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K. Yairi R-1-SBX


Checking to see if anyone has info on the K. Yairi R-1-SBX. One is for sale locally but I can’t find any specs on it or reviews. I’d want it primarily for finger style.

K Yairi Kiari GY85 classical guitar

Wondering if anyone has any information on Kiari gY85? I've just acquired one and it's a great little classical.
I can't find any info on the model anywhere.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Yairi DY72

I just purchased a 1989 DY 72 12 string and it came to me wearing an anonymous set of light gauge string tuned down a step. I seem to remember reading that the instruments could handle standard tuning quite well. The previous owner would tune it up but store it tuned down. Does any one have any input and/or suggestions for strings?

Alvarez 5028 Foxwood Artist Resonant Series

Beautiful instrument. Owned since 1981. Emperor date stamp 1980. Spruce/Rosewood Maple binding inc. around neck and head. Wood dot inlay on the fret board. Alvarez logo on bottom of neck heel. Does anyone know what the capital K stamped into the neck block might indicate. I have ask other Alvarez owners. None are reporting the K stamping. I have searched the net and can't come up with another 5028 that is trimmed the same. I read somewhere that each craftsman was allowed from time to time to build as a distinct instrument. I wonder if the K could be the craftsman's stamp.


K for Katsui, 3rd Yairi master luthier


Anything else you can tell me. Do you thing that may be a one on one guitar of Katsui's?

Piezo pickup in Yairi

I have a 1990 K Yairi DY62, the D string has lost its volume.. Has anyone replaced the piezo pickup?.

Yairi guitar

Hello all, I have an Alvarez Yairi guitar serial #39165 and model Y-89 3. Does anyone have any information on this guitar?
I have never seen just the Y model number before it’s usually DY. I’ve had the guitar since 1990. Thanks for any help.

Kazuo Yairi DY 38 serial #42352

Does anyone know when this guitar was made? There isn't a stamp on the head stock and the tag inside is not dated.



Alvarez-Yairi DY-91

Greetings all,

I just picked up a used Alvarez by Kazuo Yairi dread guitar, Serial Number 63721. It is beautiful, lots of abalone and Koa back and sides. There is also a small "x" next to the Model No. Does anyone have any idea what date this guitar was manufactured? It has no date stamped anywhere on it. Thanks and cheers to all the other Yairi owners. Best. JC

K. Yairi YC - 01 Concert Classical Guitar

Hi All,

I have a K. Yairi YC - 01 Concert Classical Guitar. I have tried everywhere to get information about this guitar, but alas I turned up empty. So I turn to the broader community via boards to find out anything about it.

Alvarez by KAZUO YAIRI
Serial: 38357
Model: YC - 01
Year: 1981
Personally signed by KAZUO YAIRI
Made in Japan
56 . 3 . 02

It was made on the 2nd of March 1981 in Japan. It is part of the Alvarez series of guitars. This is all I know.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in Advance.

yairi yc-01

I owned a yc-01 back in about 1979 which I am trying to find another as it was a great guitar and I haven't seen another like it since.
Mine was a matte finish back, sides and top. The back and sides being darker than the top.
But it did have distinctive edge carving around where the purfling would meet the soundboard of arrow heads.

Is yours similar?

Can anyone help identify my guitar

I own a k.Yiari acoustic guitar. Inside the guitar it has a sticker, that has numbers etc as below:

ANNE 1935
Model No W1
Serial no 34035

If anyone can tell me more information on my guitar I'd appreciate it. Type of guitar, what it is worth? etc

Thank you

K Yairi W1

Hi Helen. Yes it sounds like its similar to mine. Please attach pic if you can. Mine is a '83 W1 I have had since the early '90's. Mine is a cedar top with mahogany back and sides. Amazing sound!

Yari Alvarez Abalone Master Special DY 95 Dreadnaught

If anyone has a vintage or used Yari Alvarez Abalone Master Special DY 95 Dreadnaught for sale, please contact me at

Thanks Richard

wy 1-k electronics

Anyone know where I might find a treble, volume, tone unit for my Yairi. Its the older one without the built in tuner. WY-1K Koa.
Used would be fine if in working order.
All The best


K Yari 1983 12-string acoustic

Hi everyone,

Greetings from Australia! I have a K Yari 1983 12-string acoustic, which has not been out of the case for 20 years!

