After a LOT of tooing and froing I went for the FG800 in brown Sunburst which I managed to get for £199. Many thanks for helpful advice, looking forward to getting it and starting a new hobby!
I don't think it is a great deal, I but have given it heat just for the information and discussion it has generated which is most useful. Have been using a £70 Yamaha acoustic for last couple of years, and need a step up in guitar now.
Surprised at the heat on this when lots of other music retailers have the same guitar for about the same price (ie PMT is £174, Dawsons and Gear4Music £178 based on a quick search!). Yamaha's are nice guitars though, but theres always deals around on the lower level FG models. IMO the best deal on the FG800M would be to pay £15 more, and buy the FG800M bundled with a Line 6 Sonic Port VX Interface for £189 for Gear4Music. There's a lot of choice with interfaces; but someone playing at home or considering recording some of their music, you really can't really go wrong for that low a price to get started on one as it even has a built-in mic and the quality of Line 6 devices in the last few years has been pretty solid. Its not fancy, but lets you give it a try without committing to something expensive! https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Yamaha-FG800M-Singer-Songwriter-Pack-Natural/2KF7 FWIW, I personally find Thomann are really really good to deal with, but if you decided you didn't like the guitar due to its action or size (Yamaha FG series are dreadnaught style bodies so bit large for some people), it is more of a hassle to return to them in Germany, and they don't automatically provide free returns from the UK.
Which model number is the fully varnished one? Is the fret board varnished too?
Its a great guitar for the money, and will last you years, its a guitar you'll keep as you grow more proficient. Its important to have a good quality instrument as a beginner, it doesn't have to be expensive, but an easy to tune, good tone and build quality will make you want to continue, without the distractions from a crap guitar. You can learn on a crap guitar, many have. And jimmy page, jimi hendrix would sound good playing almost anything. Just my experience.