Yamaha GC (Grand Concert) Fan Club -Delcamp

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Re: Yamaha GC (Grand Concert) Fan Club -Delcamp

Post by beanctr » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:49 pm

I'm not saying the Yamaha case is a bad case, its fine, seems to protect the guitar well.
My issue is that it is large and hard to store, also its a pain having to use the zippers to get the guitar in and out. R
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Re: Yamaha GC (Grand Concert) Fan Club -Delcamp

Post by EZfan » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:51 pm

Greeting :) I am new here so count me in the club please :)
Here's my passport:

Country/City: Dallas, TX. US.
Model: GC30A
Date of production: 1977
Date of aquisition: December 2017
Price of aquisition:
Top: Solid Ezo Spruce.
Back: Solid Jacaranda (BRW).
Sides: Solid Jacaranda (BRW).
Neck: Mahagony with a reinforcement Ebony center strip.
Fingerboard: Ebony.
Construction: Spanish heel.
Scale Length: 662mm.
Luthier Signature : Toshio Kato.
Strings: D'Addario EJ45 Pro-Arte Normal Tension.

Here's some photos of the GC-30A :)
By the way, Thanks Andreas for a copy of Yamaha Guitar archive :merci:
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1977 Yamaha GC-30A-Toshio Kato.
1973 Toshihiko Nakade 1200AJ.
1971 Yamaha GC-15D-Toshio Kato.

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Post by HNLim » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:18 am

EZfan wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:51 pm
Greeting :) I am new here so count me in the club please :)
Here's my passport:

Country/City: Dallas, TX. US.
Model: GC30A
Date of production: 1977
Date of aquisition: December 2017
Price of aquisition:
Top: Solid Ezo Spruce.
Back: Solid Jacaranda (BRW).
Sides: Solid Jacaranda (BRW).
Neck: Mahagony with a reinforcement Ebony center strip.
Fingerboard: Ebony.
Construction: Spanish heel.
Scale Length: 662mm.
Luthier Signature : Toshio Kato.
Strings: D'Addario EJ45 Pro-Arte Normal Tension.

By the way, Thanks Andreas for a copy of Yamaha Guitar archive :)
Mine is the 1978 model. Yours is the earlier batch with the butterfly rosette. Mine is exactly the same as the GC70 which is still in production in Japan till today.
1980 Yamaha GC30A - BRW/Spruce
2006 Yamaha GC70 - BRW/ Spruce
2015 Sen #5 - BRW/Spruce
2017 LHN - BRW/Spruce

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Re: Yamaha GC (Grand Concert) Fan Club -Delcamp

Post by andreas777 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:58 am

EZfan wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:51 pm
By the way, Thanks Andreas for a copy of Yamaha Guitar archive :)
No problem.
Congratulations for your new Yamaha GC-30A and GC-15D guitars. Unfortunately I can't see the pictures. I had the chance to buy a GC-30A various times but I never did it. Is your GC-30A much louder than your GC-15D?
Last week I bought a cheap GC-6D that I will receive on Monday.
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Post by 630mm » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:33 pm

Andreas, I would be very interested to hear about the tonal differences between your new GC-6D and your other GCs and your long scale G series guitars. Thanks
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1973 Ryoji Matsuoka No. 30 Cedar 650mm
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Post by andreas777 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:12 pm

630mm wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:33 pm
Andreas, I would be very interested to hear about the tonal differences between your new GC-6D and your other GCs and your long scale G series guitars. Thanks
Someone wrote here in the forum that you have too many guitars if you don't know how many guitars your have. And I even don't know how many Yamaha GCs I have now :shock:
Anyway, I have received my new GC-6D today, earlier than expected. Normally I don't want to buy the same guitar twice but the price was so low I couldn't resist. I have two GC-6Ds now (beside my GC-10D from the same epoch). All three of them are built by Toshio Kato. There was a discussion about the signature of Kato in another thread. When I compare these signatures then they are not exactly the same:
Here the label of my new GC-6D:
Yamaha_GC6D_label2.jpg
And here the other two labels:
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=106447&start=101
The guitar is in a very good condition. I have to admit that I hardly play my GCs, especially the GC-?Ds and my GC-10, so I can't really tell all the differences of the sound. The GC?Ds are loud with strong basses, stronger than on most other guitars I have. Some player like it, but some think it's a bit cold and just the opposite of a warm cedar sound. For me most of my guitar are collectible items.
I forgot to mention that is is also true for my G-255S and G-260S. The GCxDs can't be compared with the G-2xxS guitars. The G-2xxS guitars are nice with good quality and sound, but the GCxDs are two levels above.
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Post by EZfan » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:54 pm

andreas777 wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:58 am
No problem.
Congratulations for your new Yamaha GC-30A and GC-15D guitars. Unfortunately I can't see the pictures. I had the chance to buy a GC-30A various times but I never did it. Is your GC-30A much louder than your GC-15D?
Last week I bought a cheap GC-6D that I will receive on Monday.
Thanks Andreas :mrgreen: and congrattulation for your new Yamaha GC-6D too. :bravo:
And yes, my GC-30A is certainly louder than another one. :mrgreen:

