GC42 Yamaha Classical Guitar

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Article code GC42C
Based on traditional Spanish craftsmanship combined with GC82S GC82C decades of tone shaping knowhow and extensive research of
historic masterpieces, these high-end models represent the pinnacle
of Yamaha’s original sound.

Combining tradition with advancements gained through decades of research and analysis, Yamaha’s Grand Concert series classical guitars produce a deep, rich tone that answers the needs of guitarists searching for the essence of their art.

Top Materials

All models in the GC series feature solid tops and backs that provide the characteristically rich tone of superior materials. Both spruce and cedar tops are available throughout the lineup letting you choose according to your taste in sound and appearance.

Wood Selections

Wood is “alive” and must be prepared carefully over a long period of time in order to be suitable for use in an acoustic guitar. Even then, no two pieces of wood are the same. It takes a tremendous amount of skill and experience to be able to select the right woods and combinations of woods for an instrument that will bear the Yamaha name.

Head Shape

The GC42/32/22/12 all feature new head simple and elegant head designs.

Neck Shaping

Necks on the Grand Concert series are shaved one by one by a luthier using his sensitive hands to feel the curvature of the neck, making it fit perfectly.

Body Resonance

The superior resonance of the GC series transmits energy produced by the instrument’s body to the guitarist allowing the player to feel a sense of unity with the guitar and gain richer expression.

Bracing Pattern

The bracing pattern, an essential element that defines the guitars tonal character and response, was devised by Antonio de Torres in the 1880s. In the new GC series, Yamaha has improved upon this shape and design delivering greater volume and response, bright and clear high-end, and rich bass. * Bracing shape and design vary for each model.

Saddle Fit & Bridge

The saddle captures string vibration transferring it through the bridge and on to the top. The relationship of these three components; saddle, bridge, and top, is extremely important on a guitar. Using their advanced skills, our craftsmen fit the saddle into a groove in the bridge with a high level of surface to surface contact. The bridge is also precisely positioned and glued into on the top with a high level of accuracy.


Shellac is a natural finish made from the resin secreted by the lac bug native to the forests of India and Thailand. Multiple applications of thin layers of shellac allow the top to vibrate freely delivering superior response and resonance. Shellac also allows the wood to breath freely so the longer the guitar is played, the sweeter and deeper its sound grows. In addition to a great deal of skill, applying the shellac also requires a great deal of time and effort.



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