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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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WANT TO BUY: Alvarez MD350, must have 1-3/4" nut 2 Replies

I want to purchase an Alvarez MD350 with 1-3/4" nut. In my experience, Alvarez is notorious for changing manufacturing specs without notice: I've played MD350 guitars having the 1-3/4" nut I'm…Continue

Tags: WTB Alvarez MD350, Want to Buy Alvarez MD350, Sell me your MD350, MD350 Wanted, WTB

Started by Tom. Last reply by Tom on Monday.

Alvarez AG60ce 1 Reply

Hello, everyone!I have just purchased an Alvarez AG60ce from Musician's Friend "Stupid Deal of the Day."  It was listed as a restock (not quite sure what that means as far as the condition of the…Continue

Started by Paul Walters. Last reply by Paul Walters Feb 24.

d...e...a...d g...r...o...u...p 12 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 Michael Baryla Feb 2.

Where are Alvarez, not Yairi, guitars manufactured? 5 Replies

It has been impossible for me to learn exactly where Alvarez guitars are manufactured.  The short answer, I know, is China but where in China?  Also, does Alvarez have its own factory in China or…Continue

Started by Rob Osborn. Last reply by ed mili Feb 2.

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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?

Comment by Phil Manuel on December 27, 2012 at 6:21pm

Excuse the intrusion... I've found what looks like a great deal on a Alvarez AD90SCK Artist Series guitar.  Was wondering if any of you current Alvarez folks care to comment on that model.  For $375 appears to be a good deal, but I don't know much about them.  I'm looking for an alternative to using my HD-28 for stage work.  Any info will be appreciated.

Comment by Sheldon Migwans on August 17, 2012 at 9:12pm
I just bought the Alvarez AD90 koa back and sides, it's a great instrument, will post pics when I figure this out, later.

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