The GC3A is from 1982. I'm pretty sure that the fretboard is ebony, and the Yamaha guitar archive confirms this. But I'm not 100% sure if my G255s/G260s have ebony fretboards too. The guitar archive says ebony, and it's completely black, but there are too many pores on its surface so it might be ebonized rosewood. Regarding Ezo spruce, the guitar archive says 'solid spruce' only, and I guess it's not Ezo. It's hard to say due to the colored finish. The weight of my GC3A is 1720g, only slightly lighter than my G255s. (I guess the G260s is the same.)630mm wrote: ↑Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:11 pmThanks for your impressions and the side by side pics. What year is that GC3a? I thought they moved to ebonized rosewood instead of ebony starting quite early with the GC3 models. My late 70s and early 80s GC5 models are all rosewood fingerboards. The back grain on that GC3A is very nice btw. I have never tried the higher model Gs but I have heard good things. My 77 GC5M Ezo Spruce Harada guitar is very stiff and heavy and has a higher body resonance around A. Are your G255s and G260s models similar? Are they Ezo spruce too?
I have a late 80s model CG180SA and it definitely is quieter and less rich than any of my GCs. Same with my CG171C. The purfling and rosette on the 180SA are also quite dull.
Welcome to the forum Yvon.Yvon wrote: ↑Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:29 pmHi all,
First message here (after my introduction)
I own a Yamaha GC31 that I like,
it's not easy to try try classical guitar in this price range here so I bought it used from a music strore on the web without trying it.
It's much better then my Lapatrie.
I paid 1000$ canadaian for it (about 750USD)
The guitar is in new condition, I mean NEW.
My qestion is,
I really like the yamaha, should I save my money and by a GC42 or et even an 82 (my dream guitar so far)
Or maybe I could upgrade the one I have right now, I was thinking about removing the finish on the top and put a french polish.
SInce the guitar is in very good condition, maybe it would help the sound.
Anybody ever done that?
I measured the body resonances this morning, and my GC3A is also around A, and the G255s/260s around G/G#. I was not aware of that and it could be a reason why I prefer the sound of the G255s/G260s.
Yes, my preference leans more toward the sound of the deeper body resonance guitars as well. I've noticed the A resonance can also cause issues with the open A if the wrong strings are selected. However, I do find the trebles, sustain and particularly the harmonics do seem to appreciate the extra stiffness. You've piqued my interest in the older, longer scale Gs. Which of yours has the lowest end?andreas777 wrote: ↑Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:22 amI measured the body resonances this morning, and my GC3A is also around A, and the G255s/260s around G/G#. I was not aware of that and it could be a reason why I prefer the sound of the G255s/G260s.
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