Alvarez-Yairi Guitar Specs and Review

If you’re looking for a guitar built with high quality and impeccable attention to detail, check out the Yairi Series from Alvarez Guitars. In this Alvarez-Yairi Guitar review, I’ll list all of the specs and features so you can decide if it is the right guitar for you.

The Alvarez-Yairi Guitar Series consists of guitars that are wonderfully sounding, beautifully presented, luthier-made, and durable. These guitars are from Alvarez Guitars, which is a reputable guitar manufacturer. No wonder Alvarez-Yairi guitars have excellent construction and sound quality. 

Read on to learn more about the Alvarez-Yairi Guitar, including its key specs and features.

About the Alvarez-Yairi Guitar

Alvarez-Yairi Guitar

The Alvarez-Yairi Guitar Series features guitars that are luthier-made, wonderfully sounding, beautifully presented, and durable. These guitars are made by Alvarez Guitars, which is a reputable guitar manufacturer. No wonder Alvarez-Yairi guitars have excellent construction and sound quality.

Alvarez-Yairi guitars are manufactured in a factory located in Kani, north of Nagoya, Japan. The locals of Kani have been producing premium quality guitars for more than 80 years now.

One of the best and most successful luthiers was the late Kazuo Yairi. He helped design and build Alvarez-Yairi guitars for almost 50 years. Today, Kazuo Yairi’s legacy continues with the success of the Alvarez-Yairi Guitar Series.

Alvarez Yairi Guitar Series

The Alvarez Yairi Guitar Series consists of several variants. In this article, we will talk about the following series:

  1. Standard Series
  2. Masterworks Series
  3. Stage Series

Let’s look at these variants and find out what makes them stand out from each other.

Alvarez Guitars Yairi Standard Series

The Standard Series of the Alvarez-Yairi Guitar Series consists of several variants. Let’s talk about two of these variants, namely:

  • CY75 Yairi Standard Series Classical Guitar
  • DY70CE Yairi Standard Series Dreadnought Electric Guitar

CY75 Yairi Standard Series Classical Guitar

The CY75 Yairi Standard Series Classical Guitar from the Alvarez Yairi Guitar Series has a top wood made of Solid AA Western Red Cedar, while its back and side wood consist of Rosewood. It has a classical shape, and its neck is mahogany. It has a 50/50 semi-gloss finish with an extended neck joint.

FST2 Bracing System

This guitar features the FST2 bracing system; it has a Rosewood Direct Coupled bridge and Abalone and Mother of Pearl inlays. The fingerboard and headstock plate are both rosewood, while the nut and saddle are real bone.

Gotoh Gold Tuner

As for the tuner, it is in Gotoh Gold. The binding is Ivoroid, the bridge pins are ebony, and it features D’Addario EXP strings. The set comes with a deluxe wood case.

Dimensions

In terms of dimensions,

  • Overall Length: 995 mm
  • Width of the Body: 375 mm
  • Body Depth at the Heel: 85 mm
  • Body Depth at the Base: 95 mm
  • Scale: 650 mm or 25 19/32 inches
  • Nut Width: 51 mm or 21/16 inches

This guitar has 19 frets.

DY70CE Yairi Standard Series Dreadnought Electric Guitar

The DY70CE Yairi Standard Series Dreadnought Electric Guitar has a solid AA Sitka Spruce top wood and has Rosewood for its back and side wood. Its shape is a dreadnought with a cutaway. It has a mahogany neck with a 50/50 semi-gloss finish and an extended neck joint.

Fingerboard

This guitar has an FST2 bracing system, a Rosewood Direct Coupled bridge, and Abalone and Mother of Pearl inlays. Its fingerboard is rosewood with a 12th Abalone fret inlay. While the headstock plate is rosewood, its nut and saddle are real bone, and the tuner is in Gotoh Chrome.

Ivoroid Binding and Ebony Bridge Pins

It has ivoroid binding and ebony bridge pins. The strings are D’Addario EXP16, while its pickup/EQ is LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up. The set comes with a Deluxe wood case.

The DY70CE Dreadnought Electric Guitar of the Yairi Standard Series is powerful. It has a warm and very balanced sound with round full trebles.

