As I mentioned earlier I recently became the proud owner of a K. It has been removed at some point and re-glued, it also has two screws that I doubt were supposed to be there and on top of that someone has added a bit of rosewood to make it higher and topped it of with a fret as the saddle instead of a normal slot and bone saddle.
As soon as the wood shops open again here in Barcelona, a lot of shops are closed in August, I will get a piece of ebony and create a new bridge from scratch. This is my third K. Yairi TG but nothing sounds as good as this K.
I changed the machine heads to Wilkinson WJ28NGD open gear in gold, the original ones were in gold too but most of it had worn off and on top of that they were really heavy.
I love all the abalone binding and the hexagon inlays in the ebony fretboard. As soon as I got the guitar I removed the fret, lowered the bridge by sanding it down and then I cut a proper saddle slot.
Apparently the top of the bridge is rosewood on an ebony base so I had to paint the top black to match the rest. The fist video is with the old makeshift rosewood bridge that the guitar came with, the second video is with the new ebony bridge that I carved myself from scratch, you can read about it here. This has been a goal of mine for years, or at least since October I will write a lot more about this guitar when I got it all set up, I need to re-glue the bridge first.
Yairi YW, a beautiful Martin D copy. The Morris W and Morris W both have a 3-part back which gives them a lot of bass and punch in the middle so perhaps a Japanese made D copy would be more bell like and balanced, like a real Martin, and I was right. Yairi YW sounds amazing, really clean and even all over, with awesome overtones that sneaks up on you if you let it ring out.
It has a solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides with a simple ebony bridge and fretboard. Perhaps my acoustic guitar preferences has slightly shifted from the Gibson sound to Martin.
There is nothing better than a black Ebony fretboard on an acoustic guitar. I thought ebony was like rosewood until I got my Goya T two years ago and it just blow my mind, there is no nicer fretboard material.
Yairi TG a Guild D copy from Yairi guitar is given birth in Kani, a small community in the beautiful mountainside area of Honshu, Japan. They all arrived within 48 hours so I stupidly assumed that everything from Japan would arrive quickly and without any problems, but no. Tokyowax uses DHL Express and they tend to deliver things within days and you pay the taxes straight to them when they deliver the guitar.
How can anything take that long? Yairi could probably have built me a new guitar in that time, if he was still alive. It seems like the only option now when buying guitars on eBay is to use the Global Shipping Program , that worked for my Goya at least.
Anyway, the guitar is amazing so it was well worth waiting for. It has a really nice tone with great bass response. It easily has the best bass of all my acoustics, even better than my Morris W which has that Martin D bass sound, this is nicer and a lot clearer. However, the pickguard was loose so I had to remove that, clean it up and then glue it back again with my trusty fish glue.
When the strings was off I quickly polished the frets and oiled the ebony fretboard. I bought this K. Yairi TG from a really nice eBay seller called montebell86 who was a pleasure to deal with. Solid spruce top, sides and back in solid mahogany, neck in Honduras mahogany, bridge and Fretboard in black ebony.
I got this K. Well the Morris has a bit more bass and is a slightly weaker on the treble side, I feel that the Yairi is more even over all the strings.