1985 Alvarez-Yairi DY-47 Dreadnought Guitar

The same customer who owns an '86 DY-45 got this '85 Japanese-made DY-47 serviced and photographed on the same wood pile (though the pile's a bit bigger, now). These 80s Alvarez-Yairi dreadnoughts are certainly good products and, I have to admit, I'm a bit smitten with the extra-clean nature of this guitar and its faded-sunburst finish.

It was a good player before work, too, and now after work (fret level/dress, general setup) it's right on-the-dot and has a chunky, old Martin D-18 vibe going on in the tone department. This one is a good, direct, rhythm guitar.

The specs are similar to a period Martin -- 25.4" scale, 1 11/16" nut width, and spruce over mahogany build to the body. The neck is mahogany, too, and both the fretboard and bridge are rosewood, though they're stained to look like ebony. The nut and saddle are both bone.

I love the little 12th-fret departure in styling and the white "style 28" trim mixed with the sunburst.

Looking good, right? I could see myself in a powder-blue suit banging old country chords on this one.

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