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Old 08-01-2012, 10:18 AM
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Default Why do Yairi guitars not hold value?

I've noticed that Yairi's just don't hold there value
on the used market. Even the Masterworks line that
is all solid and high end. I personally love they way
the DYM95Sb looks and sounds. What gives?
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:21 AM
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Marketing. As in, there is none.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:23 AM
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Yeah, they've gotta step it up. People should know
about the Yairi quality.....
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:29 AM
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People don't know what they're getting?

I've a 1966 all-solid Yairi nylon string (pre S&K Yairi split) and it sings.

[Only trouble is finding 1 1/4" spaced machine tuners for it - Anyone any clues?]

I have to say I'm deeply disappointed by the guitars put out by the supposed Yairi-Alvarez collaboration.

I wrote to the then distributor of my guitar and the Managing Director wrote back saying he remembered my model being launched. It cost then some 28 - more than he earnt in a month. Someone doing his (then junior) job now earns about 1200 per month.

He did say guitar making methods can now create a similar guitar for about 1/4 of the price, but not with the skill and use of good woods that the Yairis used.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:49 AM
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With guitars American made still holds value. Yairi is just not a name like Martin. I agree great guitars, what this tells you is buy used.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:07 AM
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I've never played a Yairi. I always associate the name with Alvarez, and I can't stand the sound of Alvarez guitars.

I'd like to play a Yairi though.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:13 AM
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:22 AM
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I have a Yari DMY96 and paid $1,000 for it used from dream guitars with a feather pickup installed. It's an OK guitar and plays good. The plugged in sound is really pretty good and I use it for playing out once in a while. It goes in the car when I am going on my surfing vacations and guitar takes a back seat to the waves. It is not a great guitar but with some tonerite and titanium brdge pin upgrades its on the high side of good. Value just not there in terms of resale. It's my beater so I don't care.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:35 AM
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I think people who don't know about the Yairi history and quality think that it is a cheap Japanese guitar. It is unfortunate, but it means you can get a lot of guitar for a little money if you are buying them used.
I've also noticed that people tend to hang on to them for a long time, so resale may not matter that much. I've had mine for 20 years and I will never sell it. In fact I have promised it to my pickin' buddy if I go first.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:41 AM
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Yairi? What's that?

Brand recognition is everything...
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:42 AM
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I have a Yari DMY96 and paid $1,000 for it used from dream guitars with a feather pickup installed. It's an OK guitar and plays good. The plugged in sound is really pretty good and I use it for playing out once in a while. It goes in the car when I am going on my surfing vacations and guitar takes a back seat to the waves. It is not a great guitar but with some tonerite and titanium brdge pin upgrades its on the high side of good. Value just not there in terms of resale. It's my beater so I don't care.
You paid 1,000 bucks for a used(!) guitar that is "OK" and "not great?"

Why??????
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:43 AM
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Bought this Yairi 6 or 7 years ago used for $450. An absolute steal for what it is, probably the best production wood Doubleneck acoustic ever made. K. Yairi was a gifted luthier.

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Old 08-01-2012, 11:51 AM
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I owned a DY74C for many years. It was good, I would not go so far as to say great. certainly one of the better Japanese brands. I traded it for my first really outstanding guitar, a Mossman, and I recall I got most of what I paid on the trade. My understanding is that they are much more highly regarded in Japan and offer many more models in the home market.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:54 AM
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I have a Yari DMY96 and paid $1,000 for it used from dream guitars with a feather pickup installed. It's an OK guitar and plays good. The plugged in sound is really pretty good and I use it for playing out once in a while. It goes in the car when I am going on my surfing vacations and guitar takes a back seat to the waves. It is not a great guitar but with some tonerite and titanium brdge pin upgrades its on the high side of good. Value just not there in terms of resale. It's my beater so I don't care.
It retails new for $2000 and you bought it used for $1000.
This is your "beater" guitar? What are the preferred guitars
in your stable???????
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:57 AM
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My DY57 has been with me for over 35 years it has more value to me than you'd ever think. OBTW it's not for sale.
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