“The ultimate expression of acoustic artisanry”: Yamaha launches two high-end FS9 acoustics – which are inspired by a traditional Japanese woodworking technique

Yamaha FS9 M and FS9 R
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Yamaha has launched two new concert-style acoustic guitars, which have both been described as the “no-compromise accompaniment for singer-songwriters”.

The FS9 M and FS9 R have been carefully crafted for responsive dynamics, with Yamaha noting the instruments particularly “shine with finger-picked performances”.

Both guitars offer Adirondack spruce tops and differ in their back and sides tonewoods. The African mahogany employed for the FS9 M helps achieve a “warm and balanced” sound, with the FS9 R’s Indian rosewood instead focusing on “crystal-clear highs”.

The rest of the specifications are shared between the two models, with bolt-on mahogany necks, ebony fingerboards and bridges, and scalloped X bracing all making the cut.

Notably, Yamaha used cutting-edge acoustic and 3D structural measurement processes to bolster the models' structural strength and allow them to vibrate more efficiently. The backboard on these acoustics, for example, is notably thicker than previous FS models, resulting in a more powerful sound.

They both offer a new V-shaped neck profile, which Yamaha says makes it easier to hold for “stress-free performance and ideal expressiveness”.

Yamaha FS9 R

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There are also bone nut saddles and natural, nitrocellulose lacquer finishes for their bodies.

Perhaps the most eye-catching appointments are the inlays, which take inspiration from Kumiki – a Japanese art of woodworking meaning ‘to join wood together’. Rope-patterned purfling then further accentuates the guitar’s character.

It also helps underline the care and craft that have gone into making these high-end acoustics. “Every detail,” Yamaha says, “has been meticulously engineered to deliver the ultimate expression of acoustic artisanry.”

Both guitars are available to order today: the FS9 R costs $4,099.00, and the FS9 M $3,999.99.

Head to Yamaha to learn more.

Yamaha FS9 M

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to ProgGuitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.