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Old 01-22-2022, 11:35 AM
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Default Thoughts on Yairi CY-116 vs Matsuoka No.30

Looking for a 70-80's Japanese classical and wondering which two of these builders models is the better guitar. Not looking for a Flamenco guitar.
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Old 01-22-2022, 12:37 PM
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I have an older Yairi CY140 now and once owned the 116 with burled mahogany. It was beautiful and I would get another in an instant.
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Old 01-22-2022, 08:39 PM
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I have an older Yairi CY140 now and once owned the 116 with burled mahogany. It was beautiful and I would get another in an instant.
Sound on the 116 concert level? I love a good underdog.
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Old 01-23-2022, 05:50 AM
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Sound on the 116 concert level? I love a good underdog.
I think to get a true concert level guitar it would be best to look for something else. Concert level seems to be a subjective kind of description and usually cost is a big factor.
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Old 01-23-2022, 01:29 PM
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I've several Yairi's a Cy 140,Cy118 Cy132 & Cy117. My favorites are the 140 & the 117. Very different guitars, they are all very competent but these are the two that really stand out in recordings. Absolutely give Yairi's a listen, they are all very well made & relative bargains.
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Old 02-02-2022, 12:50 AM
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Of the Yairi guitars you have which has the warmest Spanish sound, but still quite focused?

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I've several Yairi's a Cy 140,Cy118 Cy132 & Cy117. My favorites are the 140 & the 117. Very different guitars, they are all very competent but these are the two that really stand out in recordings. Absolutely give Yairi's a listen, they are all very well made & relative bargains.
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Old 02-02-2022, 02:37 PM
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Of the Yairi guitars you have which has the warmest Spanish sound, but still quite focused?
The CY-117 is call the "Commemorative" in the sales literature. It's noticeably lighter in weight than the other 3 and has an ebony nut as spec'd from the original specs. "Commemorative" must mean Torres or at least Spanish - it sure looks like a Torres style & the bracing is consistent as well so that's my guess...

It has a beautiful Spanish sound - I have it tuned to DADF#AD and seems to play "Spanish" by itself if you let it...

I don't know how to answer "still quite focused". It sounds very clear, sweet & warm in recordings - more so than I experience as the player - but the playing experience is wonderful & self motivating especially if I'm feeling sad...

The other three Yairi's are more "precise", the different strings are more distinct from one another while the CY-117 seems to blend together more (which might be just the tuning...) It can't replace the CY-140 (standard tuning) for range & clarity but then the CY-140 can't touch the CY-117 for warmth...I love them both.
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I have an older Yairi CY140 now and once owned the 116 with burled mahogany. It was beautiful and I would get another in an instant.
I had a 116, would also get another without a second thought.
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Old 02-02-2022, 09:02 PM
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I just traded for a 2001 CY-116 and am thankful with ever pluck that I did.
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Old 02-04-2022, 02:03 PM
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I have a 1986 CY-116 that I bought new. I have other guitars but still play the 116 and think it is an excellent guitar. Not sure when, or if, they changed the scale, mine is 660mm. Rick
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Old 02-05-2022, 01:36 AM
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Yairi seems to get a lot of praise. Anyone have a Matsuoka? What about a Masaru Matano? Threw that last one in for fun.
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