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2001 K Yairi CE-3 Classical Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar w/ LR Baggs Element VTC, Case & Tags


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Up for sale, a 2001 K. Yairi CE-3 cutaway classical acoustic electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Crafted in the Honshu Mountains of Japan, the K. Yairi brand has been synonymous with a high standard of workmanship for decades. This CE-3 cutaway classical features an L.R. Baggs Element VTC active undersaddle transducer pickup with onboard EQ.

Tonewoods include a solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and a mahogany neck capped with an ebony fretboard, delivering a balanced, broad sound with excellent note attack and treble detail. The low end is warm and focused, with a complex midrange character. Featherweight at 4lbs 2oz, this K. Yairi has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with normal tension strings and comfortable action.

The mahogany neck has a substantial soft V-shaped profile carve, measuring .915” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 9th. The thick slab ebony fretboard features pristine slender fretwire, and the guitar plays comfortably up the neck with medium-low action, measuring 7/64” on the treble side and 9/64” on the bass side at the 12th fret. The scale length is 25 5/8”, and the hand-carved bone nut measures 45mm (1.77") in width. The slotted headstock features a rosewood veneer and gold tuning machines with white pearloid buttons

The L.R. Baggs Element VTC undersaddle transducer is powered by a 9V battery, and controls include Bass, Treble, and Volume, mounted on the bass-side rim of the body. The center-detent Bass and Treble knobs have a dramatic effect on the plugged-in tone of this Yairi, offering a smooth gradient from pillowy warmth to treble snap. The rosewood bridge sits flush with the spruce top, and the compensated individual string saddles have ample height. The original label is visible through the soundhole, with build date, luthier signature, and model information.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss finish is limited to some requisite scuffing along the strum path, a few minor dings on the body behind the bridge, some light finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole, and one small finish chip on the bass-side upper bout edge on the top. The finish on the neck profile is practically perfect, with only one tiny mark behind the 8th fret.

The original K. Yairi-branded hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtags and warranty card.