Alvarez Yairi Stage, WY1, Folk/OM

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Alvarez WY1
Yairi Stage, Folk/OM

With Alvarez hardshell case 

The WY1 is a benchmark model for Alvarez-Yairi. It was Originally designed for, and with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, hence where the “W” came from in the model number, and was a unique body size for Yairi when it launched.

It AA Western Red cedar top paired with Rosewood works for all playing styles and its body size being deeper than our stand OM’s, provides more air volume and projection while still being a very comfortable size.

The WY1 has an extended dovetail neck construction that maximizes the energy transfer between the neck and body. It also allows for a wider range of rod adjustment and decreases the risk of any neck/body irregularities.

Further innovation comes with the Direct Coupled Bridge. This system displays the craftsmanship with which these guitars are made. The DC Bridge means the pins actually go into the top of the guitar, taking the vibration to the heart of the soundboard and simultaneously increasing the break angle from the saddle to the top. This increased down pressure raises string tension, giving the guitar a very responsive feel and adding quality to its volume and sustain.

Like all Yairi Masterworks, this guitar is made from premium tonewood that has been seasoned naturally for 5 to 15 years in the perfect climate of Kani.

Kani is in the prefecture of Gifu in the hills north of Nagoya. This wood preparation and environment for building guitars is very important to the structural integrity of the instrument and will help to ensure decades of stability and performance from your Yairi.


op Wood
Solid AA Western Red Cedar
Body Finish
Back and Sides Wood
East Indian Rosewood
Bridge Pins
One piece mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish, Extended neck joint
Rosewood Direct Coupled
Abalone & Mother of Pearl
Rosewood with 12th Abalone Fret Inlay
1.5mm Paua Abalone
Headstock Plate
Nut and Saddle
Real Bone
Gotoh Gold
Bridge Pins
D'Addario EXP16
Deluxe Wood Case / US Only
Bracing Systems
FST2 - Forward Shifted, Asymmetric Tone Bars
Neck Joint
Dovetail, Extended Neck Joint
Neck Meets Body
14th Fret
Number of Frets