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Alvarez Yairi FYM66HD Masterworks OM Honduran Mahogany Natural

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Overview

Crafted from seasoned Honduran mahogany (at least 40 years) for a lightweight instrument with an open, warm voice.

This Yairi FYM66HD Masterworks OM Honduran Mahogany acoustic is a stunning little guitar made from old-growth Honduran mahogany which has been naturally seasoning for 50 years in the perfect climate of Kani, Japan. The Yairi FYM66HD Masterworks OM Honduran Mahogany is rich and warm sounding with wonderful strong mids and round, bell like trebles.

The guitar itself is very light in weight due to the quality of the wood and thin finish; you feel it resonating as it instantly responds to your requests. Its projection is open and its volume for an OM body size is loud. Being a Yairi its intonation is incredible and the all-around spec of the guitar is of the highest level with the amazing Gotoh 510 tuners and ebony bridge, fingerboard and headstock veneer.

How They Came To Be
This magical line of Yairi Masterworks guitars came about, almost by accident, as Alvarez-Yairi designers were detailing the specs of a guitar for a wonderful player named Jack Pearson. It was thought that Adirondack spruce paired with Honduran mahogany would be the best combination needed for Jack’s tonal requests.

Mr. Yairi amassed an incredible amount of tonewood throughout his life and although most is in or around the factory, some was stored on a piece of land he owned some miles away. The Alvarez team would go and see the wood on every trip to Kani, it became a ritual after lunch, but because most of the supply had darkened due to the elements making them unsure what all of it was. Looking back now, Mr. Yairi may have been thinking, "One day they will realize what is in here."

Well that day came. Suspecting that Mr. Yairi had a supply of Honduran mahogany on his piece of land they travelled there again, and what they found in terms of tonewood was pure gold; perfectly conditioned billets of old growth Honduran mahogany that had been naturally seasoning for around 50 years…unbelievable.

Had Alvarez's team not discussed Honduran mahogany for Jack’s guitar they may have never discovered such a treasure. This series celebrates this amazing wood, arguably the best tonewood of all, and it also celebrates Mr. Yairi’s lifelong (and beyond) commitment to his art.

Honduran Series are some of the best guitars Alvarez-Yairi have ever made and offer incredible value for such highly specified, inspiring handmade instruments.

Honduran Series are some of the best guitars Alvarez-Yairi have ever made and offer incredible value for such highly specified, inspiring handmade instruments.

Features

  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Dovetail neck joint: Dovetail
  • Direct coupled ebony bridge
  • Paua abalone and mother-of-pearl inlays
  • Ivoroid binding
  • Ebony bridge pins
  • D’Addario EXP16 strings

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Specs

Yairi FYM66HD Masterworks OM Honduran Mahogany Specifications:

Body
  • Body type: OM
  • Cutaway: No
  • Top wood: Solid Honduran mahogany
  • Back and sides: Solid Honduran mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Hand-carved FST2, scalloped forward shifted X with assymetrical tone bars
  • Body finish: Gloss Natural
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Not specified
  • Nut width: 1.73" (44 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25"
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Gloss Natural
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • Brand: Not applicable
  • Configuration: Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ: Not applicable
  • Feedback filter: Not applicable
  • Tuner: Not applicable
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh 510s, gold with ebony buttons
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle and nut: Real bone
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features:
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Japan
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