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Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Teemu Suomala

Fore years, Yamaha has been providing us guitars that have an exceptional value: price ratio. For example, my Yamaha C40 cost a bit over 140€ and it’s still holding up after over 10 years. I really believe that it will last for a lifetime for me.

But where are these durable guitars made? I have taken some photos/screenshots of older and new Yamaha’s to offer you the best proof possible. And no. All Yamaha guitars are not made in China.

Let’s go!

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Author: Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I love guitars and have played dozens and dozens of different guitars through different amps and pedals over the years, and also, building a website interested me, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website.

I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have also been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as SongsterrMusicnotesGuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar.

I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog (I guess that went the right way…).


Where Are Yamaha Electric Guitars Made?

Yamaha electric guitars are made in Indonesia.

image reveals that Yamaha electric Guitars are Made in Indonesia

I tested Yamaha Pacifica 012 and Pacifica 112V this year. And at the back of the headstock, it says ”Made in Indonesia”.

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In several online music stores, you can actually zoom on the back of the headstock, and that confirmed it. I only found Yamaha electric guitars made in Indonesia. Here’s a little proof:

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  • Jimmy Page

    Main Band

    Led Zeppelin

    Main Guitar

    "Number One" – 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard

    GND Rating

    (4.0)

    Jimmy Page

    Uniqueness

    (5.0)

    Accuracy

    (3.0)

    Speed

    (3.0)

    Right Hand

    (3.5)

    Techniques

    (3.5)

    Versatility

    (4.0)

    Performance

    (4.5)

    Overall Lead

    (4.5)

    Overall Rhythm

    (5.0)
  • Keith Urban

    Main Band

    Solo Artist

    Main Guitar

    1989 Fender Custom Shop 40th Anniversary Telecaster

    GND Rating

    (3.7)

    Keith Urban

    Uniqueness

    (3.5)

    Accuracy

    (3.5)

    Speed

    (3.5)

    Right Hand

    (3.0)

    Techniques

    (4.0)

    Versatility

    (3.5)

    Performance

    (4.5)

    Overall Lead

    (4.0)

    Overall Rhythm

    (4.0)
  • Buddy Holly

    Main Band

    The Crickets

    Main Guitar

    Fender Stratocaster 1954

    GND Rating

    (2.8)

    Buddy Holly

    Uniqueness

    (3.0)

    Accuracy

    (4.0)

    Speed

    (2.0)

    Right Hand

    (2.0)

    Techniques

    (1.5)

    Versatility

    (2.0)

    Performance

    (4.0)

    Overall Lead

    (3.0)

    Overall Rhythm

    (4.0)
  • Alexi Laiho

    Main Band

    Children of Bodom

    Main Guitar

    ESP Alexi Ripped

    GND Rating

    (4.2)

    Alexi Laiho

    Uniqueness

    (4.5)

    Accuracy

    (4.5)

    Speed

    (4.5)

    Right Hand

    (4.5)

    Techniques

    (4.5)

    Versatility

    (3.0)

    Performance

    (3.5)

    Overall Lead

    (5.0)

    Overall Rhythm

    (4.0)
  • Pete Townshend

    Main Band

    The Who

    Main Guitar

    Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster

    GND Rating

    (2.3)

    Pete Townshend

    Uniqueness

    (4.0)

    Accuracy

    (2.0)

    Speed

    (1.0)

    Right Hand

    (3.5)

    Techniques

    (1.0)

    Versatility

    (1.0)

    Performance

    (4.0)

    Overall Lead

    (1.0)

    Overall Rhythm

    (3.0)
  • Joe Perry

    Main Band

    Aerosmith

    Main Guitar

    Gibson Les Paul

    GND Rating

    (3.6)

    Joe Perry

    Uniqueness

    (4.5)

    Accuracy

    (3.5)

    Speed

    (2.5)

    Right Hand

    (3.0)

    Techniques

    (3.5)

    Versatility

    (3.0)

    Performance

    (4.0)

    Overall Lead

    (3.5)

    Overall Rhythm

    (5.0)

Where Are Yamaha Acoustic Guitars Made?

With acoustics, Yamaha has 2 places where the majority of guitars are manufactured. Indonesia and China.

image reveals that Yamaha acoustic Guitars are Made in Indonesia and China

Also, some of the acoustic- and classical guitars, Red Label-series for example are still made in Japan.

And it seems that the entry and tight budget level acoustics are made in Indonesia and the more expensive ones are made in China. Red Label-series made in Japan are just a little bit more expensive than the ones made in China. But most Classical guitars made in Japan are true Premium guitars.

Here’s the proof:

photo reveals that Yamaha F310 is made in Indonesia
Entry-level models like Yamaha F310 are Made in Indonesia – Check Price on Thomann

If you are interested in budget Yamaha acoustics, check these posts our Yamaha Acoustic guitar expert Pranshu wrote: 5 Best Yamaha Acoustic Guitars for Beginners and 5 Best Yamaha Acoustic Guitars Under $500.

photo reveals that Yamaha FG800 is made in China
More expensive models like FG800 are made in China – Check Price on Thomann
photo reveals that Yamaha FGX5 Red label is made in Japan
Yamaha FGX5 – Red Lable is made in Japan – Check Price on Thomann
photo reveals that Yamaha GC42C Classical guitar is made in Japan
Premium classicals like Yamaha GC42C are made in Japan – Check Price on Sweetwater

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FAQ

Are Yamaha Guitars Made in Indonesia?

