This FS830 Tobacco Sunburst is one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever seen. Every detail of its construction, even the place at the nut where the neck and head stock binding come together, was perfectly executed by the craftsman who made it. Neck geometry and other measures of construction goodness were also perfect. I am sadly at a loss to explain why the guitar was so profoundly lacking in the beautiful tone that is often present in moderately priced Yamaha guitars. It was an instant "nope" at first strum. I did spend some time trying to figure out what was wrong, but was unable to pinpoint anything I would be able to easily change, other than to put on a set of brighter strings. I don't have enough data yet, but summarizing over this guitar and the two FG730S's and several FG700S's I have owned, my working hypothesis is that either the laminated rosewood back and sides or some other aspect of the FS830 construction yields a less resonate guitar than the standard FS or FG800, with laminated nato back and sides. My research is far from conclusive, but I won't be special ordering any laminated-rosewood-back-and-sides or fully bound Yamaha guitars until I play some that sound a lot better than the ones I have owned or played thus far. I hope I'm wrong, but for now I'm convinced that the basic FS800 or FG800 is the way to go if nice sound is what you're hoping for.