It is just like any other year and you’re browsing your local free for the taking site online. Maybe you’re shopping for a cheap guitar for your kid?
You happen to see a guitar for free, or maybe $150.00 USD. It’s a Yamaha. It’s acoustic but not one your recognizing. You pass and go on to find a free chicken coop.
A free chicken coop is awesome, granted. However, you might have just missed one of the greatest finds you could have ever made.
Email them or call them. Why?
Because you’re going to ask them to look in the sound hole and tell you what they can see in there. If they say something like G90-A, you should have already left before they even got the A out of their mouth.
The Yamaha (yes, that company) G90-A Flamenco Classical Guitar was maybe a $300 instrument when it was new. Strangely, very few of them sold and they stopped making them pretty quickly.
You’ll find them in attics and estate sales. They pop up here and there and they are, without any doubt, cheaper than they should be.
They look like this:
That’s nothing special, right? Wrong!
That little critter has the projection of an opera singer. It’s not billed as a solo flamenco guitar, but it sure as hell can fill the role. In fact, if you want to get a solo flamenco guitar that’s better than this – be ready to spend a few bucks.
Not just the sound hole throws sound into the crowd, but the whole top just launches a wall of sound. It’s very capable of being both a tool to accompany other musicians (and not stand out) and to accompany dancers while still being able to be heard over the sounds of their feet.
If you look around online, you’ll find there’s a few people who know about them. They’re consistently rated 4 or 5 out of 5 stars. They say things like, “Bright but not brittle.” Or, “Buttery smooth bass.” They talk about the projection and the sustain – which is incredible on both counts.
Durability? They made a small number and many survive. I think the last time they made them was 1976. I’m not even exactly positive what the woods are that they’re made of.
These are made in Taiwan (as the sticker will happily inform you). At the time these were made, Taiwan wasn’t actually known for fine crafting of flamenco guitars. These weren’t smashed together by people in a hurry, but were crafted by people who actually took the time to learn what they were doing, match the woods, and do great quality control.
They’re a little known gem and are truly magnificent guitars. I highly, highly recommend you scoop up any you find. Yamaha guitars haven’t really got the name recognition that they deserve and this particular model is absolutely some of the best bang for the buck.
Free… You can literally find them free. I have read accounts from multiple people who have acquired their G90-A for free. I think the most I’ve seen someone pay was $150. I offered them $300 for it – and I’d cover shipping. They declined and I don’t blame them.
Put it this way – I’ve never seen a passionate guitar player sell one. I’ve seen passionate guitar players with tears in their eyes as they sell a guitar. I’ve never seen one sold by a passionate guitar player.
If you see one, grab it. There’s similar models, but this one is definitely one to consider. I’m not sure it’s actually possible to go wrong with one. Until next time…
Shut up and play us a song!