1988 K. Yairi DY61 “Jerry Garcia Model” acoustic guitar
I bought this guitar at Alberta Guitar Company on 14th street around Kensington Road in about 1989. It’s been my main acoustic axe ever since. I’ve owned other acoustics. A couple of years ago, I bought a nice Larivee, but I hardly ever played it. I actually own another K. Yairi, which is a Martin copy, which I use for open keys. Yairis, like other Japanese built guitars (especially Yamahas) are great value. Mine was hand built in 1988 in the town of Kani, in Gifu Japan. I had a Fishman pickup installed after I bought it and a powered jack. Most sound men seem to like the sound of this guitar. I think the Fishman pickups from later years are slightly lesser quality than mine. For one thing, they have half the surface area which probably creates a much thinner sound. The pick guard was an add on so I wouldn’t bore a hole in the top of my guitar a la Willie Nelson. This guitar with electronics installed by K.Yairi is called the Jerry Garcia signature model. There’s lots of fancy abalone inlay and pin striping. Also, the back and sides are made of curly maple, which is pretty psychedelic in itself. One last note. The stamp on the bottom right is just a brand burnt on by K. Yairi at the factory.