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Latest Activity: Nov 17

A place for owners and fans of Alvarez guitars to hang out, share comments and suggestions, and generally discuss these fine instruments.

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ARDA 1965 3 Replies

Hi to the Alvarez camp/forum...just purchases a 50th anniversary model and I must say allot of guitar for the money.  Big loud tone...very well built except for some finish issues. Need to…Continue

Started by nobodeuno. Last reply by nobodeuno Nov 17.

Another New (to Me) Alvarez Owner 5 Replies

Hello, All!I recently adopted a 2002(?) Alvarez Masterworks MD90.  So far, I'm really enjoying the sound!  Hope to meet other Alvarez folks.Continue

Started by Sharon Peterson. Last reply by nobodeuno Nov 14.

My new Alvarez AP70 4 Replies


Started by Marty. Last reply by Dan Halbert Nov 14.

d...e...a...d g...r...o...u...p 14 Replies

Acoustic Guitar Forum says there are 71 members of this group.  Funny, it appears that people sign up but don't participate or everyone is practicing or gigging with their Alvarez guitars and not…Continue

Started by Rob Osborn. Last reply by Don Bartenstein Aug 24.

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Comment by David Susman on July 22, 2015 at 8:45pm

Joe:  It's a nice looking guitar.  EBay had one listed last year that went for $195 plus shipping.

Comment by Joe Allen on July 18, 2015 at 9:01pm

Hey I need some help with an Alvarez PJ 85 SC DVS that I just got on a trade. It is a solid cedar top with solid rosewood back and sides and the electronics. My questions are I was told it is a 1983 pro series that was before the Masterworks line came out. It is in perfect condition and plays perfect also. Does anyone know what kind of value this fine guitar is worth? I took it in hoping it would be around $600 but I don't know.

Comment by Rob Osborn on February 2, 2015 at 7:31pm

Just purchased a 2013 MD70, solid sitka spruce top with solid rosewood sides and back, guitar.  I love everything about it.  It looks beautiful and sounds magnificent.  I really am surprised that Alvarez is not better known.

Comment by ed mili on February 2, 2015 at 6:59pm

I also believe that Alvarez's bridge design is an excellent one in that it imparts a stronger string break on the strings at the saddle because of the lowered string pins position compared to most acoustic guitar designs. Stronger string break creates more force on the saddle thus increasing the string vibration to the top sound board. This increases volume and projection. Together with the forward shifted bracing this design helps these models sound significantly better than most laminated back and sides/solid top instruments.

Comment by ed mili on February 2, 2015 at 6:23pm

I recently bought an Alvarez AF75 and it is an extremely nice instrument for a solid western red cedar top and all rosewood laminated back and sides.

According to Tom at St. Louis music customer service it has a 15" radius which is a bit out of the ordinary but comfortable to play. A 24 13/16ths scale length which again is a bit different but virtually a 24 3/4 scale.

I put Grover open back vintage 18:1 tuners on it because the stock ones slipped pretty bad. Also changed the pickguard to a Martin type OM brown tortoise one because I wasn't all that fond of the stock guard's appearance.

Amazingly the tone is not compressed or boxy sounding when strummed hard like almost every laminate back and sides instrument is. I believe that this is because Alvarez takes the time and cost to use real rosewood in every layer of the laminate wood. Thus the reflected tone stays pretty close to real solid rosewood. Of course the solid cedar top has the most to do with it's warm and sweet sound. That and Alvarez's forward shifted bracing and real bone saddle and string nut.

In all, it's an awesome guitar for the 300 dollar price point and I'd be hard pressed to find anything better at this price range or twice that much.

Comment by Thom on April 18, 2014 at 7:41am

Hello All,

I just purchased a Alvarez AP-66SB Parlor size guitar. I really like this little strumbox!! All Mahogany construction, clean build, beautiful finish, plays well and sounds excellent. IMO a finer instrument of this size and price point does not exist. Great job Alvarez!! 

Comment by Don Bartenstein on March 10, 2014 at 3:01pm
Comment by Aden Hinds on February 3, 2014 at 1:03pm

Just wanted to say I've spent a lot of time over the last few weeks playing a batch of Alvarez "Artist Series" guitars at their new showroom. Some nice instruments there for sure. I ended up taking the AP66SB mahogany parlour home with me. They're also bringing in the ARD70 Slope Shoulder 12 fret dred which I am very interested to see and play and hear...

Comment by John Culver on January 10, 2014 at 7:02am

Thinking of picking up an AD62SC...does anyone have any thoughts?

Comment by Chris on March 6, 2013 at 8:53pm

I've never owned an Alvarez before but an entertaining the idea of getting an Alvarez AP710. Anyone have any words of wisdom? Pro/cons?


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