Yairi is the surname of a Japanese family of luthiers associated with quality handmade acoustic guitars.
Sadao Yairi began making guitars under the S. Yairi brand after taking over the Yagami Musical Instruments workshop in the late 1930's.
Sadao Yairi was honored to receive the Japanese music work meritorious service prize in 1977, which made an outstanding contribution to the development of the company.
He was also awarded a Yellow Ribbon Medal of Honour by the Japanese Emperor.
Production took place in the rural village of Kani, Gifu province, Japan.
Sadao's son Hiroshi Yairi made acoustic guitars under Sadao's supervision (usually signed and/or stamped as by S. Yairi).
This guitar is made by Hiroshi and inspected by Sadao. It bears his mark of approval and signature "S. Yairi".
S. and H. Yairi guitars have been marketed under a few names in the United States, including Yairi & Sons, Kohno, Shelly, and Wilson.
They also build guitars for other labels like Alvarez and, in the 1980s-1990s, for B&M distributed in the UK by Irish brand George Lowden.
For decades, the top-of-line Alvarez acoustic guitars are sub-branded Alvarez-Yairi, handmade in the same factory as K. Yairi guitars, and sold in the United States exclusively by Alvarez
This guitar is second hand and may show signs of cosmetic wear however functions fully as intended.
This Guitar is available in store at Guitar Village Frankston 50 minutes south of Melbourne. You can drop into our shop and try it out or you can purchase it online and we will ship it out to you.