rmatei wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:01 pm
Would appreciate an update on your assessment of the Yamaha GC82S. Has it shown an overall improvement in tone and play ability?
Yup...but I have also become more accustomed to the instrument and adapted my playing style to suit its voice and responsiveness. It usually takes me two years to get really familiar with a car and then I can settle in, relax and simply enjoy its style of road handling and, "get in the groove"...similar with the GC82S. The increased familiarity and playing facility allows me to draw more from the instrument. Nevertheless, I would say that the tone has become richer and more harmonically complex, and a certain "brashness/tonal whiteness" that I was aware of in the beginning has completely disappeared. I quite simply love the G82S and my playing is improving markedly.
I wouldn't say that the intonation is perfect in all keys and in all positions, but that is quite easy to adjust and not unusual. I also have the sense that I have become more sensitive to tuning.
I have resolved my sharply curved (at the edges) fingernails with careful filing/smoothing and my trusty soldering iron and can now produce the tone I am looking for without any struggle whatsoever.
The GC82S has a different body size and scale compared to my GC-10 and I have had to work on my body position when playing and the angle of the instrument. This is a subtle, but very important aspect of playing the classical guitar and for me getting it just right is crucial. I was beginning to notice left knee discomfort using the same position (I have the "Original Guitar Chair) and foot rest height that I have used for decades. This may also be influenced by the fact that with aging we tend to lose ~0.5" of height every 10 years after the age of 40 due to compression of the spine...I am roughly 1.0" shorter than I was in my 40s. I also noticed that I was raising my left foot at the heel off the foot rest while playing...experimentation was in order.
I started using a medium size Dynarette so my feet were flat on the floor, but found that I was still raising my left foot at the heel. So, I have been adjusting other parameters: I actually raised the Guitar Chair about 1.5" and put a reverse slope on the footrest with the heel higher (4") than the toes (1.5"). This has worked wonders, my knee is no longer stressed and my playing has improved: better coordination between hands, easier shifting and improved playing in the mid to upper registers of the fret board.
All this is to update the questions of playability of the GC82S: a particular instrument may require different body and instrument orientation and if one likes the tone of a guitar, but finds playing it troublesome...don't assume you cannot resolve the issues.