Alvarez Yairi Masterworks Honduran Series DYM60HD Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
- Series: Alvarez-Yairi Honduran
- Top Wood: Solid AAAA Adirondack Spruce
- Back & Sides Wood: Solid Honduran Mahogany - Seasoned for Min' 40 Years
- Shape: Dreadnought
- Neck: One Piece Mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish
- Bracing System: Handcarved FST2 - Forward Shifted, Scalloped X
- Bridge: Ebony Direct Coupled
- Inlays: Ebony/12th Fret Inlay
- Fingerboard: Ebony / 12th Fret Inlay
- Headstock Plate: Ebony
- Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
- Tuner: Gotoh 510's Gold with Ebony Buttons
- Binding: Ivoroid
- Bridge Pins: Ebony
- Strings: D'Addario EXP16
- Accessory: Alvarez Hardshell Wood Case
The DYM60 is a warm, open sounding Dreadnought with a big voice and lots of mid range. The classic sounding Sitka/mahogany combination allows for volume and articulation.
The extended dovetail neck construction maximizes 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 really shows off the craftsmanship of 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 at the same time hugely 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 tone wood 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.
For a handmade, voiced guitar with this level of performance, we believe the DYM60 is probably the one of best value guitars available in the market.
This magical line of guitars came about almost by accident. As we were detailing the specs of a guitar we were making for a wonderful player called Jack Pearson. It was thought that Adirondack spruce paired with Honduran mahogany would be the best combination needed for the artist’s tonal requests.
Mr. Yairi amassed an incredible amount of tonewood throughout his life and although most is in or around the factory, some was stored on a piece of land he owned some miles away. We would go and see the wood on every trip, it became a ritual after lunch, but because most of it had darkened due to the elements we were never sure what all of it was. Looking back now I sometimes think he may have been thinking, ‘One day they will realise what is in here’.
Well that day came, and what we found in terms of tonewood, was pure gold. Perfectly conditioned billets of old growth Honduran mahogany that had been naturally seasoning for around 50 years…unbelievable.
Had we not discussed Honduran for Jack’s guitar and started the conversation at the factory that lead us to believing there was Honduran on the land, we may have never known it was there. This series celebrates this amazing wood, arguably the best tonewood of all, and it also celebrates Mr. Yairi’s lifelong (and beyond) commitment to his art.
The Mahogany has been paired with AAAA Adirondack spruce and an OM model is available in all solid Honduran. Sonically they’re incredibly full and powerful with huge clear bass and mids. They’re almost intuitive in the way they respond and draw the player in and then take them away. You will lose hours in your day playing one of these amazing instruments.
This DYM60HD Dreadnought is a powerful guitar with a rich voice. It’s very warm sounding with as much low end as any player should need but yet very balanced with round full trebles.
The guitar itself is very light in weight due to the quality of the wood and thin finish, you feel it resonating as it instantly responds to your requests. Its projection is open and its volume is excellent. Being a Yairi it’s intonation is incredible and the all round spec of the guitar is of the highest level with the amazing Gotoh 510 tuners and ebony bridge, fingerboard and headstock veneer.
Honduran Series are some of the best guitars Alvarez-Yairi have ever made and offer incredible value for such highly specified, inspiring handmade instruments.