Yamaha F325D Review: Best for Beginners?

Many people who start out often search out for Yamaha F325D reviews. This is because it is not so easy to find a good quality guitar with best value for money.

Today we will talk about the F325D by Yamaha to find out if its really the best guitar for beginners or not.

However, before the long jargon, let me tell you that if you really value your money, this is possibly something you would like to invest in.

Let’s Dive into the Technical aspects one by one.

Specifications

BODY

Yamaha F325D body
  • Body type: Dreadnought
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Laminated Spruce
  • Back and sides: Meranti
  • Bracing pattern: Not specified
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right-handed

NECK

Neck of F325D by Yamaha
  • Neck shape: Not specified
  • Nut width: 1.69″ (43 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Nato
  • Scale length: 24.9″
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Not specified

ELECTRONICS & OTHERS

  • Pickup/Preamp: Not Provided
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast chrome
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle and nut: Not specified
  • Number of strings: 6

The F325D is available in 2 variants:
 Natural and Tobacco Sunburst.

If you like something simple and traditional, you should opt for:

Natural Color

On the other hand if you are someone who likes bold colors and more adventures, you should definitely go for:

Tobacco Sunburst Color

Yamaha F325D Review

Yamaha F325D review

Affordable Guitars under $200 that sound good are very tough to find. If you start out with a Bad Guitar you will end up taking more time for things that could be learnt faster.

Not only this, it also becomes difficult for you to keep your interest on the instrument.

This is not the case with F325 D. Yamaha is a very well known brand and the Quality and the prices of their Guitars are almost unbeatable. I’ll go a step further in saying that Yamaha has itself become an epitome for quality.

Sound Quality and Tone

The main reason why Yamaha is so famous for its beginners and acoustic guitars is that they manage a Superb Sound Quality without making you feel the pinch in pricing.

The Quality of Craftsmanship and the quality tone woods is all visible in this masterpiece.

The F325D features a Spruce tonewood which is reponsible for giving the guitar a bright, pleasant and resonant tone, that is loved by many.

I think you might have a question here, if its laminated wood, it will have less resonant sound as compared to a solid one.

I have a very surprising answer for this. This isn’t the case with this Guitar. Brands like Yamaha know In and out of such Guitars.

Yamaha has fixed this less resonant sound by its clever guitar bracing, In short, you won’t have to compromise.

The Body shape of this guitar gives a lot of room for the sound to project. At the same time maintaining volume and Lew end. F325D performs really well in this regard. This is also one of the reasons why Dreadnought acoustic guitars like F325D are so famous as compared to cutaway acoustic guitars.

One of the thing that Cheap Budget Friendly Guitars miss is Nut and Saddle. It is one of the things that can compromise the sound quality, although not by a big margin.

This is not the case with Yamaha. They have made sure to provide you with Nut and Saddle, which is very appreciable in this price range.

Although not of the best quality, they do help in improving the quality of the sound.

When the instrument is strummed with a pick, there is enough warmth and low end to fill out the sound and it sounds encouragingly full.

Going by the sound quality and ton ability I would say that it is good for Folk / Pop Songs. However, more advanced nuances like Fingerstyle and Bluegrass Music won’t fit that well in this one.

Rating: 4.6/5

Build Quality

Build Quality of F325D by Yamaha is impressive
Build Quality of F325D is impressive

The Price in which we are talking about have generally low quality guitars with visible flaws. Some of these flaws can be low quality tonewood and built with obvious flaws. This isn’t the case with this acoustic dreadnought.

F325D Body

Yamaha is a brand known for its Quality control and craftsmanship. The acoustic guitar by Yamaha has a laminated spruce top.

The back and sides are made of meranti. Meranti is a Filipino Mahagony or a low cost timber. However, it is sturdy enough for tonewood

Just like the popular acoustic guitars, this guitar has a traditional look. It has a Glossy which makes this even more pleasant to the eyes.

And I feel that Glossy finish feels more natural and easier to clean as compared to a matte finish.

Yamaha has made sure to not cut unnecessary corners. They haven’t compromised on the quality of this affordable guitar. I can assure you that.

