Alvarez AG70WCEAR Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Alvarez combines high-end features and incredible value with this Grand Auditorium model. A beveled armrest enhances playing comfort with exceptional style.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Mahogany neck Great sustain, strength, and warm tone
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Sitka spruce top Projects rich, crisp and responsive tone
Walnut back and sides Balanced tone with a bit of growl in lower mids

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.
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. The AG70WCEAR delivers the great tone Artist Series is known for while exhibiting Alvarez's ability to produce beautiful, affordable guitars. 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, read more 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.
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- Top: Solid A+ Sitka Spruce
- Back/Sides: Walnut Back & Sides-Rosewood Binding
- Armrest: Flame Maple Armrest
- Electronics: LR Baggs Stage Pro EQ w/Element Arm Rest
- Finish: High Gloss Finish-FST2
- Bone Nut/Saddle: Forward Shifted Scalloped Bracing-Real Bone Nut and Saddle
- Fingerboard: Rosewood & Paua Abalone Rosette-Bi-Level, Polished Rosewood Bridge-Rosewood Fingerboard w/12th Fret Inlay
- Neck: Mahogany Neck w/Semi Gloss Finish-Rosewood Headstock Plate
- Tuners: Premium Chrome Tuners
- Strings: D’Addario EXP16’s
- Nut Width: 1 3/4” (44.45mm)
- Scale Length: 25.5” (648mm)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 7.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 21 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AG70WCEAR

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

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted November 9, 2022 by a customer from

"A truly great acoustic guitar ..."

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I have 5 guitars and have owned dozens through the years. I recently purchased a Martin D-12E which is the larger, dreadnaught size. It sounds beautiful ... full and yet articulate in the mids and upper ranges. I got the Alvarez AG70WCEAR shipped to me today. I had researched this guitar heavily before ordering. And I have to say, it far exceeded my already high expectations. I needed to reach the upper frets for combining some lead with the rhythm. Well, this guitar plays so easily and the quality is nothing short of excellent. But the sound really surprised me. I like it a little better than my Martin's sound ... and the Martin's sound is beautiful. For the quality and hand-crafted workmanship, and for the great sound, you simply cannot go wrong. This Alvarez is comparable to guitars selling for three times as much. It's my first experience with an Alvarez, and it won't be my last. If you're on the fence, don't hesitate on this brand and model. Plus, as usual, zZounds performed quickly and has always quickly shipped high quality gear, packed superbly, to me.

Musical Background:

Intermediate guitarist. Play alone and with buddies for jams.

Musical Style:

Rock, blues, folk, lead and rhythm.
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