Beyond any doubt Kazuo Yairi was one of the best Japanese luthiers. His classical and steel string acoustic guitars have been, are and will be treasured by players all around the world. This value was associated with the fact that over the years Kazuo has hired and trained many younger luthiers, who were later making his signature guitars.
There have been many regular line models of guitars made over the years by Yairis factory located in Gifu, Japan. Some models were made only for export. Great majority of Kazuos models have never been distributed in USA or Europe. Guitar you are looking at, was made in 1980 and was priced 50 000 yen, while yearly starting salary of Japanese college graduate was around 100 000 yen.
As it is true with countless other Kazuo Yairis instruments, this guitar proves that very often the major difference between all solid woods guitars and those made with non-solid b/s is their prices. The construction and looks of this wonderful guitar are based on Martin D35 blueprint. I wont however call it a copy of Martin D35. The word copy suggests a product of somewhat lower quality than the original, while this guitar can easily beat many quite expensive brand-new Martin guitars. It offers impressive volume and superb response.
Basses are deep but very clean. Trebles are metallic but very sweet at the same time. All notes have their unique colors, all are super clear and super well separated. When chords/arpeggios are played guitar releases a bounty of overtones and harmonies.
With its current action it plays ultra-easy. Despite its age this guitar remains in at least very good cosmetic and excellent structural condition. Its body bears only few minor cosmetic imperfections.
The most noticeable are unknown origin blemish within the finish on its top (see picture 4) and small dent on the back of the headstock (see pictures 9,10). Couple inches below the finish (on its top, back and sides), few very light abrasions along its edges and on the very tip of its headstock.Tuning keys are not original. I guess originals were in bad shape and former owner of this guitar replaced them with Yamaha keys. Top: Solid Spruce with reinforcing ring of wood glued underneath the sound-hole /Martin style X bracing with not scalloped braces /lacquer. Back & Sides: semi-solid Indian Rosewood. Laminated is quite unfortunate term regarding Japanese made guitars.
These plates were made from 2 layers of solid wood glued together with natural resins. They were made so well that they performed as good as solid woods while being far less expensive in guitar production and far more resistant to cracking in regular use. In recent years Kazuo Yairis descendants and many other guitar makers around the world adopted a new term "semi-solid" to more accurately describe these plates. Neck: Mahogany with 2-way truss rod. The action is set to 2.50 mm under E6 and 2.0 mm under E1, with still extra room on the saddle.All you need to do is. Notify me within 48 hours after receiving the guitar. Pack guitar the same way I do it, using the same box and materials and s. Hip it back to me within 24 hours after "return notification".
The item "MADE IN 1980 KAZUO YAIRI YW500P ABSOLUTELY GREAT D35 STYLE ACOUSTIC GUITAR" is in sale since Sunday, April 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars". The seller is "victork1962" and is located in Alpharetta, Georgia. This item can be shipped worldwide.