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The Yamaha F310 is not a cheap guitar. Is it too costly for a beginner? That depends on how serious you are as a beginner. But more on that later.
This review will be on the short side because there’s not a lot I need to tell you here. I’ll give you all the important features and specs, tell you whether I think this guitar is for you, and then I’ll stop. Good enough? Great.
If you don’t want to bother with all that and just want to see the pricing and availability of the F310 at Amazon, you can click (or tap) the link just below.
What Is a GigMaker?
As of this writing, the description of this guitar and its package at Amazon doesn’t say much. If the information is still scant when you decide to make your purchase there, be sure that the sellers are actually offering what you think you should be getting. Contact them to make sure before clicking that buy button.
A GigMaker package should include the following items.
- Gig bag
- Digital tuner
- Extra strings
- Instructional DVD
Getting a guitar with all those extras is really cool, even if the specific items aren’t the ones you’d pick for yourself if you were buying them individually. The point is that you don’t have to spend the time up front shopping for each of them.
Features of the Yamaha F310
Again, as of this writing, there is only one flavor of F310 showing at Amazon. In reality, this guitar comes in these styles.
- Cherry sunburst
- Tobacco brown sunburst
Personally, if you can find either of the sunburst versions, I’d get one of those. They look really, really nice. There’s nothing wrong with the natural version. It’s just not my preference.
This traditional Western shaped guitar (not a cutaway) has a spruce top (which is common) and “tropical tonewood” for the back and sides. These areas could be made of various woods depending on availability.
The neck will either be Nato or mahogany. The fingerboard is standard rosewood.
The bridge is also rosewood. The nut and saddle are Urea. The bridge pins are black ABS plastic. There’s nothing exceptional in these areas.
Specs of the Yamaha F310 Acoustic
The body width of the F310 is 16 ¼ inches. The depth ranges from 3 13/16 inches to 4 9/16 inches. The nut width is 1 11/16 inches. I leave it as a task for you to compare these measurements to other similar guitars to see which size you prefer. (There’s a Washburn D10S that this Yamaha is sometimes compared to.)
The scale length is 25 inches which is common. The body length is 19 ⅞ inches making the total length 40 ½ inches – again common.
The body, which has a black pickguard, has a gloss finish. The neck has the standard matte finish.
You get covered chrome tuners and a hex wrench for adjusting the truss rod as needed.
One item you don’t often see mentioned about a guitar is the spacing between the strings. The Yamaha F310 has 10 millimeters of space, as measured from the center of one bridge pin to another. How that compares to another guitar I don’t know, since this figure isn’t well-known (and I’m not going to go around with a ruler or spanner measuring them all).
Conclusions about the Yamaha F310
As I mentioned at the top, this is considered a beginner guitar, but it’s not really priced like one. If you’re really serious about learning guitar, this Yamaha package is worth the price.
If you’re considering buying a guitar for someone else who’s just getting started, this judgment call is much more difficult. You can’t really know how serious they are. You might consider a less expensive model instead, perhaps one like this Jasmine S35.
Listening to the Yamaha may also help you decide, so here’s a video with just that.
- Yamaha F310 Acoustic Guitar: Pricey for a Beginner - April 9, 2020
- Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar: A Beginner’s Guitar - April 1, 2020
- Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar: An OK Beginner Guitar - March 22, 2020