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Ron Gaskins wrote at 2007-10-22 20:41:55
Hi, I have a Yamaha FG300 which I bought brand new in 1975.The lable is a dark yellow colour with the same Hammatsu markings. The headstock has the tripple tuning fork logo but no yamaha. The bridge is straight with the pins in a straight line.I am 100% sure this is original as I bought the guitar from a reputed dealer brand new.

Just to add,I don't think you will be dissapointed with this guitar mine has only got better in the last 32 years.Hope this helps,regards,Ron.

Bryan wrote at 2007-11-07 03:25:01
I have a Yamaha FG-300 that fits the same desciption as Ron's.  It was new and I purchased it when I was in Japan in 1973 (serial number as I can read it 20920238) so I too am positive it was an original.  I don't play much any more but it has been a nice instrument for me.

Toby Bunton wrote at 2007-12-28 19:36:31
I have an FG300 Nippon Gakki red label as well that was my grandfathers. They told me it was made in Japan between 1968 and Nov. 1971. They said that anything later was made in Taiwan and they used a beige lable after '76. If it has the crazy flower on the pickguard it would be from 68 or 69 through 71.

willem Bosveld wrote at 2008-05-05 15:17:13
Interesting, I have the same guitar I guess. The FG300, It only has the Yamaha logo, not the name and the golden logo. I bought it in 1974. Unfortunately it;s very hard to read the serial number. The guitar sounds brilliant and plays equally well.

Bob wrote at 2008-09-20 11:21:10
I have the same guitar and I bought it new Hessey's Music shop in Liverpool Uk in 1972. It also has only Yamaha logo on the headstock and a yellowish tag.



Gordon wrote at 2008-12-13 10:06:41
I have a Yamaha FG300 which I bought off an Australian guy called Fred in the 70's who played the guitar on Top of the pops with his band called The Mixtures - they had a hit in the UK with the pushbike song (some of you may be old enough to remember?). It includes the words Nippon Gakki on the red label and I was told it is a copy of the Gibson hummingbird.

Teddybare99999 wrote at 2011-06-02 07:44:35
I worked for the yamaha distributor, in Hamilton, Ontario, when Yamaha first started importing guitars to North America and therefore have some first hand knowlede. Th bridge was always straight in those days and was fully adjustable.. the labels varied though, one shipment would have yellow labels and the next would have red. I bought one of these guitars in 1969, and have had it ever has seen some rough treatment over the years but still plays and sounds beautiful..........mine now has Grover machine heads as the Yamaha machines finally kicked the bucket but other wise it is still original..a real work horse of a guitar that still has a wonderful, full voice...........

malc wrote at 2011-06-15 15:05:15
I too have an original FG300 with the red label,Yamaha name on headstock, tune-o-matic bridge with individual saddles, bought new in 1968 in the UK.

I'm having problems getting replacement saddles as Yamaha UK say they don't have any spares and can't even find the technical spec on this guitar. Looks like I'm going to have to consult a luthier to make replacements. The cutting up of a standard saddle wouldn't be a problem to me, it's the holes through them for the adjusting screws.

Lovely sound still to this great guitar though!!

Alex wrote at 2012-12-19 13:48:14
I have an FG300 too. It has just the Fork symbol on the headstock, a 'Tan' coloured label inside saying FG300, Nippon Gakki. I picked it up in '82, it had been in a house unplayed for ten years or so. The scratch plate is plain black, no designs at all but it is the same shape as the 'Hummingbird' plate. I am yet to see another the same as this one, I've seen 300s with a design on the plate and red labels, but not like this.

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