The label reads:
ANNE: 1983
MODEL NO: W I TW (this is what I can make out)
SERIAL NO: 27669

I would like to sell this guitar but have no idea of its value. Any advice would be really appreciated.


K Yairi TW1 12 string

I have one. I paid $500 used in 1990 in Townsville. There was one advertised for about $1500. A very rare guitar and difficult to get information about them. The best guitar I have ever owned. Beautiful full rich sound.

1974 Yari Alvarez Abalone Master Special DY 95 Dreadnaught

serial # 6516 Model # DY 95


49374 is engraved in the wood

1974 Yari Alvarez Abalone Master Special DY 95 Dreadnaught

i have a 1974 Yari Alvarez Abalone Master Special DY 95 Dreadnaught for sale.... Only 10 made, only 3 left in the US. For more info email me please.

Yairi DY 95

Is this beauty still for sale ?

1974 Alvarez by Yairi Master Abalone Limited Production

Yes! It is still for sell. One owner. My mother bought for my father in California in 1974. It just got passed on to me. Can email multiple pics.

1974 DY85

I know this thread is old, but is the guitar sold? If not I would sure be interested.

Contact me at this email address

Hey, if its still for sale

Hey, if its still for sale could you email me some pictures?

Alvarez yairi fym 200

Hi, I was wondering if anyone out there had an opinion about this guitar. I have a 2005 with a clear pickguard and abalone and maple binding. I ordered it on a custom order. I was thinking of upgrading to a collings OM2H. But I'm not sure if its really an upgrade. Seems like this guitar is rather unique. The sound and playability is very good and it is still in mint condition. Its also signed inside the neck and on the label By K Yairi. I also have a 1985 DY 51 in good condition that I still play. Any thoughts?

looking at selling

I have a alvarez steel classical: Serial # 54954 YC-2 I am finding these are fairly rare. anyone want to make an offer. I saw one place where new they were $1500 This one has a hair line crack in the face.

Kazou YAIRI CY140CE for sale

I have a Kazou YAIRI CY140CE serial#71001
and heal stamped 08 11 099 for sale.
It was made in November of 2008, and is in pefect condision, zero scratches, and only played a handfull of times. Master builder Kazou YAIRI passed in 2013, and there will never be another guitar built like this again. I'm selling it for $2300

Yairi CY140CE For sale$2200 in mint condision, and very hard to

If your interested in my YAIRI CY140CE contact me at
Seriously One of, if not the best playing classical guitars in the world. Absolutely mint, very rare, and plays beautifully. Kazou Yairi CY140CE

H. Yairi AR 375 1981

Does anyone know anything about this guitar? I can't find any info online about it.

i have owned a 1984 AR 388

i have owned a 1984 AR 388 since 1984.

I have an '84 AR377

Mine's a dread' shape with Venetian cutaway, and electronics -- 1 volume & 1 tone knob on side of small bout, jack on bottom side bout. It's also only about 3 1/4" deep. Brown sunburst, faux tortoise shell pick guard, ivoroid body/top binding. Back/sides/neck are painted copperish color. K Yairi in abalone(?) along with stylized Y in middle of head stock. K Yairi branded chrome tuners. Ebony(?) with pearl dots for bridge pins. Bone nut & saddle. Your mention of AR 375 is the closest I've found to mine. No idea what your 375 is like tho.

I have been searching for

I have been searching for others with a 1984 AR 388. Sounds like it is very similar to the AR 377 or 375. I have loved this guitar for over 30 years. Just wondering about the other 388's out there.

1985 DY-62

I have a 1985 Alvarez Yairi model DY-62 and serial 58006. It has stereo pickups where you can run two cables from guitar with two volume pots and two eq pots. The lower front of the guitar is inscribed with the signature of K. Yairi. It is in good condition with a few dings on the body and a little fret wear. No cracks or breaks that I can find. Comes with hardshell case but handle is missing from case. Thinking about selling and just wondered what it would be worth. Any ideas? Thanks.