Specs of CY75 and DY70CE from the Alvarez-Yairi Standard Series

Alvarez-Yairi Standard SeriesCY75DY70CE
Top FinishNatural / GlossNatural/Gloss
Top WoodSolid AA Western Red CedarSolid AA Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides WoodRosewoodRosewood
ShapeClassicalDreadnought w/ Cutaway
NeckMahogany,
50/50 Semi-gloss finish,
Extended neck joint
Mahogany,
50/50 Semi-gloss finish,
Extended neck joint
Bracing SystemFST2FST2
BridgeRosewood Direct CoupledRosewood Direct Coupled
InlaysAbalone &
Mother of Pearl
Abalone &
Mother of Pearl
FingerboardRosewoodRosewood with
12th Abalone Fret Inlay
Headstock PlateRosewoodRosewood
Nut & SaddleReal BoneReal Bone
TunerGotoh GoldGotoh Chrome
BindingIvoroidIvoroid
Bridge PinsEbonyEbony
StringsD’Addario EXPD’Addario EXP16
AccessoryDeluxe wood caseDeluxe wood case
Pickup / EQLR Baggs StagePro EQ and
Element Pick Up
Overall Length (mm)9951030
Body Width (mm)375400
Body Depth at Heel (mm)85100
Body Depth at Base (mm)95123
Scale (mm)650648
Scale (inches)25 19/32″25 1/2″
Number of frets1920
Nut Width (mm)5144
Nut Width (inches)21/16″1 23/32″
Neck JointSpanish HeelDovetail, extended neck
Neck Meets Body12th Fret14th Fret

Alvarez Yairi Masterworks Series

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DYM70BD Yairi Masterworks Brad Davis Guitar

Now, let’s look at the features of two guitars that form part of the Alvarez Yairi Masterworks Series. They include the following:

  • DYM70BD Yairi Masterworks Brad Davis Guitar
  • GYM70CESHB Yairi Masterworks Grand Auditorium Guitar

DYM70BD Yairi Masterworks Brad Davis Guitar

The DYM70BD Yairi Masterworks features a Coffeeburst and Gloss top finish. Its top wood is Solid AAA Sitka, while the back and side wood are Solid East Indian Rosewood. It has a dreadnought shape and has a mahogany neck with a 50/50 semi-gloss finish and an extended neck joint.

Ebony Direct Coupled Bridge

This guitar has an Ebony Direct Coupled bridge, Abalone and Mother of Pearl inlays, and Ebony finger wood with 12th fret inlay. Its headstock plate is rosewood, and its nut and saddle are bone and tusk. It has D’Addario EXP16 strings, and the set comes with a Deluxe wood case.

Dimensions

  • Overall Length: 1,030 mm
  • Width of the Body: 400 mm wide
  • Body Depth at the Heel: 100 mm
  • Body Depth at the Base: 125 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut Width: 44 mm

The DYM70BD model is designed for legendary picker Brad Davis. Its features are stunningly beautiful, as a stunningly inspiring guitarist inspires it.

GYM70CESHB Yairi Masterworks Grand Auditorium Guitar

The GYM70CESHB Yairi Masterworks Grand Auditorium Guitar features a Shadowburst and Gloss top finish. Some of its features are basically similar to the features of the DYM70BD model. As for their difference, it includes the shape and the dimensions.

Dimensions

  • Overall Length: 1,028 mm
  • Width of the Body: 402 mm wide
  • Body Depth at the Heel: 97 mm
  • Body Depth at the Base: 118 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut Width: 44 mm

It has 20 frets in which the neck meets the body at the 14th fret.

All-around Instrument

The GYM70CESHB is a guitar that can do it all. It is an all-around instrument that is adept at fingerpicking and strumming. All the best properties of the Masterworks Grand Auditorium Series are incorporated in the GYM70CESHB.

Specs of DYM70BD and GYM70CESHB from the Alvarez-Yairi Masterworks Series

Alvarez-Yairi Masterworks SeriesDYM70BDGYM70CESHB
Top FinishCoffeeburst/GlossShadowburst/Gloss
Top WoodSolid AAA SitkaSolid AAA Sitka
Back & Sides WoodSolid East Indian RosewoodSolid East Indian Rosewood
ShapeDreadnoughtGrand Auditorium w/ Cutaway
NeckMahogany,
50/50 Semi-gloss finish,
Extended neck joint
Mahogany,
50/50 Semi-gloss finish,
Extended neck joint
Bracing SystemFST2
BridgeEbony Direct CoupledEbony Direct Coupled
InlaysAbalone & Mother of PearlAbalone & Mother of Pearl
FingerboardEbony / 12th Fret InlayEbony with
12th AA Fret Inlay
Headstock PlateRosewoodRosewood
Nut & SaddleBone/TusqBone/Tusq
TunerGotoh 510’s Gold with
Ebony Buttons
Gotoh 510’s Gold with
Ebony Buttons
BindingIvoroidIvoroid
Bridge PinsEbonyEbony
StringsD’Addario EXP16D’Addario EXP16
AccessoryDeluxe wood caseDeluxe wood case
Pickup / EQLR Baggs StagePro EQ and
Element Pick Up
Overall Length (mm)1,0301,028
Body Width (mm)400402
Body Depth at Heel (mm)10097
Body Depth at Base (mm)125118
Scale (mm)648648
Scale (inches)25 1/225 1/2
Number of frets2020
Nut Width (mm)4444
Nut Width (inches)1 23/321 23/32
Neck JointDovetail, extended neckDovetail, extended neck
Neck Meets Body14th Fret14th Fret

Again, what does the Alvarez Yairi Guitar offer? Apart from being beautiful and luthier-made, the Alvarez Yairi Guitars are durable and have excellent sound quality. No wonder since they are all made by Alvarez Guitars.

