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Alvarez AG70AR Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar

Sporting a solid Sitka spruce top and forward-shifted bracing for plenty of projection, this Alvarez Grand Auditorium sings with a voice all its own. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Solid Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone
Rosewood back and sides Warm tone with long sustain
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Bone nut and saddle Very responsive to both picking and strumming

Alvarez AG70AR Grand Auditorium

The Alvarez AG70AR Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar delivers the great tone Artist Series is known for while exhibiting Alvarez's ability to produce beautiful, affordable guitars. Keeping with Alvarez's philosophy of making great guitars accessible to as many players as possible, Alvarez Artist Series now offers superbly designed armrest models.

Master Luthiers around the world have been crafting bevel edged armrest guitars for some time. The feature not only makes the guitar more comfortable to play, but also allows the maker to demonstrate their skill and craftsmanship in producing beautiful instruments.

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

This caring approach to development comes from one simple goal: To deliver the best guitars available at every price point - instruments that are truly an amazing value and offer a fantastic player experience.

The term *solid top* of course refers 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 if its components, and for them to work together to produce balance, lively projection and great response. These components include the innovative FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tone woods and thin finish.

FST2 is a forward shifted X brace design * this means the axis of the X is closer to the sound hole and therefore creates a larger soundboard area allowing for more energy and vibration to be harnessed. Both the X braces and asymmetric tone bars are carefully scalloped. The scalloping design was the result of years of continual development in Alvarez-Yairi workshops.

The Artist Series sound and personality is open and powerful. FST2 also creates very good balance, so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other.

Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play; no matter if you are strumming hard or picking lightly, the guitar will do what you ask of it.

Features

- Alvarez Artist Series
- Solid A+ Sitka Spruce Top Wood
- Rosewood Back & Sides Wood
- Grand Auditorium w/ Cutaway Shape
- Mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish Neck
- FST2 Bracing System
- Bi-Level Rosewood Bridge
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Rosewood Headstock Plate
- Real Bone Nut & Saddle
- Premium Die Cast Tuner
- Rosewood Binding
- D'Addario EXP Strings
- Dovetail Neck Joint
- Neck meets body at 14th Fret
- 21 Frets

Woods

- Top: Solid A+ Sitka Spruce
- Top Finish: Natural/Gloss
- Back & Sides: Rosewood

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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 (mm): 648
- Scale (inches): 25-1/2
- Number of frets: 21
- Nut Width (mm): 44.45
- Nut Width (inches): 1-3/4
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 21 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AG70AR
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 314-727-4512
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Overall: I read another review of this guitar and thought that they couldn't be talking about the same model. As far as the fret ends go, this guitar is the smoothest of all my guitars...including electrics. I didn't care for the sound and playability at first. I changed the strings out to 80/20 bronze 11's and man, what a difference! Now I love the way it souds and plays. Outperforms my son's Taylor model of the same size and woods. I'm so glad I took a chance on this guitar!
Style of Music: Blues, rock, folk, etc.
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"Not great, and not terrible but, pain and blood have been involved."
Sound: The sound quality is good for a new acoustic guitar. A little age will tell what the long story will be. Feature: The woods used seem to work well with each other but with an acoustic guitar only time will tell. Ease of Use: This baby is a fighter. She fights me for every note I try to get out of her. I'm hoping some adjustments by my luthier will end our fighting. Quality: The die cast tuners will have to be replaced ASAP. Only time will tell on the rest of the construction. Value: With the non finishing of the fret ends, and poorly cut nut the guitar is not worth the selling price. Manufacturer Support: I did ask the company what size the truss rod is since they did not include a truss rod wrench. They were prompt with their reply. The Wow Factor: The only thing that made me go WoW with this guitar was how poorly the fret ends were neglected and cut my hand and shredded my cleaning cloth. Overall: Purchased this guitar in the end of 2017 from zZounds. Let me say zZounds is the best! This is my second purchase from them and there will be more purchases soon! Now about this guitar. To qualify, my main guitar since 1973 has been a 1962 Gibson Hummingbird. I have owned and sold others such as Fender, Yamaha, Ovation, Martin, Mitchell. Let me start off with the number one no no on any guitar. The fret ends on both sides of the neck have cut my hand and shredded cleaning cloths from being so sharp. The nut was left with bad cuts for the B and E string resulting in lots of snapping and cracking and hard to get the right tune because of it. The tuners, well, they are die cast so I didn't expect them to be much and they aren't. The finish is acceptable. The action is too high for my liking and this guitar likes to put up a fight when you play it. I strongly considered returning it to zZounds but there is something hidden here that is making me keep this guitar. Yes it will cost me more to take it to my Luthier to fix all that is wrong to make this guitar playable, and new tuners will have to be installed, but for some reason the sound has a likeability to it that I am enjoying. It has a V shaped neck that does not fit my hand well and causes me pain which I may end up having sanded down. The neck sides themselves are a bit too squared off and hurt when trying to use a thumb to wrap around for bass notes which I do often. The Grand Auditorium size is nice and I like it since all my other acoustics are dreadnoughts. Every new guitar is like a new girlfriend. Time, and give and take, and compromise, may lead to a very long wonderful relationship. I'm hoping that Alva and I will continue our relationship and this won't end up a costly divorce for me.
Style of Music: Many.
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