Just bought a MINT 1981 Yairi DY 53!!

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  1. Ascension

    Ascension Member

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    This thing is flawless and stunning to look at.
    The board are bridge are ebony and the top i appears to be Spruce but I have no clue what the back and sides are. I have never seen anything like this with the figgure of a AAAA quilted maple and the 3D effect but the color and streaks like high grade Koa. It's stunning to look at but what the heck is it??
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  2. soulohio

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    WOW! I got a reglar old alvarez from 1983 and it has held up great....me likey
     
  3. jayn

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    That's figured mahogany. It may be a veneer if the pattern does not match the inside mahogany. I had one like that back in the 80's and 90's. I liked it a lot.
     
  4. PKAZ

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    Yairi calls is "burled mahogany". I have a DY-51 from the same era, which is pretty much the same guitar with a cedar top. The back & sides are laminated wood.

    nice find!
     
  5. Ascension

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    Thanks guys there were 3 versions of the DY 53 and indeed the 82 shows Burled Mahogany for the back and sides.
    Would you believe I found this gem with the factory hardshell case also in near mint condition in a local Pawn Shop :bong and took it home for $330:nuts:Spank!!
    All I can say is :roll:banana:aok
     
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  6. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Sweet deal on a cool guitar.
     
  7. fandodge

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    Hey Ascension, I just put an 81 dy-53 on layaway today, in a birmingham pawn shop. Jims In Roebuck. In Mint condition, but the case they brought out was for a dean. I know the original is in the back there somewhere, the dean guitar was hanging next to the yairi, Could you describe the original case for your guitar, so i can maybe get them to look. P.S. I paid 399.00 for it.
     
  8. in a little row

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    not exactly...yairi has used both 'burled' and 'figured'...the guitar pictured is the 'figured'

    the 'burled' has a tighter grain pattern and was used on 60 series guitars, like the dy-61
     
  9. jcs

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    Oh, i remember some of those guitars circa 1981 at Cuzin Jeds Guitar Shed in Independence Mo (East Kansas City), they were really,really nice quality!
     
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  11. teleman1952

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    I like that quilted mahogany and excellent price. How does it sound?
     
  12. fandodge

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    Mine Sounds Fantastic, It was set up perfectly, new Strings, Something rare for Pawnshops. I'm sure whoever hocked it Needed money Bad, Because it is a very beautiful, Great playing guitar.
     
  13. teleman1952

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    I have a DY75 that's a real nice playing instrument.
     
  14. CloudyJim

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    I bought a mint Yairi CY120 at a garage sale for $150. That's a classical that went for about $1200 new. I have some high-end flamenco and classical guitars and this one is up there with the best of them.
     
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  16. fenderball

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    i have a 1990 dy-50 which i have always enjoyed...great neck
     

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