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In time I’d like to get a good shot of my Uncle Thomas’ Yamaki Acoustic guitar. The sticker that should be visible inside the sound hole of his guitar is absent – but Uncle Tom’s Yamaki flat top has abalone inlay up the fingerboard the likes of which would be seen on a Martin D-42, or a Martin D 45.. From the looks of the thing – I’m betting a thousand to one that it’s a solid spruce soundboard, a hallmark of a great acoustic guitar.
The Yamaki acoustic guitar that my Uncle Thomas owns would more be a “super Deluxe” or something, it’s a more decorated model than the Yamaki deluxe in the very fine photo above. If you do see one, and it’s in playable or repairable condition at all, then I seriously suggest that you buy that guitar if you are financially able to.
I can’t speak for how truthful or accurate this next thing is, but the story that I was told was that the way that Yamaki was displayed on the head stocks of their acoustic guitars looked so similar to how Yamaha was displayed on the head stocks of their guitars that Yamaha sued, and had the Yamaki company to change things. Those three companies are the three major companies in Japan that have been and still are making acoustic guitars. I very much liked both of them. The sound board on the Yamaki Deluxe model is clearly Western Red Cedar, and that is what my Uncle Tom’s Yamaki flat top guitar features as a sound board.
Yamaki Acoustic Guitars. Hell, if I owned a digital camera I’d certainly do that right away for this hub.
If you know guitars and you look at that picture of a Yamaki acoustic guitar up above, then it’s clear that that guitar is a copy of a Martin D 18. Were I unable to use that one, then I’d not be able or likely to find another photo so comparable. The thing that is MOST clear from that photo is that the guitar features a spruce soundboard. My uncle James owns one as well, and that would be the one that my grandfather used to own. You can’t really know how good a quality that guitar is from the picture – you don’t and can’t know whether or not it’s a solid wood construction guitar or not, but I’m betting that that is exactly what it is.
The Yamaki Deluxe Acoustic Guitar.
Now – looking at the fine photo above we see an example of the Yamaki acoustic guitar model called “The Yamaki Deluxe.” This guitar more resembles my Uncle Tom’s guitar than does the other photo, and the reason for this is that the sound board of this guitar is clearly a different wood than is the spruce sound board in the top photo. Very Fine And Rare Instruments.
When talking about Japanese made acoustic guitars people tend to think of Yamaha, Takamine, and Alvarez as being the major brands of acoustic guitars that are made in Japan. Basically, the two Yamaki acoustics that I’ve had my hands on both belong to Uncles of mine, and one of those uncles at one point or another had owned both of them.
Yamaki Acoustic Guitars.
I’m sticking to the full sized photo above – because it’s such a beautiful photo. I’ve not seen that guitar in years – I hope that cleared up any confusion that I might have created.
I’ve seen exactly two of these guitars ever. But there is also a pretty rare brand of guitar out there that you might run into, and that is the Yamaki brand of acoustic guitar. I became acquainted with one just this last week, and couldn’t have possibly been more impressed with that guitar.
If you recall that I mentioned something about having two uncles with Yamaki acoustic guitars – that’s correct. The other one I’d seen once belonged to my grandfather, and I nearly bought it from him at one point. Here’s what I know for certain – I like Yamaha acoustic guitars, and I consider them to be fine guitars, and especially if you buy one of their solid tonewood construction L series guitars – but I’m positive that the Yamaki guitar that I played this past week was better than any Yamaha acoustic guitar that I’ve ever seen or played, in fact, it was a very comparable guitar in quality to the Alvarez acoustic guitar that I fell in love with once at the North Texas Guitar Centre – but a more expensive or fancier guitar.