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❌SOLD❌ Yamaha GC-30A no.829 Grand Concert Brazilian Classical, 1982


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This Yamaha GC-30A no.829 Grand Concert Brazilian Classical, dating to 1982, reflects the upper end of Yamaha guitar production in a concert grade instrument, featuring a pairing of a Spruce top and Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. This fine instrument was built during 1982 at the Yamaha home facility in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture and is signed by master luthier Mr. Toshio Kato.

The GC or ‘Grand Concert’ line was conceived during the mid 1960s, when Yamaha arranged for three luthiers – Hiroshi Harada, Hideyuki Ezaki and Toshio Kato – to learn from Spanish master Eduardo Ferrer. Between 1964 and 1967 Ferrer repeatedly visited Japan. This effort enabled Yamaha to dramatically improve the quality of their classical guitars and the first GC models 3, 5, 7 and 10 appeared in 1967, in both Classical and Flamenco versions.

These guitars were very good and very expensive – the GC3 cost considerably more than the average yearly salary of a Japanese university graduate. In 1970, a number of factors caused Yamaha to expand the line into more affordable versions, ultimately including the GC30A. The GC-30A was discontinued in 1985.
Yamaha presented Andres Segovia with a GC30A, who liked it enough to use for daily practice at his cottage.

In addition to the Spruce top and Brazilian Rosewood for the back, sides, headplate and bridge, this Yamaha GC-30A no.829 Grand Concert uses a Mahogany neck with an Ebony fingerboard. The neck joint, typical of Japanese production from this time, is a dovetail hidden in a faux slipper-foot. The binding is Rosewood. Tuning gears are the original, excellent Gotoh models. The action is low. This example is in very good, clean and original condition with just a couple of very light marks to the top. Fret wear is negligible, and the finish is overall very clean.

The original Yamaha hard shell case is included.

Price: $2,650.00 CAD $2,950.00 CAD
  • Model: GC-30A Grand Concert
  • Year: 1982
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 829, built during 1982 at Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 17/11/2022

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3.696lbs 1.68kg
  • Scale Length: 25.59in 650mm
  • Nut Width: 2.069in 25.55mm
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