The original Yamaha FS concert shape is a good fit for players who prefer a smaller body and slightly brighter sound to complement strumming and fingerpicking with 1960s aesthetics and modern craftsmanship culminating over 50 years of Yamaha guitar development.
With its sleek and comfortable Concert body style, the Yamaha Red Label FSX5 artfully balances warmth and clarity, comfort and output. Don't let its size or price deceive you — the FSX5 delivers a playing experience that holds its own against some industry heavyweights. Its body is built from a choice cocktail of solid tonewoods — dynamic Sitka spruce on warm, rich mahogany — with a top that has been visually and tonally optimized using Yamaha's A.R.E aging process and Modified Scalloped bracing. Together, these yield a developed and mature tone that is sure to put a smile on any seasoned fingerstylist or flatpicker's face. The FSX5 is ready to rock the stage or practice space, with Atmosfeel electronics for a stellar plugged-in sound. A "V" headstock, an eye-catching semi-gloss finish, a deluxe wood pickguard, and a tone-enhancing bone nut and saddle round out this price-defying package.
Inspired by Yamaha’s iconic Nippon Gakki Red Label guitars from the 1960s, FS Red Label instruments call to mind the look and feel of the company’s very first steel-string acoustic guitars. These sought-after instruments are cherished for their one-of-a-kind sound and high-end Japanese craftsmanship. Teeming with beautiful vintage aesthetics, the FS Red Label series enables you to experience the very essence of these legendary instruments, thanks to Yamaha’s state-of-the-art wood conditioning techniques and true-to-life vintage sound. All FS Red Label guitars feature classic V-shaped headstocks with Yamaha’s tuning fork logos, solid tonewoods, updated scalloped bracing, and eye-catching semi-gloss finishes. The guitarists at Sweetwater are excited about the FS Red Label series — it more than lives up to the legendary instruments that inspired it.
The great tone and smooth playability of the Red Label FSX5 is enhanced by Yamaha's A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) process, which gives your guitar a broken-in and aged tone. By controlling the atmospheric pressure, temperature, and humidity, the molecular properties of the wood are manipulated to mirror those of a guitar that has been played for years. Each FS Red Label series guitar also features a modified and updated scalloped bracing pattern that exhibits a louder, more balanced tone.
The choice of top wood can powerfully affect the sound of an acoustic guitar. For the Red Label FSX5, Yamaha chose a premium solid Sitka spruce top. Chosen as much for its look as its tone, the top has a well-rounded, articulate sound with excellent projection — and its tone is only made better by Yamaha's A.R.E. aging process. The guitar's solid mahogany back and sides provide exceptional bass and powerful punch, and they simply look great.
The Red Label FSX5 is equipped with Yamaha’s Atmosfeel pickup and preamp system. This innovative system lends a natural, three-dimensional sound to your guitar via a 3-way sensor setup. A piezo under-saddle sensor picks up sound where the strings meet the bridge, while an internal microphone captures the guitar’s internal resonance and a sheet sensor picks up vibrations from its soundboard. A Mic Blend knob enables you to blend the mic signal with the piezo. A Bass EQ knob controls a peaking EQ — the center frequency raises when boosting and lowers when attenuating. You also get a Master Volume control.