The VintAxe Guitar Forum

A Place for Vintage Guitar Enthusiasts to Pursue their Passion

Yamaki AY333S

Post all questions concerning your Acoustic Guitar here

Moderators: VintAxe, Phizix

by Turko » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:03 pm

I have purchased a Yamaki AY333S guitar.Very good condition, good action, and a nice deep mellow tone.The serial number is 60508.Any info would be appreciated.
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:55 am

by VintAxe » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:47 pm

Hey Turko, sounds like a great purchase :)

Your Yamaki was built in Japan in the mid 1970's and has a solid cedar top with rosewood sides and back.

A Japanese website has a few Yamaki catalogs posted here, your AY333S is in the "Yamaki Sings" catalog:

Here is a brief history of Yamaki posted by Ian Anderson on the Acoustic Guitar Forum:

The complex story of Yamaki guitars is entwined with the histories of a number of other Japanese companies. In the late 1940s, brothers Yasuyuki and Kazuyuki Teradaira started working for Tatsuno Mokko, an instrument-building firm that later split into two different companies, one of which was called Hayashi Gakki. In 1954 Hayashi Gakki was bought out by Zenon, a large music distributor. In 1962 Yasuyuki left Zenon to start an instrument distributor he called Daion, which means “big sound” in Japanese. In 1967 Kazuyuki left Zenon to produce classical guitars under the name Yamaki, an auspicious Japanese word meaning “happy trees on the mountain.” By the early 1970s, Kazuyuki expanded the Yamaki line to include a large number of steel-string guitars, many of which were based on C.F. Martin and Co.’s designs and were distributed exclusively through Daion. Along with Yamaki guitars, Daion sold instruments from Shinano, Mitsura Tamura, Chaki, and Hamox, some of which were built by Yamaki at various times, and Harptone guitars, which they imported from the US.

Sometime in the late 1960s, Daion began exporting Yamaki guitars to America, where they were well received. By the early 1980s, however, Daion felt that the Yamaki Martin-style guitars were getting lost among similar instruments from other Japanese builders like Takamine, Yasuma, and C.F. Mountain, so they redesigned the entire acoustic line and started building acoustic-electrics and solid-body electrics as well as oddities like double-neck acoustics. They dropped the Yamaki name and rebranded their instruments as Daion guitars. Daion began an extensive advertising campaign to introduce the new line around 1982, but this was a time when musicians were more interested in the new MIDI-equipped synthesizers than in guitars. In 1984 Daion stopped importing guitars to America and soon went out of business. Yamaki, on the other hand, survived the downturn of the 1980s and now makes parts for other Japanese guitar companies.

—Michael John Simmons

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 2189
Joined: Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:52 am
Location: USA

by Turko » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:11 pm

Thanks for the info.
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:55 am

Return to Vintage Acoustic Guitars

  • View new posts
  • View unanswered posts
  • Who is online
  • In total there is 1 user online :: 0 registered, 0 hidden and 1 guest (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
  • Most users ever online was 115 on Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:55 am
  • Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest