Acoustic Guitars/Alverez Yairi DY 38

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QUESTION: I just purchased this guitar used without doing much research because I loved the way it played and it was in MINT condition.
I was wondering how I did on value.
It is a DY 38  SN 50278
The numbers on the headstock are 0708   325
Do the headstock numbers date the guitar or do I need to research the Serial #
Thanks,
Harley

Yairi DY-38
Yairi DY-38  
ANSWER: Hi Harley. Thanks for the question. I think I can help you. There is a blue book of acoustic guitar values but I honestly do not take much stock in the prices they quote for many reasons but the main one is that the market is fluid and one has to keep their finger on the pulse of that market on at least a weekly basis if a particular guitar brand or model or style is currently 'hot' or 'trending' ...I call it the guitar 'flavor of the month'. Another reason I am not a fan of the blue book is that I personally do not care for guitar 'snobs'; those that think only the most expensive or status brands have  merit. Those in my school of guitar philosophy call this closeminded condition 'headstock envy' or 'Brandname-itis". Okay, that being said, your guitar's serial number dating system is based on the Emperor Dating Code scheme. By reading the number stamped on the heel block of your Yairi, you can tell in which year it was made. The first two numbers correspond to the year of the Emperor of Japan at that time. (See chart below.) The remaining numbers refer to the day & month of production.
A.D.
Emperor
Year
1970
Showa
45
1971
46
1972
47
1973
48
1974
49
1975
50
1976
51
1977
52
1978
53
1979
54
1980
55
1981
56
1982
57
1983
58
1984
59
1985
60
1986
61
1987
62
1988
63
1989
Heisa
1
1990
2
1991
3
1992
4
1993
5
1994
6
1995
7
1996
8
1997
9
1998
10
1999
11
2000
12
End of Emperor Date Code
2001
01
2002
02
2003
03
2004
04
2005
05
etc.
So, your Yairi DY-38 (D=Dreadnought Syle, Y=Yairi) was made in 1976. I look to many sources to evaluate the current going prices realized for a particular guitar, one of which is, for better or worse, e bay. That is just the way it is in todays global market place...In a retail store, look to pay around $500.00-$650.00 and possibly up for a Yairi D-38 in excellent condition. On e bay last week (6-20-14) a very condtition a 1988 DY-38 sold for $450.00. I would expect yours to be more valuable as it is older and more desirable. Add $50.00 for a contemporary hardshell case and $75.00-$100.00 for the Original Hardshell Case. Hope this helps. Please make sure to rate my answer!! Best of luck in all your future endeavors..Kevin Dunham www.nossigmamartinguitars.com

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QUESTION: So you are using the Serial # to identify the date made?
SN is 50278  So if I read the chart you sent me correctly that would say it was made in 1975 27th day of August.  But I thought you said it was the numbers on the heel block are 0708  325 So I am confused?
Please help.
Thanks again,
Harley

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Hi Harley. I wrote you a relpy but I cannot see any trace that I sent it to you. They made many versions of the DY-38 and I am not sure of the year. I am sorry. I think it is a 1970's just because the label looks right...except..all the examples I have seen had a date on them....Here is a list of resources...Good luck...

http://alvarezyairi.web.fc2.com/

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=240467

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Acoustic-Guitars-3420/2008/9/guitar-worth.htm

answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070524175425AA2VXOd

Good luck. I tried my best...Cheers, K

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Sigma by Martin guitars, Vintage Asian Import Guitars, acoustic guitars, american guitars, vintage music gear and vinyl record albums

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I am a scholar and researcher of vintage Asain Import guitars and my area of expertise is Sigma by Martin fretted instruments imported by C.F. Martin & Co. from 1970-2007. I have been compiling materials and studying Sigma since 2008.

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I have my own website, www.nossigmaguitars.com, a blog, Sigma Martin Memo's, I am a consultant on the Vintage Sigma Guitars Facebook page and am an editor of the Sigma Guitars Wikipedia page. I am also writing a book on the sigma line and have just returned from MArtin in NAzareth where I was granted access to and permisiion to reproduce Sigma by MArtin materials by Dick Boak, Archivist at Martin. Martin customer service representatives now refer Sigma by Martin inquiries that they cannot answer to me.

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My book propsal is currently under review by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publshing group and an article I wrote for Vintage Guitar Mazine is under advisement.

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Studied at Linn Benton Community Collage in Albany Oregon and Marylhurst University in Portannd, Oregon. I have been a lifelong musician and student of guitars and am a guitar tech.

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