Hi buddy, are you starting out playing guitar? If yes, then today, I will show you one of my favorite guitars reviews for starter: the Yamaha F325 review
Yamaha F325 Folk Guitar Natural Review
Yamaha which is a renowned name is well known for its contribution to the automobile, electronics and marine industry (vehicles-motorcycles, boat, engine, snowmobiles sound systems, etc.).
Unknown to many, Yamaha has been making instruments (musical keyboards, guitar, etc.) for over six decades. Surprised yeah?
That’s a lot of experience they have on their resume I have to confess. Yamaha does offer some of the best pocket-friendly guitars you can find on the market today.
Yamaha guitars have been a favorite of countless celebrities over the years inclusive of John Lennon, Bob Marley, Brian May, Paul McCartney and a host of others.
The Yamaha F-series have a lot of acoustic models including the F325, and the F-series is mostly an entry level Yamaha guitar category
I ordered a Yamaha F325 guitar and was wowed by its look, but at the same disappointed it came without a case. Well, at its price range, it is quite understandable, so I went ahead to see what it is made up of.
The Yamaha F325 acoustic guitar is a great guitar I have to confess with its classic full dreadnought finesse look and shape. It produces a great sound that is mellow and quite pleasing with impressive resonance.
The Yamaha F325 I am reviewing is a Folk Acoustic Guitar.
The sound is not too loud or too quiet; it just sounds perfect for its value.
Although, I would say you should not expect it to sound like its expensive counterparts in the market. In all, it stays in tune and still offers great value for money at its price range.
I have played several small budget guitars, and one of the problems common with them is their inability to stay in tune. This is mainly due to the quality of the tuners used (low quality) and the instability of the strings causing the guitar to go off-tune.
This can be very annoying for guitar players during especially during practice sessions.
That they have low-quality tuners, so the strings do not stay in place, causing your guitar to go out of tune unexpectedly. This can be quite the nuisance while practicing.
You won’t have a problem if you need a backup while singing because the Yamaha F325 is an excellent backup option.
Furthermore, it has a firm and solid build quality that you don’t have to worry much about its durability.
The Yamaha F325 acoustic guitar is best for beginners to intermediate players as it is easy to play and needs little or no tuning out of the box. So if you are a beginner and want to learn the basics of guitar playing, the Yamaha F325 is a great option.
As at today, the Yamaha F325 guitar is a very famous guitar, and this is mainly due to its stability in tune, its build quality, and unusual sound.
One significant aspect about the F325 is you don’t have to break the bank to purchase one like every other Yamaha guitar. They are generally affordable in their category but still delivering top performances.
Yamaha F325 Review: Build Quality
The Yamaha F325 Guitar Natural may be affordable, but it has this premium and rich feel and look unlike other guitars in its category, with flimsy plastic pick guards and an average finish. These features place it in high shoulders with some great guitars we have in the market today
As mentioned higher the build quality of the Yamaha F325 is a solid one. It has a full classic dreadnought shaped body with a non-cutaway construction. You can also notice the laminate spruce top which is quite sturdy with its glossy finish.
The Yamaha F325 cis a tough one as it can withstand harsh conditions that instruments are mostly subjected to when they are moved around.
The Top panel has a native binding, and Nato wood was used in making the neck of the Yamaha F325 guitar. The dovetail joint which is found at the neck is set at the standard 14th fret.
If your hands are not as small as mine, the neck of the Yamaha F325 will feel quite good. The nut is one 11/16-inch-wide; there are 20 frets (14 free) and dot position inlays with a 25 ½-inch scale.
The Chrome die-cast tuners in the F325 adds the most premium look to the guitar without the price.
Also, the steel truss rod found in the neck of the Yamaha F325 keeps it straight despite the tension of the strings observed.
On further examination, I observed that the back and sides of the Yamaha F325 guitar are made of meranti wood (a light hardwood sourced from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines with properties of mahogany). I was not surprised that the spruce top was bound due to its price range.
Rosewood was the choice of Yamaha for the fretboard and bridge (the bridge has a deck shape) of the F325 guitar. On the Rosewood fretboard, you’ll see a simple dot and a truss-rod that is adjustable.
I was attracted by the chrome-plated die-cast tuners on one end of the neck. The same can’t be said of the other end as there is a compensated plastic bridge saddle.
Personally, one downside to me is the lack of more than one strap pin. I was unhappy with that and tend to ask why manufacturers limit us to just one?
That notwithstanding, the Yamaha F325 guitar is well put together. Although there are a few imperfections, here and there. I love the high gloss polish used and the tortoise shell pickguard as it gives it a unique style.
Yamaha F325 Review: Sound Quality
For its price range, the Yamaha F325 guitar provides a great and resonating sound. It is kept in tune by the steel truss rod and the tuner found at the neck.
The sound is relatively balanced with each string when I ran a few scales with a warm tone. The Rosewood fingerboard has its part to play as it adds to the tone quality of the Yamaha F325 guitar.
One of the great features of the Yamaha F325 guitar is the laminated spruce top. The spruce top contributes to the resonance and overall volume of the guitar.
The Yamaha F325 has great versatility as it can be used by beginners as well as those who have been playing guitar for years.
I have to say that the Yamaha F325 in the review has a pretty high action which is not surprising as I have observed same in other acoustic guitars I have played with. You can adjust this to your choice by purchasing a tool that can be obtained from most guitar supply stores.
The Yamaha F323 guitar can be used privately or for performances as at when required because of its audio capability.
Although the Yamaha F325 guitar lacks an electric output amplifier, it still produces decent sound for its price.
Yamaha F325 Review: Pros and Cons
- One thing I love about the Yamaha F325 guitar is the stability it offers
- The Yamaha F325 guitar is also fun to play
- It also has a sturdy and good Feel
- The sound produced is amazing
- It stays in tune
- Needs little or no tuning out of the box
- It lacks an electric output amplifier
- It does come with a case
- It lacks a strap at the neck side of the guitar
Yamaha F325 Review: Editor’s Rating Card
Head and Neck
The quality of materials used for the head and the neck of the Yamaha F325 are okay for its price range.
One of the high points of the Yamaha F325 is the sound quality produced.
The hardware employed is quite decent for this price range. I never really expected much from Yamaha. Overall, it contributes in delivering high performance.
The Yamaha F325 is an excellent value for money for intending guitarists or beginners as it offers the necessary things they need without much complication.
Yamaha F325 Acoustic Guitar Ultimate Review
- Head and Neck - 8.5/10 8.5/10
- Sound - 9/10 9/10
- Hardware - 8.5/10 8.5/10
- Value - 9/10 9/10
If you are looking for a great acoustic guitar that you won’t break the bank for, the Yamaha F325 will stick your checklist. With its classic vintage appearance and style, you won’t go wrong with the Yamaha F325 guitar. There are various options of colors to choose from.
The Yamaha F325 guitar is a great choice for its price as it delivers superb performance string after string. The dual action truss found in the neck of the Yamaha F325 is quite useful as you can adjust it to raise or lower the height of the string to your choice.
The out of the box tuning of the Yamaha F325 is excellent. Hence you need little or no adjustment when you buy one.
Besides, the Yamaha F325 is easy to tune, and the slim neck makes it comfortable to play for an extended period. It can be given as a gift to music lovers, intending guitar players, intermediate players or anyone who loves playing the guitar. It is also ideal for travel due to its physical properties.
It is nice to buy offering great sound quality with a pretty decent balanced volume. Also, its durability is top notch as you don’t have to worry much about it as it will serve you for many years to come.