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Alvarez WY1TS Yairi Stage OM/Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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A wonderful performance guitar or just for playing for pleasure, the Alvarez Yairi WY1, from the Bob Weir Series AC/EL Folk line, is a medium-depth a...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 09-07-2018

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Gloss finish acoustic-electric with cedar top.

A wonderful performance guitar or just for playing for pleasure, the Alvarez Yairi WY1, from the Bob Weir Series AC/EL Folk line, is a medium-depth acoustic guitar with a single cutaway and select tonewoods, most notably a select AA Western red cedar top. The grain on these tops is very close and even, and in concert with the rosewood back and sides, the overall appearance of this instrument is striking. Gloss finish with tobacco sunburst.

The top is bound in ivoroid and features a double circle rosette around the centered sound hole. The neck is made of mahogany and is attached to the body with a dovetail joint set at the 14th fret. As soon as you lift this guitar out of the wood frame case it comes with, its quality is evident. The detail, the balance and the stunning beauty of the woods instills a great sense of appreciation for the workmanship and design. It features side dots for player orientation, and a lovely custom inlay at the 12th fret. It is comfortable to wear and sounds great acoustically.

The onboard L.R. Baggs Stagepro Element is a side-mounted preamp/EQ that offers battery access and a full chromatic tuner that is hidden beneath the control panel to maintain a clean, classy look. The three-band EQ with phase inversion and Garrett Null notch filter controls deliver warm, pristine sound even under the most challenging conditions. The system includes the Element pickup and pre-wired strapjack.


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  • Body type: Folk
  • Cutaway: Single cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid AA Western red cedar
  • Back & sides: Rosewood
  • Bracing pattern: FST2M - Forward shifted scalloped X
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck shape: C
  • Nut width: 1.74 in. (44 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Semi-gloss
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: L.R. Baggs
  • Configuration: Sidemounted
  • Preamp EQ: 3-band
  • Feedback filter: Notch, Phase
  • Tuner: Yes
  • Headstock overlay: Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Gold
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut: Real Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Tonewoods
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Warranty card, adjustment tools
  • Country of origin: Japan
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AlvarezWY1TS Yairi Stage OM/Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Great gigging guitar...almost perfect

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from Mississippi

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  • Aesthetics
  • Amplified Tone
  • Band For The Buck
  • Build Quality
  • Great feel
  • Unplugged Tone


  • Preamp Is A Bit Noisy

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  • Gigging

Comments about Alvarez WY1TS Yairi Stage OM/Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Yairi guitars don't get the love they deserve when talked about in the same breathe as Taylors and Martins. They should, I own several of each and this guitar more than holds its own with them and in some ways is better. Construction is as good, period. Plus, this guitar has a great vibe/feel to it that is hard to quantify but "you know it when you hold it."

While I love Martins and Taylors I have found them to be lacking in tone for gigging. I realize tone is subjective but so are reviews and this one's mine. I owned a couple of Martin Performing Artist series guitars and they Fishman Aura is a nice preamp; it's jsut hard to tweak on the fly. I found it took it to solo gigs where I could fiddle with it more but left it at home when doing any ensemble work. My main guitar for that chore is a pro series Takamine. I think the Taks have the single best live sound out there. So why this Yairi?

I had owned an older model WY1 and sold it, along with three other guitars, during one of those "thinning the heard" moments. I didn't miss the Martin, Godin or Taylor much but I did start missing the Yairi. When I saw they had upgraded the preamp I ordered one and have had it about a week. Played a gig through my Bose Compact and, though the tone was very good, there was some noise in the B-Band preamp. Nothing that was too noticeable and it might be because I had to turn the preamp up very high to get enough volume. Took the guitar to a tech and he re-sat the UST ribbon. That helped immensely; it is much hotter now but there is still a bit of noise. I'm playing with a trio this weekend so I'll see if anyone notices.

Bottom line...this, like all Yairis, are bargains. You get much more guitar than you pay for. I don't think I've ever played a bad one. They are not easy to find but I would not hesitate buying one online. You'll dig it.

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Comments about Alvarez WY1TS Yairi Stage OM/Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Loved the guitar but the Bbands SYS650 pickup system did not reproduce the true acoustic sound of this very fine instrument. According to Alvarez it was supposed to come with an LR Baggs system but Musicians Friend or Alvarez could not tell me why it didn't. I ordered the guitar because I was under the impression it was equipped with the LR Baggs. I could not get the issue resolved so unfortunately I returned it.

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