1973 Alvarez K. Yairi Model 5037 Rare Classical Bookmatched Brazilian Cedar CY140

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The 70's produced great guitars from Japan, including those from famed luthier Kazuo Yairi, after he took over his father's business in 1965, and this is a rare gem, even if the "classical guitar snobs" would turn their noses up on it.  I've seen some pretty awesome YouTube videos made from very good players on this guitar, though.  I believe they are under-appreciated and under-valued, when they do come up in the market.

If you search Model 5037 you will find the subsequent 12-string model with this model designation.

This classical model was not made long and evolved to the CY-140 model in 1974, the top of the line model at the time.  It was modeled after the Ramirez 1-A.   Cedar top; has some player wear, mostly fingernail wear from flamenco; this is a beautiful guitar with book-matched laminated Brazilian rosewood (it looks a lot like my old '68 Martin 00-21 that had Brazilian back and sides).  It is a great player with wonderful sound as well; ebony fingerboard, mahogany neck, and a maple-rosewood-maple center-stripe and front and rear binding, also with the maple purfling bordering the rosewood, for a stunning back.  The theme carries through to the beautiful rosewood 3-ply laminate (also with a layer of maple underneath) on the headstock.  Since it has been stored for years, I' bought some Pro Arte' strings for it, standard tension.  It plays in tune, and has quite low action and tension-- I think it is perfect for the "fusion-hybrid player.  If you are going to set it up for pure classical, you will want higher tension.  That will also increase the output of the guitar.  Right now, it has a direct sound, very balanced, reasonably good output, which would increase with new strings of any kinds.  I might change the strings myself, if I can figure out how to do ties. 

As for the scale of the guitar... I measured from the inside of the nut to the top of the 12th fret, and it is 13 inches, so that is  330mm.  The guitar specs officially list it as a 25 7/8 scale.   It has a nut that is slightly over 2 inches (2.06, per my caliper tool) in width, which is awesome.  I measure about 3mm... about right... at the 12'th fret (both sides), and there is lots of saddle left.  I'm not seeing bridge pull, but it's been kept de-tuned a bit while stored. 

I'll admit that I am not a classical player.  I play mostly a 1906 Martin, and a 1920's Washburn, plus my D-35 at times.  I have several classical guitars, including a 70's Yamaha... this is I think the nicest player and nicest sounding guitar of them.   

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Product Specs

Listed9 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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