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  • Alvarez-Yairi DY-91 review

    Here's a review of my Alvarez DY-91. I just bought it about a week ago. Street price on these beauties is $1800 - I got mine used for $600. It's 7 years old and in great condition. It's a dreadnought style, but it has soft shoulders that are a little smaller than your typical dread. Solid spruce top, koa back and sides, mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard. It's inlaid with real abalone all over the place - soundhole, binding, fret inlays, even the bridge.

    Now for the sound. This is a very bright sounding guitar. If you want a big, boomy dread then this is not what you want. It's great, however, for fingerpicking and light strumming. I think what Alvarez was really trying to achieve is a good balance in the sound of this guitar, and that's exactly what they did - this is where the guitar truly shines. It's not overly bright like what you would hear with an electric acoustic plugged in with the treble cranked. It also doesn't have the sound of a typical dreadnought - thick, bassy, booming. It has nice, high mids and a very refined bass.

    The playability of the guitar is what actually led me to buying it. I played its acoustic electric brother at a music store (DY-91C) and I couldn't put it down. Unfortunately, I couldn't afford the DY-91C, especially not new. Alas, I began my frantic search for a used model online. A few came up on eBay for around $700, but I found this elsewhere on the HC classifieds. But anyway, I digress. Playability. It has a 25 3/8" scale and 1 11/16" nut width. The neck is extremely fast and the fingerboard and frets feel great.

    The value of these guitars is absolutely fantastic. Many Alvarez-Yairi owners like to refer to this guitar as a very well kept secret, since it's not the most popular brand in the world. Another great (or not so great for sellers) thing about these guitars is that the resale value on them is terrible. It's good for me since this isn't going anywhere for a while. Bad if you want to sell it.

    Well, I don't think I left anything out. I might post some soundclips later, too. But what's a guitar review thread without pics? Behold.





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  • #2
    $600.00

    Beautiful guitar! You really got a great deal - enjoy!
    Dave

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    • #3
      Indeed,a sight to behold. Nice guitar!
      My gear

      Dean Exotica Dao
      Fender Deluxe Nashville Tele.
      Vox AC15
      Crate CA30DG
      Alvarez MD90
      Fender Champion 600

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      • #4
        Who was dumb enough to sell that for 600 bucks?
        "I don't want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying." Woody Allen

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        • #5
          I also found my Yairi in the last little while.

          Brand New DY-94. Ebay.....from a liquidator.....NOS. It came frome a bankrupt music store. I got it for 1/3 of the list price.

          WOW...what a guitar.

          BTW: Alvarez was not trying to achieve anything in the design of that guitar.

          They are K. Yairi guitars that are brand labeled Alvarez-Yairi for distribution in North America.

          They are NOT Alvarez guitars at all.
          May you be in Heaven Half an Hour....Before the Devil Knows you're Dead!

          I took the Road less traveled....and that has made all the difference.

          The more you guys learn, the better equipped your bull**************** detectors and cynacal meters will become. -Agedhorse

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          • #6
            The list prices are way over inflated....i don't know where you got the $1800. street price...... according to my research you shoul expect to pay between $600 and $700...so you still got a very nice deal!

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            • #7
              List price on a new DY-91 is $2399.00.....sells for $1799.00 at Musicians Friend.

              List price on my DY-94 or the DYM-94 is $2199.00....sells for $1749.00 at Musicians Friend. That is the street price. Doesn't look to me that it is an inflated list....kinda par for the course, as far as street vs. list.

              Mine still has a $1749.99 price tag on it. You might get a mint condition used one for $700-$1000, but new with the hangtags and warranty, I don't think so. That pricing is set by St. Louis Music. That is the street price.

              Yairi's when new are expensive.
              May you be in Heaven Half an Hour....Before the Devil Knows you're Dead!

              I took the Road less traveled....and that has made all the difference.

              The more you guys learn, the better equipped your bull**************** detectors and cynacal meters will become. -Agedhorse

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