Classical guitar construction has come a long way since the original four-string instruments of the 1400s. It wasn’t until 1883 that it evolved into the basic “modern” form that we know today, thanks largely to Spanish master luthier Antonio de Torres (1817-1892), the father of modern classical guitar design. His influence is ever present in the work of today’s world class luthiers. There is also no doubt that this organic progression came from the evolution of guitar music in popular culture.
Yamaha classical guitars are descendants of a proud lineage that began with de Torres. We are honored to have been involved in the modernization of the classical guitar, under the direct tutelage of renowned Spanish luthiers Eduardo Ferrer and Manuel Hernandez, as well as working with some of the worlds most distinguished artists such as Andrés Segovia and Baden Powell.
Our world-renowned Grand Concert GC82, GC42 and GC32 models are designed and built at our 130-year-old custom shop in Hamamatsu, Japan, with a process and methodology that is carried over to the GC22 and GC12 models that are handcrafted at our Hangzhou, China, factory.
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