From Yairi –
“The Yairi factory is in the small town of Kani, in the hills north of Nagoya, Japan. Here they have been making guitars for 80 years. The late Kazuo Yairi was one of the finest and most successful luthiers of our time and helped design and build Alvarez-Yairi guitars for nearly 50 years.
The pride within the factory is immediately evident. Floors are made of mahogany, walls are rosewood tongue and groove, and furniture is hand carved by the luthiers. The amount of naturally seasoned tone wood is legendary and the production line marries time honoured handmade craftsmanship with modern day design and processes.
Every neck is spoke shaved by hand, braces are carved and tops are tuned to perfection. Hide glues are used throughout, and attention to detail and quality of the build is incredible. Alvarez Yairi guitars are beautifully presented, wonderful sounding, luthier-made instruments, are some of the finest guitars in today’s market.”
This magical line of Yairi Masterworks guitars came about, almost by accident, as Alvarez-Yairi designers were detailing the specs of a guitar for renowned guitarsis Jack Pearson. It was thought that Adirondack spruce paired with Honduran mahogany would be the best combination needed for Jack’s tonal requests.
Mr Yairi amassed an incredible amount of tonewood throughout his life and although most is in or around the factory, some was stored on a piece of land he owned some miles away. The Alvarez team would go and see the wood on every trip to Kani, it became a ritual after lunch, but because most of the supply had darkened due to the elements making them unsure what all of it was. Looking back now, Mr Yairi may have been thinking, "One day they will realize what is in here."
Well that day came. Suspecting that Mr Yairi had a supply of Honduran mahogany on his piece of land they travelled there again, and what they found in terms of tonewood was pure gold; perfectly conditioned billets of old growth Honduran mahogany that had been naturally seasoning for around 50 years…unbelievable.
Had Alvarez's team not discussed Honduran mahogany for Jack’s guitar they may have never discovered such a treasure. This series celebrates this amazing wood, arguably the best tonewood of all, and it also celebrates Mr Yairi’s lifelong (and beyond) commitment to his art.
- One-piece mahogany neck
- Dovetail neck joint: Dovetail
- Direct coupled ebony bridge
- Paua abalone and mother-of-pearl inlays
- Ivoroid binding
- Ebony bridge pins
- Body type: OM
- Cutaway: No
- Top wood: Solid Honduran mahogany
- Back and sides: Solid Honduran mahogany
- Bracing pattern: Hand-carved FST2, scalloped forward shifted X with asymmetrical tone bars
- Body finish: Gloss Natural
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: Not specified
- Nut width: 1.73" (44 mm)
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Neck wood: Mahogany
- Scale length: 25"
- Number of frets: 20
- Neck finish: Gloss Natural
- Headstock overlay: Ebony
- Tuning machines: Gotoh 510s, gold with ebony buttons
- Bridge: Ebony
- Saddle and nut: Real bone
- Country of origin: Japan
This Yairi FYM66HD Masterworks OM Honduran Mahogany acoustic is a stunning little guitar made from old-growth Honduran mahogany which has been naturally seasoning for over 40 years in the perfect climate of Kani, Japan. The Yairi FYM66HD Masterworks OM Honduran Mahogany is rich and warm sounding with wonderful strong mids and round, bell like trebles.
The guitar itself is very light in weight due to the quality of the wood and thin finish - you feel it resonating as it instantly responds to your playing. Its projection is open and its volume for an OM body size is loud.
Being a Yairi its intonation is excellent and the all-around spec of the guitar is of the highest level with the amazing Gotoh 510 tuners and ebony bridge, fingerboard and headstock veneer.
The guitar is in excellent, virtually new condition. It has been played in a home environment only since bought last year. It has had no changes, modifications or repairs and presents as a beautifully made, lightweight instrument with an open, warm voice.
Comes in its original hard shell case in new condition.
Video demo here – https://youtu.be/SIYZeXZmukM