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Alvarez Yairi Virtuoso Koa WY1K Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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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. This WY1 model is constructed of premium Hawaiian koa for a completely unique look and warm, powerful tone.

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.

FEATURES
  • Handcrafted
  • Hawaiian koa back, sides, and top
  • Bound ebony fretboard
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Hand-carved bracing
  • Abalone rosette
  • Multi-ply body binding
  • Gold die-cast tuners with amber buttons
  • Ebony bridge
  • System 600T MKII electronics for premium acoustic-electric amplification
  • Includes hardshell case
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4.6

(based on 12 reviews)

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I MISS THIS GUITAR

Has this for about 5 years, and loved it every minute. The other reviews are correct: it's not a dreadnought, doesn't sound huge, is quiet, etc. & blah, blah,...Read complete review

Has this for about 5 years, and loved it every minute. The other reviews are correct: it's not a dreadnought, doesn't sound huge, is quiet, etc. & blah, blah, blah. Whatever. It was, and to me still is, the most stunning guitar I've played. Each opening of the case engendered a reverence I've still not felt for any other guitar. It's look. It's fit and finish. It's feel. It's sound... It hugs you back, and begs not to be put down. It inspires, and says 'No. Don't stop there... We've got another verse, or chorus, or whole song in us. It's ok, keep playing. The morning sun doesn't mean you've played all night. It means you're in love... with me'. And I was, and am.
To be fair, this was my first "adult purchase" of a guitar. It meant a lot to me. It got me through some times, I can tell you. The head stock got broken off while working in Puerto Rico. I was sullen. A luthier thankfully fixed it. Later a buddy drunkenly stumbled into it and broke the neck. I'm sure it was repairable, but we were drunk and meloncholy overwhelmed me. In a fit of rage I destroyed it. Then cried the rest of the night. I've a penchant for being over dramatic, I know. I still have the pieces.
If you have the ability to buy this now, do so. Don't question. Do it. You'll never look back. Know she's not the Bell of the Ball that these dreadnought boys desire. But she can, and will be the blood that pumps your soul back to life.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but not great

This review is not intended to be negative. I am an Alvarez owner. I own one 6 string acoustic and one 12 string acoustic, both Alvarez and both of which I absolutely love....Read complete review

This review is not intended to be negative. I am an Alvarez owner. I own one 6 string acoustic and one 12 string acoustic, both Alvarez and both of which I absolutely love. Here's what I didn't like about the guitar:Since it's a folk guitar it's much smaller than a dreadnought, and you lose alot of sound from that. Some of the reviews I have read mentioned a full deep sound, it didn't hear that at all. The size of the guitar made me feel like I was playing a kid's guitar, and with the cutaway feature the low end just doesn't hold. The action, which can be fixed, was very unimpressive. I have played cheaper Taylors and Martins with better and more level action. Lets face it, this is a $2000 guitar. I expected more for the price that I was paying. On a good note, the electronics were awesome and the craftsmanship was even better, from a visual aspect. But I returned this guitar cause I firmly believe it isn't worth the money you pay for it.

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2.0

Good but not great

By DBull

from Orlando, FL

This review is not intended to be negative. I am an Alvarez owner. I own one 6 string acoustic and one 12 string acoustic, both Alvarez and both of which I absolutely love. Here's what I didn't like about the guitar:Since it's a folk guitar it's much smaller than a dreadnought, and you lose alot of sound from that. Some of the reviews I have read mentioned a full deep sound, it didn't hear that at all. The size of the guitar made me feel like I was playing a kid's guitar, and with the cutaway feature the low end just doesn't hold. The action, which can be fixed, was very unimpressive. I have played cheaper Taylors and Martins with better and more level action. Lets face it, this is a $2000 guitar. I expected more for the price that I was paying. On a good note, the electronics were awesome and the craftsmanship was even better, from a visual aspect. But I returned this guitar cause I firmly believe it isn't worth the money you pay for it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

beautiful guitar

By Bob-4W5VC

from Erie,Pa.

I've owned this guitar for 10 yrs.or so and what I found was it looks and plays beautiful.What I don't like about it, put a capo on it and your out of tune. sound blends in with pianos,does not stand out no bass and sounds more like a piano. if you like that sound great.The electronics are very good on the positive

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Guitar

By Zanrak

from Brooklyn, NY

I have this guitar for about 2 years now. Yeah, it's not a big box resonant Martin. This is probably not the perfect camp-fire guitar.... That said, I never fail to just love picking up and playing this ax. The neck is fantastic, and the sound, especially with a little amplification is great (I picked up the mic for inside the sound hole to add to the piezo p/u). I'm always a little wistful when I put this one away... It records very well, it works great in a live setting & it gets lots of compliments.

 
5.0

I MISS THIS GUITAR

By Flip

from Florida

Has this for about 5 years, and loved it every minute. The other reviews are correct: it's not a dreadnought, doesn't sound huge, is quiet, etc. & blah, blah, blah. Whatever. It was, and to me still is, the most stunning guitar I've played. Each opening of the case engendered a reverence I've still not felt for any other guitar. It's look. It's fit and finish. It's feel. It's sound... It hugs you back, and begs not to be put down. It inspires, and says 'No. Don't stop there... We've got another verse, or chorus, or whole song in us. It's ok, keep playing. The morning sun doesn't mean you've played all night. It means you're in love... with me'. And I was, and am.
To be fair, this was my first "adult purchase" of a guitar. It meant a lot to me. It got me through some times, I can tell you. The head stock got broken off while working in Puerto Rico. I was sullen. A luthier thankfully fixed it. Later a buddy drunkenly stumbled into it and broke the neck. I'm sure it was repairable, but we were drunk and meloncholy overwhelmed me. In a fit of rage I destroyed it. Then cried the rest of the night. I've a penchant for being over dramatic, I know. I still have the pieces.
If you have the ability to buy this now, do so. Don't question. Do it. You'll never look back. Know she's not the Bell of the Ball that these dreadnought boys desire. But she can, and will be the blood that pumps your soul back to life.

