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1978 K Yairi YW-1000 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1978 K. Yairi YW-1000 dreadnought in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Not to be confused with the Yairi models marketed via a partnership with Alvarez in the USA, the K. Yairi instruments are far less common and were produced under a different distribution deal exclusively for Japan and Europe, crafted to exacting standards with premium tonewoods. This YW-1000 is a top-tier offering, clearly taking its design from Martin’s D-45 (albeit with a three-piece back reminiscent of a D-35), with tonewoods including a solid X-braced spruce top, Jacaranda back and sides, a mahogany neck capped with a bound ebony fingerboard, and more abalone than the sea floor.

This YW-1000 has fantastic projection, dynamically responsive with a high volume ceiling, delivering the clarity and string-to-string balance consistent with traditional USA-made dreadnoughts. There’s a fullness to the lower midrange that translates to particularly present melodic lines, and the trebles are woody and sparkling, balanced by plenty of kick in the bass register. The YW-1000 has a big, brassy growl when strummed with authority, yet cleans up and becomes decidedly sweet when played lightly or fingerstyle. This K. Yairi weighs 4lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and comfortable action.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Chunky soft V, measuring .895” 1st fret, 1.005” 9th fret
-Fretboard: Bound ebony, hexagonal abalone inlays
-Frets: Slender, leveled and crowned, hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, carved bone
-Headstock: Jacaranda veneer, Martin-style vertical K. Yairi logo
-Tuners: Grover, USA-made

Body Specs:

-Wood: Solid X-braced spruce top, three-piece Jacaranda back and rims
-Bridge: Ebony, bone saddle, limited height

The gloss Natural finish is framed by multi-ply abalone purfling throughout, and cosmetic wear includes prominent pick wear across the soundhole, light buckle rash central to the back, and a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, most prominent on the top. There is one repaired split on the lower bout on top. The neck profile retains its smooth semi-gloss finish, with several shallow marks along the profile length that don't distract the palm while fretting.

The original hardshell case is included.