K.Yairi YF-0 CTM Parlour Acoustic Sunburst 2020
K.Yairi YF-0, made in Japan 2020, hand rubbed sunburst satin. K.Yairi guitars attract a cult following; those that know them, love them, and for good reason. Yairi is a much smaller operation than the Ibanez and Yamahas of the world, which allows for a stellar commitment to quality and detail seldom seen these days. Unlike most other acoustic builders, Yairi are known to mill and air-dry their own tonewoods, which combined with absolutely flawless hand craftsmanship, makes for guitars with an exceptionally balanced and sweet tone. This little parlour is absolutely gorgeous. The YF series guitars were made with maple back and sides, offering a big, wide grain pattern and a snappy, precise tone. There's a really lovely piquant attack to the tone, it's amazingly clear and balanced and very articulate without sounding harsh or thin. We strung it up with John Pearse 11 gauge strings, which add a nice richness through the midrange as well as feeling a little slinky under the hands. The neck is a comfy slim shape and the small size body makes this a remarkably comfy player, perfect for the couch in the meantime, and hopefully handy for those longer gigs we might one day get to play again. The burst finish is a classy job, it looks superb and the subtle binding on show underneath is a classy touch. If you have the good fortune to pick this up and play it in the store, you'll be in love in thirty seconds flat. Sorry in advance!
Model: K.Yairi YF-0 CTM
Made: Japan, 2020 (serial 002048)
Finish: hand rubbed sunburst top, satin dark stain back and sides, double bound
Body: solid spruce top, laminate maple back and sides, '0' style size
Neck: mahogany one-piece inc headstock, rosewood fingerboard, dovetail joint, 25" scale, 15" radius
Mods: tuners replaced
Case: Yairi wood case, excellent quality and condition
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has a minor scuff on the top edge. The neck has no major marks, minor glossing from play only. The back has no major marks. The sides are also very clean, no major marks, just some light glossing from contact in the elbow area. The front has a couple of dimples and play wear below the strings near the soundhole, otherwise there's no major marks. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
Playing condition notes: action is moderately low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. The frets look great, minor wear only, 9/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 11/52 John Pearse strings.
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