Kazuo Yairi is widely regarded as one of the best ever Japanese luthiers. His classical and steel string acoustic guitars have been treasured by players all around the world. Over the years Mr Yairi hired and trained many younger luthiers, who continued the high quality associated with his signature guitars.
Some early Yairi steel string guitars were certainly influenced by designs associated with CF Martin. But in his work with classical instruments Kazuo Yairi created his own designs which have stood the test of time.
This is a full size Yairi concert classical from 1989. It is a finely crafted instrument featuring high grade materials and superb workmanship.
It is currently set up as a left handed instrument, but could easily be restored back to right handed by changing the nut.
Top: Fine grained solid cedar
Back & Sides: Rosewood
Neck: Mahogany with Ebony insert
Scale: 665 mm
Nut width: 52 mm
Weight: 1.55 kg = 3.44 lbs
This Yairi classical has been well played and it shows some wear expected on a 30 year old instrument. It is structurally sound but shows a worn area on top (see pics) plus some scratches, dings & dents, and general wear associated with an instrument of this age. But it plays beautifully and sounds great.
The headstock is pristine and the tuners are good quality units. The neck is straight, there is no lifting or “bellying” around the bridge, the tuning is accurate and the intonation is good.
This Yairi delivers strong volume and is super responsive. It offers a sweet and clear top end, solid bass, with plenty of overtones in the midrange. It is well balanced with superb note clarity and separation, and impressive sustain.
You could certainly go into a regular music store these days and buy a well made classical guitar for around $1000, but in no way could you compare that with the high grade materials, superb build quality, and attention to detail found on this guitar. Mr Yairi knew how to do it well, which is why his brand has endured for decades as one of the most revered Japanese guitar makers.
Comes in a hard case in overall good condition, but the handle need rejoining.