Thursday, 5 January 2012

Yamaki YD-35

A great deal later than intended, here, finally, is the entry about the Yamakai YD-35. As mentioned in the previous post, this is another alternatively braced model from Yamaki, somewhat of a brother to the YW and YM models. The YD series was a little different to the YW and YM though, offering a far samller range: a YD35, YD50, and a YD80 were the only options, at ¥35,000, ¥50,000, and ¥80,000 respectively.

Visually these are quite different to the YW and YM models, from the lighter pickguard, to the Martin D45 style torch inlay on the headstalk. Further D45 influences can be seen in the fingerboard position inlays; the gradual shift from snowflake inlays up to the 12th fret, to the cat's eye(s) inlays from the 12th fret upward. The soundboard is a fine spruce top, likely Ezo spruce (Picea Jezoenis - a native Asian evergreen, the Eastern counterpart to Western Sitka Spruce), with a simple abalone rosette, an ebony bridge. The top also features double cream binding onto Indian rosewood sides, and a 2-piece Indian rosewood back, with a centre strip in detailed wood mosaic. Onto the body is a 3-piece mahogany neck, with a cream bound ebony fretboard featuring the aforementioned inlays in mother-of-pearl. Continuing up to the headstalk sees a rosewood veneer, with mother-of-pearl and abalone inlayed Yamaki & Co. Est 1954 and the D45-syle torch. The machines are high quality Yamaki-branded Gotoh units which are exceptional. Internally is clean and tidy as normal, with the model and serial number branded on the neck block.

Tonally this is much bolder than the YW or YM models, great volume but pronounced bass response, which further leans towards the guitar being modelled on the D45.

Here are some photos:

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Next will be another Yamaki, earlier in their time line to the early 70s, with the F series.

7 comments:

  1. Hi - the results of your research are always interesting! I'm another Yamaki afficionado, with an F150 from the 'Chibi' logo era, and a very early F185 with the 'block' style logo from around '71. It's a real stunner with MOP pourfling inlaid in black resin, and gold Grovers. I bought it from the USA as a wreck and have been restoring it to playability. It would be interesting to compare these with your later models. Drop me a line if you'd be interested to correspond: ian@althika.ae. I'm in Dubai, but my briother in law lives in Perth!

    Cheers

    Ian

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    1. Hi Ian,
      Nice to chat to a fellow fan. I am entirely jealous of you owning an F185,from the ones i have seen the purfling and attention to detail on those top models is very fine. Very early era Yamaki's are exceptionally hard to find and get, i am always on the lookout. The wood they used in the earliest models seems just a bit finer than those on the later models to me, but the bracing is always lively. I own a few 140 models, which i think are quite special. Really not a brand i can find many faults with.
      I'll be sure to send you an e-mail. Does your brother play guitar also?
      Cheers,
      Martin

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  2. Hi im interested in some of ur guitars..are they still on sale?

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  3. hi, im interested in yamaki, especially in folk models, could you tell me more about it? which top they have? etc.

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  4. I have a 12 string Yamato in excellent shape it says AY472S

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    1. I would love to see a picture of that one incl pics from the inside of the body (the serial number if it has one).

      Mbechmann@gmail.com

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