1979 Alvarez Yairi Limited Edition DY-50 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, With Case | Musical Instruments & Gear, Guitars & Basses, Acoustic Guitars | eBay!
1979 Alvarez By Kazuo Yairi, 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, Model No. DY50, Serial No. 30669, Issue Date 09/28/1979, Series No. 833/900
In Very Very Good Condition. – Undoubtedly one of the finest guitars ever made. No marks except for one playing ding and a few very light handling and swirl marks on the front. The back and sides are excellent. Perfect setup, low action and intonation is right on. This particular instrument was professionally fitted in 1984 with a discreet and well hidden DiMarzio bridge pickup with the output jack through the strap button. There are no volume or tone controls and absolutely no damage whatsoever was done to the bridge or to the body of the guitar when the pickup was installed. The sound is incomparable when played through an acoustic guitar amp. The original hardshell case is included.
The DY50 Is A Fantastic Guitar. – It is a gorgeous instrument handmade with the finest and the rarest of materials with amazing playability and a piano like tone that is extremely rich. The cedar top has the tightest grain ever and the Yairi DY50 will virtually dance in your hands as the solid cedar top rings out with the authority of a grand piano. It was handmade by Japan’s premier luthier Kazuo Yairi and released in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the company. Hit an open A on the DY50 and there is so much richness and sustain that you can have it sampled to create a Fishman Aura patch. It is a fantastic lead and blues instrument, its frets are just the right size for serious and intense playing, it is great with down tunings and it sounds particularly good with finger picks.
Alvarez Yairi guitars have been favored and sought after by numerous artists including: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, Kip Winger, Glenn Tipton, Michael Murphey, Monte Montgomery, David Crosby, Stephen Stills , Graham Nash, Larry & Rudy Gatlin, Ani DiFranco, Paul McCartney, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa and many many more. – Watch the YouTube video of Krispood playing a DY-62C which is also a ceder top and burled mahogany Yairi that sounds exactly like the DY-50 which we have for sale: K. Yairi DY-62C – Also please take the time to watch the YouTube video: Yairi Guitar Factory Tour
Binding = 3-stripe ivory colored body-binding
Finish colors = natural finish
Number of strings = 6 strings
Body back material = burled mahogany
Body sides material = burled mahogany
Body style = dreadnought-size
Body top material= cedar
Pickguard material = tortoiseshell
Soundhole rosette = abalone
Soundhole = round soundhole
Body fret = neck joins body at 14th fret
Neck joint = set neck
Neck material = mahogany neck
Peghead (headstock) – burled mahogany headstock overlay
Fingerboard inlay material = abalone
Fingerboard material = ebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markers = diamond position markers
Number of frets = 20 frets
Bridge pins = pearl dot pins
Bridge = ebony bridge
Saddle & nut – natural bone
Tuner layout = three-each-side
Tuner style = gold plated tuners
38 Years Of Wear Issues – This is a one owner guitar which belonged to a songwriter. It has never been used on stage and it has always been stored in a recording studio where it has absorbed vibrations from hundreds of other guitars and instruments.
Tuners = Gold plating worn on the knobs – Can easily be replated or replaced for about $5.00 each.
Frets = Original frets showing some wear but very playable with plenty of metal left – will eventually need resurfacing and polishing to restore like new.
Fretboard – We provided an up close photo showing the normal and above average fretboard for a guitar of this age. Lots of life remaining as long as you keep your fingernails trimmed short and occasionally spray with lemon oil. The neck radius is 16″.
The Pickup Jack – Works fine if you use a new cable with the modern arrowhead style tip. Old round tip cables may hum. The pickup is flawless but the jack after having been plugged into dozens of times may eventually need replacing.
The Cedar Top – 35 years ago the guitar was knocked off the stand by a three year old toddler and fell gently into a coffee table; hence the ding in the right corner. It also has a few surface depressions. They aren’t scratches but were caused by the normal rubbing against guitar straps and cables. Barely visible up close and not visible from 4 feet they present no structural or sonic issue. Once you hear how this guitar sounds it wouldn’t matter if it looked like Willy Nelson’s guitar. But because of the minor imperfections we give this guitar a “Very Good To Excellent” rating. The tone is a 10+