Alvarez Rd8

Acoustic 6-String Guitar

Made by Alvarez

Description Top is spruce,sides and back are rosewood as is the fretboard.
Posted By Mike Cer janic (8)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 2/21/2006, Joseph Keyes (8) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's all about the sound and this one sounds pretty. If it were lost or stolen, I'd by another. In fact, I would seek out the same brand, maybe try a different model.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $219.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Robbie's House of Music
Features:
Standard Deadnought, nice finish. Mahogony back and sides, spruce top, rosewood fingerbboard. Chromed die cast tunning knobs that are neither too "notchy" nor too slippery. I use a Dean Markley pickup that fits the sound hole really well. It also came with a handsome, durable hard case.
Playability:
I haven't touched a guitar since 1980, so I'm pretty much a beginner again. This is a very playable guitar. Frets are right. Neck width is perfect for my fingers. Maybe too new (Dec. 2005) to have found anything to complain about yet. Best guitar I'VE ever owned.
Sound Quality:
I'm a folk-blues player who has been re-learning the whole process. I use a small Berhinger mixer, a Shure mic, and the Dean Markley pick-up to record my progress. The guitar sounds so good that it makes my singing seem almost bearable. Won't be performing for a while yet, but I'll give the Guitar high marks for it's studio sound.
Durability:
So far, so good. It holds a tune, can take a bounce or two and stands up to the Northeast weather and humity variations. I believe it will hold up to steady live playing. We'll see.
On 6/30/2004, Debbie Stevens (75) posted:
Overall Rating:
I highly reccommend this guitar for someone who is looking for: a starter guitar, a budget guitar with the kind of action that will allow intense scale-work or just a well made, good sounding, inexpensive guitar that you can take anywhere.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Marion Music, Palm Bay, FL
Features:
Spruce Top and Rosewood sides on this 6-string accoustic. It's fully accoustic - no electronics. Dreadnaught without cutaway. Blond top, brunette sides and back.
Playability:
While shopping, I played a lot of guitars under $500 and several over. This guitar beat them all by far, including the Taylor Big Baby and several Fenders. The tone is great - smooth and no buzz on the low or high registers. The action gets just a little bit high at the 12th fret, but for the price it's a real gem. Sure, if my budget was over 1k I'd be the new owner of a Martin or a Taylor, but if you find yourself needing a good guitar with smooth action a great tone on a severe budget, I'd look no further than the Alvarez RD8.
Sound Quality:
The sound on this guitar is sweet. It's a full ringing treble and a clear, clean bass. I actually liked the sound in the bass better on this one than on the Taylor Big Baby. I'd rather spend $200 on this guitar than to find something mid-ranged and not get much better sound.
Durability:
I'm not expecting much longevity from such an inexpensive guitar but that's not why I'm buying it. I've not had it long enough to comment. It would make a great starter guitar or spare "beach guitar."
On 3/22/2004, Chris Snow (11) posted:
Overall Rating:
It sounded rally good i looket a fender but it was stale sounding
Model Year: 2003
Price: $139.00 (new)
Where Obtained: krazy al's music
Features:
I dont know were it was made i think it is rose wood an spruce it has 21 frets-and 6 ernie bal strings no controls no pick ups no electronics no pick ups natural double cut way open non locking-stock
Playability:
Ithas no flaws and it is in pretty good condition it migh havea ding or two in it but they are really unnoticable
Sound Quality:
Iont ve any amps or electronics- just a tuner but it is notbuilt in i play all kinds and it fitsgood with all of them except for a slide
Durability:
Yes it needstobe djusted aboutevry two or three weeks it is good at holding up to n e condition
On 8/27/2002, Mike Cer janic (8) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would purchase one like it again.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $270.00 (new)
Where Obtained: house of guitars,rochester,new york