Your DY-62

I see this is an older post. But if you still have your Dy 62 I would be interested in talking to you about purchasing it. You can contact me @ # 1317 213 5364 ( call or text) or

Alvarez Yairi guitar

Hi I have a 1983 Alvarez Yairi guitar made in Japan # DY-48 signed by K.Yairi. and I have a Guitar case is a Guild case #2520. I was wondering how much is it worth? Anybody have any idea.

DY48 Prices

About $500


Hey group, I'm looking to acquire an Alvarez Yairi DY-72 12-string. Anybody got any leads?

I see your posting is a year

I see your posting is a year old... but if you are still interested.... I have a 1991 Dy- 72
I am thinking about selling. Contact me if you'd like to talk (

K. Yairi DY-72 12 String

Hi. I have decided to sell my K. Yairi DY-72 12 String. I am the original owner and have owned it since 1989. It is in excellent condition. I am in Calgary, Canada. For more information, you can contact me at ***********.

K. Yairi DY-72

Sorry, I just sold my K. Yairi Dy-72 12 string, so its no longer available.
(Moderator of the forum: I would appreciate it if you could remove my earlier posts that had my email address in them if you can. Thanks!)

DY72 12 string

Are you still looking for one? I have one I'm thinking about selling.

Yairi DY-72 12 string

Hello Zane. I was too nice when I called about a DY72 Yairi 12 string "K" signature Yairi a few days ago. It was a beautiful instrument with amber tuning buttons. I was on the line with a Lynsee at the store when a customer walked in asking about it so I let her go so she could speak with the customer telling her I would call right back. 2 minutes later I called her back and the lovely DY 72 was gone! Ack... The customer was there representing another person who lived in Texas and bought it. I still feel like it was meant for me and I missed out because I was too nice. Is your DY 72 still available? I can be reached at (904) 446-5175 if you leave a message. I really feel like I was this Yairi was meant for me and I missed it for reasons I do not yet understand. maybe it was because "you" have the instrument I was meant to find.

Thank you Zane. No matter what, I hope your Yairi found the home it was meant to have.


K. Yairi DY-72 12 String Guitar

Hi. I just found this site. I am selling my K. Yairi DY-72 12 String Guitar. I am the original owner and have owned it since 1989. It is in excellent condition. I am in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. If you or anyone else is interested, you can contact me at barry.clapp (at)

K. Yairi 1983 Mod AR300E or 306E Can't make it out

It's time for me to sell this guitar, It's signed and hand crafted Serial # 26411

Is there anyone out there that could help me put a fair price on this beautiful piece???

Thank you

Model 5071

Can anyone give me information on a Yairi model 5071. It has a cutaway. Thanks in advance.

Mid 70's Yairi DY57 & DY 85 Certifications

My dad bought a Yairi DY57, Serial 12628 (manufacture date January 18, 1976) brand new in January 1977. I have the guitar (in almost new condition , BTW) which he sent to me some years ago. He bought the guitar in Syracuse NY at Gerber Music. Somehow the music store put the wrong certification (signed by Kaz Yairi) in the case. The cert document is for model DY85 Serial 10747 (March 10, 1975 manufacture date). So if anyone out there has this DY85 guitar and would like their original cert document, let me know. Also if anyone happens to have the cert document for my DY57 guitar, please let me know. Thanks


I have a signed series dy 87 matching your papers do you still have ty in advance

k.Yairi OY85

I have a 1977 lute-back K. Yairi OY85. I can't find any reference to this model [purchased in Australia] anywhere. Anyone got any clues?

I have a 1985 K yairi AR373E

I have a 1985 K yairi AR373E i bought brand new in 1985 stickers still inside handcrafted very nice condition sounds great not played a lot.would post a pic if i knew how.Dan

K.Yairi AR335E and some others link

Bought the K.Yairi AR335E brand new in 1985 mint, Great Sound great looks canada only model quite rare. few of my other guitars there have a look thanks Dan

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