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5.0

Great guitar

By Reno85

from Fort Worth, TX

Pros

  • Beauty
  • Electronics
  • Tone
  • Versatility

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Gigs
  • Playing around the house

I usually play older Martins, but I stumbled upon this guitar at a pawn shop. It's fantastic. Plays great, even tone throughout the entire neck, easy to play. The electronics are fantastic as well. With that being said, it's not a big box Martin. It's a lower volume guitar - it was made to be plugged in. But it's quickly become one of my favorite guitars to play...especially around the house where volume isn't an issue. It's beautiful, and the craftsmanship is near flawless. Alvarez did well with this one - definitely has exceeded my expectations.

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5.0

Dunski

By Psyko_physh

from Grand Haven, MI

A true dream acoustic electric. Unlike the typical Spruce or Cedar topped guitars owned by most serious musicians, this Yairi feels like it was meant to be plugged in. The all Koa body design takes out the annoying treble intensity typical of most guitars of this body style. Great punch, and tone. The pre-amp is one of the most versitile I have ever played. The 600T Mk II pickup has an auxilary input for a soundhole pickup or a condensor mic. I used one with a ASP50 soundhole pickup. It rings loud and proud. A true stage star.

 
5.0

Can a guitar be perfect.

By MandoMark

from Seattle

Yes. This one is. From the second you open the case, this guitar enchants. The beautifully figured Koa jumps out at you and makes you want to play. The signature Yairi styling cues such as the bridge and single neck inlay let you and any observers know that this is not a run of the mill instrument. It sounds as beautiful as it looks, and believe it or not, sounds even better plugged in. If there is a guitar anywhere in the world that sounds better amplified than the WY1K, I would love to hear it. I have listened to it next to high end martins and taylors, and they honestly don't compare. Better still, since Yairi is not as well known as Martin, Taylor of Gibson, you don't pay anything for the name. Every penny of the price is for the quality and craftsmanship, not for advertising and reputation. If Gibson or Taylor could make an instrument this fine, it would cost at least three times the price. This will be the last acoustic guitar you ever need.

 
5.0

Great guitar

By CongDon

from Des Moines, IA

I have owned this guitar for about 10 years now. I fell in love with the looks and the neck immediately, and bought it when I could not afford it. In the years since, I have come to love how it performs live. It has a punchy, percussive quality when amplified, which comes through in the mix with a band. I play a duo with a friend that plays a Larivee. Nice guitar, but compared to the Yairi is muddy and quiet. We have to roll my volume down for it to be heard. Plus, it's tough as hell. It has been left in a hot car in the summer, abused in sloshy bars. Not a crack, nothing after 10 years. I love this guitar, period. For value, I rated lower cause the price has gone up since i bought mine.

 
5.0

Sweetness personified

By radarlover

from New Mexico

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Its the perfect size, its has amazing tone, sustain and playability, like Ferris said, "if you have the means I highly recommend aquiring one" Anything that makes you a better guitarist is icing on the cake and this ax has plenty of icing to spare.
Nothing short of spectacular. Unplugged its very sweet but its when you plug it into a quality acoustic amp that this beauty puts its superman cape on. Amazing.
Yairi, enough said about quality.
I rate it an 9 just because I know what they used to sell for and now they are twice as much. Word gets around and price reflects demand.

 
5.0

Perfect Tone

By tigerdaddyjr

from South Carolina

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I can only describe the tone of this guitar with one word...perfect. I have many guitars including some big names....Martins, Taylors, and each has it's own distinct sound, and they are truly quality instruments. But, when I look through my music, and work with each guitar to determine which sound most closely matches the original music, I keep coming back to this Alvarez Yairi WY1K. The tone is warm in the mids to lows, and perfect...striking, but gentle at the highs. People should give this WY1K a try, and even some other Alvarez Yairis. You'll be leasantly surprised at the quality of sound these guitars have.

 
5.0

A Beautiful Guitar...

By The_GuitarGuru

from Westford, MA

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I picked up the Yairi WY1K to complement my Yairi DY75 after shopping around and playing with Taylor's 414CE and Martin's JC16GTE (both remarkable guitars in their own right). But the design, sound, and price of the WY1K won me over. The natural sound is light, but still balanced (though it is not naturally deep in low-end due to the body size and wood type). The onboard electronics really bring out the best of this guitar's sound. Beautiful craftmanship and design highlight this guitar, and on stage the stunning visual detail and the crisp, clean natural sound make this guitar a treat to play and hear. My only "cons" to this guitar is in the pickup/preamp design: two screws hold the pickup into it's housing, meaning that you have to unscrew them and lift the entire pickup casing out in order to change a battery. While this allows the housing and surrounding guitar body to be a bit sturdier than Fishman's "flip up" design, it is not as convenient. The solution is to change your battery before your show, but if you are a forgetful type who leaves the guitar plugged in, or uses the same battery show after show, it might mean a moment of anxious fiddling onstage if the battery goes low during your event. Overall, this guitar is a winner, and definitely holds it's own against other high-end guitars in it's range. I highly recommend giving this guitar a try the next time you are looking for an upgrade, an addition, or just something new.

 
5.0

Best guitar I've ever played!

By Zebulan Hundley

from Frederick, MD

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Hands down this is the best acoustic electric guitar I've ever played. The action is perfect and the tone is simply unbelievable. I've been playing on various Taylor models and in my opinion nothing I've played has come close to this WY1K!This will be the only acoustic electric I'll play. It is now my primary acoustic instrument.

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