Compares extremely well to Martins, Taylors, Larrivee, other high end US steel strings. Made just as well if not better, superior tonal qualities (again, in my opinion). Truly professional steel string for the discriminating player. If you're shopping for a high-end steel string, definitely try a Yairi...
Japanese handmade steel string. Solid Spruce top, Rosewood back/sides, Mahogany neck, ebony fretboard/bridge. Pearl snowflake inlays, Alvarez System500II pre-amp.
Superb playability. Unbelievably tone throughout the range. Compares very well with US handmades at a better the price...
Great for finger picking, accompanyment, loses a little
when strummed hard but still retains a beautiful tone. Great for stage or unplugged as the system 500II is the best (in my opinion) for reproducing acoustic sounds.
Extremely well made and durable. Has held up really well. Holds tuning for hours even when played hard. Solid Spruce top needs to be properly humidifed to ensure it doesn't dry out.
I wanted to get a new Larrivee C05. Couldn't stand to sell this one to get it so I will have to wait a little longer. The Alvarez Yairi's deserve a good look by any player. I've found them to be superior to most brands except Taylor and Larrivee. They have especially good action and their new preamp/pickup is great. My experience with their service is way above par. Their technians at St Louis give quick response to any question I've had. Great guitar.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Jays Music, Augusta GA
This is a Japanese made 6 string guitar, solid spruce top, solid rosewood sides and back, mahogany neck and schaller tuners. It has a nice gloss finish and standard venetian cutaway.
Playability is this guitars best feature. The neck does not feel quite as narrow as a Taylors but is definately in the same playing category. I have not played another guitar with better action or feel.
Good sounding box, better than most but doesn't have the even tone of comparable Larrivees or Taylors. If you play it hard, the sound can lose it's clarity and get cloudy but it's still pretty good. Sounds great when playing individual notes.
This was a replacement for a 91 DY74-C that cracked. I suspect it got too dry, but Alvarez replaced the 5 year old guitar, no questions asked. The 96 model is much better than the first one. Better finish, action and sound. It also seem better made. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this guitar for hard playing conditions.