Just to be clear there is a very big difference between an Alvarez guitar and an Alvarez Yairi guitar.
An Alvarez guitar may be manufactured by any number of companies from on Japan, Korea, China, even Spain.
But an Alvarez Yairi guitar could only be made in the factory of the master Japanese luthier Kazu Yairi in Gifu Japan.
These guitars are also sold under the brand K Yairi in other parts of the world.
Although many of the standard guitars made by Mr Yairi have laminate back and sides they are all very high quality and made with the finest wood.
His laminate usually consists of two layers of the same wood. Not a thin veneer over a core of much cheaper wood like poplar.
They are among the finest and most under appreciated factory guitars in the world n