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A stunning combination of select tonewoods and unparalleled hand craftsmanship.
Handcrafted in an old-fashioned workshop in a Japanese mountain village under the personal guidance of master luthier Kazuo Yairi, Alvarez Yairi guitars are made with extremely choice tonewoods. The woods are naturally air dried and crafted into instruments with individually hand-shaped bracing and dovetail neck joints. Rosewood back and sides combine with a solid cedar top to deliver a full-bodied sound that's as warm and inviting as the comfy cutaway folk-style body.
Yairi's brilliant design innovations include an extended neck tenon for a wider range of rod adjustment and no neck/body irregularities. A unique coupled bridge design removes the forward pull from the bridge itself for greater stability and lighter bracing leading to freer tone.
This Virtuoso model comes with the expressive System 600T MK II electronics for premium acoustic-electric amplification. Other enhancements include a bound ebony fretboard, abalone rosette, multiple body binding, bound ebony headstock veneer, and gold die-cast tuners with amber buttons.
The Alvarez Yairi WY1: supreme craftsmanship, refined lines, and brilliant woods. What's not to love? Order today.
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This is just a beautiful acoustic-electric guitar.
It sounds good unplugged. It's not a Bluegrass guitar (it's not built to project like that), but it's still got a surprising amount of volume and good sound quality. It's got a balanced tone, but I do a lot of Travis-picking and I can drive the bass line, no problems. It's responsive to a wide range of dynamics.
It sounds freakin' awesome plugged in. Freakin' awesome. Best sound plugged-in of any guitar I've ever played. The System 600T preamp is perfect.
The combination of body size, neck shape, and low action make it one of the two or three most comfortable-playing guitars I've ever played (and I've played a lot of guitars).
I own several other nice guitars (a Lowden and a Avalon, both excellent guitars) and a beater, but the Yairi gets 90% of my playing time. I'm thinking of selling the Lowden, keeping the Avalon for DADGAD tuning, and just using the Yairi for everything else.
At the price point it's selling at, this guitar is a steal.
It's the end of GAS as we know it, Jim.
I bought a WY1 in the mid 90's and it has become the only 6 string acoustic I play. It records fantastically well, fingerpicking is a breeze, and the tone is exactly what I wanted. I love this guitar more with every passing year. It's never needed any major service.
Forget those more expensive "name" brand guitars with lesser quality woods and craftsmanship. I've got over 20 years experience, and this is, without question, the best instrument I've had the pleasure of owning. I've had mine for about 6 years now, and it never fails to deliver. Tone, action, workmanship--this guitar has it all. Did I mention how great it sounds plugged in?
This guitar is fantastic. I am not big on Martins of Taylers or whatever else I tried, but this one hit the spot. The fretboard is impeccable, the electronics are amazing, the tone and sound are pristine and it plays effortlessly. BUY IT!
I have had the WY1 for about 10 years and I love it. I play it on stage (plugged in) at least once a week and it always sounds fantastic through the PA. This guitar is incredibly stable, seldom needs adjustment and has the lowest action I have ever seen on an acoustic. It's worth a lot more than you pay for it!
I bought my WY-1 in 1990 when the last thing on my mind was getting a guitar. I have played it professionally for these many years in Nashville and venues world wide. Accoustically, it doesn't project as well as, say, a Martin would, but the action for fingerpicking is the absolute best I have come across. I play through a Lexicon reverb and sometimes a BBE unit and with the jazz/folk idiom I play, it is wonderful. It is light, 'feminine', and sensitive and works best with a light touch using the ultra-light Elixr strings I choose to use.
I bought the Alvarez WY1 after months of trying every guitar I could get my hands on. As soon as I began playing the Alvarez I knew that I had found my guitar. Nine months after the purchase I love the guitar even more as it has began to open up wonderfully. The unique "dove tail" bridge allows the rather small body to deliver exceptional volume. I play guitar two to three hours daily and the Gotoh tuners only require tuning every few days. The system 600T MK II electronics are almost painfully good (even the smallest mistakes are audiable). I was unsure about the quality of Alvarez when I purchased the guitar, but the WY1 has been on several continents and in exteme weather and still has the exceptional playability that I fell in love with when I bought the guitar. All in all this is the best guitar purchase I have ever made; GET THIS GUITAR!!!
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