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What type of acoustic guitar is this?

A seller from my school wants to sell me this acoustic guitar for $100. He said it's a Yamaha guitar and it comes with a case and a few picks. He got it about 5 months ago. Is it a good deal? I think it has a lifetime warranty. I tried looking it up and Yamaha acoustics cost around $200, so he reduced it to half the price.

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Is there a paper label inside the soundhole that indicates the model number? It would be very helpful in identifying its value. –  Wheat Williams Feb 12 at 8:04
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On the back of the headstock, is there a sticker indicating the country in which it is made? –  Wheat Williams Feb 12 at 8:05
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What type of a case is he offering, specifically? –  Wheat Williams Feb 12 at 8:05
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How long has he owned the guitar? What year was it made? –  Wheat Williams Feb 12 at 8:06
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Has it ever been professionally serviced by a guitar repair technician? –  Wheat Williams Feb 12 at 8:06

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Sounds like a good deal. Yamaha has decent instruments. This one is a country type, quite "fat ass", so you will have a nice bass sound.

Check if the neck is straight and if the strings are not too far away from the neck. This shouldn't be the case. You could also invest in some lighter type strings, to make playing easier. If you or a friend have good hearing. Also check the tonality of the guitar:

"To check intonation you will need an electronic tuner. Tune your instrument to pitch and fret each string naturally at the 12th fret.

If notes played at the 12th fret are dramatically sharp or flat, the intonation may require correction." (from here).

Another good option is to look for amazing sounding cheap guitars is to look for a suzuki guitar. They have them second hand on ebay, they go around the same price. But they are almost exact martin copies (D-45 etc) from the 70s.

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Yamaha have been making musical instruments for well over 100 yrs. I've never seen a bad one. At half new price, it sounds like a good deal. Somewhere on this site are questions which relate to what to check on guitars before deciding to buy. It will probably benefit from a new set of strings, so do not let the strings put you off - they may be rusty, or too heavy to play comfortably, but they are always replaceable. At that cost, if it's as good as it looks, you could sell it on at the same price in a couple of years, when you decide it needs to be upgraded.

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