Alvarez Yairi DY-50

Used Alvarez Yairi DY-50 Guitars for Sale.

Alvarez DY-50 Guitar by Kazuo Yairi Limited Edition Made in Japan

Jacaranda body with 3-stripe body-binding and natural finish, rosewood fingerboard with abalone inlays…

DY-50 Specs General
Binding 3-stripe body-binding
Finish colors natural finish
Number of strings 6 strings
Body back material jacaranda body back
Body sides material jacaranda body sides
Body style dreadnought-size body
Body top material cedar body top
Pickguard material tortoiseshell pickguard
Soundhole rosette abalone rosette
Soundhole round soundhole
Body fret Neck joins body at 14th fret
Neck joint set neck
Neck material mahogany neck
Peghead (headstock) bound headstock
Fingerboard inlay material abalone fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard material rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markers diamond fingerboard position markers
Number of frets 20 fret
Bridge pins pearl dot pins
Bridge rosewood bridge
Tuner layout three-each-side


  1. No, a classical has the same tuinng as an acoustic, so the chords would sound the same. The differences are that classical guitars have nylon strings instead of steel strings, have a slightly more rounded body shape as opposed to the traditional dreadnought shape of an acoustic, and sound slightly different.The choice you should make between these two types should be based on the styles you want to play and what kind of sound you want to achieve. If you want to do classical guitar then the nylon strings and the wider fingerboard will help you in the long run, but if you are looking for a guitar to strum while you sing, then an acoustic will probably serve you better.Hope I helped!

  2. I have one of the original DY-50 50th anniversary models from 1979. I’ve taken it halfway round the world and I like it better than my D-28, even with the D-28 being mint and with 16 years of seasoning. When I first played it, it rang like a grand piano – very rich and full, and like no other new guitar that I have played in the intervening 37 years. The tight-grained cedar top has perfect density and is very musical.
    At this age the sound is slightly brighter than new and with the exception of normal pickguard wear, it looks showroom new, with the finish, neck and everything else in perfect shape. It has held up really well over the years, including stretches in various climates from the humidity of Austin to the dry west Texas plains and over several years in Nairobi with alternating dry and rainy seasons twice a year. It has been extremely stable in every situation. Frankly, if it weren’t for the total lack of marketing from the distributor, the AY brand would be as widely recognized as any leading accoustic out there.
    This is not a standard Alvarez, but a serious professional instrument. I am mainly a blues player and use .010s on it. It plays with a very fluid feel, with just the right gauge of frets for great bending, and it has a ton of soul to it. I’ve frequently downtuned it for finger picking and the sound is just as rich.
    If anything ever happened to this instrument, I would buy a brand new one in a heartbeat.

  3. Own this model as well, it also has a ebony fretboard and bridge, I wonder why some Yairi’s are rosewood and others are ebony.
    Happy that both my DY50 & DY38 are ebony!

    1. I’ve been working up some acoustic blues sets with bare-finger picking / super short nails and tuned a full step down for bending. The range of tones I get from this thing is amazing, from soft with a bit of attack to fuzzy like a fretless with some zing and, using the back of my index nail, some really great brassy tones up the neck with naturally occurring harmonics. By really digging in and playing aggressively, this thing groans and wails. Used in conjunction with a Fishman Eclipse Matrix Blend (piezo with internal mic) and Aura Spectrum DI, I am kicking the lead guitarist’s tail. I’m actually thinking about buying another ’79 DY-50 for downtuned stuff.

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