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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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A ship on a weary sea....
Jul 9th, 2004 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I was playing a lot of classical guitar, the other guys with their Ramirezes were VERY jealous of my CY-116. It easily kept up with all the others except my teacher's $10,000 1960's Ramirez.

I also have played a very nice jumbo 12 string made by Yairi.

Hank Hill
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That boy

just ain't right
Jul 10th, 2004 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Everyone - Here's an update on my daughter's FY-65 mentioned earlier.

A few weeks ago I finally took it in to a great luthier and he loved it from the get-go. Almost reluctant to mess with replacing the nut at all, even though I thought it was required. The nut was so worn that my daughter even tried the old "piece of paper in the nut slots" routine. I ended up saying "do whatever you want to it - whatever's necessary."

I picked it up a week or two ago and the thing is the finest playing acoustic I've ever played. Effortless action - almost like a low action electric!

He did an exceptional job of the fret dressing, and shimmed the original nut up a bit, then re-cut it. He said it was an exceptional piece of bone and that it'd be a shame to replace it entirely. I don't know waht else he did, but the total cost was $100 and well worth it. He asked how much the guitar cost and about had a heart attack when I told him it was $250 (used). I have no idea how much they cost new, but we agreed that whoever sold it to her was nuts. Then we got into the "yeah, but you know how guys need money sometimes..." LOL

All I can say is, I'm going to take my Guild DV-52 in to him and tell him to make it play like that FY-65. ;-) He's looking forward to doing that job too - said he loves the DV's and wishes he'd bought one when they were more readily available. I'm looking forward to this. ;-)

Steve

Ragtop
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Oct 15th, 2014 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, look what I found! An old Yairi thread!

I just happen to have two, a '76 DY74 that's a little bit beat up but sounds like a million bucks, and a very nice '83 DY73 that I just got. Gorgeous guitar, just got it back from the shop where I took it to have the curling pickguard fixed. Look good, they did a nice job.

Am going to put a K&K in it this weekend.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Dec 11th, 2014 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife has an older WY1 with the 500T elecs. We overpaid--for a used Yairi--at a small guitar shop in San Antonio, but she understandably fell in love with it, as did the two players who were with us. It suits her fingerstyle very well, and has taken the place of her Taylor 414E Limited Edition Claro Walnut when she performs at the school where she teaches.

Which is a good thing for the Taylor since one of the kids put a deep gouge in the top of the WY1. He wouldn't admit to it, claimed not to know how it happened. We had it repaired by a local guy, a guitar shop owner who is also a luthier who does great work on vintage instuments. Very few people know about his luthier skills, unique tools, & stash of exotic woods and other materials.

He wrote the receipt with the reapir cost, and included a note & figure for the estimated depreciation. The good news is we were reimbursed by the school for the repair. I'm not sure about the depreciation, need to ask my wife.

jay1vinton
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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Apr 23rd, 2015 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first Alvarez was a birthday gift in the 70's. It was a Yairi and I didn't know what I had. She, the grand she devil came and took it back when we were done...

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