Tadashi "Taddy" Yokoyama
|[ Profile ]
||Joined Morris Guitars (finishing process).
||After 5 years in general manufacturing processes,
I worked in the hand
made guitar section, finding there the direction in
which I wanted to go. In addition to guitars, I also
made a variety of other instruments, including flat-back
mandolins and banjos.
||Responsible for practically all the hand made work
at Morris, I gradually built up world-wide recognition
for high quality. I also used my skills for electric
guitars as well as acoustic. Numerous artists were
playing Yokoyama-made guitars.
||Left Morris after
29 years there.
||Formed my own guitar-making company. Began construction
of Yokoyama-brand guitars.
|[Selection of Materials]
I only use materials I have personally selected. Obviously I
take special care in choosing the grain and density of the
bracing materials. But even for other components and the
finishes, I only use materials that I am totally satisfied
with, in order to create my particular sound and improve
I avoid unnecessary decoration and aim for a timeless simplicity
[New types of guitar]
By constantly listening to the views of all kinds of players
and artists, I continually strive to improve the quality of my
[Top Sound and Strength]
My goal is a constancy of sound with no distortion of the wood.
I give my guitars a
strength that leads to a lengthy lifespan if they are properly
cared for, and
also a sound that develops over time.
All the finer work is crafted by hand, but I make active use
of machinery in cases where
it surpasses work by hand. This gives increased precision and
a higher quality
instrument while at the same time I can keep the price as low
I aim for a structure that does not strain any part of the guitar.
I build the guitar such that there is as much room as possible for vibration of the neck
as well as the body.
Naturally, I use bracings appropriate for the wood-type of each
guitar body. I have in mind a sound I am after, and as I select
bracing material, and glue and craft the guitar, I try to achieve
All my models have a lacquer finish. I believe a thin layer of
lacquer is best for bringing out the character of the guitar
[Care of Your Guitars]
The guitars are made from natural wood. If they are not properly
cared for, the body may alter in shape, and develop cracks due
to dryness and warping of the neck. My guitars are
sensitively built, and a careful watch on humidity levels is