I have I’ve been using this as a secondary practising acoustic guitar for so long now, and the quality is surprisingly still good!

However, it is useful to know that the guitar is made of laminated tonewood. This means that the quality of this will not be as good as a solid one over a longer period.

One of the most impressive things that you will like about this guitar is that it is not sensitive to humidity changes.

Impressive, isn’t?

All this credit goes to its laminated tonewood. So, you can take this guitar on your road trips or camp nights without any worries.

Yamaha F325D Head and Neck

The neck of F325D is using a rosewood fingerboard, with a nato neck that is narrow.

It’s so not at all difficult to shift from fret to fret.

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It has a total of 20 frets and a scale of 25.5 inches. With this, it will give you a more extensive range when playing.

If you observed it carefully, you would have noticed that the headstock of this Yamaha guitar under review has a Concave Design on Top.

Did you Wonder Why?

Well, nothing great, LOL. Just makes the guitar more appealing, which I really like.
It also features a die-cast chrome tuning machines.

This tuning machine is great. It will ensure that you never go out of tune. If you happen to purchase this Guitar, you will notice that it is tuned out of the box.

Well, I just told you one of the reasons why.

Action

If you talk about action, it is just right. Neither too low, nor too high. This means that you will not have to put much pressure when you strum or fret the strings.

If you happen to be a started, a low action is a big recommendation from our side.

Fretting guitars with high action can make you tired faster as compared to low ones. Especially, if you are a beginner.

If you have a Kid or a Toddler, who happened to start out now, you should check this guide.

Rating: 4.3/5

Available Deals

As discussed above, you can get the Yamaha 325 D in 2 color variants.

However, you also get a choice between a

  1. Gig Maker Standard Package
  2. Hard Case Bundle

Gig Maker Standard Package

Gig Maker Standard Package

In the Gig Maker Standard Package apart from the Guitar, you are offered the following:

  • GigBag,
  • Tuner,
  • Instructional DVD,
  • Strap,
  • Strings,
  • and Picks – Natural

This can be Helpful as you won’t have to purchase anything else separately.

Hard Case Bundle

Hard Case Bundle
  • Hard Case,
  • Tuner,
  • Instructional DVD,
  • Strap,
  • Strings,
  • Guitar Method Book 1 by Hall Leonard
  • and Picks – Natural

The main difference between the 2 offerings is of :
Gig Bag/Hard Case

The second difference is that the Hard Case bundle has a Guitar Theory book by Hall Leonard.

This is a good book, however its, not the best one available in the market.

If you want to keep a reference theory book, you should check our guide on the best guitar books for Self Teaching.

If you go by my advice, you should opt for the Hard Case Bundle as it is more durable against damage control and thereby helps you to increase the life of your guitar for only a small extra investment.

Yamaha FX325A Review

Yamaha FX325A Review

If you don’t want to opt only for on acoustic version, but want the taste of both acoustic and electric guitar, you can check out this modified and updated variant FX 325A.

All the other features are similar but you get an additional System 53 piezo/preamp with 2-band EQ.

This way you can taste both the worlds of acoustic and electric guitars using this semi-acoustic guitar.

If you are looking for good semi acoustic-electric guitars, Fender’s FA-125 and FA-125CE seem to be a really nice competitor to FX 325A. You can check our full review of Fender FA-125 and FA-125CE here.

That said, let’s continue on to the Yamaha F325D review.

Sound Review of Yamaha F325D

I love it, What about you?

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Best Starter guitar
  • Value for Money
  • Stays in tune
  • Not susceptible to humidity changes
  • 2 color variants along with bundle options
Cons
  • No left-handed version available
  • It doesn’t age well

Conclusion

The Yamaha F325D is probably the best guitar value for the money.

It’s a great sounding guitar with excellent craftsmanship, finish, and components. Makes an ideal first guitar, however, it is also a great guitar for an experienced player.

The downside here is that there is no left handed version made for this guitar which is requested by many these days,

There is nothing low quality about this guitar and in my opinion, it is equivalent in quality to much more expensive guitars sold by other manufacturers.

Yamaha is a fine brand of musical instrument and this guitar maintains that reputation.