The movie Deliverance and the popularity of The Eagles changed all that and fueled another banjo boom in 1972, and all the banjo makers everywhere profited from it. You can find a list of our international distributors here. From information on the Internet concerning dating these, the guitar's serial number would. Some in great shape, others not so much. Good Evening, you were wondering about what your Alvarez Artist, model 5042 60th.
But also no doubt, there's a number of Asian made banjos that are easily comparable and an even better deal. I don't know if the tone ring or flange is of any quality but the newer instrments I've played like the B1 fit my hands perfectly and play great. Their factories were new, the difference between the Yen and the Dollar allowed their banjos to be sold at low prices in the U. If you di not have it any more maybe you have co-ordinates of present owner? I was told it was one of the first Doves made in Japan circa 1969. When the strings was off I quickly polished the frets and oiled the ebony fretboard. I don't want to ship it anywhere.
Gretsch 1960 s hardshell case original. The chart below can tell you what the year is: conflicting reports of accuracy, some think this only applies to Yairi guitars, which you have there. Heres a omi made in 1965 within days. It's serial number is 99495. There were other Japanese banjos available at the time but they were universally horrible. In some cases date of manufacture on label - see below.
Good luck with the search! Anyone who looks at buying a vintage Alvarez should bear this in mind if the action is high. The Gear Page is run by musicians for musicians. Looks like a nice guitar. As far as investment value, they're not in that category. Buy her a set of strings first, and maybe she will give you her number. The scene went from a real dearth of good banjos to a very wide choice of high quality from all over the world in just a few years.
We proposed some changes to the Emporiums. I am in Australia but unabe to find out any info about this model and date stamp. Intonation up high is just a little off, but the action and playability down low are great. There may be no practical remedy Search web for comments on it. From information on the Internet concerning dating these, the guitar's serial number would.
In some cases date of manufacture on label - see below. According to information on the inside of my guitar, it was made October 22, 1980 22-10-80 , it is a solid spruce top with rosewood back, sides, and fretboard, and a mahogany neck. The tag is identical to yours as is the headstock logo inlay. Alvarez yairi serial number dating - Aurora Beach Hotel in. Their website is Take the info below with a grain of salt because there is conflicting info.
Bell brass tonering, rosewood fb, chrome heads. There can still be confusion, unless you know your models. Interestingly I did notice your guitar has a different truss rod construction than mine. Cedar top, Ovangkol back and sides. Scott Desert Rose Musical Instruments I don't wish to be a pain, but I happen to know that Alvarez made Banjo's prior to 1973, I have a 1970 Alvarez catalog that lists several Alvarez Banjo's! You just have to find out what works for you. This guitar sounds awesome as an acoustic but I need more sound to play with others.
Here's the blurb I don't have my scanner set up right now. Only the high end models were made in Japan. I hope we can both be happy with a deal! Dating Alvarez guitars is going to be hard. These were the golden years of Japanese bluegrass instruments, Fujigens Bluebell and Ibanez, Moridaira and Fender, Tokai and Goldstar etc. Machine heads are chrome enclosed for longer life. If Alvarez says mid-70's based on the serial number, that's probably the best you're going to get. .
In 2001, Alvarez discontinued their use of the Emperor date code and simply began assigning two digits which corresponded to the year of production. Rhythm better than any guitar made. It's important to remember too that the banjo wasn't nearly as popular in 1969 as it had been just a few years earlier. Thanks Harry Hey guys, I just bought an Alvarez Model 5073 in an estate sale. It came in natural or sunburst finish.
The D 42 blows away the more expensive D 45 and for recording rhythm tracks the Alvarez Dove is better than either Martin. Both my Yairi's have numbers similar to this, which I interpret guess birth date as 4th month, 2005, sequence 10, or something like that. I could be ready to buy this item immediately if it is what I'm looking for and of course, can pay your price. It sounds great; crisp and clear - this is a loud instrument. The instrument was not purchased from an authorized Alvarez dealer. Turn the banjo over and on the rim or just below the neck, you will find the serial number either stamped or on a clearly marked sticker.