Up for sale, a 1981 Yamaha Grand Concert classical guitar model GC-15C in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. In the 1960s, Yamaha’s craftspeople studied under master luthiers Juan Hernandez and Eduardo Ferrer of the Torres lineage, passing on their masterful techniques with impressive results. Not to be confused with the later Chinese-made iterations, this GC-15C is from the original Japanese-made production run, produced during the tenure of Chief Luthier Hideyuki Ezaki, who had himself studied under Hernandez and Torres for three years and would build some of Yamaha’s finest-ever classical guitars.
Tonewoods include a ladder-braced American cedar top, Indian rosewood back and sides, and a mahogany neck capped by a thick slab ebony fingerboard. This Yamaha offers ample projection and warmth, with complex overtones and the fullness inherent to a cedar top. The tone is dynamically responsive with a certain percussive quality and excellent sustain. The trebles are sweet and singing, the midrange is broad, and the low end is focused and clear. Featherweight at just 3lbs 12oz, this Yamaha has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar with normal tension D’Addario strings and optimal classical action.
The mahogany neck has a particularly deep D-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .920” deep at the 1st fret and .990” at the 12th. The slab ebony fretboard retains the flawless stock slender fretwire, and the guitar plays cleanly up the straight neck, with notably low action measuring 8/64” on the bass side and 7/64” on the treble side, measured at the 12th fret. The scale length is 650mm, and the hand-carved bone nut measures 52mm (2 1/16") in width. The slotted headstock sports a rosewood veneer, and the ornately-engraved tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with notably clean gold plating.
On the body, the rosewood bridge sits flush with the American cedar top on all edges, and the saddle is at its lowest point of adjustment. String spacing at the bridge is 58mm. The label is visible through the soundhole, dating the guitar to 1981 and retaining Hideyuki Ezaki’s signature. The body is framed by multi-ply rosewood and zig-zag binding, and the soundhole features an ornate rosette. A crack-free example, cosmetic wear on the gloss finish includes a number of moderately-sized nicks and dings on the top across the lower bout, with some scuffing along the strum path and a handful of pinhead-sized marks on the treble-side upper bout. The back and sides, by comparison, are notably clean, and the smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.
The original black tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior and gold Yamaha badge is included.