1975 Alvarez-Yairi DY 95 Brazilian Rosewood Martin D-45 Clone VERY RARE Guitar! | Musical Instruments & Gear, Guitars & Basses, Acoustic Guitars | eBay!
1975 Alvarez-Yairi DY 95 Brazilian Rosewood Martin D-45 Clone
Here is an exceptionally rare Alvarez Yairi flat-top from the mid-1970’s. This is a Yairi DY-95 dreadnought. It’s basically a clone of a Martin D-45. It has some of the most impressive Brazilian Rosewood back and sides that I’ve ever seen!
The guitar was originally sold in Harlan, Kentucky (see the store sticker in the soundhole). Kazuo Yairi recently died and his guitars are world-renowned for their superior craftsmanship, components and play-ability. This is no exception.
The guitar has a look that automatically makes you think “Martin D-45!” The specs are basically identical, except this would be a pre-1969 D-45 because of the Brazilian rosewood. It looks, sounds, feels and lays like a Martin to me. It has an exceptional tone, perfect action and easy play-ability. There is some player wear tot he top, but nothing too major. The neck is perfect and plays easily. It has a loud punch and responds very well, tonally. The abalone and Brazilian rosewood is stunning!
The only downside is the significant repair done to the back. Apparently, the guitar took a hit to the upper bass corner of the back, and a little crack on the side at the upper bout. The repair used Indian rosewood and the binding was modified to do the repair. It’s noticeable, but, it’s on the back and not TOO noticeable. The repair on the side, at the upper bout, is sealed and required nothing but a seal to the wood. Overall, the repair is sound and needs nothing. If you are a luthier, and wanted to put in the time and effort to possibly make the rosewood blend better (if you have some Brazilian), then go for it. This repair was done some time ago- I’m guessing at least 20-25 years, maybe more. Regardless, the repair is sound and it’s perfectly fine and is merely cosmetic.
If it weren’t for that repair, I’d be asking well over $2k for this. I’ve only seen maybe 4 or 5 of these ever. Some have the vine floral fingerboard inlay, but this one has the D-45 look. It’s less fancy, but those with the vine inlay bring over $3000.
It comes in an old, 1960’s Gibson faux-gator acoustic chipboard case.
These are SUPER RARE! It’s a joy to play and look at! Not many Brazilian rosewood guitars out there for this price!