Jorge Oliveira wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:04 am
Quite an interesting thread, HNLim
. I'm already a fan of Japanese vintage guitars but I must confess I know nothing about Yamaha guitars and I look upon them with a bit of mistrust, specially when they just present the model type and no responsible luthier. Indeed I'm always afraid they are just factory made series... Am I wrong, posssibly?
Presently, below the GC32, Yamaha's instruments would be classed as "factory made"...as in for example, China. The GC32, 42, 82 are made by Yamaha's guild of luthiers at the Custom shop in Hammamatsu, Japan. My GC82S was designed by Akio Naniki (who also designed and built the GC71) and built by Naohiro Kawashima:
French polishing was done by Mr. Asakura (Mr. Yamauchi recently retired), final setup was done by Teruo Nakamura and Akio Naniki did the final performance test. The general absence of the name of the luthier is an old school Spanish custom, e.g., Segovia's 1912 Manuel Ramirez was actually built by Santos Hernandez. The Yamaha luthiers learned from Eduardo Ferrer and Manuel Hernandez and adopted many Spanish customs...though this fits pretty well with the tradition of working for the master of the Custom Shop, "Yamaha".
My 1973 GC-10 was built by Hideyuki Ezaki who studied with Ferrer and Hernandez in Spain...he also collaborated with Akio Naniki and met with Segovia when Yamaha sought the maestro's advice on the development of the GC71. Mr. Ezaki now has his own luthier shop.