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Alvarez Yairi Yarai YM-1 Review

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Submitted by kimmattis123 (see all reviews from this person) on 6/21/2016

Where Purchased: CA House, St Clairsville, OH

Year Purchased: 2001
Price Paid: 1000 historic exchange rates / currency converter


Great big booming sound, Dreadnaught style, Martin Like bass side-

Sound Rating: 10


From CA House[St. Clairsville, OH] setup was good- no changes made

Setup Rating: 10


Striking looking guitar, Cedar top [ not spruce] so it looks a little reddish, Mago, back ,sides and neck. Everyone wants to know what it is. Clear pickguard. silver chrome hardware, regular bridge [ not the in top only bridge on most high end Alvarezes.]

Appearance Rating: not rated


Very well made, hand made by K. Yarai in Japan from 1998-99- then discontinued. Cedar top is a bit delicate, Clear pickguard shows off the entire top. You have to watch the top for climate [hot/cold] conditions. Its not a beater.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I never had a problem

Customer Service: 9


Cedar top makes for a great sound, bu-t its not as durable as spruce. Everything else is 1st class

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

Great sounding guitar.  I use it mostly for bluegrass [ it has that Martin like BASS sound]  Very easy to play.  Even down the neck.

Overall Rating: 9

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