My Yamaha FG-151 Acoustic Guitar

yamaha fg-151Introducing the Yamaha FG-151 acoustic guitar. I bought this cheap but reliable, dreadnought guitar for about $120. It’s the first thing I bought with my very first work money. I’ve had a number of guitars in the past but they usually don’t last very long. This vintage is at least 33 years old. That’s 10 years older than me.

Being a second hand guitar, I often wonder what type of person its first owner was. What type of music was played. This Yamaha FG Acoustic Guitar taught me how to play Neil Young, Bread, America, Simon & Garfunkel and other great musicians. Regular play helps relieve stress.

I may use this guitar in the future for making YouTube videos so watch out. Who knows where this guitar might take me ( hopefully not behind bars 😉 ).

This instrument was built in Japan somewhere between 1975 to 1978. It has the orange label. The action was unnaturally high that I had to create grooves in the bridge that would lower it and improve the angle of attack of the strings. I was told that high action was common for these type of guitars.

Yamaha FG-151 (FG stands for Folk Guitar):

  • Dreadnought Shape.
  • Rosewood Fretboard and Bridge.
  • Mahogany Neck, Back and Sides.
  • Laminated Spruce Top.
yamaha fg-151
Bought this at PCParkJapan.

Sorry for the picture quality. I don’t have a decent camera. I should save up for one… or maybe save enough for a solid-top guitar. I hate being broke all the time, it’s depressing. (sigh) time to play my guitar again.

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  1. I have just bought a FG 151B last week. The seller told me it was a second-hand goods but it looked brand new. Not even a scratch on the top or back. I knew Yamaha 151B was a vintage guitar so I couldn’t beieve it. At last I couldn’t resist the temptation and bought it for RM680.00 (around US$210.00).After I brought it home I did a google search for 151B image, and found that all images I could find tally with the one in my hand. So, should I put out the imagination of some bad guys were building fake Yamaha guitars to the very detail? The label sticker inside the guitar says its made in Japan. But it is so easy to print such a label and stick it there. You may ask how about its sound. It sounds great. But from the sound I can tell that it is not “seasoned”. What should I do now? Should I be glad that I own a Japan made Yamaha acoustic guitar, or should I regret that I paid my hard earn money for a replica?

  2. I have a FG-151 that I bought in Japan when I was in the U.S. Navy, it has been with me since 1979. Onboard AO-148, AOE-2, DDG-20, FFG-52, LCAC-50, LSD-48, LSD-44. It went to War 5 times and did nothing but spread peace thru music.

    This is one tough guitar, its been stashed in steampipes, storerooms and anyplace I could keep it on the ship.

    That guitar is what you make of it. It is a gift for your heart to share with others.

  3. it´s beautiful and it must sound really good.

  4. I also have a original Yamaha FG 151. I purchased it in Tachikawa Japan in a Department store in 1975. I paid $60.00 for it. I was stationed at Yokota Air Base Japan. It is 41 years old and I still enjoy playing it even though I have several high value Martin’s 6 & 12 strings. If you run accross a FG 150 or FG 151 grab it. I have seen them sell for $300.00 to $400.00.

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