This is a top of the line Yamaha GC20a concert classical guitar made in 1980. It is in excellent original condition, and truly amazing for a 36 year old instrument. The A series of Yamaha Grand Concert models (GC3a,5a,7a,10a,15a & GC20a) were made from 1979 to 1985. They are unique among the GC models because they have the smallest body size of all the series. They are closer in size to a Granada size guitar, which is interesting because during the 1960s, Yamaha paid Granada guitar maker Eduardo Ferrer an enormous amount of money to teach the Yamaha luthiers how to make perfect classical guitars. The GC20A model was actually built in Taiwan, but handmade by Japanese craftsmen.
Amazingly, this instrument features Brazilian rosewood back and sides, a German spruce top, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and rosewood bridge. Yamaha, or any other builder for that matter, is unlikely to ever create another instrument with Brazilian back & sides in the foreseeable future.
|Model||Yamaha GC20A Grand Concert Guitar|
|Back & Sides:||Solid Brazilian Rosewood|
|Top Material||Solid German Spruce|
|Neck Profile||Classical Flat|
This is like an archaeological find – a completely original early Yamaha concert classical guitar handcrafted by the company’s finest luthiers from the best materials available, including Yamaha’s stock of wonderful Brazilian rosewood, now almost impossible to find, and in some territories, illegal to use.
The Yamaha GC20A was the finest example of Yamaha’s commitment to building the highest quality instruments to the most exacting standards, before legislation made it impossible to continue building with restricted materials.
This excellent example has been well looked after, played regularly but kept securely in its case since its creation 36 years ago. It has some very light play wear on the top including one small mark behind the bridge near the top E string, the neck is clean and comfortable, and there is not a mark on the back (although the pic shows some lighting reflection, there are no actual blemishes). This GC20A has mellowed into a truly elegant example of the best of Japanese craftsmanship, unimpeded by restrictions of source materials, and of any requirement to build to a budget.
It plays beautifully, sounds articulate and balanced. There are no structural or cosmetic issues with this guitar. It looks, sounds and plays like a professional concert classical instrument. It is now awaiting the attention of a new owner, hopefully as fastidious and appreciative as the current one.
The younger sister of this one, made in 1983, is currently listed in Holland for 3999 Euros which is US$4560 or A$6200.
Comes in original hard shell Yamaha case in good condition.