As an aside:Philosopherguy wrote:I would have loved to buy the Yamaha GC20D for sale right now. If I just hadn't have purchased another guitar, I would have! But given that I like my wife, I decided against it. I don't think the scale will be a huge issue for you with those hands. My reach is 8.5 inches and I play a couple 658mm scale guitars with no issues. The reach is barely noticeable. In first position you notice it a little. But, not too much. Just think that back in the 60's and 70's a lot more people were playing on the longer scales and evolution has not shrunk our hands in the last 30 or 40 years.
I think people are making far too much of a big deal over that book that says what scale guitar you should play. If you play it enough you will get used to it! Everyone isn't burning their Ramirez 1A's because a book says they aren't supposed to play that scale! The Yamaha nut will likely be 52mm, so it won't be the monster 54mm. But, even that you can get used to if you play it enough. It may feel awkward at first, but your muscles will get used to the positioning and the difference. It was noticeable to me for a while and my muscles had that slight irritated burning sensation (just take it easy and don't overdo it at first). The more I played the longer scales it just became normal. If I am playing a song with crazy stretches I can always switch over to something 650mm. As of yet, I have not had to do that.
However, the wife is a different story! You are on your own there! hahaha..
Yes the guitar in question is a Yamaha GC20D. I noticed you have a GC-3 and I recently got a GC-5m. It's strung up with Savarez Cantiga with a carbon G, I'll probably try some Royal Classics Sonata basses at some point. And it sounds good.
But I wanted to try some D'Addario EJ45FF and so put them on my Manuel Rodriguez model C which I want to sell. I was most surprised: to my ears the model C with carbon strings sound slightly better than my Yamaha with nylon strings.
So the question is: is the Yamaha GC20d significantly better than my GC-5 or it is just hype?