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Alvarez Yairi CY116 Classical Guitar   

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The Alvarez Yairi CY116 Classical Guitar has a voice all its own and the distinct appearance of a burled mahogany body and solid cedar top. With room...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Alvarez Yairi CY116 Classical Guitar has a voice all its own and the distinct appearance of a burled mahogany body and solid cedar top. With room-filling projection, the Yairi CY116 guitar is a guaranteed conversation starter. Adornments include a brightly-colored soundhole rosette and ivory multilayer binding.

This classical Yairi guitar features top quality gold vintage open style tuners for smooth, fast, accurate tuning. An elaborate soundhole rosette is the perfect accent to the CY116 guitar's solid cedar top. Highly polished, perfectly dressed frets ensure maximum playability, even in the highest playing positions. Alvarez's patented Direct-Coupled bridge ensures maximum transfer of string energy to the guitar's solid top. Because it always comes down to tone, Alvarez selects only the finest solid cedar for CY116 guitar tops. Couple this with the beautifully burled Mahogany back and sides and you get a classical guitar with lush, full-bodied tone and amazing projection.

  • Body Style: Classical Guitar
  • Back/Sides: Burled Mahogany
  • Top: Solid Cedar ” TF
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Scale: 25-1/2 (650mm)
  • Width at Nut: 2" (51mm)
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Body Binding: Ivory Multi
  • Soundhole Rosette: Wood Mosaic
  • Head Overlay: Mahogany/Rosewood
  • Tuning Machines: Gold

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Excellent Tone Producer

By ClassicalGTR

from Tennessee

I bought a CY116 back in 1988 and I still have it. I studied classical guitar at a prestigious college in the south and for the first two and a half years I used this guitar. A rival student upperclassman had a local luthier make him a brand new cedar top classical and every time we played in recital he would ask my guitar teacher why my guitar sounded so good. My teacher later told me that he told him that 1) a part of it was the guitar and 2) another part was the individual playing. He had paid well over $3,000 and this guitar played and sounded better than his. That being said, once I grew as a musician, this guitar (at least the 1988 model) didn't project that well, so that's why I give it a 4.5. However, it is very very easy to play, and the tone is to die for. I later bought a handmade Michael Thames, cost me $2,800 used, which is a projection monster, however it is a bigger guitar with a wider fingerboard. This guitar sounds better, and has held up much better over time.

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2nd time's the charm

By JazzJointJoey

from Nash Vegas

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I owned one of these 15 years ago, but I sold it when my spouse thought we had "too many guitars." I recently ran across a new CY116 in a music store, and every time I returned to the store, I would play it. I found myself making excuses to visit the store, and so earlier this week, I brought it home. I will not sell this one. For the record, you cannot have "too many guitars." Regarding the CY116, both of my samples of this model have had beautifully balanced voices, with stunning projection. Both were beautiful to look at. Both exhibited the highest level of luthier hand work. These guitars are worthy of K. Yairi's reputation as a luthier committed to the best tone woods, the best traditional materials (like hide glue, for example), and the best traditional working methods. I am very happy to have this second specimen in my collection.

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A Great Instrument

By The Pi Thor Project

from Michigan

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I have owned the CY116 for many years and still love it. Mine was built in 1987 and you simply can?t go wrong with Yairi craftsmanship.The sound is very sweet with nice depth and projection. Solid cedar top provides very rich sound textures. Sides and back are visually stunning.I have about 10 very nice guitars of various makes and models for jazz-fusion compositions and the CY116 is a centerpiece. I will never part with this guitar.

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Alvarez CY116

By Peter S

from Missouri

This is great guitar that, in my opinion, is comparable to many far more expensive instruments. The mahogany back/sides contribute to a "tight" sound, while the cedar top gives it a warm tone. I find it useful for baroque music. Aside from the sound, it is a truly beautiful instrument that never ceases to inspire admiring comments.

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