Yairi guitars are handmade in Japan small factory in the mountains. If you watch their factory tour online you quickly realize it is much like the Martin custom shop. Needless to say they're amazing guitars with the money. The DY69 has Lacewood back and sides and an incredible tone that I have not really ever heard before. And has a nice iron minutes of mahogany but the deep bass of a redwood. Yairi himself touched this guitar and I have the paperwork where he does the final quality check on The guitar and signs it. Love it!