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1980 K. Yairi YW7000-12 Vintage 12-String Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980 K. Yairi YW7000-12 twelve-string dreadnought in excellent, 100% original condition, 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 upper-tiered YW7000 twelve-string features a tonewood complement including a solid X-braced spruce top, coral rosewood back and sides, a mahogany neck, bound ebony fretboard with a “tree of life” inlay, and abalone purfling throughout.

The traditional dreadnought tonal profile delivers a high volume ceiling with excellent string to string balance and a chiming, woody cut. The trebles are very sweet and smooth, the midrange has an immediate, glassy bark and the lower string courses are clear and focused. Weighing 5lbs 3oz, this YW7000-12 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and comfortable action.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Substantial very soft V, measuring .905” 1st fret, 1.030” 9th fret
-Fretboard: Ebony, “tree of life” inlay
-Frets: Slender, light wear beneath the treble strings on frets 1-8
-Scale Length: 25”
-Nut: 1 7/8”, bone
-Tuners: Gotoh, gold

Body Specs:

-Wood: Spruce top, Coral rosewood back and sides
-Bridge: Ebony, bone saddle has good height

The gloss finish is accented with abalone purfling, and the instrument is crack-free. Cosmetic wear is limited to some requisite pick scuffing, minor dings on top, faint buckle rash on the back, and some light finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth semi-gloss with a few shallow marks on the profile length.

The original Shimokura-branded (a legacy Japanese guitar store) hardshell case is included.