Yamaha GC (Grand Concert) Fan Club -Delcamp

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Yamaha GC (Grand Concert) Fan Club -Delcamp

Post by HNLim » Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:46 pm

This thread is dedicated to the Yamaha (GC) Grand Concert guitars. They have high reputation around the world and are used by many well known guitarist. All GC guitars are well made and have marquetry second to none. Traditional bracing are used on all GC with Spanish heel used on all pre-1985 models and the top models made after 1985. It is and will be my pleasure to "meet & chat" with fellow Yamaha GC fans all over the world. Please feel free to share your experiences and aspirations. Also feel free to post question if any for our fellow Yamaha GC fans to share. I will start the ball rolling with my Yamaha GC.

Country/City: Singapore (The City within a Garden)
Model: GC30A
Date of production: 1978
Date of aquisition: 2013
Price of aquisition: S$3,200/- (US$2,275)
Top: Solid Ezo Spruce
Back: Solid Jacaranda (BRW)
Sides: Solid Jacaranda (BRW)
Neck: Mahagony
Fingerboard: Ebony
Construction: Spanish heel.
Scale Length: 650mm
Luthier Signature : Kato
Strings: Aquila Alabastro HT
Remarks: This guitar is the facelift of the first Yamaha GC series (1974 to 1984)with Yamaha iconic Headstock with 39mm original tuning machine head probably made by Gotoh. This guitar had many chips and wear to its finish, however the spruce top is flawless when I first acquired it. The finishing to its sides were frosted and peeling off near the neck area. The original hard-case was badly damaged.

This guitar had been given a complete make-over, with a new set of Gotoh tuning machine and a new hard-case.

Here is the site to help you identify the date of manufacture of your Yamaha.
http://www.yamaha.com/apps/guitararchiv ... Wizard.asp

and also to help you identify the specification of your guitar.
https://www.yamaha.com/apps/guitararchi ... 2.asp?t=ac
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1978 Yamaha GC30A - S/BRW
2012 Esteve Adalid - S/BRW
2014 Sen #5 - S/BRW
2016 HNLim - S/BRW
1974 S.Yairi 950 S/BRW -10-string-convert 2015
HN Lim 14-string - S/BRW - Self-made
HN Lim 15-string - S/NEW - WIP
1974 S.Yairi 800 : Retired

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Post by Robert England » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:20 am

My second classical guitar was a Yamaha GC41C. WRC top with Honduran Rosewood back and sides. This was a beautiful guitar, immaculately finished. But the finish, probably some kind of lacquer or polyurethane, was too thick, especially on the soundboard. I'm not very interested in a loud guitar, but this one was too quiet. I didn't keep it for long.
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Post by HNLim » Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:57 am

Robert England wrote:My second classical guitar was a Yamaha GC41C. WRC top with Honduran Rosewood back and sides. This was a beautiful guitar, immaculately finished. But the finish, probably some kind of lacquer or polyurethane, was too thick, especially on the soundboard. I'm not very interested in a loud guitar, but this one was too quiet. I didn't keep it for long.
Robert

Thanks Robert for sharing. I used to own a GC41S. I used to enjoy playing it and I sold it after I bought my GC30A. Mine was reasonably loud but lack the punchy bass, tone quality and volume of the GC30A. I believe removing the finish and refinish with a thinner coat will definitely improve it's sound.
1978 Yamaha GC30A - S/BRW
2012 Esteve Adalid - S/BRW
2014 Sen #5 - S/BRW
2016 HNLim - S/BRW
1974 S.Yairi 950 S/BRW -10-string-convert 2015
HN Lim 14-string - S/BRW - Self-made
HN Lim 15-string - S/NEW - WIP
1974 S.Yairi 800 : Retired

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Post by TheEvan » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:50 am

I had a GC50 that was a lovely thing. Easy to play. I would describe the tone as pretty, almost "silvery". It was never my main guitar and I sold it to a promising young student who desperately needed a better guitar.

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Post by petermc61 » Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:00 am

Marquetry second to none? I think you need to look at a Field or a Rohe..... :D

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Post by HNLim » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:45 pm

petermc61 wrote:Marquetry second to none? I think you need to look at a Field or a Rohe..... :D

Take a look at one and you will know what I mean.
1978 Yamaha GC30A - S/BRW
2012 Esteve Adalid - S/BRW
2014 Sen #5 - S/BRW
2016 HNLim - S/BRW
1974 S.Yairi 950 S/BRW -10-string-convert 2015
HN Lim 14-string - S/BRW - Self-made
HN Lim 15-string - S/NEW - WIP
1974 S.Yairi 800 : Retired

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Post by ivan » Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:14 pm

petermc61 wrote:Marquetry second to none? I think you need to look at a Field or a Rohe..... :D


Absolutely!

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Post by petermc61 » Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:16 pm

HNLim wrote:
petermc61 wrote:Marquetry second to none? I think you need to look at a Field or a Rohe..... :D

Take a look at one and you will know what I mean.


I have. Nicely built instruments but not on the league on the two I mentioned.....

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Post by bacsidoan » Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:02 am

Second to none? Each to his own :) You mean to tell me that this rosette is not worth a consideration to be one of the best in terms of workmanship? I'll concede that this is just my opinion.

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Post by petermc61 » Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:26 am

bacsidoan wrote:Second to none? Each to his own :) You mean to tell me that this rosette is not worth a consideration to be one of the best in terms of workmanship? I'll concede that this is just my opinion.

JE_Rosette-1.jpg

JE_Rosette-2.jpg


Yes, Jeffrey Elliott's rosettes are stunning too. Now, that's marquetry!

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Post by Robert Canada » Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:46 pm

Hard to not love that. I am looking for a spruce top.

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Post by dandan » Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:16 pm

Don't know how the OP feels, but personally I think its a bit disrespectful to hijack a thread intended for those who appreciate Yamaha GC guitars. Feel free to start your own thread. I also happen to agree the marquetry on the high end Yamaha GC models of the early seventies is exquisite. It may not be to everyone's taste but the craftsmanship is excellent.
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Post by bacsidoan » Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:55 pm

dandan wrote:Don't know how the OP feels, but personally I think its a bit disrespectful to hijack a thread intended for those who appreciate Yamaha GC guitars. Feel free to start your own thread. I also happen to agree the marquetry on the high end Yamaha GC models of the early seventies is exquisite. It may not be to everyone's taste but the craftsmanship is excellent.


My apology to Mr. Lim.

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Post by tom0311 » Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:06 pm

I'm with dandan on this. I'm not a Yamaha GC owner, but I do enjoy browsing these threads, and to offer nothing more than a passive "you're wrong" seems a bit pointless. Especially as rosettes and ornaments are always subjective, assuming the execution is good of course ;)

The Yamaha custom workshop video is what started my interest in building. The high end GC guitars look stunning. How do they compare to similarly priced solo luthier guitars? Any owners of a new high end Yamaha here?
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Post by dandan » Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:38 pm

Mr. Lim's GC30A is probably up there with the best models ever produced by Yamaha, hence, I guess, why he started this thread. I, for one, would love to see some pics! I used to own a GC3a from the other end of the spectrum. Not in the same league of course, but I was very fond of it all the same. Never played a new high end Yamaha, but the general consensus seems to be they peaked in the 70s.
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