1971 Yamaha FG 180 – Red Label Nippon Gakki Production

The Blue Book Says:


– dreadnought-style body, select spruce top, mahogany back and sides, round soundhole with multi-ring rosette, multi-ply body binding, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, three-per-side nickel-plated tuners, rosewood bridge, black pickguard, available in Natural finish, mfg. 1969-1971.

I Say:

Often described as the “poor man’s Martin” – the Yamaha FG 180 possibly started more of the careers of aspiring singer songwriters during the 1970’s than any other guitar.  This particular one is in great condition considering its 43 years old.  Structurally sound with no cracks or major dings.  There are the expected scratches and bucklerash from a guitar that has been used, but nothing particularly upsetting.

The guitar has had a Bill Lawrence A300 acoustic soundhole pickup fitted that provides a warm and full acoustic tone when plugged in.  The tuners are Waverley open backed tuners, I’m not sure if these are original or not, but they are definitely similar to those that were issued.

In the picture with two seemingly identical guitars the other one is my FG30 Ltd – a reissue of just 30, on the 30th Anniversary of the FG180 – In actuality it’s more of a tribute rather than a recreation as there are several structural and aesthetic differences….