Not all. But all Yamaha Electric guitars currently available are made in Indonesia. Some of the acoustic- and bass guitars are made in Indonesia too.

Are all Yamaha Guitars Made in China?

No. Only some of the acoustic guitars are made in China. Mainly the more expensive ones costing from $550-1200(estimate).

Are Yamaha Guitars Made in Japan?

Yamaha is originally from Japan. But I didn’t find any electric guitars currently available for mass markets being made in Japan. And overall, most of Yamaha’s guitars are not being made in Japan.

But some Yamaha acoustic guitars (Red Label-series for example), premium classical guitars, and bass guitars are still being made in Japan.

Where Are Yamaha Pacifica Guitars Made

All Yamaha Pacifica’s are made in Indonesia (see the photos in the ”where Yamaha electric guitars are made”-section).

Where Are Yamaha Revstar Guitars Made?

All Yamaha Revstar’s are made in Indonesia (see the photos in the ”where Yamaha electric guitars are made”-section).

Where Are Yamaha Bass Guitars Made?

The majority of Yamaha bass guitars are made in Indonesia, especially the ones costing under $1000. But the premium ones are still being made in Japan.

Here are a couple of examples:

photo reveals that Yamaha BB734A Bass Guitar is made in indonesia
Yamaha BB734A Bass Guitar is made in Indonesia – Check Price on Sweetwater
photo reveals that Yamaha BBP34 Bass Guitar is made in Japan
Yamaha BBP34 Bass Guitar is made in Japan – Check Price on Sweetwater

Where Are Yamaha Red Label Guitars Made?

Yamaha Red Label guitars are made in Japan.

photo reveals that Yamaha FGX5 Red label is made in Japan
Yamaha FGX5 – Red Lable is made in Japan – Check Price on Thomann

Where Are Yamaha Classical Guitars Made?

Yamaha Classical guitars are being manufactured in 3 places.

  • Entry and budget level guitars are made in Indoensia
  • More expensive ones are made in China
  • Premium ones are being made in Japan

Here are 3 examples:

photo reveals that Yamaha c40II is made in Indonesia
Yamaha C40 is made in Indonesia – Check Price on Thomann
photo reveals that Yamaha GC12C Classical guitar is made in china
Yamaha GC12C Classical guitars are made in China – Check Price on Sweetwater
photo reveals that Yamaha GC42C Classical guitar is made in Japan
Premium classicals like Yamaha GC42C are made in Japan – Check Price on Sweetwater

Where Are Yamaha L Series Guitars Made?

Most Yamaha L-Series guitars are made in China. See the bottom of the label:

photo reveals that Yamaha LS 6 is made in China
Yamaha LS 6 is made in China – Check Price on Thomann

The premium L-series models like Yamaha LL26 ARE Original Jumbo and Yamaha LL56 Custom A.R.E. Original Jumbo are being made in Japan.

Where Are Yamaha Transacoustic Guitars Made?

Yamaha Transacoustics are made in China. FG-TA for example:

photo reveals that Yamaha FG-TA Transacoustic is made in China
Yamaha FG-TA Transacoustic is made in China – Check Price on Thomann

Where Are Yamaha Silent Guitars Made?

Yamaha Silent nylon- and steel-string guitars are made in China. Here are a couple of photos:

photo reveals that Yamaha SLG200S Silent Guitar is made in China
Steel-string Yamaha SLG200S Silent Guitar is made in China – Check price on Sweetwater
photo reveals that Yamaha SLG200N Silent Guitar is made in China
Nylon-string Yamaha SLG200N Silent Guitar is made in China – Check Price on Sweetwater

More Yamaha guitar articles:

Check our picks for the best acoustic guitars under $1000 and the best acoustic guitars under $500.


Conclusion

So, Yamaha has 3 different places where guitars are manufactured:

  • Indonesia
  • China
  • Japan

I don’t have personal experience about Yamaha guitars being made in Japan, but I have experience about Indonesian and China-made Yamaha guitars…

And the experience has been really pleasant. Really high-value for-the-money instruments and durable too. Hopefully in the future, I can get my hands on some Japan-made Yamaha’s!

I hope that this post helped you out, I wish you all the best!


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Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I also noticed that most guitar websites don’t do a really good job, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website. I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as Songsterr, Musicnotes, GuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar. I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog(I guess that went the right way…). Expertise: guitar learning techniques, electric guitars, and guitar amplifiers. You can connect with me on LinkedIn or just email me.
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Jonathan Hands

Good article! I have two Japanese made Yamaha acoustic guitars. One is from 1968, a red label FG110, and an LS10, 1995. They are both excellent guitars, but even the cheapest Yamaha guitars are good. So, does it matter where a guitar is made nowadays? Yes and no. Of course American made, legacy brands like Gibson and Martin, and Fender are always going to bring a higher price and level of quality the less expensive ones can’t. But overall, the Asian made guitars are good, and getting better all the time.

John Docanto

Thanks! You answered my question on which Yamamaha classical guitar is built where. Best wishes to you+

Navas M

Yamaha guitars is producing in india too

Tyler Connaghan

Yup! Thanks for pointing that out Navas!