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Alvarez Yairi CYM95 Classical Guitar

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The lush and dark tones of the cedar top coupled with the complex overtones produced by the solid Indian rosewood body will draw you in the moment yo...Click To Read More About This Product

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A top-of-the line handcrafted instrument with warm room-filling tone from a solid hand-selected cedar top and superb playability thanks to a sleek ebony fingerboard.

The lush and dark tones of the cedar top coupled with the complex overtones produced by the solid Indian rosewood body will draw you in the moment you play a chord. Your eyes will be held captive by the spidery, black streaks that dance across the rosewood and the intricate mosaic rosette that accents the soundhole. Until you play a Yairi Classical, you can't understand the attraction; once you play one, you won't be able to deny the attraction.

  • Body Style: classical
  • Back/Sides: solid rosewood
  • Top: solid cedar - RT
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Fingerboard: ebony
  • Scale: 25-1/2" (650mm)
  • Width at Nut: 2" (51mm)
  • Bridge: rosewood
  • Body Binding: wood multi
  • Soundhole Rosette: wood mosaic
  • Head Overlay: rosewood
  • Tuning Machines: gold
  • Finish: natural tinted

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Top-notch Yairi quality

By Jose-GS5ib

from Las Cruces, NM

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After playing a few Cordobas at Guitar Center, I found myself disappointed with their quality, even the thousand dollar models. Having read a great deal on the quality of Alvarez guitars, especially the Yairi's, I ordered the CYM95. I am EXTREMELY impressed with the quality of this guitar. The finish is perfect. There is no careless gluing to be found anywhere. The back (3 piece solid rosewood) is perfectly matched and quite beautiful. The intonation is pefect up and down the neck. Everything about the guitar is rock solid.The best part, though, is the sound. The guitar is very light and very loud. The low notes resonate with commanding presence and the highs are crystal clear. My guitar was obviously not made long ago (it still smells very new and the dates on the inspection card are from October), so the sound is only going to get better as the wood ages.If I had any gripes at all, it would be with the case (Alvarez CC1) that came with the guitar. It does not have a humidifier and is flimsy. All in all, I am very happy with this guitar. You just can't go wrong with a guitar that bears Kazuo Yairi's signature in the soundhole.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best guitar around


from Chicago

Why is there a review on the CY-140 below? The CYM-95 is all solid wood. If Kazuo Yairi decides that the best classical guitar in his line is going to have a three-piece Torres braced solid rosewood back, who are we mere mortals to challenge him? The CYM95 is hands down the best classical guitar I've played in tone, finish, action, and projection, and I've played plenty over 20 years - this one leaves the Ramirez 4E light years behind, both in tone and action. All Ramirezes, except for the absolute top end like 1A are "outsourced" to other luthiers, with little or minimal involvement from the Ramirez workshop, other than the label bearing their name that is pasted inside the soundhole. Kazuo Yairi is a true master who oversees every single CYM95 in Gifu and signs off on it. Try it out and see for yourself.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I've had one for 30 years and would never trade it

By DanShepherd

from Columbus, OH

I bought a Yairi, 'way back-in-the-day when I was in college. I'd been playing since I was 15, and this was the first "real" guitar I ever had. I had the opportunity at that time to try several at home before purchasing, and I settled on this one, hands down. I had no clue what I was buying, but I bought it on the basis of its sound and playability, compared to every guitar I'd tried.I recommend this instrument for anyone who respects quality when they see it. It's the last classical you'll ever buy.Mine is an original Yairi, dated 1976, No. 570. I'm a bit curious as to its worth.

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Beautiful Guitar

By Matt-g.5H.

from Missouri

Everytime I open the case I have to stop and stare at it for a little while. It is a very beautiful guitar. A great playing guitar, and it has amazing projection. My only complaint would be a few weak frets on the high E. Some of them don't ring as loud and clear towards the higer register, but it's not that noticeable. Overall I think this is hands down the best new classical in its price range.

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Almost perfect...

By Rob-.eZX6

from Sacramento, CA

I recently purchased my CYM-95 used and cannot begin to write how pleased I am with this instrument. The typical (and now expected) Yairi quality is evident throughout. The volume and projection are, quite frankly, astounding! I have added a John Pearse arm rest to my girl which, as good as they are stock, improves both substantially. My ONLY complaint is the lack of available electronics. Electronics are available as an option on the CY-140...why not this beauty? Could be Yairi-san figured it really doesn't need amplification. I don't like the fabric covering on the case which gets dirty quite easily nor the fact that no provision has been made for humidification. I bought a HumiCase Metro for my instrument...Now life is good!

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By Deek880

from New York

I have a CY-140 purchased in 1976 by K Yari. It sounds good, better than a cheap guitar. Top quality cedar top. The back and sides are "Jacaranda" which is species of rosewood try from Brazil, but it is not what is generally considered "brazilian rosewood".The finish on this quitar is not laquer. I recently set about to refinish it and the finish was unaffected by laquer thinners. It is finished with some kind of poly acrylic enamel, which is a sure sound deadener.It's worth the money, but don't kid yourself into thinking these match with a Ramirez 4E or similar.


The Greatest guitar I own

By Les Paul Guy-eVPxM

from Lebanon, In

Well when I was a small child my grandfather had this exact guitar and I would just be amazed at what a fine piece of insturment it was. I would sit an dplay it for hours. Now my grandfather has passed this guitar down to me and out of the four guitars I have this one is my favorite even though I'm not that good at fiuge style picking you don't have to be good you just need to pluck one of the stirngs on this fine piece of musical instrument and it just sound like no other guitar in this world not Gibson not Martin nothing compares to this guitar and for the price I think it's a great buy for how magnificient this guitar is.

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