I don't own either brands, but lately I've been going into stores trying different guitars to see what I might get next, and the Yamaha FG3/FGX3 blew me away. I've been trying out a bunch of Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Larrivee, etc., and the Yamaha's were easily the best, IMO. For more information: Yamaha The FG5 Red Label's bone nut and saddle provide a more efficient transfer of energy from the strings to the neck and body. This series in particular pays homage to the first of the Japanese built Yamaha production acoustic guitar model dating back to 1966 – the FG180. Not the kind of specs I'd expect from a Yamaha, and in that price range ($1199 US/$1499 Canada). Really nice, balanced sound that projects very well. I've been wanting to try the FG5/FS5 (and their acoustic-electric versions) to compare, but haven't had a chance to get my hands on one. The new FG5 and FGX5 (w/ pickup) are all solid wood (Spruce top, Mahogany back/sides/neck) with bone nut/bridge and ebony fretboard. Pricing is as follows (all prices are MSRP): FG3/FS3: $1,275.00; FGX3/FSX3: $1,585.00; FG5/FS5: $1,900.00; FGX5/FSX5: $2,320.00; The FG3 and FGX3 models will ship with a hard bag; the FG5 and FGX5 models with a hardshell case. The new FG/FS Yamaha Red Label folk guitars – in what seems like almost every release of Yamaha guitars these days – claim to harness the style of classic guitars, with a few modern additions. Yamaha FG Red Label guitars will ship in the summer of 2019. I prefer the sound of mahogany back and sides over rosewood. I've been trying to get my hands on the FG5/FGX5 to see how much better they are than the FG3…

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