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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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Where are Alvarez, not Yairi, guitars manufactured? 6 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 nobodeuno Jan 3.

d...e...a...d g...r...o...u...p 16 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 nobodeuno Jan 3.

ARDA 1965 4 Replies

Hi all....new 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 Jan 3.

Another New (to Me) Alvarez Owner 7 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 Jan 3.

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Comment by Pugsley on January 19, 2016 at 9:03pm
G'day from Australia. I'm trying to find out ANY INFO about a guitar I bought but cannot find anything about my model: it's an Alvarez MD90CD and I bought it 2nd hand two yrs ago for AUD$600 (about $800 USD)! Can anyone tell me about this model please? Loads if thanks from Pugs.
Comment by Robert Williamson on January 14, 2016 at 6:36pm

Keith: I'm planning to install a John Pearse arm rest on both of my guitars to keep from deadening much of the tone that they are capable of

Interesting.. Ive wanted to put a violin chin rest on UPPER bout because i often rest my chin there when playing.  But the violin chin rest coupling nuts and bracket screw rods are too short for thickness of guitars,,,

and here's a fellow (Pearse) that might help me...

Comment by Robert Williamson on January 14, 2016 at 3:07pm

Anyone got a hires Alvarez logo image? I can't find anything on net large enough 1024x whatever or more) to make a dry transfer logo for guitar case.

largest i found.

too fuzzy for laser-cut dry transfers

Comment by Pugsley on January 10, 2016 at 4:20am
G'day good ppl. Hey dies anyone have any info on an Alvarez MD90CD by any chance please!? Ps. I'm ultra new here.
Comment by Keith on December 30, 2015 at 10:29pm

Ah, Western PA. Beautiful place and home of many Steelers & Penguins fans!! Yep, I've followed the Black & Gold since the 70s....

The thing that I noticed from the demo video of how deep & clear the bass was coming from this guitar. I love to hear an OM or similar size tuned to an open tuning or DADGAD - the bass & lower mid's will really shine thru, even on a lesser quality guitar.

I'm planning to install a John Pearse arm rest on both of my guitars to keep from deadening much of the tone that they are capable of

Comment by Rev. Matt Fontana on December 30, 2015 at 10:09pm

Thank you, Keith. I saw the same Baritone in a music shop in Greensburg, PA (45 minutes from where I live) and compared to the price at zzounds.com, THEY WANTED $100 MORE THAN ZZOUNDS!?! I bet'cha it's still hanging there too! :-)

 

I tune mine A to A to get the low C-chord. the key is to stop the 5th string and leave the 2nd open only when you're playing unplugged. When you plug in, just play the chord normally and it sounds great!

Comment by Keith on December 30, 2015 at 7:27pm

Congrats Rev! Nice looking guitar for sure, I've never played a  baritone and don't know if I've ever seen one in a store.

Here is a video of one being demo'd by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Definitely has a nice range of tone and this particular guitar sounds really sweet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyV5MDGTivA

Comment by Rev. Matt Fontana on December 30, 2015 at 5:55pm

Hey guys, this is Anton, an Alvarez Baritone BT60 (one more payment through and that's IT! :-D )

Comment by Keith on December 29, 2015 at 9:01pm

Great guitars for sure

I tried Ernie Ball Aluminum Oxide acoustic strings earlier this year and I have to say that they live up to Ernie Ball's advertising. I've found them to be a really good sounding string set and I've had one set on my Silver Anniversary model Alvarez since Memorial Day weekend and they still sound good. I purposely didn't clean them and I've put a lot of hours on this set. They sound like a set of strings that have gotten seated onto a guitar for about 2 weeks

Loud & well detailed

Comment by Don Bartenstein on December 28, 2015 at 5:33pm

I have 5 '70's era Alvarez's.  Love 'em to death!

 

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