Alvarez WY1 Yairi Folk Cutaway Guitar
The Alvarez-Yairi Masterworks instruments represent the ultimate crossroads of old-world traditional craftsmanship and modern construction techniques. After 50 years of refinement, the Yairi luthiers have constructed a guitar that embodies the magic so many players seek and yet few have yet to find: the delicate balance of roaring power and subtle, shimmering detail. The connection you'll have with these instruments can only be described as telepathic. Every input, no matter how dynamic, practically leaps out of the guitar like an arc of electricity. The experience will change your perspective on what an acoustic instrument should be.

The luthiers in the Yairi shop have learned a few things in 50 years - most importantly, the magic is nothing if you can't replicate it consistently, guitar after guitar. Part of that equation is a maniacal attention to detail. Another component is the use of modern construction techniques unique to Yairi instruments.

If you're going to redefine the idea of balanced tone, you've got to experiment. The Yairi luthiers started by building dozens of prototypes, each using a different bracing pattern. Through almost two years of testing, they gradually narrowed the field until they had settled on what everyone believed to be the most responsive, loudest, best-sounding guitar they had ever built. The bracing technique used in that guitar is now known as "FSTII," short for "forward-shifted, type 2." This unique bracing pattern is now found in all Yairi Masterworks instruments, and is at the core of their vibrant, explosive tone.

Part of what makes Yairi instruments so responsive is the direct-coupled bridge. Under the top, there is an ebony block with a flange that pulls the bridge plate and top. When inserted into the bridge, the strings pull up on this block, which couples the strings directly to the bridge plate and top. Simultaneously, the strings exert down-pressure on the saddle and bridge, ensuring that it cannot be pulled off the guitar. The complete system could literally function without any glue, since the string tension pulls the block tight to the top while also holding down the bridge, increasing sustain, volume, and resonance while creating extremely clear articulation between the strings.

Yairi instruments also use an extended dovetail neck block. This adds support to the area between the body joint and the end of the fingerboard. Combined with a longer adjustable truss rod, this results in a significant increase in stability all the way to the sound hole. This in turn has a dramatic impact on tonal balance, and gives these instruments their immediate, punch-in-the-chest response when you really rip into them.

This perfect collision of innovation and tradition is what Yairis are made of. Uniquely expressive instruments that'll give you the chills every time you pick them up, now & forever.

Features
- Solid AA Western Red Cedar
- Cutaway Folk
- Mahogany neck
- D'Addario EXP strings
- Deluxe Wood Case included

Specs
- Top: Solid AA Western Red Cedar
- Back & Sides: Solid East Indian Rosewood
- Shape: Cutaway Folk
- Neck: One piece mahogany
- Neck Finish: 50/50 Semi gloss
- Bracing System: Hand-carved FST2 - Forward Shifted, Scalloped X
- Bridge: Ebony, Direct Coupled
- Inlays: Abalone & Mother of Pearl
- Fingerboard: Rosewood with 12th Abalone Fret Inlay
- Headstock Plate: Rosewood
- Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
- Tuners: Gotoh 510's Gold with Ebony Buttons
- Binding: Ivoroid
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Strings: D'Addario EXP
- Electronics: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up
- Accessories: Deluxe wood case
- Overall Length (mm): 1010
- Body Width (mm): 386
- Body Depth at Heel (mm): 100
- Body Depth at Base (mm): 117
- Scale (inches)25"
- Number of frets: 20
- Nut Width (inches)1 23/32"

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ConditionBrand New (New)
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Brand
Model
  • WY1TS Yairi Folk Cutaway with Electronics
Finish
  • Sunburst
Categories
Made In
  • Japan
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Top Material
  • Cedar
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
Body Shape
  • Dreadnought
Back Material
  • Rosewood
Sides Material
  • Rosewood
Body Features
  • Cutaway

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