Alvarez Yairi Stage Series

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DY1TS Yairi Stage Series Dreadnought Guitar

The Alvarez-Yairi Guitar Stage Series consists of several guitar variants too. So, let’s take a look at two of the best in this series. These include the following:

  • DY1TS Yairi Stage Series Dreadnought Guitar
  • WY1TS Yairi Stage Series Folk Guitar

In this video, guitarist John Cormier reviews the Alvarez-Yairi DY1TS guitar. John emphasizes that this guitar doesn’t only look spectacular, but it does sound spectacular as well.

DY1TS Yairi Stage Series Dreadnought Guitar

The DY1TS Yairi Stage Series Dreadnought Guitar has a tobacco sunburst and gloss top finish. Its top wood is Solid AA Western Red Cedar, while its back and side wood are Rosewood. Most of its features are similar to other Alvarez-Yairi guitars. However, this model features a Paua Abalone purfling that measures 1.5mm.

Dimensions

  • Overall Length: 1,030 mm
  • Width of the Body: 400 mm wide
  • Body Depth at the Heel: 100 mm
  • Body Depth at the Base: 125 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut Width: 44 mm

This guitar has 20 frets in which the neck meets the body at the 14th fret.

Extended Dovetail Neck Construction

The DY1TS Yairi Stage Series Dreadnought Guitar features an extended dovetail neck construction. This maximizes the transfer of energy between the body and the neck. It enables convenient rod adjustment and minimizes neck and body strains.

WY1TS Yairi Stage Series Folk Guitar

The WY1TS Yairi Stage Series Folk Guitar features a tobacco sunburst and gloss top finish. Most of its features are the same as the features of the DY1TS model. However, this one features an FST2M bracing system.

Slightly Smaller Than the DY1TS Model

This guitar is slightly smaller than the DY1TS model, measuring 1,010 mm overall length and 386 mm body width. Its body depth at the base is slightly shorter, too, at 117 mm, but the body depth at the heel is the same as that of the DY1TS.

The WY1TS Yairi Stage Series Folk Guitar is highly durable and sounds perfect on and off stage.

Specs of DY1TS and WY1TS from the Alvarez-Yairi Stage Series

Alvarez-Yairi Stage SeriesDY1TSWY1TS
Top FinishTobacco Sunburst/GlossTobacco Sunburst/Gloss
Top WoodSolid AA Western Red CedarSolid AA Western Red Cedar
Back & Sides WoodRosewoodRosewood
ShapeDreadnought w/ CutawayClassical w/ Cutaway
NeckMahogany,
50/50 Semi-gloss finish,
Extended neck joint
Mahogany,
50/50 Semi-gloss finish,
Extended neck joint
Bracing SystemFST2FST2M – Forward Shifted, Scalloped X
BridgeRosewood Direct CoupledRosewood Direct Coupled
InlaysAbalone & Mother of PearlAbalone & Mother of Pearl
Purfling1.5mm Paua Abalone1.5mm Paua Abalone
FingerboardRosewood with
12th Abalone Fret Inlay
Rosewood with
12th Abalone Fret Inlay
Headstock PlateRosewoodRosewood
Nut & SaddleReal BoneReal Bone
TunerGotoh GoldGotoh Gold
BindingIvoroidIvoroid
Bridge PinsEbonyEbony
StringsD’Addario EXP16D’Addario EXP16
AccessoryDeluxe wood caseDeluxe wood case
Pickup / EQLR Baggs StagePro EQ and
Element Pick Up
LR Baggs StagePro EQ and
Element Pick Up
Overall Length (mm)1,0301,010
Body Width (mm)400386
Body Depth at Heel (mm)100100
Body Depth at Base (mm)125117
Scale (mm)648635
Scale (inches)25 1/2″25″
Number of frets2020
Nut Width (mm)4444
Nut Width (inches)1 23/32″1 23/32″
Neck JointDovetail, extended neckDovetail, extended neck
Neck Meets Body14th Fret14th Fret

Conclusion – Alvarez-Yairi Guitar

The Alvarez-Yairi Guitar Series features guitars that are luthier-made, durable, excellent sounding, and beautifully presented. These guitars are made by Alvarez Guitars, which is a reputable guitar manufacturer. No wonder Alvarez-Yairi guitars have excellent construction and sound quality.

If you’re quite not sure what kind of guitar to get, I recommend that you check the website of Alvarez Guitars. There are several Alvarez-Yairi guitars to choose from. For sure, you will find the one that fits you best.