This is a 1978 Alvarez Yairi CY-130 Classical, hand-built by Kazuo Yairi in his small factory in Kani, Japan. I've owned this wonderful instrument since I traded a Gibson J-50 for it in 1978.
- Solid Red Cedar top
- Laminated Coral Rosewood back and sides. Kazuo Yairi pioneered a laminate that included only two layers, both tonewood, glued together in a parallel grain. This increased strength and maintained the sound quality of a solid-wood instrument.
|Coral Rosewood side|
|Coral Rosewood bookmarked back|
|Solid Red Cedar top|
|Signed and dated by the Master Luthier Kazuo Yairi|
|It looks carved, but it's a plastic veneer glued to the headstock|