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Alvarez DYM95 Yairi Masterworks Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
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Handcrafted in a traditional Japanese mountain village workshop under the personal guidance of master luthier Kazuo Yairi, Alvarez Yairi guitars are ...Read More
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Simple and stunning with glorious Indian rosewood.
Handcrafted in a traditional Japanese mountain village workshop under the personal guidance of master luthier Kazuo Yairi, Alvarez Yairi guitars are made with extremely choice tone woods. The exotic solid side and back woods and fine-grained solid spruce tops are naturally air dried and sculpted with individually hand-shaped bracing and dovetail neck joints. 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 enchanting Alvarez Yairi DYM95 gets visual luster and sonic brightness from its sultry solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Other enhancements include a bound ebony fretboard, abalone rosette, multiple body binding, bound ebony headstock veneer, and gold die-cast tuners with amber buttons.
- Solid spruce top
- Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
- Bound ebony fretboard
- Dovetail neck joint
- Hand-carved bracing
- Abalone rosette
- Multi-ply body binding
- Gold die-cast tuners with amber buttons
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- Acoustic guitar
- Martin D-28
- Martin D-45
- Yairi Dym 95
I own a 2006 model Yairi DYM 95. Very happy with this guitar. I would never sell it. I have spent several years at guitar stores and at friends' homes playing Martins, Taylors, Gibsons, and I only vary rarely come across a guitar as good as the Yairi DYM 95. I would say that the Martin D-28, and certainly the D-45, are comparable to this guitar -- not better, but comparable -- that's how well-made these Yairi guitars are.
The DYM 95 plays like butter and has a large sound. It is worth noting that this guitar is part of the Yairi masterworks series, as designated by the "M" in the model name. That means top-end wood in the top, sides and back, and great hand-crafted attention to detail. Yairi prides itself on selecting top-quality wood and stores it for many years, applying a thorough process of curing and drying.
To some degree, it's unfortunate that Alvarez (who do not build this guitar, but only distribute it in North America) don't promote the Yairi more successfully. It is a worthy competitor to well-known names like Taylor or Martin. But at the same time, there's a mystery about these Japanese guitars that is somehow appropriate.
I believe the DYM 95 model is now discontinued. That fact, and the recent death of K. Yairi, the guitar builder for these instruments, is making the DYM 95 a sought-after acoustic guitar on the used market. Get one if you can!
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DYM95 is one sweet precision guitar, you must try one! yeah its got the sound and the feel that fits like a glove. Japanese precision.
I have never been more impressed with an acoustic guitar. To begin, the neck is perfect, the fingerboard gives excellent feedback, and the frets have an excellent shape that make playing a pleasure - the 95 is the easiest playing acoustic that I have ever touched. The wood, used for every single part of the guitar, is beautiful, and the attention to detail that the Japanese craftsmen have, reminds me of the recurve bows, the swords, and the bonsai that they are renowned for. I can almost see the Yairi shop, tucked up high in a mountain forest, and feel the shinto/samuri/monastic (whatever) devotion to building instruments that is apparent when you first touch one of these instruments. The "voicing" process, that every single Yairi instrument moves through, sounds like some marketing ploy, until I hit a chord or pluck a note - then I became a believer instead of a skeptic. We all know guitar building is grounded in science, however, those of us who have played exclusive instruments know, that there are intangible and nuanced characteristics that only artists can impart to an instrument. My DYM 95 is a masterpiece. I have played and owned some very nice instruments, but none have connected with me in the way that this Alavarez Yairi has.