All the best,

Steward
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Post by EZfan » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:02 pm

HNLim wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:18 am
Mine is the 1978 model. Yours is the earlier batch with the butterfly rosette. Mine is exactly the same as the GC70 which is still in production in Japan till today.
Yes Lim, mine is missing the butterfly strip on the bridge + different tuning machines compares to the 1974 GC-30A :cry:
I am consider a refinishing job for it next summer as some spots on the side appears a little cloudy, too bad ! :oops:

All the best,

Steward
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1973 Toshihiko Nakade 1200AJ.
1971 Yamaha GC-15D-Toshio Kato.

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Post by HNLim » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:25 am

EZfan wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:02 pm
HNLim wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:18 am
Mine is the 1978 model. Yours is the earlier batch with the butterfly rosette. Mine is exactly the same as the GC70 which is still in production in Japan till today.
Yes Lim, mine is missing the butterfly strip on the bridge + different tuning machines compares to the 1974 GC-30A :cry:
I am consider a refinishing job for it next summer as some spots on the side appears a little cloudy, too bad ! :oops:

All the best,

Steward
Yours uses I think a Gotoh tuning machine. Can you take a photo of the tuning machine? Remember that the original finish to the top is French polish. Mine also had the frosty and peeling finish to the sides which I redo. The finish to the back of the neck and headstock was quite badly damaged. Thank God I had the skill to refurbish the guitar.

BTW, I have agreed to sell my GC30A to a very accomplish guitarist from China. He played my guitar about 2 years ago and he has been pestering me to sell him my GC30A. After some serious consideration, I have decided that this guitar deserves a better guitarist. He will be travelling down to personally pick up this precious guitar.

I might try to get a new or a used GC70.
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Post by EZfan » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:05 pm

Yes, Lim. You're correct. Mine comes with an old Gotoh tuning machine. I know the top is French Polish and the sides and back is lacquer :)
Did you stained your back and sides before applying the lacquer?

All the best,

Steward
1977 Yamaha GC-30A-Toshio Kato.
1973 Toshihiko Nakade 1200AJ.
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Post by Justfun » Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:43 pm

andreas777 wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:12 pm
630mm wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:33 pm
Andreas, I would be very interested to hear about the tonal differences between your new GC-6D and your other GCs and your long scale G series guitars. Thanks
Someone wrote here in the forum that you have too many guitars if you don't know how many guitars your have. And I even don't know how many Yamaha GCs I have now :shock:
Anyway, I have received my new GC-6D today, earlier than expected. Normally I don't want to buy the same guitar twice but the price was so low I couldn't resist. I have two GC-6Ds now (beside my GC-10D from the same epoch). All three of them are built by Toshio Kato. There was a discussion about the signature of Kato in another thread. When I compare these signatures then they are not exactly the same:
Here the label of my new GC-6D:
Yamaha_GC6D_label2.jpg
And here the other two labels:
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=106447&start=101
The guitar is in a very good condition. I have to admit that I hardly play my GCs, especially the GC-?Ds and my GC-10, so I can't really tell all the differences of the sound. The GC?Ds are loud with strong basses, stronger than on most other guitars I have. Some player like it, but some think it's a bit cold and just the opposite of a warm cedar sound. For me most of my guitar are collectible items.
I forgot to mention that is is also true for my G-255S and G-260S. The GCxDs can't be compared with the G-2xxS guitars. The G-2xxS guitars are nice with good quality and sound, but the GCxDs are two levels above.
Hi
where did you find this guitar?

fred
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Post by HNLim » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:27 pm

EZfan wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:05 pm
Yes, Lim. You're correct. Mine comes with an old Gotoh tuning machine. I know the top is French Polish and the sides and back is lacquer :)
Did you stained your back and sides before applying the lacquer?

All the best,

Steward
Can you show me a photo of the tuning machine?
The profile of your headstock is slightly different from the 1974 model but same as mine. My rosette design is also different from yours.
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Post by andreas777 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:41 pm

Justfun wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:43 pm
Hi
where did you find this guitar?
fred
You mean my last GC-6D? A seller offered it on a German online site. Some sites allow automatic queries so I don't have to search but automatically get a notification if an ad with one of my keywords is found. Btw, there is another GC-6D for sale in France.
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Post by Justfun » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:57 pm

great
what is the name of the forum?
thanks fred
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Post by andreas777 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:04 pm

The big auction site has a branch in Germany for ads (called 'kleinanzeigen'), the GC in France can be found in a similar site ('Leboncoin'). If you need more info then send me a PM.
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