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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 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 John Culver on May 6, 2012 at 6:55pm

@David Susman...the AF410S pictured, in my opinion is a much better Artist series guitar than the ones offered now...better bracing, tone, and playability in my opinion.  They don't make this one anymore, they replaced it with the AF60, which I bought in December, and have had no luck with.  I replaced it with a Seagull Maritime SWS HG QI,  much happier now! 

Comment by David Susman on May 6, 2012 at 8:20am
Here's a short video giving us a tour of the Alvarez Shop!
Comment by David Susman on May 6, 2012 at 8:17am
Nice guitar John. I was poking around the internet the other day and learned that Jerry Garcia played an Alvarez-Yairi during his sets with Dave Grisham. Those are some of my favourite recordings. Bluegrass and folk music. Garcia's guitar and Grisham's mandolin really shine.
Comment by Dave Fengler on May 2, 2012 at 8:50am

I play my Seagull S6 99% of the time.  There was a Seagull S12 on CraigsList a few weeks ago.  I probably could have gotten it for $300 and sold the Alvarez for $100 later, but my wife would have killed me.  A 12 string is nice to have but will never be my main guitar.

Comment by Dave Fengler on May 1, 2012 at 11:59am

I got a RD20S12 on CraigsList for $60.  It's in great shape but the action was so high it was unplayable.  The truss rod was lose.  Once I cranked on the truss rod, about 3/4 turn, the neck relief and action came back to spec.  My guitar teacher was so impressed on how well it played he asked to adjust his Taylor!

Comment by Arlie Box on May 1, 2012 at 10:48am

Welcome Dave
I have an RD30C.(nothing significant about it)

What do you play?

Comment by mark haselock on April 28, 2012 at 5:20am

hello all,just having a look at all the comments,,i take it that k yairi uses its own name for the european market,,i have a yairi ym2 and after looking on the net i find it to be a rare one as a lot of the yairi guitars are.

She has a ceder top with ovengol back and sides a slimline neck and was made in 1999 the godd thing is that most of its life has been spent in its case so she is in mint condition and the music shop used it for some recording and then sold it to me she wasent cheep but worth every penny i had no idea that yairi have made so many different guitars i will have to play some different models as i think thay are well made ,,,thay are made in japan but old school,,,hide glue,,no cnc,,hand carved necks and braces have just got hold of a cool book very cool with bags of info on the history of yairi it ends in saying in his own words,,,k yairi works af art,,,,it waset hipe,,,,

Comment by Mark on March 20, 2012 at 7:32pm

Wish i could help you John.  i recently bought an AJ60sce and it stays in tune for ever...  That actually seems to be the trademark of Alvarez  (in my limited experience anyway)..

I will say that everyone I know who's bought a Seagull has been VERY happy with them.  Maybe you just got a dud, I'd give Seagull a try if it was me.

Comment by John Culver on March 14, 2012 at 5:45pm

I currently have an AF410S as my main guitar...I love it...but I recently purchased an love doesn't stay in tune very well...the wood seems very "soft" this a normal thing for this guitar?...I use elixr custom lights on both guitars, the AF410S is fine...but I don't know what to do with the other guitar...thinking of swapping it out for a seagull....somebody help me PLEASE!

Comment by Arlie Box on March 8, 2012 at 8:18am

Let's take a tour of the Alvarez Shop


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