The Yamaha FG-470S solid-top acoustic guitar was made between 1985 and 1989. Yamaha added an "S" suffix to its FG model numbers to designate a solid top starting in 1977 when it introduced the first solid-top FG guitars ("S" previously designated a Sunburst finish, which was then changed to "SB"). This is a great mid-range Yamaha guitar, just below the standard production top-of-the-line L models. The FG-470S has a solid Spruce top, with richly figured Indian Rosewood back and sides, and the neck is Nato. Premium appointments include abalone purfling in the rosette and around both the top and back of the body, binding on the neck and headstock, inlayed Mother of Pearl (MOP) Yamaha and flying dove logos on the headstock, gold Yamaha tuners, and unique bird-in-flight MOP fretboard inlays. The flying bird fretboard inlays only lasted a couple of years, as Yamaha switched out the flying dove headstock inlay in 1987 for the Yamaha leaf logo and the fretboard inlays reverted to more standard pearl diamond inlays.
This unusual Flying Bird guitar is another eBay find, the seller having accepted my best offer below his asking price. When I received it, however, there were some significant undisclosed cosmetic issues so I contacted the buyer who promptly issued a partial refund. I hope to be able to buff out most of the offending scratches. With new strings on, the Yamaha FG-470S has good tone and sustain. It projects a strong bass and crisp mids and trebles. The neck is a very comfortable low profile C shape. So here's another attractive vintage Yamaha guitar that can still be found at a reasonable price. Happy pickings!