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1976Tele

USA

Mar 17th, 2004 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Count me in! I just sold a Martin DC1E and bought this beautiful WY1 with the 600T preamp/eq. With the solid Cedar top it is soooo much more responsive than the Martin was. I'm learning to fingerpick, and the Martin was just not doing it for me. After comparing the WY1 to a Taylor 314ce I went with the Alvarez Yairi, it sounded better when finger picked (to me), and was 1/2 the price, plus as an added bonus I got the preamp that has an onboard tuner. As a novice picker I love this feature.
Nice NICE guitar! Anyone else pick one? Got any suggestions as to which strings to use? It came with Elixir Polywebs, i pulled those off immediately and put on Light Nanowebs.

RayP
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USA

Life aint for the Squeamish.
Mar 18th, 2004 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a DY78 that was made in 1978. It's one h*ll of a dreadnauught, looks "VERY" D15 like.

Plays effortlessly, very small frets, has great projecttion and clarity. I picked it up used back in 1989, and I don't think I've had to adjust the truss rod more than 2 or 3 times in all those years.

It's not pristene, top has some pings and dings in it, but it has lots of "character" and fabulous tone.


Blues Noodler
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Southwest Ohio

I couldn't agree more or less
Mar 19th, 2004 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got a 1986 Alvarez Yari DY61 that I absolutely love and will never part with.

RJU

USA

Which end do I blow in?
Apr 5th, 2004 11:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a DY80 12-string that I bought back in 1992.
I have yet to play any other twelve that is as effortless and has both bright treble and deep bass, like this one does. Every time I think I should get one of those fancy expensive brands, all I have to do is play one, and then I appreciate my Yairi even more.
Rob

twinreverb
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Northern Virginia

TR
Apr 6th, 2004 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Count me in: CY116 The most awesome looking and sounding classical axe in its price range. There's one on eBay at the moment... check it out!
Rock on,
TR

Don Miller

Alaska

Apr 8th, 2004 12:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ive got a DN 53-the Jumbo...roughly the size of an M style martin...sweet guitar...one of the better recording guitars ive heard...

Yairis are a very well kept secret

Fatstrat
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Cross me and I'll fart again!
Apr 11th, 2004 04:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are the Yari's the hand made ones? I was at a pawn shop the other day that had 2 of them.

1976Tele

USA

Apr 11th, 2004 09:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup, hand made in Japan. Good stuff.

Fatstrat
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Apr 12th, 2004 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What's a good price on one in good condition? I'll stop this week and give em a closer look.

Fatstrat
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Apr 13th, 2004 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was wrong. No Yari's. 2 Regents and Artist model. Are the Artist models good? Price was nearly $300. on a used one. The regents were like $130.

KilgoreKid
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Carrollton, Texas

Proud To Be A Geezer
Apr 19th, 2004 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still have my DY77 which I bought new in 1974.
Very nice guitar and still sounds great! It's older than both of my kids! (They're 27 & 25).
Bill

teleman1
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USA

I'm the Realtor you refer to your MOM
Apr 26th, 2004 11:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yairi' challange guitar sound & qualities of guitars that are 50% more.

Ssssh! ahndmade Yairi's are the bigest secret in the acoustic arena.

I recently tried a Gibson J45. I'll keep my Yairi DY-38 Thank You!

Hank Hill
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That boy

just ain't right
May 6th, 2004 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My daughter brought her guitar over here yesterday for me to look at because of buzzing - it definitely needs a new nut and a fret dress. Not a big deal, but I'll take it to a luthier because this is such a fine guitar.

Here's the particulars: Bought used, it's a 1990 Kazuo Yairi FY-65. Still got the signed certificate and (unfilled) warranty card(s). Absolutely a beautiful job of bookmatching the sides and back too.

Anybody know where I can find out more about this thing?

Steve

Grant
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Atlanta Ga USA

May 6th, 2004 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hank,
Alvarez seems to have a "dont ask dont tell" policy in regard to their guitars.There is little or no info available anywhere on them it seems.
I have a fine Silver Anniversary dread that I have owned foe near 15 years and I cant even find out what the Anniversary was celebrating.The do have a message board that you can get to through www.alvarez.gtr.com but it is mostly filled with other people asking the same questions about their guitars

Hank Hill
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That boy

just ain't right
May 6th, 2004 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Grant, I'll check that out. But it sure seems strange that even Alvarez doesn't acknowledge their old instruments like this.

The only thing I remember from ads and reviews was that the K. Yairi's were like the top of the line in their day. I never really paid much attention to them back then. But now that I've got this one here, and see/feel/hear what it's like, I'd have to agree. And for playability, tone, and whatever else, I'd put this up against *any* Taylor or Martin. Just seems like there'd be more info available about the whole line history etc.

Steve

Grant
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Atlanta Ga USA

May 6th, 2004 03:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hank ,
I used to feel that way about them too .My Silver Anniversary and my bud's yairi are killer guitars..
The I bought a Martin D35 and he bought a Martin HD28V..and then I bought another Martin a 000-15S..

Sad to say the Alvarez's havent seen much playing time since the Martins arrived.I went so far to loan mine out to a friend of mine who just started taking lessons.Great guitars but neither of our two even come close to the Martins in bass response or volume.Maybe yours does though and as long as it burps yer turtle thats what counts.

It does seem odd that Alvarez wont step to the plate and make info availible for us gearheads. I sent an e mail regarding this sometime last year and was told a searchable database was in the works as was supposed to be availible by the end of last May..It seems we are still waiting

teleman1
Contributing Member

USA

I'm the Realtor you refer to your MOM
May 12th, 2004 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Grant and others,

I am sure the Martin I would want would cost me used $1200-$1600 Probably a d-28,maybe a d-35. I was the original owner of a Gibson SJ delux 72. It needed at least $500 into it. I sold it for $600 and bought a DY-38 Yairi.

So, Yairi owners,we heard from Grant but, do you like Yairis as well as Martins or ohter Hi- end guitars. And please, start your comparisons @ the d-28/00-18 level, not their slew of below $1200's. guitars.

Hotlik

United States

Hotlik
Jun 2nd, 2004 04:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an Alvarez Yairi DY-85 with the abalone inlay on the frets and around the body and soundhole....Sounds great & plays as easy as any acoustic I have ever touched....I traded a Shure Vocalmaster pa + 250.00 cash back in the 70's for it....I played it live on the road for years until a drunk bassplayer grabbed it 1 night and proceeded to pass out on top of it !! Don Teeter out of OKC repaired the cracked neck with a dowell & glue and it has been good as gold ever since...Love the GUITAR !!

markj88
Contributing Member

Dallas, Texas

Jun 3rd, 2004 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another DY-85 here. Got it new in 1977 as my first good guitar when i was 16. It's still my only acoustic. I gig with it every Sunday morning, and record at home with it the rest of the week.

teleman1
Contributing Member

USA

I'm the Realtor you refer to your MOM
Jul 8th, 2004 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

GC in Tempe just bought out a bunch of Yairis. They are so lame they have them sitting with $100 guitars not humidified. I rate these guitars equal or beter that Taylor.

Again they are the best kept secret in the acoustic guitar world. People get hung up on names. They are handbuilt!!!

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