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Ragtop
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Apr 30th, 2019 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

This guitar popped up on CL down up in Cripple Creek so I grabbed it. I had one of these DY-57s several years ago, but like a dummy I sold it.

This one is a 1981 with zero fret wear. The top has some pick marks and needed a new pick guard, and the back has a couple of scuffs. So I cleaned it up and had a new Holter pick guard made. New Elixirs and a new set of boxwood bridge pins and she's ready to go. Oh, and I got it set up while in Omaha last week; I don't think it had ever been properly set up.

I'm very pleased with how it sounds. Typical mahogany woodiness. This was Yairi's answer to the D-18, and I think they sound very similar.

Big fat neck too, under a 1 11/16" nut. I like it.

DY-57

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Apr 30th, 2019 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats! That's a nice looking guitar.

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Apr 30th, 2019 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

The top looks amazing. It just looks like it would sound great.

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Apr 30th, 2019 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

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Apr 30th, 2019 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice CL find. Every acoustic player should have a D-18 or equivalent. Enjoy that thing.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Apr 30th, 2019 08:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, guys.

The top is really nice. Tight grain, lots of silking, and it's gone a nice amber.

Unfortunately, at some point some ham-fisted neanderthal picked it up and strummed it hard using who-knows-what for a pick. A screwdriver, maybe? Anyway, it left 15 or so gouges above the sound hole. Probably took the idiot 10 seconds to damage what had been a gorgeous guitar top.

Odd thing, my DY-74 suffered the same fate.

Ragtop
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Sep 19th, 2019 04:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, it's gone, I sold it. Put it on CL and some guy drove up from Denver and grabbed it.

I took a bit of a beating on it, but that's okay. That old guitar left my house looking good, sounding great, and ready to go another 38 years. I feel good about that.

I plan to sell my other Yairi, a 1976 DY-74, and replace the two Yairi dreadnoughts with a small-bodied Martin. Then I'll be down to three acoustics and one Telecaster, which should be all need these days.

A good manageable number.

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Sep 19th, 2019 04:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

You're being sensible about this.

Are you *sure* you're really a guitar player? :o)

That was a great-looking guitar. The top wood had taken on that really tasty golden color. Too bad you didn't bond with it...but it is now in the hands of someone that might find it to be THE magical guitar that inspires them to create music.

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 19th, 2019 05:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Haha, I ask myself that question all the time!

My other Yairi is older and also has a gorgeous top, check out the photo (it's the one on the left).

Lots of dings and dents, but lovely grain and silking. It had a hard life before it came to me 10 years ago, but has been babied ever since.

And a brazilian pickguard and headstock overlay!

DY-74

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Sep 19th, 2019 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ragtop,

What are you thinking about for the small-bodied Martin? (I'm dreaming about a 00-17 Authentic 1931...a few more sales and I might order one.)

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 19th, 2019 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

mikey, check your email.

I think you'll approve!

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Sep 20th, 2019 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah - that think is one that I'd love to own (as long as I could get along with the V neck - on the ones I've tried, that's been the only sticking point...)

But that think is beautimus!!!


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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 20th, 2019 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, mikey!

I'll post a NGD with photos when it gets here.

Bubbalou

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Sep 24th, 2019 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great looking guitar
Plus its an Alvarez Yari!
Had an Alvarez Yari in Mid to late 80’s. Great guitar but it fell off a stand and got a hairline crack on the top. Had young children at the time and couldn't afford to have it fixed so I sold it to a co-worker as-is

Ragtop
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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Sep 26th, 2019 04:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

The guy who bought the DY-57 texted me to tell me that he loves the guitar, and that he's never been so satisfied with a guitar purchase.

While he was here, I let him play my DY-74. So I texted back that that one is going on CL soon, but that I would sell it to him at a helluva price if he saves me the trouble of posting it and then dealing with the CL tire-kickers. He said he'll take it.

I've had that guitar for a long time and will be sorry to see it go. But it's time.

reverend mikey
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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Sep 26th, 2019 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats - moving instruments along feels good when it's the right time. Downsizing can be very freeing (and financially nice as well!).

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