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1969-1972 Yamaha G-50 A Classical Guitar

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Posted 8 years ago

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Yamaha G-50 A Classical (Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd.) originally sold between 1969-1972. Spruce top, Katsura back/sides, Nato neck, Bubinga fingerboard & bridge. I'm not finding any other distinguishing serial numbers anywhere, other than the aforementioned model # on the sound hole label, so no exact year known.

I picked this up about 6 years ago at Eastern Market in DC from a nice man who sold/sells old odds & ends up near where all the jewelry & crafty stuff is sold. It was just sitting out on the sidewalk in the blistering hot sun and had a rather significant sunken area between the sound hole & bridge. After several months of being in my home, the top came back up, almost flat. Has a real nice sound.

I will get some better images up a lil later.


  1. aundie johnson, 8 years ago
    Hi, Yesterday at a yard sale I purchased a G-50 nippon gakki co. Yamaha guitar and as I was not familiar with that particular Yamaha I was wondering the history of it and it's value. It's in excellent cond., it seems to be all-original and has a great tone to it. Any info here is much appreciated! Aundie
  2. mantique_collector, 8 years ago
    Hey aundie,

    I'm not sure what the difference is between the G-50 and the G-50A (what I have), but I'd say mine is probably worth $200, based on it being in good (not excellent) condition. So, as long as yours is in decent shape, i.e. straight neck, no body cracks, no major finish dings & scratches, it should be worth somewhere close to mine, but I would just do some research. Compare prices/values online and average it out based on the condition.
  3. Mary Spencer, 8 years ago
    I have a Yamaha G-50 A Classical and the label inside is exact but does not say (Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd.) ???
  4. mantique_collector, 8 years ago
    Not sure what that means honestly, but it could be that it's a Post-Nippon Gakki made guitar... i.e. it was made a little later, and perhaps holds less value than the Nippon Gakki Yamaha's of this style/era.
  5. aundie, 8 years ago
    Thanks for the comments about my guitar find! I'm keeping it regardless of it's value. It plays well, has a nice tone and goes well with my vintage Gibson flattop. Guess I, in some circles, may be considered a bit of a vintage model myself!!!
  6. Damith, 7 years ago
    i love this emotional lovely handy acoustic king guitar..........
    i buoght this yamaha G 50 gakkai co ltd. guitar from local seller in sri lanka which has imported from Japan previosly..... In srilnaka Yamaha guitars have taken the king place as they really alive ang smooth and lovely...... i am a new for guitar playing..but i m very satisfying about da guitar......... i m surprised becoz it is too much older than meee............
  7. Nancy Stults, 7 years ago
    I have a Yamaha G50A that my dad bought new for my 16th birthday in 1970. In 1978 I took lessons from Ricardo Fusco in Memphis, TN. (classical & flamincan guitar master). He said my Yamaha had better tone than his expensive guitars!!!

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