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Yamaha FX-310

Yamaha FX-310
An Indonesian made Yamaha FX-310 from the late 1990’s

My Art Director at work, the new proud owner of the White Falcon copy, asked me if I could bring his old Yamaha FX-310 back from the dead. There was a fair share of cleaning involved and then I tightened the screws and oiled the machine heads, polished the frets and oiled the fretboard and then I tried to correct the neck angle. I’m not sure if it was because the guitar has been without strings for so long and was missing the string tension but the action was so low that that everything just buzzed. I tried to correct the angle of the neck with the trussrod but it made no difference, it was as loose as it could be. I had to make the saddle higher but since it had the piezo pickup built in to the bottom of the saddle I couldn’t just change it for a new one. In the end I cut a matchstick in half and put under it, I guess bone or some other material would have been better for the tonal qualities but since they saddle was made of plastic anyway I don’t think it would have made any difference. It actually plays pretty well now and sounds really good for have been made in Indonesia. I’m not sure if all Yamaha’s sounds and plays this well but I was pretty impressed. When I started to play guitar 20 years ago a lot of my friends had Yamaha’s and other inexpensive Far East made acoustic guitars but I was fortunate enough to learn to play on my dad’s old Levin LT-16 so I never really tried any of these Yamaha’s back in the early 1990’s.

Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson

The other day Araceli and I went to see Kris Kristofferson here in Barcelona. It was a late birthday present for me and a early one for her. It was just Kris Kristofferson with a Gibson Southern jumbo and he used the same 3 Cowboy chords and picking pattern in every song so maybe it got a bit repetitive. He wasn’t much of a singer back in the days and even less so now, or guitar player for that sake, but he has written so many good songs and it was a pleasure to listen to an old man from Nashville for an 2 hours and I’m really glad we got a chance to see him. I forgot my camera but I just found this clip on Youtube.