NGD Alvarez Yairi Dy 52

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  1. uglyvw

    uglyvw Well-Known Member

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    Just couldn't pass up a killer deal on a local Yairi DY 52. Need to look up yeat, but I believe late 80s to early 90s. Spruce top, rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and bridge. She's a keeper for sure.
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    What a gorgeous acoustic! Love the woods on this one, Congrats and Enjoy!
     
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    Really nice! Nothing better than a new acoustic!
     
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    Wow that is nice! Been playing more acoustic lately, gets the GAS pumping....
    The second one is even sweeter than the first.......

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    That's damn nice!
     
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    Great score. I'm a big fan of alvarez/yairi guitars and my main acoustic is a DY62C from 1990. I"m going to guess that one is late 90's because it doesn't have a neck volute and has the 2-piece bridge, but their specs varied so much its hard to tell. Looks to be in fantastic shape too, beautiful guitar.
     
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  7. uglyvw

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    I posted from my phone, and still can't seem to get that right, haha. Two of these would be better than 1 I suppose.
     
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    I looked up the heel stamp numbers and it looks like a 1993 DY 52 Canyon Creek model. This model ran from 89-98 roughly, but not sure exactly when this bridge design or the volute changed. It does have a thicker bit in the volute area, just not as pronounced as the earlier models. Lovely guitar either way. I haven't played a DY62, but I don't think I've picked up a Yairi that wasn't a great instrument.
     
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    The more research I do on the the past of Alvarez and Yairi the more confused I get :) There were actually 2 separate builders with the last name of Yairi and then when they combined with Alvarez it got even more confusing. Bottom line though they made some great guitars and price wise they are a relative bargain compared to other brands from the era. I have noticed the prices creeping up though, just like anything once someone discovers them they become more sought after.

    The 62 series had a cedar top and burled mahog sides/back - and the "C" designates a cutaway. I'd love to find something along the lines of what you just found in a standard/no electronics dread.
     
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    It is a bit confusing, but from what I've read, the various manufacturers were father, son, uncle, all from the same Yairi family and I believe from the same location. It's cool to know the history, but the quality speaks for itself. They are boutique level instruments at assembly line prices. I'm not searching for any others in particular, but any time I run across a Yairi, I do perk up and take a look.
     
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    I envy you guys that know what you are looking at on the older Japan hidden gems.
     
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    Congrats! I've promised someday I'm going to travel to Japan (again) and pick me up a guitar I can't find too easily here.
     
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    Very nice! HNGD

     
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    Nice! There's a DY 56 on sale locally that is awfully tempting. Yours, I think, is prettier.
     
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    Great find. A Yairi from the 80's/90's is almost always a gem. I'm always on the hunt for a DY-52, I just love the coral rosewood/jacarnada back and sides. In fact, that is how I found this forum, when googling DY-52, this post showed up!
     

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