This guitar is my beauty...but like beauty its only skin deep. Don't get me wrong I love this guitar and enjoy playing it immensely. I would definitely recommend it to somebody.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $690.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Hansen Music
Made in Korea, maple body and neck, six string/twenty frets. Has an Alvarez System 600T Acoustic Preamp/EQ with volume and mid frequency knobs, built in tuner, piezo and aux knobs, phase button, level button, and notch button. Cutaway with sunburst finish, thin body, string through body, and non-locking tuners
It's playability is fairly good. The neck is pretty narrow and provides for some nice action. Since its acoustic and I play it mostly for rhythm thats not much of a problem anyway. I really enjoy its sound plugged in; unplugged it doesn't have the depth of a full body guitar but I still enjoy playing it. I've noticed that compared to my other guitar it feels almost tender and fragile. Almost like i could break it apart by bending it in half. But its a great performance guitar.
Like I said earlier it feels a little fragile sometimes compared to my other guitar, I break strings more often with this one than my other one, quite often actually. This is more likely a problem with my strumming than the guitar itself. I think it would be very reliable for steady play if I wasn't so hard on it.
I looked at Rainsongs, Taylors, and Martins especially before this, but this had such a great sound at such an incredible price, that i had to go with it. A true connoisseur would likely go with any $3000 instrument over a $1000 instrument, but the what a great value really to learn with and the excelletn playability really makes me sound a lot better than I am. To my ears, it truly sounds better than most of the best instruments, and anything that soudns similar or better does not sound so good as to justfy the price difference in my mind.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Grassroots Guitar Co.
Maple top, rosewood fretboard, gold tuning pegs, abolone inserts in soundhole and fretboard, purple flame finish (looks more like a magenta-beautiful color, no complaints), the System 600t electronics rock!!!, this thing sounds beautiful though quiet without amp, top notch for anybody when it is amped, cutaway full dreadnought style body, I have zero complaints, bright lively sound, excellent playability
This guitar is awesome!! low action, but doesnt buzz unless you really strum hard and fast. Needs very little pressure to sound clean fast notes, and hammer ons and pulloffs and clean and quick and full. The neck is slightly thin for my bigger fingertips, but as I build technique and accuracy, i play cleaner and faster. Though I love to go to guitar stores and play their ten thousand dollar guitars, I have never played a guitar that played easier than my Alvarez. As for tone, I cant see spending another $9000 for the difference in tone quality
I like the Crate 60 amp for this guitar especially, seems well suited to my style, that is practice at home with xlr style mic inputs and and gigs with one amps in coffee shops and the like. The sound is bright, but beyond that, my ears not well developed enough yet to hear all the subtleties tone quality. I love to play all kinds of music- classical, blues, jazz, spanish, any foreign styles if I can- but amy all time favorite is playing praise and worship songs- and this Alvarez has a tone that, I feel, is great to sing to. Fits my voice very well. Definitely a beautiful sound when it is plugged in. Has a distinctive sound or noise (im not sure) whne hitting certain intervals, like perfect fifths. I am not sure what the sound is, but it is a very pleasing kind of throb. I havent noticed it to the same degree with any other instrument. Quite the stage instrument. Great to look at, powerful sound plugged in, thin body so it is nice and light to carry for long periods of time.
Stays in tune, rarely needs adjustment. I live in a very cold climate so it is consistently thirsty- I dont want it to crack!! The rqadical tempersature changes should be affecting the tuning more, but it stasys in tune surprisingly well, a little less on the bass E string than the rest- i suspect because there is more metal to change on that sring.