Fernandes GC-30 - Great value

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Fernandes GC-30 - Great value

Post by rinneby » Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:08 pm

I own many classical guitars, from budget/factory ones to luthier made and I've played more guitars than some would consider healthy. Of course, nothing beats my good old Kohno's ;) With that said I just had to write something about my newly acquired Fernandes GC-30.

To my understanding these guitars were produced in the 70s with high end materials at prices beyond the budget of the students they were aimed at and were therefore discontinued. I also learned that master luthier Kazuo Toshi was responsible for the production of these guitars, this I'm not sure of. Anyway, nothing of this really matters if the guitar doesn't sound good to begin with... But I feel the urge to use some worn out expressions: Singing trebles, great and deep sustain, easy playability and excellent build quality. However, I have no knowledge regarding how consistent these guitars are quality wise, maybe I got lucky. I'm not saying it's the best sounding guitar in the world and there is certainly nothing fancy about it, but there you have it. My advice is to grab one if you can, I got mine from Japanese e - b a y (safely shipped to Sweden) and it was worth every Yen :). In terms of value I would say it sounds like a €1000-2000 guitar, but you can get one much cheaper than that.


1975 - Atushi Nakamura No.15
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
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Re: Fernandes GC-30 - Great value

Post by Carter53 » Fri May 19, 2017 9:27 pm

I agree. This is a very good guitar! I bought one in December of '16. It is my favorite. I am expecting a Sakuzo Nakade "D" to arrive any day. I am curious to see how they match up. :bravo:
1964 Sakazo Nakade "D"
1980 Kuniyoshi Matsui M-10
1975 Fernandes GC-30
1980 Cervantes MC800
2015 Viktor K. " El Vito MRC"

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Re: Fernandes GC-30 - Great value

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Sat May 20, 2017 12:17 am

This is a wonderful looking guitar! Thank you for sharing the pictures! :)

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Re: Fernandes GC-30 - Great value

Post by tateharmann » Sat May 20, 2017 2:35 am

Man! I've been trying to snatch one of these up myself - gorgeous!

I have also heard of the connection between Fernandes and Kazou Toshi...I wonder if there's some evidence of it?

Any rate, check out Kazou's work here: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=96091
Impeccable...love that rosette.

P.S. - Ichiyanagi is an alternate spelling for his last name.
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Re: Fernandes GC-30 - Great value

Post by hesson11 » Sat May 20, 2017 4:27 am

If you can't trust a Japanese guitar named "Fernandes," what can you trust? :-)

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