US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

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US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by drmlyung » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:19 pm

Type : Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M Classical Guitar
luthier: Toshiro Kato
Year of construction: 1977
Scale length (mm): 662mm(Actual measurement 658mm)
Nut Width: 52mm
Top: solid Ezzo spruce with tight and uniform grains
Back / Sides: Solid Indian rosewood
Neck: Honduras Mahogany / Traditional (Classical) Style Neck
Fingerboard / (bridge): ebony / Jacaranda
Bone Nut and Saddle
Sound: clear, balance, warm and sweet
Condition: excellent, no structure issues
Price: $1100 for a quick sale

Note: On the actual scale measurement, I used a tape measure, from nut to bridge 658mm, from nut to 12th fret 329mm. This is an amateur measurement with some uncertainties of about 2mm.

Viewing / trial possible: yes
Location (nearest city): Seattle, WA

Shipping: buyer pay for the shipping and insurance.

An old Yamaha hard shell case will be used for shipping protection.

This Yamaha guitar, model GC-10M, ("M" stands for MATSU= Pine/Spruce) was made in 1977 and signed by Toshio Kato, one of the best luthiers that Yamaha ever had.

This GC-10M is a stunning guitar both visually and tonally. The guitar is in excellent cosmetic & functional shape and has been well taken of and has virtually no play wear. It has a few small, pinhead size dings along the edge of the top plate. There are some very minor/tiny chips and dings, scratches and swirls marks (just to be on the safe side), not visible at all at first glance. The frets are in "minty" condition but there are some very light fingering divots on the fingerboard itself. This guitar is constructed of a Honduras Mahogany neck, spruce top, a beautiful dark and dense ebony wood fingerboard and nicely grained rosewood back and sides. The guitar plays so light and easy. It is a traditional fan bracing. It's fairy loud, tonally rich and complex and smooth with a sweet, clear treble response. Great projection and resonance. This is a true professional grade instrument.

The action setup at 12 fret: 1st string - about 3.5mm, 6th string - about 4mm.

I have too many guitars, and spending 90% of the time with my '75 Sakazao Nakade No.3000, and the Yamaha GC-10M would be much happier with someone who can spent more time with her.
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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by rinneby » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:10 am

This is a great buy, good luck with the sale.

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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by Bernabe » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:39 pm

very nice guitar!
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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by EZfan » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:18 pm

Is it still available? Thanks
1977 Yamaha GC-30A-Toshio Kato.
1973 Toshihiko Nakade 1200AJ.
1971 Yamaha GC-15D-Toshio Kato.

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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by Debussychopin » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:13 am

Beautiful

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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by ashepps » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:35 am

I had a 1972 Yamaha GC-20D that was the top of the line and handmade by Toshio Kato with the best of woods, Jacaranda back and sides, Ebony fretboard, Honduras Neck, etc. In my research, the next line was the GC-A line that lasted from approximately '76 or '77 into the 80s. I must have missed your line, but I don't know how. Here is my Toshio Kato's signature that was verified by photos sent to Japan. The signatures do not seem to match, but I am no expert.

Alan
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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by Yong » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:38 am

It's the same name ... Maybe the hand writing ..

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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by ashepps » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:36 pm

Yong,

I anticipated that someone's signature could be different, but in this case it does not seem close, but I am no expert.

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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by Philosopherguy » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:06 pm

My Chinese wife says the first 3 characters are the same for sure. The last one is close, but not perfect. She thinks they are likely one and the same. Remember the guy is signing his name with a paintbrush on a little label.

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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by andreas777 » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:14 pm

Here two of my Yamaha guitars with a signature by Toshio Kato and other Yamaha luthiers provided by Leo:
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If the guitar would be offered here in the EU I would immediately buy it :-)
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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by ashepps » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:35 pm

If I recall, I have the same "printed" copies like this, what you need is a copy of the written signature and Martin has his wife pegging most of it to Toshio Kato and similar to my GC-20D made in 1972. What I can't understand is how did we miss the GC-M line of that era when all we could find a couple of years ago were the first introduced the GC-D line in the early 1970s and the 5 or 6 years later the GC-A line came in while still selling the GC-D line?

All the best!

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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by andreas777 » Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:01 pm

ashepps wrote:
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:35 pm
If I recall, I have the same "printed" copies like this, what you need is a copy of the written signature and Martin has his wife pegging most of it to Toshio Kato and similar to my GC-20D made in 1972. What I can't understand is how did we miss the GC-M line of that era when all we could find a couple of years ago were the first introduced the GC-D line in the early 1970s and the 5 or 6 years later the GC-A line came in while still selling the GC-D line?
All the best!
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It's a bit off topic here in this thread. The 'D's and 'M's were built until 1979, and I think they used the 'D' and 'M' to distinguish the wood of the back. The 'A's replaced the 'D's and 'M's in 1979, with the exception of the 30A model that was already built 5 years earlier, together with the 30B and 30C. Here the 'A', 'B', 'C' was used to distinguish the wood of the top.
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Re: US $.1100 Yamaha Grand Concert GC-10M spruce 1977, Bainbridge Island, WA

Post by ashepps » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:32 pm

My 20-D was made in 1972 with Jacaranda back and sides, Honduras neck and went from 1970-1977-78, I forget exactly, I did not look up my information. My top was from Hoikadata(sp?) spruce.

The A,B,C, sequence makes some sense but...

Research your info regarding what types of backs (The 30A & 20D were both made from the same woods).

Thanks,

Alan
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