Thanks dandan and richtm for your encouraging comments! I did a spend a good part of Saturday morning checking it out. It was an interesting experience, as I now have an idea how a GC3A sounds, very pleasing to my ears, with good projection especially the treble and reasonable sustaining. The bass seems not as strong as the higher end audio, but overall it could have been a buy
! Physically, the seller give his GC3A a 8/10 condition, with some minor cosmetic blemishes, but structurally very good.
So, why didn't I make an offer -rather give it some time to mull over? My problem is that back in August I already bought a used Almansa 457 which I really like. When asked the manufacturer (Almansa) for info on this guitar with its serial number, they confirmed it was made in 2003. That said, I actually brought it along to play the same tunes on both to see which one I'd prefer. The long and short of this, the Almansa stood its ground very well with overall sounding. When the seller asked what I looked for in his GC3A, I said "volume and clarity", he defended that the CG3A would need a new set of strings to sound brighter. I thought the GC3A already sounds good, relatively easier to play with lower tension strings, and yet able to produce warm and detailed sound, relative to my newer D'Addario Pro Arte High Tension strings.
You can understand that it was difficult for me to leave, and yet not able to make an offer. The seller is in no hurry to find the right owner for this guitar (he was not the original owner, got the original receipt) and likewise understand my indecisiveness. When running this over to my significant other at home, she simply said something like if it were an upgrade to what I have, then by all means. Otherwise, collecting it as a collector we may not have rooms, not to mention in a few years you would or will find something better ...
Wishful thinking: if it were a Spruce top, yes there was such option for the 3A, I would have "collected" it to complement my Cedar top guitar