Beowulf wrote:I'm just exploring the possibilities. Is the colour of your GC-3 similar to the picture of the GC-10 posted above?
The GC42 is also a very nice instrument and I had considered it; however another chap here thought it would not be much of a step up from my GC-10. Not much chance to try out these instruments where I live.
Here is a picture of my 1971 GC-3.
It is quite orange to see in person. It is a nice guitar though. Comfortable to play. The scale is 558 and the nut is 51mm.
It is the guitar that I take with me when I go to the cottage, play outside in the backyard, or anything like that. As it already has some "wear", so I am not worried about it. Considering it's age though, it's in very good condition! I recently had the frets done.
Regarding your string question: I think you should forget about EHT strings. They will do nothing but choke the sound on any guitar. If you aren't happy with the sound you are getting from one brand of string, just switch to another! If you want a big sound I recommend the Augustine Regal Red's or, if you want harder tension, Blue. They give a nice sound for me. I prefer the Regal Red's, which is medium tension bottom and high tension top's.
I used to have 2 Yamaha GC-41s and Yamaha only recommended Medium tension strings on them from the factory. Of course, higher tension will work, but over time it will take it's toll on a guitar.
If I were you, I would seriously consider switching the GC-10 to some more normal tension strings. Just try different brands. Eventually, you will pull the top much more than normal tension strings. In the end, you might kill your tone from choking the top out.
I know what you mean about it's hard to find the Yamaha guitars in stock to try our neck of the woods. I don't live too far from you. I am from Niagara. When you get your GC-82, I would love to come see it sometime!
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