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Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar  Natural 

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Alvarez has been making the YB1 Alvarez-Yairi Baritone for years and its popularity has remained strong. Enter the Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guita...Read More

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An affordable baritone with a hand-selected solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and powerful tone.

Alvarez has been making the YB1 Alvarez-Yairi Baritone for years and its popularity has remained strong. Enter the Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar, an affordable baritone guitar that will blow you away. The ABT60 is a member of the Alvarez Artist '60 Series. Alvarez was careful to get the construction just right to allow this series to sing, and deliver a player experience that's exceptional for a mid price instrument.

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 doesn't 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 really release the energy a solid soundboard can generate. The 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 a tone and player experience, rarely found in affordable instruments.

The sound is warm, open and powerful, and both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other. These guitars feel right and are exciting to play and responsive.

The solid ˜A' grade Sitka spruce tops are hand selected from quarter-sawn wood. This ensures consistent quality, and its no secret better guitars are made from better wood. These tops not only look great but they are stiff and strong and finely grained. This allows them to be cut just that tiny bit thinner, which lets them dance a little more and produce a lot more vibration, and ultimately a richer tone.

All of the components are made of natural materials such as mother of pearl and abalone inlays, real bone saddles and nuts and rosewood appointments.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Baritone Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ˜A' grade, solid Sitka spruce 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
  • Case sold separately

Add some acoustic low end to your music with this powerful baritone guitar. Order today.

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AlvarezArtist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

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    (4)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (16)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Stays in tune (13)
  • Consistent (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (11)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Small venues (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bang for the Buck? Oh, yeah.

This is the kind of instrument that can help you expand your horizons. Every time you get a new instrument, it compels you to play more, and that makes you a better musician....Read complete review

This is the kind of instrument that can help you expand your horizons. Every time you get a new instrument, it compels you to play more, and that makes you a better musician. If you can find something that changes your game a little, then that stretches you. This is such an instrument.

I'm known as a multi-instrumentalist, and get called to play Dobro, lap steel, bouzouki, etc. It's great, and I feel valued. But everybody can't do this. What you CAN do as a guitarist, however, is strap on something that doesn't force you to relearn, but does make you think again, and explore. The ABT60 is all that and a bag of chips.

Oh, yeah, about the instrument: It's very nicely made, and for a Chinese-made instrument, that says a lot, 'cause I am not a fan of PRC building techniques. The premium with this model is that Alvarez is one of those companies that ships their products to a stateside facility and tweaks up the foreign-made products. Wechter, who made my Dobro, is another. As touted by Alvarez, the bracing is hand-sanded, and does look very well done, and adds to the clarity and responsiveness of the ABT60.

Anyhow, they didn't have to do a lot of tweaking - this instrument is very carefully constructed. The solid spruce top is thin, unlike a lot of tanks I've played from overseas. So is the finish. This is not the typical "nuclear finish" you see on a lot of overseas-made instruments. It appears hand-applied, and lets the guitar really ring. It's got a HUGE body, and resonates nicely. Actually kind of jangles, if you push it a little hard. Now, you will not get a really sweet tone out of this - fingerstyle guitarists may want to save up the other $3000 and get a Taylor or a Martin. But for my money, this puppy adds a great new dimension to my arsenal, and records well, too.

Details: Yes, you can tell that the back and sides are the really cheap kind of "just get by" mahogany. It's not pretty - hey, it's a laminate, and it's the back and sides.

The neck is finished nicely with a semi-matte feel to it. Nice, very playable shape. Longer scale than a regular 6-string, so be prepared for this. But that's what makes the tension right for the lower tuning, and the fatter strings. My advice: always use the heaviest strings you can get away with. Heavier strings mean more volume and better tuning stability. If your fingers hurt, adjust the action, and play more! This model comes with D'Addario EXP23s, which are a coated string, gauged .016 - .070. I'm not a fan of coated strings, so I've also ordered some non-coateds to try. That's another piece of unsolicited advice from me: when you get a new guitar, try different string types and gauges - don't just go with what you're used to. Each instrument has its own "sweet spots" and different strings can bring that out.

My model came without a pickguard (although I think that might have been a factory error, 'cause it's pictured with one), which is good, because the first thing I do is take 'em off. All they do is hamper resonance. You don't want your guitar to look played? Become a collector.

The sound itself is truly larger than life. Yes, you will need to put in some hours figuring out how it needs to be played differently than a standard-tuned 6-string, but you will be rewarded for this.

No electronics in this baby - I will likely buy and install an internal mic for this, as I am DONE with piezo pickups. Whoever thought of them should be shot at dawn.

Finally, I'd like to comment on people who use review space to beat up customer service or complain about shipping problems. People coming here want to know about the product. Take it up with customer service, okay? And Musician's Friend has, almost without fail, the best CS in the business.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Add and little TLC and it's a great deal.

Out of the box, the guitar was unplayable. Bridge was too low, loose frets, unlevel frets, wouldn't hold tune. However, for the price, that is to be expected. After sending...Read complete review

Out of the box, the guitar was unplayable. Bridge was too low, loose frets, unlevel frets, wouldn't hold tune. However, for the price, that is to be expected. After sending to my repair guy for it a little TLC, it was great and would compete with other baritone acoustics eight times the price.

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3.0

Add and little TLC and it's a great deal.

By Ninja are cool...

from NC

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Recording

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

Out of the box, the guitar was unplayable. Bridge was too low, loose frets, unlevel frets, wouldn't hold tune. However, for the price, that is to be expected. After sending to my repair guy for it a little TLC, it was great and would compete with other baritone acoustics eight times the price.

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5.0

Winner - Winner - Winner!!!!!

