Where Are Yamaha Guitars Made? – 2022 Update

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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 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…).


Where Are Yamaha Electric Guitars Made?

image reveals that Yamaha electric Guitars are Made in Indonesia

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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Where Are Yamaha Acoustic Guitars Made?

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

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

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

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Conclusion on Where Are Yamaha Guitars Made

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!


Here’s Our Favorite Gear Right Now!

Our Favorite Guitars:

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Electric guitars:

For beginners and tight-budget guitarists, Ibanez GRX70QA was the winner after hours of testing. If you are a metalhead, Jackson JS22 Dinky is our favorite.

If you have more room on your budget, Yamaha Pacifica 112V gives you a great bang for your buck, and Fender Player Telecaster HH will serve intermediate Players well.

Our favorite Electric guitar of 2021 was the PRS SE Custom 24-08. It gives so much versatility, comfort, and good tones that it’s impossible to ignore.

Acoustic guitars:

For beginners, Yamaha FG800 is our go-to guitar. It offers more than any other guitar in the same price range.

For intermediate and beginners with bigger wallets, Gretsch G5024E Rancher offers so clear and detailed tones, plus easy playability that I had to include it here.

Seagull S6 Original is the best acoustic around the $500 mark. It has the construction, sound, and feel that many more expensive guitars don’t achieve.

Our Favorite Amps:

For beginners, Fender Mustang LT25 offers the most. It’s versatile, sounds good, and is simple to use.

For most home players, Boss Katana 50MKii is the amp that serves you in any situation. From country to metal.

If you are searching for a tube amp for home use, Blackstar HT-5R MKii is my go-to option because it sounds so good, and you can adjust the wattage(power).

When it comes to acoustic guitar amps, Fender Acoustasonic 40 will serve most people really well. But our favorite is Fishman Loudbox Mini BT. It offers a professional level tone and volume with a price most people can afford.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. 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.

    1. Teemu Suomala

      Thank you Jonathan! I also 100% agree with you. Premium guitars usually deliver spot-on playability and sound, but nowadays even cheap guitars can be REALLY good. For example, Yamaha FG800 is a really good guitar for the money. And especially for beginners, it’s spot-on. And the competition also pushes Asian-made guitars to be better and better, and that’s good news for us! We guitarists are spoiled nowadays, haha.

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