On a general, I would definitely recommend Alverez to anyone looking to buy. To view a picture of my guitar, or if you have any questions, feel free to visit my homepage: wholenote.com/members/ryaneckenrode
Model Year: 2001
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Menchey Music
My Alvarez consists mostly of a deep red mahogany wood with a natural, polished finish. It's a basic 6-string acoustic with 15 user friendly frets, but 20 total. As for body style, it's a simple symmetrical design. It doesn't have locking tuners, as most acoustics do not.
For the playing the basics of rock (i.e. Led Zeppelin, Collective Soul, etc.) preferred actions are easily obtained. The shape of the neck usually requires a good bit of consistency, as far as hand position goes. Also, the shape of the neck at the body limits play to a sufficient 12-15 frets. For comparison, I've played guitars with a slimmer and flatter neck, and have liked the feel a lot. I'm not sure if it's the guitar itself, or the Alvarez designed head and tuners, but the middle strings are usually the first to lose proper tuning.
Despite any flaws or what not, the sound decent and full. Also, it's fairly easy to tell when a string or two is out of tune.
On rare occasions, the degree to which the strings are out of tune will vary (some strings might be flat while others sharp). All in all, durability is commendable for the amount of time I play each day.