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Alvarez Yairi CY118 Classical Acoustic Guitar

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World-class luthiery makes the Yairi CY118 virtually dance in your hands as the solid cedar top rings out with the authority of a grand piano. A perf...Click To Read More About This Product

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Fantastic value on a concert-quality instrument.

World-class luthiery makes the Yairi CY118 virtually dance in your hands as the solid cedar top rings out with the authority of a grand piano. A perfect choice for the aspiring professional, it features rosewood back and sides, a mahogany neck with flawless ebony fretboard, rosewood headstock overlay set off by gold tuners with pearloid buttons, gorgeous multiple wood binding, and an intricately crafted wood mosaic rosette.

Solid cedar top
Rosewood back and sides
Mahogany neck
Ebony fretboard
Multiple wood binding
Wood mosaic rosette
Gold tuners
Rosewood headstock overlay
25-1/2" scale
2" nut width

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Alvarez Yairi CY118 Classical Guitar

I purchased my Alvarez Yairi CY118 in April 2007. I have been playing classical guitar as a serious student since 2000 and also own a Hose Ramirez R1 (also a fine instrument). I mainly play for my own enjoyment at home, but have used it in nursing homes and at church for guitar and guitar/vocal solo work.The out-of-box quality of the CY118 amazed me. Generally, the workmanship was superb and the guitar was visually stunning. I replaced the factory strings, with Savarez Corum Alliance hard tension strings; some of the best available today. The tone is powerful, yet sweet.I wish the coral rosewood back and sides were solid (that's the reason for a 9 rating on features instead of 10 under features. For the price, this guitar is a tremendous deal. I have played many much more expensive guitars (e.g. $4,000-5,500) which couldn't, in my opinion, even come close to the CY118.For me, this guitar is an investment of a lifetime.

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CY118 - Excellent craftmanship, outstanding sound

By Carlaclaws

from Northern Virginia

I purchased a CY118 in 1996. I played every classical guitar in the Washington DC metro area between $350 and $4000. Found the sweetest CY118 in a small shop. Then played two others at the big dealers in Wheaton, MD and Springfield, VA. Also nice, but I took the first one. My friend, a professional classical guitarist and teacher, tried it and refused to give it back for hours. He was grinning the whole time, and so was I. Played by someone who actually knows how, it sounded incredible. Even in my faltering hands (I'm good, but no seasoned pro), it sounds fantastic. The fingerboard and neck are absolutely true, and it stays in tune for weeks at a time (even when transported through climactic extremes). This is one loud classical, bright but not brassy or twangy. The tone is pure, resonant, and sweet. After 12 years it only sounds better.

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