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Alvarez Yairi Guitars: Old World Craftsmanship With Luxury Appointments
Alvarez Yairi Guitars
Today I am reviewing my Alvarez Yairi JY-84 acoustic guitar. This particular guitar is an acoustic although as you will see in the video portion of this hub I installed an L.R. Baggs M-1An active sound hole pickup in it. I wish I would have bought the M-1 instead because the fact that it is active has become a feedback nightmare. All that aside, this guitar is fantastic. It was hand-made by Master Luthier Kazuo Yairi in Kani, Gifu, Japan. These finely crafted instruments are cherished and played by some of the world's most accomplished acoustic artists. Joe Bonamassa, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Ani Defranco, Monte Montgomery, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Cheryl Crow headline the list of Yairi fans. My guitar, the JY-84 is what I consider a work of art. It features a Sitka spruce top, matched solid coral rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, ebony bridge and finger board with cat's eye and snowflake inlays, ivory binding, Grover tuners, abalone rosette with two abalone slashes on the head stock. These guitars are made of the the finest hardwoods stockpiled by Yairi during the 60's & 70's. The wood is naturally air dried & hand selected. The guitars are made by hand using hand molded bracing and dovetail neck joints. They stay in tune and resonate beautifully. The only thing I regret is the 1-11/16" nut spacing. I wish it were 1- 3/4 like my Breedlove. My hands resemble baseball mitts and my fingers are like sausages. It's still my go to guitar.