Nobody would copy a Yamaha acoustic, they’re already a budget line. You could put heavier strings on as long as your bridge does not appear to be lifting up from the guitar top, and I don’t think it is.
The hole would probably require the sides being taken off and that side being replaced. Or you could bend a piece of thin wood and glue it from the inside
Thanks. My thinking was, since this is quote unquote vintage, a regular guitar masquerading as a 1970s build FG201 could be a possibility. I didn't buy this from a shady person, but one has to take into account all other occurrences of being duped when buying used goods. Especially since my expertise don't lie in the subject.
Wright4000 is 'wright' - I won't probably take anything off. Just strengthen the patch somehow.