yamaki guitars

Posted by glen nichols on Thu, 02/06/03 - 16:21:28.
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Does anyone out there know anything about yamaki guitars? I bought one long ago for $11. Best guitar I ever played. Can't find any info on them though. Would love to know something about my guitar

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Re: yamaki guitars

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:You are one very lucky man, Glen. I have had my Yamaki for over 25 years and it just gets better and better.

Try a 'Google" search for "Yamaki guitar" and you should find quite a bit (don't be afraid to try some of the Japanese sites, they have old catalogues that show some gorgeous guitars). The 'rate your gear' section of Harmony-Central.com is very good as well.

Play on, Gary Thomson

Re: yamaki guitars

: : I bought one for $250 in about 1973 from a music store in El Cajon, California. At that time I was told it was "a high quality Japanese version of a Martin". Great sound and great wood. Since I couldn't afford an actual Martin I bought the Yamaki. You have a fine insturment - treat it well.
: :You are one very lucky man, Glen. I have had my Yamaki for over 25 years and it just gets better and better.

: Try a 'Google" search for "Yamaki guitar" and you should find quite a bit (don't be afraid to try some of the Japanese sites, they have old catalogues that show some gorgeous guitars). The 'rate your gear' section of Harmony-Central.com is very good as well.

: Play on, Gary Thomson

Re: yamaki guitars

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: Does anyone out there know anything about yamaki guitars? I bought one long ago for $11. Best guitar I ever played. Can't find any info on them though. Would love to know something about my guitar

In answer to your question about Yamaki guitars, I don't know about the USA situation but in Canada the Yamaki guitars where imported by Long & McQuade Music for their chain of stores. In the early to mid seventies Yamaki was producing very good quality and in some cases superior quality copies of Gibson, Martin and Guild style acoustic guitars. I own an enchanted melody model of Yamaki that is an exact copy of a dreadnaught Gibson, with the big old style Gibson headstock and the bound tortise shell binding and a nicely put together mahogany body. This guitar has superb sound and volume, I found it in a pawn shop in Calgary Alberta and had a local luthier do a 700$ restoration to get it back to good palying condition. I also had a B-band pickup installed and this is my preferred guitar for stage work. I would not sell my Yamaki for less than $2000 Cdn it is sweet. A friend of mine has a better model of Yamaki that is a super copy of Martin, you would swear that it was a Martin but the yellow cedar top is a sure sign that it is a Yamaki. Every Yamaki I have seen has had a yellow cedar top, probably to give a great sound as a new instrument. Ebay has a Yamaki for sale right now which would be a bargin but the guitar is in Ottawa Canada and would need some TLC for sure.

The big manufacturers Gibson, Martin and Guild it is rumored that they muscled Yamaki out of North America due to their good quality and low price and the fact that they were such good copies of the originals.

Sincerely Yours,

Carl Rutley

Re: yamaki guitars

:I bought a Yamaki guitar, brand new, from a music store in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1974. I think I paid about $150 to $200 for it. I intended to buy a Gibson, but the store owner pointed out the Yamaki and advised me to try it, if I wanted the sound and quality of a Gibson, but not the price tag. I still have the Yamaki, still play it and love it. Both my boys play guitar and I have to watch 'em or mine will disappear. I had to have some reinforcing work done on it about 3 years ago. Other than that the Yamaki has just gotten better with age. Everyone who plays it or hears it really loves the feel and sound of the guitar. I wouldn't sell mine at all. I'll leave it to one of my boys, the only problem is which one. Maybe I better sell it after all. ha!

d. atkins :
: : Does anyone out there know anything about yamaki guitars? I bought one long ago for $11. Best guitar I ever played. Can't find any info on them though. Would love to know something about my guitar

: In answer to your question about Yamaki guitars, I don't know about the USA situation but in Canada the Yamaki guitars where imported by Long & McQuade Music for their chain of stores. In the early to mid seventies Yamaki was producing very good quality and in some cases superior quality copies of Gibson, Martin and Guild style acoustic guitars. I own an enchanted melody model of Yamaki that is an exact copy of a dreadnaught Gibson, with the big old style Gibson headstock and the bound tortise shell binding and a nicely put together mahogany body. This guitar has superb sound and volume, I found it in a pawn shop in Calgary Alberta and had a local luthier do a 700$ restoration to get it back to good palying condition. I also had a B-band pickup installed and this is my preferred guitar for stage work. I would not sell my Yamaki for less than $2000 Cdn it is sweet. A friend of mine has a better model of Yamaki that is a super copy of Martin, you would swear that it was a Martin but the yellow cedar top is a sure sign that it is a Yamaki. Every Yamaki I have seen has had a yellow cedar top, probably to give a great sound as a new instrument. Ebay has a Yamaki for sale right now which would be a bargin but the guitar is in Ottawa Canada and would need some TLC for sure.

: The big manufacturers Gibson, Martin and Guild it is rumored that they muscled Yamaki out of North America due to their good quality and low price and the fact that they were such good copies of the originals.

: Sincerely Yours,

: Carl Rutley

Yamaki Deluxe Folk No 115 info required

I've just bought a Yamaki Deluxe Folk No115 in Perth Australia.

