Re: Sada Yairi vs. Kazuo Yairi
: : : Some of the older Yairi's have Sada Yairi on them. Can anyone give me some info on the difference between Sada Yairi and Kazuo Yairi?
: : I have two highly prized Sada Yairi steel string guitars. A 1973 Model 9100 which looks very much like a Martin New Yorker and a 1976 Model 730 which is a classic Dreadnought.
: : Both guitars are amongst the best I have ever owned or played over 30 years as a professional musician. I bought the 9100 new at the age of 16 (a lucky chance)and the 730 2nd hand some years later while playing in Australia. If you ever see one of these guitars buy it, they have a loud full sound with crystal clear tops and a warm full Bass. The man who made them could obviously play well himself, you can just feel it in the shape of the neck and the ballance when playing. As with all quality guitars the older they get the better they sound and play. These babys Rock! Cheers, Simon B.
: I had the same question and found that Sada was either the Brother or Cousin of Kazuo who worked in the family trade for a time. I read that it was Sada who brought fame to the Yairi name.
I have a Sada Yairi dreadnought guitar, I believe the model is a DW0025? (not sure of the model, the stamp is difficult to read). It is similar to a Martin D-35, it has a brazilian rosewood body with a 3-piece back. It is an exceptional guitar of very high quality.
Sada Yairi was a Japanese master luthier and all of his guitars were handmade, he made guitars fom ca. 1965-1980s. They were imported to the USA by The Philadelphia Music Company of Limerick, Pennsylvania. He made both classical nylon string guitars and steel string folk guitars. Steel string jumbos and dreadnoughts have the S Yairi logo on the headstock, and the nylon classical models have no logo. (re: The Vintage Guitar Magazine 2006 Price Guide, no prices/values are listed).