Alvarez Artist Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar, 8-String

Want the sound of a 12-string guitar that's a little easier to play? This guitar makes that a reality with octave strings doubled on the 3rd and 4th strings.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Solid Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone
Mahogany back and sides Dry and airy tone; clear, present midrange
LR Baggs StagePro Element preamp Picks up guitar top's movement; wide dynamic range
Acoustic 8-string Doubled up D and G strings mimic 12-string chime

The sound of a 12-String is wonderful and unmistakable, but 12-strings on a neck can make it somewhat challenging for some players. There is a lot of tension and the nut width is generally wider.

Introducing the Alvarez 8-string, 12 string shimmer with less tension and a standard width neck and nut.

Alvarez doubles up on the G (3rd) and D (4th) strings and it's quite amazing how much 12 string shimmer you get from just adding these two octaves. It also makes this guitar great fun for lots of exploration and the octave tones when fingerpicking add a little extra dimension and charm.

The AG 8-string has a superbly open and resonant voicing and instant response. It's a beautiful looking guitar with a flawless deep shine, thin poly Shadowburst finish, North American Sitka spruce top and fitted with the fantastic LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up.

After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of Alvarez culture. Their guitars are constructed correctly in every sense from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes. Their tone woods are carefully cured and components such as neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques they use are continually researched and developed, and their tone is impeccably crafted and married to a stable, designed and lively sound box.

The term "solid top" of course refers read more to the soundboard of an acoustic guitar being made of solid wood, rather than being laminated. However, just because the top is solid, it does not necessarily mean the sound automatically benefits from this feature. The tone of the instrument only improves significantly when the whole guitar is built correctly to optimize the energy a solid soundboard can generate. Artist Series is built to do exactly this.

Each model is designed to get the best out of its components, and for them to work together to produce balance, lively projection and great response. These components include bracing architecture that is specifically designed for each body shape or tonal requirement. Alvarez's Bi-level bridge is designed to heighten string tension and improve sustain and response. Real bone nut and saddle, premium tone woods and their crafted attenuated finish all further the quality of construction a positively impact the performance of the instrument.

This caring approach to development comes from one simple goal: To deliver the best guitars in the market at every price point, instruments that are truly amazing value and offer a fantastic player experience.
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- Top Material: Solid A+ Sitka Spruce
- Top Finish: Natural/Gloss
- Back and Side Material: Mahogany
- Back and Sides Finish: Shadowburst/Gloss
- Overall Length: 1035 mm
- Body Width: 404 mm
- Body Depth at Heel: 96 mm
- Body Depth at Base: 106 mm
- Bracing System: MSTI - Scalloped X, Asymmetric Tones Bars
- Scale: 648 mm
- Scale: 25.5 inches
- Neck Joint: Dovetail
- Neck Meets Body: 14th fret
- No. Frets: 21
- Nut Width: 44.45 mm
- Nut Width: 1.75 inches
- Pickup: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pickup
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 7.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 44 x 21 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AG60-8CESHB

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 314-727-4512


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