I bought this guitar new
in New York early in 2005. The NYL-5 is the
Byrdland of the Vestax range. It is
the thinline 17" New Yorker but with a full scale and floating Kent Armstrong
Rather like a thinline Johnny Smith!
Some guitars just feel
right the minute you hold them .... and when you play,
they almost play themselves. This is one
of those guitars, comfortable, effortless and
with superb tone.
Such tone and so easy to play.
It has all the hallmarks of the classic Vestax guitars and
this one is signed-off by the legendary master luthier
Hidesato Shiino in
I really love this
guitar and it was my main player for a year but I have a
very light touch and you just wouldn't be able to find the
slightest signs of having been played. It
still looks MINT and plays like a dream.
As a 2004 instrument, its tone is now
soft and mellow, rich and jazzy.
think it sounds rather like Anthony Wilsons Byrdland.
A really nice archtop and a superbly jazzy guitar.