The History of the “Lawsuit” Guitars

Alvarez- Yairi DY-77 1978

Alvartez-Yairi CY-140 Classical Guitar with Alvarez System 500 II pre-amp, case

Alvarez - Yairi 75th Anniversary Model DYK75P Acoustic Guitar

Great Article about the lawsuit era of the 70’s when big American guitar companies like Gibson and Martin sued Japanese guitar makers like Yairi and Takamine for copyright infringement. read more….

The True Story Behind Japanese ‘Lawsuit’ Guitars – Soundfly

Welcome to 6String Minutes. In this segment, we’ll uncover the truth about Japanese “lawsuit” guitars imported to the United States from the mid-1970s on. Gear hunters and enthusiasts around the world all claim to have seen them, but the true story may shock you.* (* If you happen to be plugged into an ungrounded amplifier and touch metal.)

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  1. Hi, I have a 1989 Yairi made in Japan and serial # 39165 model number Y89-3. It’s not a DY, just a Y model number. Very nice guitar plays beautifully and in excellent condition, with just a few nicks considering it’s age. Does anyone know anything about this model, Y89-3? I have had the guitar since 1990. Thanks

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