Vintage K. Yairi DY-92 Lute Back Guitars for Sale
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K. Yairi built this model because he believed that the domed back would yield a sound and volume of unique quality…but only if the materials used were in harmony with the shape.
Although a machine process synthetic molded back might suffice, he was convinced that only wood could give the quality o sound he wanted.
Thirty three pieces of mahogany, rosewood and maple, all shaped and finished by hand, compose the domed back. Mr. Yairi chose the finest Canadian spruce available for the soundboard and braces, The inner kerfed strips are hand set mahogany. The ebony fretboard is bound with ivoriod, herringbone inlay borders the top and soundhole. Patent heads are gold plated Grovers on a rosewood faced headstock.
The craftsmanship on the “lute back” is flawless; even the interior is finished with same care as the exterior. The tonal quality of the Lute back is superb; so sensitive and versatile, that this model, responds faithfully to the individual’s style and technique. It is a fine solo instrument yet it has the resonance and projection that is necessary for rhythm accompaniment.