Yamaha FG Guitar Weights

I never thought much about guitar weights.  Hearing about vintage (1930’s & 1940’s) Martins being very light (with no actual numbers) was intriguing, but I never thought about weighing any guitars.  UNTIL I got my 1970 FG-110.  It felt MUCH lighter than any of my other guitars.

So I bought a digital luggage scale and started weighing guitars.  The cheap strip tuners could be part of the reason it’s lighter, but that can’t be all of it.

I haven’t weighed all of them, but here are some:

1967 Yamaha FG-150 – 3.93 lbs
1969 Yamaha FG-230 – 4.86 lbs
1970 Yamaha FG-75 – 3.37 lbs !!!
1970 Yamaha FG-110 – 3.50 lbs
1970 Yamaha FG-300 – 4.67 lbs
1971 Yamaha FG-110 – 3.37 lbs !!!!
1971 Yamaha FG-180 – 3.86 lbs
1972 Yamaha FG-110E – 4.11 lbs
1973 Yamaha FG-110E – 3.75 lbs – 3.46 lbs without the electronics
1973 Yamaha FG-200 – 4.34 lbs
1974 Yamaha FG-110 – 3.63 lbs
1974 Yamaha FG-170 – 3.88 lbs
1977 Yamaha FG-350W – 4.94 lbs
1980 Yamaha FG-300D – 4.89 lbs
2004 Seagull MJM6 CW – 5.01 lbs
2009 Seagull Maritime SWS Folk – 4.16 lbs
2010 Seagull S6 Original Cedar – 4.84 lbs
2016 Martin OM-21 – 4.16 lbs

You’ll notice the Yamaha FG-1xx models are all under 4lbs, except 1 of the FG-110E’s.  I think the light construction allows them to vibrate more freely than the slightly newer, slightly heavier, models.  The 1980’s Yamaha’s are much stiffer and heavier.

One big surprise is my FG-350W weighs a very heavy 4.94 lbs.  It’s definitely not dead sounding.  For comparison, my FG-180 (a dread also) with over 1 lb less at 3.88 lbs.

If anyone would like to weigh their guitars (with a digital luggage scale), feel free to email me at YamahaVintageFG@gmail.com.