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Alvarez AP66 Parlor Acoustic Guitar

This parlor-sized acoustic guitar offers charming vintage looks, easy playability, and crystal-clear tones for performers and hobbyists alike. (21) Read 19 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Alvarez AP66 Parlor Shadowburst
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Mahogany top Warm tone with long sustain
Mahogany back and sides Dry and airy tone; clear, present midrange
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Hand-scalloped bracing Carved for maximum response; lightweight

Alvarez AP66 Parlor Acoustic Guitar

Looking for small-bodied acoustic that just oozes 1920s vintage vibe & tone with modern playability and intonation? Look no further than the AP66 from Alvarez. True to its roots, the AP66SB is a 12-fret parlor guitar with a slotted headstock. Unlike many smaller-bodied acoustics, its quarter-sawn, hand-sanded scalloped bracing is placed slightly forward (towards the soundhole) which allows the solid mahogany top to resonate more freely. The result is an extremely strong, clear, articulate voice, with an incredible string-to-string balance that lends itself well to both fingerpicking and flatpicking, in standard or alternate tunings. The brilliant high-gloss finish really shows off the beauty of the mahogany back & sides. Throw in a genuine bone nut & saddle, a killer factory setup, and a fit & finish that is unheard of at this price, and the AP66SB just might wind up being your favorite!

This featurette from Alvarez gives you an in-depth look at the AP66SB:


Features:

- Hand selected, A grade, solid Mahogany top
- Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
- Mahogany back and sides
- Alvarez bi-level rosewood bridge
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Premium, high gloss finish
- Dovetail neck joint
- Real bone nut and saddle
- Paua abalone and mother of pearl inlays
- Premium die cast chrome tuners
- ABS binding
- D'Addario EXP's

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Dimensions:
- Overall Length (mm): 985
- Body Width (mm): 359
- Body Depth at Heel (mm): 92
- Body Depth at Base (mm): 96
- Scale (inches): 24"
- Number of frets: 18
- Nut Width (mm): 44.45
- Nut Width (inches): 1 3/4"

Product Materials:
- Top: Solid African Mahogany
- Top Finish: Shadowburst/Gloss
- Back & Sides: Mahogany

Additional Details
- Neck Joint: Dovetail
- Neck meets body: 12th Fret
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 19 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AP66SHB
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 314-727-4512
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Overall: I am not a fan of spruce tops and mahogany back/sides. In fact, I own two acoustics which are solid rosewood with spruce. So... I was skeptical of a 325 dollar parlor which was all mahogany. WOW! This guitar sounds good. Very bright and an expanded midrange that makes for wonderful sound. I was also very surprised at the projection from such a small body guitar. I basically bought the AP66 for sitting in an easy chair and practicing without a large body instrument on my lap. Now I can sit with both a small and comfortable practice guitar, and all the sounds that help me make better music! I am definitely a convert to all mahogany guitars. Rosewood is great for highs and lows, but mahogany is a GREAT overall sounding guitar for all ranges.
Style of Music: Christian mostly, some rock
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Overall: There is a reason that I waited so long to review this guitar. I am notorious for purchasing guitars, and then over the course of a few weeks, I find find something about the instrument that drives me insane, and I either sell it, or trade it off. The Alvarez AP66 broke the trend. It is without a doubt, the best acoustic steel string I have ever played. Now, before you purists start rolling your eyes, let me explain. I have been playing the guitar for thirty-plus years. I have played electric, acoustic, and classical. I love all styles of music, and at one time or another, have focused on one particular style for months or even years. I switch it up to keep it fresh, I suppose. But my love for the guitar has never waned. I have played cheap instruments that blew me way, and I have played boutique instruments that were laughable. I am a firm believer that the it's the player, and not the instrument that matters. With that said, let me get down to the specifics for those of you that are considering purchasing this guitar. The tone of this guitar is astounding. It is warm and full, and it does not lean toward either the bass or the treble. It plants itself squarely in the middle, and allows you to determine the timbre of the sound. It responds equally well to your fingers and to your pick. The volume, like the tone, is up to you. If you dig in, it will rattle the fillings out of your mouth. If you play gently, the sweetness of the sound will give you cavities. The craftsmanship is too good for this price point. I cannot find any flaws in the binding, no excessive glue inside the body, and the finish is truly gorgeous. The setup from the factory, at least on the one I received is spot on. The action is low, but not too low. It plays like a dream. I made the mistake of putting a set of light silk and steels on it, and I got some fret buzz. Parlor guitars have a shorter scale, and they tend to respond better with heavier strings. I guess this is why Strat players can go lighter, and Les Paul players can go heavier. Alas, no guitar is totally perfect. The ONLY issue I have with this guitar is the tuners. They are not on par with rest of the instrument. They bass side has too much play, and the treble side is sticky. I will be replacing the factory tuners with Grover Stat-Tites very soon. I still highly recommend this guitar. It has the punch of a dreadnaught, but the articulation of an OM. I have always thought that 12 frets to the body improved the sound of any guitar, but that's just me. So, for under $400, this is without a doubt the best guitar on the market, and it can hold its own against gutars costing five times as much, Alvarez hit a home run with this one. If they upgraded the tuners, it would be a grand slam.
Style of Music: All styles
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