There is a paper label inside - Yamaki Deluxe Folk No 115 and of course Yamaki Deluxe on the headstock.

There is no serial number on the label however it says - YAMAKI MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CO., LTD.

Looking around the web there are a lot of others also looking and some have serial numbers, some have other letters/numbers which seem to be some sort of model/production number.

It would be great if someone could give me and others more info about these guitars, it's not hard to find the Yamaki/Daion link but serial numbers on some and not on others has me intrigued.

I also have a 1977 Martin D-28 and the Yamaki has a similar body size but a shorter scale neck and a 'Brighter' sound in comparison.

Top appears to be Spruce when compared to the Martin and the back, sides and Fret board are Rose wood.

The neck has an adjustable truss rod, adjustable from inside the sound hole.

Tuners are the 'older' style open geared classical style.

The Yamaki has what appears to be the original hard case with someone's name written in English in gold, however it's a Japanese name so it may possibly be the original owner.

Thanks for any help.

1972 yamaki deluxe folk

I have a yamaki deluxe folk guitar manufactured in 1972 model number A- 331s. I bought it at a charity auction about six years ago. This guitar is in mint condition it only has a few nicks on the body. Like was mentioned about some of the other yamaki guitars on this sight it plays and sound great. I have discovered that the grandson of the original owner would like it back in the family someday. What would be a fair market value on this guitar?

Jonathan

Yamaki 12

I have had my Yamaki 12 since 1974. Bought it in San Jose or Santa Clara- cannot remember. Reglued the bridge block maybe 20 years ago. Replaced the tuners as the originals just wore out. Reshaped the saddle a few times. Really like Martin SP12 strings- used D'Addario and Ball for years, but now sold on the Martins. I agree with Thomson- warm tone, just really nice player, and gets warmer.
I added a piece of felt to the face on a capo that i have had for about the same time- works really well to help with minor buzzing.

Yamaki F-115Y

I recently found a Yamaki F-115Y Deluxe Folk online and took a chance on it, buying off eBay for $187.50. It needed a new bridge but other than being dirty, the rest of the instrument is in great shape. Usual wear marks, no serious dings or scratches on it, fret wear is minimal, neck is straight and the tuners work just fine.

A master luthier is removing the cracked bridge and putting a new one on. I found that one of the master luthiers at Yamaki worked for Sigma later in his career and rumor has it that Yamaki is still in business, making guitar parts for other makes but, sadly, not complete guitars.

I should have mine back in a week or so and can't wait to get my hands on it!!!

I have a Strat made by

I have a Strat made by Yamaki and the neck says Joodee. Don't know where it comes from. I was touring with a band when somebody handed me this wonderful instrument. Told me to keep it. I haven't played it for 30 yrs. at least.

Yamaki deluxe 1974 n° 120

My elder sister bought a yamaki deluxe n° 12? (probably 120, not easy to read inside the guitar) for me in 1974 in Paris (Victor Flore shop, Pigalle). I was just 14 and it was my first (and only) guitar. It was a new one. I still have it today, of course, and it is a great instrument.
I never played a better guitar than this Yamaki.
Sorry for my poor english.

Yamaki A series Model Y50

I am familiar with the Yamaki Guitars. I have owned one since the 1970-72. Not quite sure when I bought it. What I can't find is my particular model number. It is a Bruno Y50 series A nylon string guitar. Anybody out ever heard of this model.

Yamaki

I bought my Yamaki deluxe folk ii5 in Largo, FL in 2006 from a private seller for $200, and have not regretted it. I play with a group sometimes,
and they remark at at the resonance and volume of this acoustic.

i just found one yamaki delluxe looks and sounds very. special

Need to now what i have model has renforced neck has a s before the fork no cant make it out it was done red stamp looks like 115 but the one s look at on the net donot look like mine bridge is different. But original. So are the pig s can i send pictures. To some one tell me what i got

got 2 of 'em

My friend and I just finished a great playin' session with two Yamakis here in Brisbane, on a warm fall afternoon on the back veranda of a Queenslander.

We've got a Yamaki Deluxe (D-35 copy) that my wife purchased at the Hudson's Bay Company in Vancouver in 1971 - Yamaki imitation grover tuners, bound neck and headstock, mother of pearl Yamaki on stock, spruce top and book matched rosewood back. Huge bottom end, very loud and sustains forever. It was always a loud guitar, but really picked up its character about 3 decades in after a million or so plays. Original price in 1971 dollars was an outrageous $295.

Yamaki 1973 folk that we picked up a few years back mported from Japan - wood looks very similar, probably Indian Rosewood. Not quite as warm but really complex open overtones. It is all stock, with the down-market Yamaki tuners on it, stays in tune and is very bright and open. Price in 2008 on ebay was about $250.

Both are set up with D'dario 11s, incredibly open and loud guitarsI used them for slide and finger picking, the folk is set up in GBDGBD open turning and the Deluxe in Bruce Palmer E tuning (EBEEBE). Compared to the J-45 (2002), D-28 (1999) and OOO-16 (1992) in the house, these are by far the best sounding guitars. They're very well built, but the worn nitro finishes on both have just opened out these tops and the rosewood is incredible.

If you can grab one, of this vintage, it's worth the ride and, if needed, repair.

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