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The Yairi factory lies in the small town of Kani, nestled in the hills north of Nagoya, Japan. Here they have been making guitars for over 80 years.

The factory radiates its legacy of master craftsmanship the moment you step inside. Floors are made of mahogany, with walls built of rosewood tongue and groove, and the furniture itself is hand carved by the luthiers. The amount of naturally seasoned tonewood is legendary and the production line marries time-honored, handmade craftsmanship with modern-day design and processes.

Every neck is spoke shaved by hand, braces are carved and tops are tuned to perfection. The attention to detail and quality of the build are impeccable.

In a world of mass-produced, fast goods and globalization there seems a growing number of people seeking out handmade products. Items made with a more human approach and the refined skill of Artisans who know their craft and consider the user at every step of production. Alvarez-Yairi is such a product, bench-made guitars, obsessively crafted by a humble and inspiring group of Luthiers who have dedicated their lives to guitar making.

There are 24 Luthiers at Yairi, four of them are Master Luthiers and worked at their benches for up to 55 years. This wealth of expertise helps to set Alvarez apart from many guitar companies. We are known for our endless stockpiles of vintage, and naturally seasoned wood. The Yairi build quality and player experience offer quality rarely found at such accessible price points for hyphenate bench-made instruments.

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Alvarez Yairi Folk/OM FY70CESHB Shadowburst/Gloss



Alvarez Yairi Folk/OM FY70CE Natural/Gloss



Alvarez Yairi Dreadnought DY70CESHB Shadowburst/Gloss


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