Alvarez Yairi instruments fuse old world construction with new world technology. They are handcrafted in a Japanese mountain village workshop under the careful eye of master luthier Kazuo Yairi.
Even though the company uses modern appointments with their instruments, the guitars are still made with with tonewoods selected by hand that have been naturally air dried. The guitars are hand-crafted using such classic construction techniques as dovetail neck joints and hand-molded bracing. It is under these demanding standards that the Alvarez Yairi WY1 models are constructed.
There are a variety of WY1 guitars available, including the WY1 Standard, WY1K, WY1M, and WY1TS, each with a different choice of world-class tonewood. The standard WY1 has a cedar top with rosewood back and sides. The WY1M uses beautiful flamed maple for the top, sides, and back whereas the WY1K is built using gorgeous Koa wood. The WY1TS relies upon a spruce top with figured maple back and sides.
The WY1 series of guitars, as you’d expect, share a common “feel”; however, the variety of wood available give each model an unique sound and feel. The various models all have different styles of binding as well as soundhole ornamentation. Regardless of the particular model, though, the build-quality is first rate, as is the playability. These guitars are well-suited for a variety of musical styles.
Each model in the WY1 series includes the company’s System 600T MK II electronics as standard equipment. This system does a fantastic job in converting the WY1’s beautiful acoustic sounds into electronic signals.
Though the above models do not come standard with a condenser microphone, the MK II electronics provide for such expansion should the need arise, a wise move on Alvarez’s part. The electronics also include a very usable and welcome onboard guitar tuner.
The guitars’ construction is just as innovative as the electronics. The company’s crucial innovations regarding their guitar designs include a coupled bridge design that decreases the forward pull from the bridge which results in much more stability and more “free” tone. The guitars also incorporate an extended neck tenon that provides a much wider range of truss rod adjustments. Obviously, these guitars have been carefully designed for maximum playing efficiency and strength of construction.
If you’re searching for a high caliber acoustic-electric guitar with a variety of wood options and quality electronics, look no further than the Alvarez Yairi WY1.