I would definitely buy this guitar again - everyone that plays it falls in love with it. Its only draw back has been its buzz in dry climates and that it seems a bit more fragile than other guitars.
It is a much better guitar than I am a player which has led to some guilty feelings as really good players have wished they had it... ohh well.
Price: $825.00 (new)
Where Obtained: small rocky mtn music shop
Came set woderfully .. of as a handmade should even if its the budget model as this is
Came with anAlvarez system 500A pickup for free as a special Alvarez promotion. The plastic cracked abit since but the sound is superb, as is the acoustic sound.
Does seem to buzz abit when it dries out. I bought it in the Rocky Mts. = very dry, now live in Cali Mts. not as dry no buzz now
I traded in a rosewood dreadnought Taylor for this guitar and another Alvarez...That was my 2nd Taylor, couldn't warm up to either one...I've owned at least 10 other acoustic guitars and this is one of the top two, and that includes 4 different Martins.
Where Obtained: Mountain Music Shoppe
Sitka spruce top, heavily cross grained. Ebony board and bridge. Mahogany neck, 1 pc. Back is mahogany and rosewood alternating strips with maple purfling in between, shaped as an Ovation or LUTE.
Bracing has been custom VOICED, to bring out a punchier tone and fatter trebles. I also added a compensated saddle and wider spacing on the nut.
Plays great but I need to refret. No apparent flaws in the playability.
An Acoustech Dynafield IV pickup is installed. Useful with any good PA rig.
I play a wide variety of styles, from pop to rock to jazz to traditional flatpicking...it covers all very well...
Tone is punchy and well defined, particularly good for jazz rhythm playing and Texas fiddle backup.
I'm very protective of the climate surrounding the guitar and it has stood up very well for 10 years.