Thanks for the info. I will see if there are any GC32/GC42 used out there. I really would rather avoid paying too much for a Chinese made guitar, although at $799 I am tempted.
Hey Souldier, I just really don't want to bring my 4NE on trips because if something happened to it, I wouldn't be able to get another one at the price that I paid for it. I went through a year of trying different strings on it, and it really has a tone that is pleasant, now that I know what strings sound the best on it. I played it next to three other Ramirez guitars when I bought it (one of them being another 4NE) and this one sounded the best to me.souldier wrote: ↑Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:11 pmI've played the GC22 cedar... for me the tone was a bit too pointed and tinny sounding, lacking refinement and maturity - though it did have decent volume and sustain. I'd imagine it can improve a bit overtime, but the start off point didn't seem too promising If you are looking for something better in the same price range, I'd definitely go for a used vintage Japanese guitar.
Then again, if you're going to get an all solid wood guitar at a higher price tag, why not just bring your 4NE with you on your trips? You'd have to take care of a GC22 just the same while travelling. Though we sometimes always try to find excuses to get another axe.
Hey Martin. I am thinking now that I will try for a GC32. I thank everyone for their comments. I think I will try to stick to Cedar as we are still in the lower to mid range of what Yamaha has new. I will try to find one to try before I buy. I'm thinking I will leave it at my son's house, then I don't have to haul it in the car every month. I'll see if I can find one used.Philosopherguy wrote: ↑Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:49 pmIn the lower end of the GC series I think you might have more luck with Cedar. I think you will find that cedar is more consistent among guitars. In the higher end, spruce becomes a more choice wood if that is the sound you want. Remember that a nice piece of cedar is much cheaper than a mediocre piece of spruce, all things being equal. My 2 GC41's that I had at one point, the cedar was by far the better guitar. That is not to say that Yamaha doesn't make a good spruce guitar, I think they do. But, in the lower end, you will get more cedar bang for your buck. Then again, you could always get lucky and get that nice spruce. It's hard to tell sometimes.
Just my opinion.
Yamaha started out making classical guitars in the 60s, and utilised the expertise of Spanish makers like Eduardo Ferrer and later Manuel Hernandez, along with players like Segovia, Baden Powell and Paco de Lucía.Laudiesdad69 wrote: ↑Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:45 amThanks for the info. I will see if there are any GC32/GC42 used out there. I really would rather avoid paying too much for a Chinese made guitar, although at $799 I am tempted.