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Alvarez Yairi Virtuoso Maple WY1TS Acoustic Electric Cutaway

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Handcrafted in an old-fashioned workshop in a Japanese mountain village under the personal guidance of master luthier Kazuo Yairi, Alvarez Yairi guit...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 solid spruce for the top and figured maple back and sides for a luxurious look and a bright, 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.

  • Handcrafted
  • Solid spruce top
  • Figured maple 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
  • Ebony bridge
  • Includes hardshell case

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Unbelievable Guitar...

By Jeremy Mayle

from myspace/jeremymayle

I've owned them all...this one takes the cake. I'm a singer/songwriter thats been doing live and studio stuff for 15 years and I've never run across a guitar that has sounded or played so well right out of the case. FEATURES: Excellent reproduction of guitar tone with the high-end MK electronics. It doesn't have an internal condensor mic like a Taylor BUT it does give you an "AUX IN" on the underside of the component box if you ever wanna add one. The built-in tuner is great too. The Abalone is simply stunning but subtle unlike the big flashy Martin D's. The Yairi logo on the headstock lets people know you came to play...kinda like dual-flags on the side of an old musclecar.QUALITY: Spruce top, maple back and sides, ebony fretboard...all top notch woods. What really surprised me was that there's not ONE place on the whole guitar I could find a workmanship flaw...every piece is flush...its like Kazuo made it himself! I did find something interesting out about the Yairi factory: Nestled in the hills of Japan there are no more than 40-50 people that work there...EVERYTHING is done by hand by master luthiers. I've not come across this kind of craftsmanship for the price in my life.VALUE: Well, the price is kind of steep but I give it a 10 simply because if you look at the handmade construction and materials used then look at comparable models by Martin, Gibson and's like HALF the price and you get the same thing if not better. At least with this guitar you know that it was hand made and had care in making it.OVERALL: I will probably never buy another Acoustic/Electric Steel String...this one will do it all for as long as I'm alive (Lifetime Warranty).


the perfect guitar

By markopolo

from boston

I have owned more guitars than I can remember, and the instant I picked this guitar up I knew I had to have it. it has amazing sound quality, tone, and voice. I have friends with Taylors, and when we sit down they all wind up wanting to hold my Yairi. As amazing as the sound is, the looks are even better. you simply cannot play this guitar without someone asking you if they can hold it, almost like a baby....Buy it. And love it.


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By Rathernotownit

from Virginia

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I was looking for a smaller bodied acoustic electric and I was being picky. I wanted sunburst and solid Maple back and sides plus I had to have a good pickup system. This guitar has all that with a neck that feels great. I play mostly solo at several different venues with house PA systems. I've been able to adjust the pickup for all these and my own PA to get a full clean sound each time.It's been 10 days and I can tell ya this baby ain't going back :)


Amazing Guitar

By Jdubs-BXyTC

from FL

I have owned this guitar for 2 years now and i have got to say this is probably the nicest guitar i have ever owned. I have played martins, taylors, fenders, gibsons...this one outplays, out sounds, and out looks every one of them. i knew from the first time i held this guitar in the shop that i would buy it. i put it on layaway and paid it off in a couple weeks. it has been worth every penny. the craftsmanship on this guitar is simply unreal. the wood used in these guitars is absolutely breath taking. buy this guitar. you will not regret it. do it. now. buy it. haha but it. you will love it


Great Guitar

By TrentRaines

from Kansas City, MO

I am reviewing the Yairi wy1ts.This is a great guitar for any level of player. I would consider myself an intermediate to advanced player myself and play mostly acoustic style music. This guitar has an amzing sound with unbelieveable bass. Also the high end sounds associate with soloing and such things is great. This is all in spite that this is the prettiest guitar i have ever seen. I love it.


Yairi WY1TS = Quality, Playability, & Tone

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The first thing that stood out to me when picking up the instrument was the quality put into it's construction(and innovation i.e. the bridge. No short cuts seem to have been taken anywhere on this guitar. Secondly, I have yet to find a better playing acoustic in this price range - it just feels right. The loftier brand names with the higher price tags were in many, many instances falling well below the Yairi here. And finally, the tone of this model is very warm and defined unplugged, and really impresses when amplified. All this said, I love this guitar and I'm sure that you won't be sorry if this WY1 is your choice too.


Awsome from Headstock to End Strap Button

By YairiMan

from North Carolina

I have played and owned many guitars since I was 7 years old. I own about 50 different guitars now. This is the best sounding and the most beautiful guitar that I have ever owned or played hands down. This thing sounds better than any Martin, Gibson or Taylor that I have ever heard or played and that is a fact and I have heard and played many, many guitars. Pluged in this is one amazing instrument from the from the high E to the low E and all the in between! If you have never played a Yairi you've got to try one, they are all amazing sounding and playing guitars. You will not be disapointed I guarantee it!

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