(SOLD) Yamaha Dynamic Guitar No.2 Classical Acoustic c1960
Yamaha Dynamic Guitar No.2, made in Japan around 1960. Yamaha didn't export guitars until 1966, but they began making classical style guitars as early as 1940. The 'Dynamic Guitar' series seems to date to the late 50s or early 60s, but by 1961 they had a black soundhole label like the later FG series, so this one is a pretty early example with the red/white/blue label. It's a simple, quirky thing: big fat D shaped neck, cute little lined rosette, an undersized soundhole and little round saddle. The woodwork is really tidy, and the top is a solid piece of super tidy, tightly grained spruce. It's got a charming sound: rounded low end, strong dynamic response, plucky and sweet treble... it sounds lovely. This is a cool little vintage piece, there's a lot to like.
Model: Yamaha Dynamic Guitar No.2
Made: Japan, 1960 approx (serial 123028)
Finish: natural gloss top, walnut stain back and sides and headstock, sunburst neck
Body: solid spruce top, maple/luan laminate back and sides (unverified)
Neck: maple, rosewood fingerboard, D-shape, 52mm nut width, flat fingerboard
Mods: new bone nut installed
Case: basic non-original vintage hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some surface scratches on the end and back and some light scuffs around the whole headstock. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor scuffs and dimples on the back only. The back has some minor minor scuffs and finish checking around the whole body and some surface scratches in the middle and the elbow area; no major marks. The sides have light scuffs around the whole body and some dimples in the elbow area. The front has widespread finish checking and some light rub wear in the elbow area and around the bridge, as well as some play wear around the sound hole. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: action is moderately, neck is straight, intonation is good, there's no truss rod. The frets look great, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh Rotosound normal tension strings.