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Note: These guitars have ROSEWOOD back and sides

I spoke to one of the employees at L&M, Cambridge today and asked him if they are intending to get any of the 830 model as these are not on their website (to date). He phoned Yamaha and was told that they would were expecting to supply the 830 model to L&M sometime before Christmas (I wonder why that choice of date?...LOL).

They are estimated to cost about $375.00 to $400.00.

Cosmo now sells the FS830 for $399.00 plus tax

My curiosity is to compare the mahogany to the rosewood back and sides, as I don't know what to expect... if my old ears are capable of discerning any difference at all...LOL
 

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That is interesting! I couldn't find it and the employee looked it up, couldn't find it, and said they had no "sku" (sp?) for it yet. Not that I know exactly what that means.

Would there really be that much difference in sound when both are laminates?
That is my question and what I am curious about.
 

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I think that would be laminate Rosewood at those prices.
 

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This has nothing to do with the rosewood vs mahogany back and sides, but it does show the "scalloped" bracing concept...

 

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Neither of these guitars are new and L&M has had both in stock at one time or the other.

L&M Toronto Bloor St has both in stock currently as does Cosmo.

I tried them both and I heard a difference. Enough that I bought the FG830. The FG830 has more bass to my ears. I ordered it from L&M and it took months to arrive.

I love it. I tried every acoustic under $1000 and it was the best to my ears.

Yamaha - FG830 Acoustic Steel Guitar - Tobacco Brown Sunburst
Yamaha - FG820 Dreadnought Spruce/Mahogany Acoustic Guitar
 

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Neither of these guitars are new and L&M has had both in stock at one time or the other.
Looks like I really screwed up with this thread...LOL

Hey...L&M helped to confuse me (beyond my normal, daily level).
 

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I think that would be laminate Rosewood at those prices.

It is laminate. Even my LL6 has laminate back & sides (the LL16 is all wood).

Yamaha doesn't specify laminate, but for their all wood models they include the word 'solid' in their description in order to differentiate.
 

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I traded my FS 800 (tinted top) and some cash for an FS 830 (natural) today.

@Guncho might be interested in this. It probably isn't all that exciting for others.

I just had to scratch the itch of trying a rosewood b/s.
 

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Nice. I tried a bunch of FG800's, FG820's and FG830's and the 830 sounded better to my ears.

Which was a shame as I actually thought the 820 was more attractive. The rosewood laminate is very "dark" in colour".
 

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Nice. I tried a bunch of FG800's, FG820's and FG830's and the 830 sounded better to my ears.

Which was a shame as I actually thought the 820 was more attractive. The rosewood laminate is very "dark" in colour".
WOW...You responded fast!

I reached for my coffee and BAM...your post "arrived"...LOL
 

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Finicky me about feel, comfort and playability would have the FS despite less bass.
 

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IMHO, the 830 has a "bigger", more "complex" sound??
However, maybe it is just "different".
I really am hopeless at describing sounds.
The dark colour of the rosewood on the b/s is very appealing to me. Looks like chocolate...
 
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