Acoustic Guitars/Alverez Yairi DY 38
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 #
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.
End of Emperor Date Code
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?
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...
Good luck. I tried my best...Cheers, K