Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

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Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by Altophile » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:19 am

I didn't realize that Liona Boyd played her Tokyo concert using a Yamaha guitar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU-8fOwkFFc

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by HNLim » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:24 am

Yes! It's a Yamaha GC70. It's got exactly the same outlook as my Yamaha GC30A but different bracing and tuning machine. Even the rosette design and purfiling are exactly the same.

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by Michael.N. » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:59 am

That's not a production line Yamaha and it's got a price to match the fact that it isn't.
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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by Altophile » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:06 am

Michael.N. wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:59 am
That's not a production line Yamaha and it's got a price to match the fact that it isn't.
One thing Yamaha has going for them is excellent quality control. The folks at Cordoba would do well to confer with the folks at Yamaha and implement similar quality-control procedures.

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by Temporary Saint » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:13 pm

Altophile - I agree 100%

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by HNLim » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:51 pm

Yamaha top of the line guitars have very balance sound. The GC70 has slightly more powerful bass and the GC30A has more brilliant treble.

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by lawcch » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:51 pm

FYI, Liona had the Yamaha GC70 C model (not the GC70) and was made by Toshio Katoh.
Other famous guitarist used Yamaha GC guitars were as follow:
1) Konard Kasossnig used GC 30 A Cedar (made by Toshio Katoh)
2) Stepan Rak used GC 70 C model
3) Su Meng used Yamaha GC (? not sure which model number)
4) Liona Boyd used Yamaha GC 70C made by Toshio Katoh
5) Siegried Behrend used Yamaha GC 30 B model (made in 1970 and made by Hideyuki Ezaki)

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by Peter Frary » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:05 pm

I used to work for Yamaha music in the 1980s. Although long ago and far away, they were serious about their classical guitar line and produced luthier made models rarely to seen outside of Japan. At that time they brought in Spanish luthiers to make their upper line in Japan. I got to play play several of the high end models and they were very good and projected well, albeit a little on the bright side for my taste. As I recall, the top model was about $10,000, huge money back in the day.

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by HNLim » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:34 pm

Peter Frary wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:05 pm
I used to work for Yamaha music in the 1980s. Although long ago and far away, they were serious about their classical guitar line and produced luthier made models rarely to seen outside of Japan. At that time they brought in Spanish luthiers to make their upper line in Japan. I got to play play several of the high end models and they were very good and projected well, albeit a little on the bright side for my taste. As I recall, the top model was about $10,000, huge money back in the day.
That model was the Yamaha GC30A (Spruce/BRW) and later the Yamaha GC30B (Cedar/BRW).

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by TheEvan » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:25 am

lawcch wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:51 pm
FYI, Liona had the Yamaha GC70 C model (not the GC70) and was made by Toshio Katoh.
Other famous guitarist used Yamaha GC guitars were as follow:
1) Konard Kasossnig used GC 30 A Cedar (made by Toshio Katoh)
2) Stepan Rak used GC 70 C model
3) Su Meng used Yamaha GC (? not sure which model number)
4) Liona Boyd used Yamaha GC 70C made by Toshio Katoh
5) Siegried Behrend used Yamaha GC 30 B model (made in 1970 and made by Hideyuki Ezaki)
The GC50 I had was made by Katoh. Beautiful guitar

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by lawcch » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:31 am

According to Yamaha Guitar archive database, the GC 30A, GC 30B and GC30C (1974 made) were retail list priced at US $3,440 whereas GC70, GC 70C, GC 71 model priced at US$ 12,000. All these models were had solid Jacaranda or Brazilian Rosewood with solid German Spruce top or Solid Ezo Spruce top or Solid cedar top.

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by HNLim » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:50 am

This is an interesting video of her singing.


https://youtu.be/7HzBHGWZu9w

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Re: Liona Boyd Plays a Yamaha

Post by dory » Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:32 am

What I understand is that she began singing when she developed focal dystonia to make up for the fact that her guitar playing was not what it used to be. However, I don't really know.
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