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Details about  Vintage 1969 YAMAHA G170 A Classical Guitar A IN EXCELLENT CONDITION with HSC

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Vintage 1969 YAMAHA G170 A Classical Guitar A IN EXCELLENT CONDITION with HSC
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Sep 17, 2013
US $450.00
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Alpharetta, Georgia, United States


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Last updated on  Sep 10, 2013 17:12:31 PDT  View all revisions

Item specifics

Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Body Type: Classical
String Configuration: 6 String Dexterity: Right-Handed
Country of Manufacture: Japan

This a quite old Yamaha guitar which was the top of the line, made in Japan, Yamaha model during the years 1969-1972. At this time Japanese guitar makers started to introduce worldwide customers to their, pretty soon highly regarded, products. They offered the highest possible level of craftsmanship with great deal of attention to even the tiniest details.




Year(s) Sold:


The Quinn of Yamaha Classical Guitars at this time 

Original MSRP(US$):


Today it would be around $525 if we take into consideration only the USD/Yen exchange rates  


Solid Spruce

The top is rather thin comparing to many newer guitars and made of very high grade wood

Back / Sides:

Laminated Rosewood

This is a very dark variety of Indian rosewood , laminated the same way like in case of Kazuo Yairi’s guitars, quite thin and behaving just like solid wood



 Subspecies of mahogany


Indian Rosewood

Very dark, quite like Ebony 


Indian Rosewood

    Same as above 



Finish looks like French Polish 

String Length:



This particular unit is in excellent cosmetic & functional shape for its age, which makes quite rare find. It has some tiny and shallow marks on the top, including one string burn below B2, which makes the most conspicuous physical scar on its otherwise beautiful body. All other marks are barely visible and you need to find the proper angle against the light to see them. There is also one tiny dent on the side of its bottom and again nothing conspicuous. I am pretty sure that many sellers would simply call it “perfect condition”.

This model is very popular among guitar collectors. It is also a great instrument to play, especially since so well matured spruce top produces pretty loud and sweet sound, comparable to much more expensive guitars. Because, there is a lot of information about this guitar, available on internet, that I decided to leave any further research up to you. It is definitely one of those guitars with “replacement value” much higher than its retail price at any moment in time. You need to experience this guitar yourself to understand how much value they offer, despite their very moderate retail prices in 1969-72.  Today naturally they represent also quite a bit of historical value.

Someone has found that its Blue Book value is $170-$200. This a joke. Blue Book doesn't say where to find this model or other similar quality guitar at such low price. This is a truly high grade guitar with truly high replacement value.

I am aware of the fact that from time to time you may find the same model advertised on E-bay as being in perfect condition for its age and offered at much higher prices.  You may also find the same model in quite bad cosmetic shape for quite low price and still enjoy it beautiful sound. My offer is a chance for you to have this rare model in almost perfect cosmetic & perfect functional condition at moderate and fair to both of us price.  That’s at least my honest opinion.

Since its arrival to my workshop this guitar has undergone a very detailed cleanup and hand polishing until it regained most of its maiden beauty. I have also lowered the action of the guitar, filing down original bone saddle and nut, making this a very playable guitar for everyone, despite skills level. As measured above 12th fret, string height is 3.5mm under E6 and 3.00mm under E1. Originally it was 4.8 mm under both E strings, which to me explains why this guitar was played so little by its previous owner(s).  I also equipped this guitar with set of new strings and introduced to its new friend, a brand new hard shell case.

You may ask your teacher or your local luthier about the importance of proper guitar set up.

When I say that I have adjusted guitar's action, it refers not only to the saddle but also to the nut. The nut is at the lowest possible height without causing any buzzes over the first fret and the guitar has the best possible playabilty at the frets next to the nut. Even lowering the nut by 0.2 mm may result in tremendous ease of playabilty. This job requires a lot of precision acquired over several years of experience. Most guitars available on the market are factory made, so they have machine made standard nut and saddle and none of them is individually adjusted by any technician. Only high end factory made guitars and luthier made guitars have such adjustments done before entering the market. Very often, in case of many guitar students, wrong set up leads to many frustrations and early resignations. Properly adjusted and easily playable instrument is the basic condition of student’s final success.


Marketing ad:

Super quality for a fair prices !!!!!, the Guitar was 100% as described !!!!!!


frankduhring ( 59

Mar-06-13 11:02

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Positive feedback rating

A great guitar at a fair asking price. Timely shipping.


langeusa4k3e ( 38Yellow star icon for feedback score in between 10 to 49) 

Jul-25-13 09:39



Shipping within USA is free, but possible only to lower 48 states.


E-Bay’s Global Shipping Program offers very discounted shipping costs (up to 80% like in case of shipments to Australia) compared to regular FEDEX, UPS or USPS rates.

All international deliveries from USA are serviced by Pitney Bowes Co. located in state of Kentucky. US sellers ship packages to Kentucky and from there they are Pitney Bowes’s responsibility. This company is very well organized and effective in what they do. They take care of all necessary paperwork for you.

If you purchase a guitar from me, E-bay will send you an invoice with total amount including shipping cost. After you pay, PayPal will send you a receipt with address of Pitney Bowes in Kentucky. Don’t panic, your address will appear on the label shipped from Kentucky to you.

This calculated shipping cost is the maximum that you can pay. In some circumstances in can later be lower and you get a partial refund. To get such calculated shipping rates you need to go to “payments and shipping” sub-page on my posting page, enter your country and zip code and click on the “calculate” button. Naturally you may need to pay some taxes and custom duties regulated by the laws of your country. These are paid most likely as COD (check on delivery). That’s all folks.

I will accept PayPal payments only.


If you are not happy with your purchase you may return the guitar for a full refund. All you need to do is to:

1.    Notify me within 5 days after delivery

2.    Pack guitar the same way I do it, using the same box and materials

3.    Ship it back to me within next 2 days

Another words I expect this “trail” period to occur within +/- 7 days. Naturally guitar has to be returned in the same condition as I ship it to you. This is simply honest offer for honest buyers. My goal is to make your purchase as risk free as possible. I know very well that spending $1000 of hard earned money is not emotionally easy undertaking for majority of guitar lovers. I am sure that reading my feedback can ease a bit your “purchase anxiety” but it still will be there no matter how hard I try. Please believe me I have been “in your shoes” many times before.


If you'd like to check what else I do with my guitars click on the links below:

http://youtu.be/zr5lFzttHHA   http://youtu.be/2mE6HmpxavQ   http://youtu.be/qZcyhox3GZM

http://youtu.be/jYq45jwqcpM   http://youtu.be/kVmoLPBq8tM   http://youtu.be/O8Bdh4nRCvU

http://youtu.be/wZifapzT3yo   http://youtu.be/Tgn8NmygW0s   http://youtu.be/WveSrfxOuyU

To make it easier for you “to join the Victorious Club” I list below the feedback responses from my E-buyers that I have earned so far:

Super quality for a fair prices !!!!!, the Guitar was 100% as described !!!!!!


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Mar-06-13 11:02


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Fast shipping, item is as described. Great seller. Thanks!


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