I looked at everything from Gibson, Martin, Ibanez, Ovation, Washburn, etc... The looks are what grabbed me with this guitar, but when i actually played it i knew i had to have it! No other guitar i played had the tone and feel of this guitar. I am an Alvarez man NOW!
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Attina's Music Store
This is the most incredible guitar i have ever owned. The Koa wood resonates a soul i never could have expected. The electronics are amazing, and i can't even begin to say how awesome it is to have a tuner built into my guitar. I also own a 67 Gibson B-25, a cutaway Washburn, and a cutaway Ibanez. They are all great, but none compare to my Alvarez. I have only had it for a month, but have played til my fingers bled all over again.
When i play this guitar i swear i hear angels singing in the background. The action is really low, and the neck makes fretting seem easier. (If that makes sense.) I really haven't noticed any flaws, but i am far from an expert. My cousin, who is like God on a guitar, says it plays better than his Martin and I agree. It plays way over the head of any guitar i have ever owned.
I think this guitar could be played for about any style. It has an incredibly warm, eye opening sound. I work fulltime and go to school fulltime so i haven't played with it on stage yet, but it flows pretty good from my little Crate in the garage! (The neighbors LOVE it!) It sounds so so unplugged! I love to play country blues, folk country, and rock. They all sound incredible. I am not worthy to play this guitar.
I have only owned it for a month so i couldn't really say. The one thing i can tell you is my Gibson is going on it's fourth generation of my family and with some good care i am sure the Alvarez is going to go just as far.