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Yamaki GC-30 Early 1970s

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Sake & Sashimi Gear Outlet
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 This early 1970s Yamaki is in excellent condition considering it is roughly 50 years old. Cosmetically, the guitar is in outstanding condition. Someone took very good care of this before I was able to acquire it. If you know anything about Japanese classical guitars from the 1960s-1980s, you'll know that Yamaki classical guitars do not often appear for sale. It's a high quality classical guitar made by the esteemed luthier Kazuyuki Teradaira. This guitar is made with a five fan bracing on the Yezo or Ezo spruce top, a high grade wood that is no longer harvested as it has been banned. It really is an exceptional guitar with good volume and clear well balanced trebles, a deep bass, and good sustain and volume.


 Top: Japanese Ezo Spruce 

 Back and Sides: Indian Rosewood double plate

Calling this construction "laminate" would actually be inaccurate. In the 1970s, the Japanese developed a process of gluing two solid pieces of wood together, thus reinforcing the back and sides to prevent cracking of the wood due to temperature and climate changes. These guitars perform no different from all solid wood guitars. This innovation in Japanese luthiery has allowed for these gems to survive intact over the decades.   

Neck: Mahogany Ebony Reinforced

 Fingerboard: Ebonized Rosewood

String length (nut to saddle): 652 mm

 Nut width: 51 mm

This guitar will be shipped in a used soft case. I pack all guitars I ship extremely well so no issues occur during shipping. I do have the hard case that came with the guitar but all the interior padding has been removed, not by me. If you prefer, I can ship in that case with bubble wrap. I may also try and locate another hard case.

Guitars from this era are superior in quality in almost all respects to the guitars being produced today.

Japanese luthier built guitars from the mid 1960s to the end of the 1980s were of exceptional quality. Many of these luthiers operated small shops with anywhere from one or two master builders to perhaps 15-20 master craftsmen. Bans on certain types of wood were not yet in place, thus allowing these craftsmen to source incredibly high quality woods to build their creations. Additionally, many of the top names in Japanese guitar building were trained either in Spain or under Spanish master builders in Japan. There is no doubt that these guitars are a bargain in today's market, but locating top quality Japanese classical guitars from this era is not always easy, plus with the restrictions in place for exporting certain wood types across international boarders, it makes it even more difficult to obtain one of these gems. Guitars built using similar materials in today's market will cost you far more than what you pay for a guitar from the golden era of Japanese classical guitars due to the scarcity or complete bans on certain types of wood. Please have a look at what I have to offer and feel free to contact me if you would like additional information about any of these guitars.

I offer mainly vintage Japanese instruments from the golden era of Japanese classical guitar building. Guitars that range in age from 20 - 50 years are going to have cosmetic flaws that comes with age and use. In most cases, this does not affect the sound or playability of the guitar, but gives today's guitar enthusiast an opportunity to own one of these amazing creations at a reasonable price when compared to the factory built instruments being cranked out of China and other countries that have little to no concern about what a guitar can and should sound like. That comes with experience, the kind of experience that the great Japanese luthiers acquired and perfected.

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

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Listed4 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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