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In the 1960s and 1980s, Sadao Yairi made guitars under the S. Yairi brand. His son Hiroshi Yairi made acoustic guitars under Sadao's supervision (usually signed and/or stamped as by S. Yairi). Sadao was uncle of Kazuo Yairi who built guitars mostly under his own brand, K. Yairi.
S. and H. Yairi have been marketed under a few names in the United States, including Yairi & Sons, Kohno, Shelly, and Wilson. They also build guitars for other labels like Alvarez and, in 1980-1985 for Irish brand George Lowden.
For decades, the top-of-line Alvarez acoustic guitars are sub-branded Alvarez-Yairi, handmade in the same factory as K. Yairi guitars, and sold in the United States exclusively by Alvarez.
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