By Wolf

from Big Bear City

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

    This guitar is an addition to 24 others I own. I've enough experience to know a quality product well constructed, at an affordable price. The only negative I have is the lower range string guage. I've ordered replacement strings. Expect a wonderful experience with this guitar.

    After a few hours, you'll find it difficult to put down. This guitar is an absolute winner!! Alvarez got this one right. It's spot on.,

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    WHOLE LOTTA SOUND

    By MTreehugger

    from Undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

        I played one of these in a local store and was struck hard by the rich, vibrant tone. I waited until MF had a coupon, then jumped on it!

        I think it's a great value. While the guitar is very attractive, Alvarez is able to deliver whopping tone at this price by using class b woods. The tone is all there, but you'll find anomalies in the woods that other companies would reject. I sent the first guitar back because of this, and the replacement guitar also had some grain irregularities that detract from what otherwise would be a beautiful guitar.

        The intonation is spot on and it holds a tune for weeks on end. With the longer scale and heavier strings, it is more difficult to play.

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        (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "everybody listen to voices in my head"

        By Jerzy Contrail

        from Belding, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Play Guitar
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

          that 1 song and that one guitar got to be a baritone and this is the one, that one guitar felt good in his hands didn't take long to understand start rocking.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          You get what you pay for

          By BT60

          from Black Hills,sd

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • What Ever You Want

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

            This guitar has a very bold voice rich with mid tones with all the different tunings available its versatility is open to anything, when i received the first one it had major issues, it went back, upon receiving #2 severely dehydrated, truss rod way to tight, 24hrs ltr, the back was nicely raised the sound board was smooth and perfect, this is a well built big bodied guitar, after some tuning and truss adj it started to sing, you can really feel the sound traveling through it beautiful tone wood, easy to play even with the long scale, I do feel i got what i paid for, the service was great, issues resolved quickly, I will not hesitate to hang this next to my GS8

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great sounding Baritone, Great Price!

            By Mystic Wolf

            from Rodney, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

              I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, bouzouki, dulcimer etc..) and I've always wanted a Baritone guitar, but I never had the money to spend on a high end model. When I heard that Alvarez (my preferred brand) was producing an ABT60 model in their Artist series I had to have it!

              I ordered this guitar on a Tuesday and it arrived on Friday of the same week. It arrived securely packaged and came with a set of D'Addario EXP23's already on it. After inspecting the guitar for any blemishes or dents (there were none), I tuned it (BEADF#B) and started playing.

              The ABT60 has a big, deep resonance that just feels entirely different than a standard tuned guitar. The sustain on the low notes is amazing and stands out when playing with other guitars, although too many "other" guitars may drawn it out a bit. A regular size six string guitar capo works just fine on it and it played great no matter where I had the capo. I've played with a pick as well as fingerpicking and both have a strong, deep sound coming from that awesome jumbo body.

              As for the case, I ordered a Gator GW-Jumbo and the ABT60 fits in it perfectly and is more affordable than the SKB-20 (if you're on a budget).

              Overall, I give this Baritone guitar 5 stars as it has everything I need in order to play folk and rock music, jam, practice, record and play small venues like I do. Alvarez has a true gem on their hands and more multi-instumentalists should discover it!

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              5.0

              good buy!

              By zmoon712

              from mountain top, pa

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Workmanship
              • Great Price
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • I Perfer A Bit Wider
              • Neck A Little Too Narrow
              • Works Ok

              Best Uses

              • Exploring Low Tuning
              • For Now Home Use
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues
              • Using To Explore Low Tuni

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

              was interested in long neck tuning guitars. i get to try without paying a ton of money, like if i bought a taylor.
              seems sturdy and well made.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Baritone on a Budget

              By Wato

              from Detroit

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

                  Though I wanted one by Larivee (and still do), I couldn't justify the money for a non-essential guitar. I am really pleased, especially considering the cost. Decent tone and projection, no build flaws, accurate neck and setup. I use an old soundhole pickup for performance, which fits fine and works out great through the system I use. Until I can afford a high-level all-wood one, this is plenty good (and I'm pretty critical when it comes to guitars).

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This guitar left me breathless

                  By Cody

                  from Rexburg, ID

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Satin Neck Finish

                  Cons

                  • Gloss Finish On Body

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

                  I can't believe it. The neck is amazing, the frets are WONDERFUL (no sharp edges whatsoever), a very nice nut, tuners are solid (unheard of for the price), and comes dtrung with my favorite brand: D'Addario strings. The sound is rich, and really speaks to me. It sounds warm for strumming chords, but enough bite for solo work too. For this price, there is no equivalent in baritone acoustic guitars. All the asthetics are genuine. I cannot state that enough. Alvarez has officially won my trust. Bravo! :-)

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  So impressed with this instrument

                  By Moofy

                  from Orlando Fl.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

                    I was very hesitant to buy this guitar because of the price. I assumed it would be inferior quality. But holy jeez was I wrong. When I got it out of it's box, the glow of the wood caught me off guard, even though its laminate, still looks beautiful. I went over the entire instrument with a fine toothed comb. The binding was put on perfectly, frets filed to perfection. There was absolutely no runny glue to be found. The bracing was also flawless, every single one was scalloped uniformly. The only complaint I have is that the action was set waaayyy to high, so I'd get an appointment with your local shop to get it set up properly. But i've owned a few other Alvarez's in my time, and I highly recommend getting a different saddle, nut and bridge pins, it will make a world of difference in tonal quality. You may want to stick with bone, but i'd go with tusq. For some odd reason Alvarez guitars respond very well to tusq products. The ONLY complaint I have are the tuners, they're too cheap. It's very hard to it tuned to perfection, albeit they stay in tune. If you're an Andy Mckee, or Antoine Dufour fan on a budget, don't hesitate to buy this instrument. Just a few cheap corrections will make it sound like you paid a couple grand for it.

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