Connecticut
  6. hotpot

    hotpot Tele-Holic

    826
    Aug 15, 2013
    Lancashire UK
    Nice score for $10 that's a great find.:cool:
     
  7. afteryou

    afteryou Tele-Meister

    219
    May 13, 2013
    Alaska
    I almost went to a garage sale last weekend. I guess one of these days I'm gonna have to get off my backside and have a look around for myself. Nice score :D
     
  8. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    62
    Mar 25, 2009
    Denver Co.
    Scooooooooore!
     
  9. Hiker

    Hiker Friend of Leo's

    Jul 20, 2008
    South
    Beautiful, Congrats!
     
  10. warthog

    warthog Tele-Meister

    219
    Aug 5, 2011
    Slovenia
    Yamaha acoustic guitars are absolutely AMAZING for the price when not bought for $10 at a yard sale ;). My go to acoustic is a yamaha and when I bought it, I compared it to guitars like taylors... yes the taylors are excellent guitars, but for what I wanted, the yamaha was perfect and also sounded great, almost as good as the taylor that was almost 800 euros more!
     
  11. Crowcaster

    Crowcaster Tele-Meister

    413
    Jan 10, 2010
    North Dakota
    That's an incredibly looking guitar and at an unbelievable price. Nice score.
     
  12. chris m.

    chris m. Friend of Leo's

    Dude, you scored! My sister had a Yamaha for years that I did not like because the strings were way too close together for my tastes at the nut. Maybe it was designed for children or something. This one doesn't look to have that problem.

    Yamaha always makes amazing instruments that are extremely competitive at any price point. Correction, everything they make is extremely competitive. Clarinets, saxophones, pianos, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, outboard motors, street motorcycles, off road motorcycles, etc. If it has the name Yamaha on it it's pretty much guaranteed to be about the best quality you can buy for the $$. Another reason why I'm tempted by the Yamaha THR line of bedroom/recording amps. I've never gone wrong with anything by Yamaha, ever.
     
  13. Starrman44

    Starrman44 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 15, 2010
    North Dakota
    Well done! Congrats
     
  14. BritishBluesBoy

    BritishBluesBoy Doctor of Teleocity

    Oct 19, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yamaha make some really lovely acoustics. Score indeed!
     
  15. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 15, 2010
    Houston
    Well you beat my $25 Epiphone FT-130 find over the weekend. Congrats looks like we both ended up with keepers.
     
  16. LeftyAl

    LeftyAl Friend of Leo's

    Mar 24, 2010
    Fl.
    excellent,and you said it also came with a case. Great find Jhayes
     
  17. Zezozose

    Zezozose Tele-Meister

    156
    Jan 14, 2013
    Quad Cities
    That is so awesome. I am a huge fan of Yamaha acoustics, they are the best bang for the buck IMO, and almost always sound and play great.
     
  18. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    63
    Jun 24, 2004
    Anderson, IN
    Very well done!
     
  19. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2011
    Stirling, Scotland.
    I have a Yamaha FG350w I bought used in 1985, wouldn't trade it for anything, great guitars. Are Yamaha not well known in the States? No-one here would walk past that guitar, even if it did only have 3 strings.
     
  20. teleamp

    teleamp Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    57
    Oct 17, 2006
    Central TX
    Nice score! Enjoy...
     
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