Alvarez Masterworks Bluegrass Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Get the tone only a guitar with a solid timbers can deliver! Equipped with LR Baggs electronics, this Alvarez is ready for the road straight out of the box.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
AAA-grade Sitka spruce top Exceptional grain; crisp and focused tone
Solid rosewood back and sides Warm tone with long sustain
Scalloped X bracing Top vibrates freely; remains stable
LR Baggs Element VTC pickup Transparent sound with volume and tone controls

In 2018 Alvarez launched the MD60BG -- their take on a Bluegrass styled Dreadnought with modern dynamics for flatpickers and players looking for that optimal full tone. The MD60BG has become one of Alvarez's best-selling guitars - This rosewood version takes power and clarity to another level.

The MD70BG's response is instant, and its notes are clear and robust. The rosewood helps deliver sonorous bass frequencies which are complemented by shimmering trebles. When strumming, the FS6 bracing system and AAA Sitka top help deliver clarity and separation, and balance is clearly audible across all six strings. This model ships with the AFC30 Deluxe gig bag.

These beautifully dressed guitars pay tribute to traditional Bluegrass instruments with open gear nickel tuners, classic inlays, premium tortoiseshell-style pickguard and a flawless gloss finish.

The projection and overall breadth of tonal reach of this guitar is outstanding, making it hard to put down for those players looking for a powerful open voicing and instant response.

The MD70EBG is fitted with the fantastic LR Baggs Element-VTC pickup with soundhole console.

Nothing can really match a guitar made from all-solid wood. The deflection of the notes is quicker, the quality of the sound is better, you can obtain optimal response and the sound of your guitar will improve as it ages.

After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the read more heart of Alvarez culture. Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes.

The tone woods are carefully cured; 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 in the market at every price point, instruments that are truly amazing value and offer a fantastic player experience.

Alvarez believes the Masterworks Series is the best value all solid guitar line in the market today. Their specification is incredibly high in relation to their cost and they perform as all solid professional guitars should, with fantastic response and projection.

The term "all solid" of course refers to the guitar top, back and sides being made of solid wood rather than laminated. However, just because the guitar is made of all solid tonewood, it only performs to its full potential when it is designed to get the best out of its materials and components. As the tops used in Masterworks are very high quality Alvarez can make them a little thinner to heighten vibration. The radius of both the top and back are also refined to help increase volume.

Each guitar is designed to get the best out of its components, and for them to work together. These components include our FS6 bracing system, bi-level bridges, real bone nuts and saddles, carefully seasoned tonewoods and a thin finish.

FS6 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 continual development in Yairi workshops.

The Masterworks personality is open and powerful. FS6 also creates very good balance so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other. All of the tops are selected by Alvarez's team and graded independently of suppliers and are cured with care using traditional ovens and modern thermo-kilns.

Along with a more angled headstock, the bi-level bridge increases string tension by making the break angle of the strings from the saddle to the top more acute. Improved string tension adds to our sound, feel and response.
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- Top Material: AAA Sitka Spruce
- Top Finish: Natural/Gloss
- Back and Side Material: Solid Rosewood
- Back and Sides Finish: Natural/Gloss
- Overall Length: 1042
- Body Width: 395
- Body Depth at Heel: 100
- Body Depth at Base: 125
- Bracing System: MSTI - Scalloped X, Asymmetric Tone 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 VTC
- Gig Bag: AFC30A
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 14.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 25 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MD70EBG

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. (1 ratings)
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"Wonderful Instrument"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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If you are looking for a "bluegrass cannon" and aren't looking to spend $2500.00, this IS the one. Ive largely lost my desire to acquire more acoustic guitars due to how great this one sounds, feels, and plays. Definitely outperforms others in the $1000 range by a considerable margin. Hard to beat and I'll have mine forever.
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