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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 popular has remained strong throughout its run. Now they've added the Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar, a modern baritone that will surely 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" 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 23 reviews)

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    (5)

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95%

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Pros

  • Good audio (18)
  • Fun to play (17)
  • Stays in tune (16)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Consistent (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (12)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Small venues (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (7), 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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Alvarez ABT60 Baritone - OK, but More Bear than Tone.

I bought the ABT60 from MF a few weeks ago, and after repeated adjusting of the truss rod, shaving the saddle, and trying different string sets, it has become quite playable. The...Read complete review

I bought the ABT60 from MF a few weeks ago, and after repeated adjusting of the truss rod, shaving the saddle, and trying different string sets, it has become quite playable. The setup as delivered was terrible, with the saddle much too high. Sanding the bottom of the saddle to lower the strings is easy enough, so that wasn't much of a problem. However, the faux Grover Knock-off tuners are not very good. They hold pitch, once you find it, but are stiff and imprecise. They'll do for a while, but I'll likely replace them. The neck shape is somewhat like a heavier duty modified V, but more round and denser. You get used to it. The guitar does have a nice, HUGE, spruce top, but it could probably have been a little thinner, and the bracing is considerably heavier than needed. The laminate back and sides are typical for the price range and can take a hit. In fact, the entire guitar has a heavy duty industrial quality to it, and while that may be great for items that are transported a lot and subject to bumps, it takes a heavy toll on guitar TONE. The ABT60 can get loud, but it lacks tone. It simply doesn't have the sweet sound of a Martin or Gibson or Taylor. You can get used to its tone, but play a higher quality guitar immediately before or after playing the ABT60 and you'll instantly recognize the unfortunate tone it dispenses. That's the price you pay for not paying a much higher price. Overall, the ABT60 succeeds on value for the money, and will likely last and provide service for a long time. It looks good, can be enjoyable to play, but is not a special guitar by any means. FWIW, when I bought the guitar I also bought the matching Alvarez branded hard case, and while too flimsy for shipping in airline cargo holds, it fits well, looks good, and is perfectly adequate for storing and carrying the guitar. Having owned the ABT60, I like it, but if stolen or lost, I'd try to replace it with a more expensive baritone having better tonal quality.

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(23 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Budget Specialty Guitar

By Profdave

from Kentucky

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Solid Tonewood

Cons

  • Clarity Midrangetreble

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

I purchased this guitar because I've spent hours in three different music stores playing the infamous Taylor 8-string baritone. I found the resonance and fullness of open tunings on a baritone to be a pleasant alternative to the more common guitar. First of all, the Alvarez ABT60 Baritone Guitar does not have the crisp articulation and easy action of a Taylor 8-string. Of course, the Alvarez is at a fraction of the price. What you're getting when you purchase this guitar is an excellent intermediate-level guitar made with solid tone woods (sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides). The ABT60 certainly sounds good for the value. My criticism focuses on the clarity of sound. Sometimes the midrange and treble get lost in a muddy bass. Technique, equalization, and microphone placement can compensate, but don't expect it to sound like an expensive Taylor, Takamine, or Martin baritone. The ABT60 Baritone can be tuned a fourth lower than a standard guitar (B-E-A-D-F#-B), but I found I like the Alvarez tuned a perfect fifth lower (A-D-G-C-E-A). There's more play in the action and it's a bit easier on the fingers. The D'Addario EXP baritone strings sound great. Haven't tried Elixir strings or anything else yet. Other tunings you might like to try include: AEADEA (low DADGAD), AEAC#EA (Open D), ADADF#A (Open G), and GDGDGB (Open C). I've also found that a Kyser 12-string capo seems to work best over a normal acoustic capo. This may be something to consider if you plan on using a capo. The Kyser partial capo also works on the instrument. In all, the Alvarez ABT60 baritone is a specialty guitar that can provide an interesting addition to your tonal horizons. The price is reasonable, craftsmanship acceptable, and for me, it's provided a credible introduction to the world of baritone guitar for songwriting, etc.

(22 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bang for the Buck? Oh, yeah.

By popmidi

from Saint Paul, MN

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Fun To Play Again
  • Good Feel
  • Really Fun To Play
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • For This Price None

Best Uses

  • Getting Outside Your Box
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding Baritone, Great Price!

By Mystic Wolf

from Rodney, MI

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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!

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Value to Cost ratio available

    By Beardog

    from Fort Smith Arkansas

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    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:

      Best value for the money on any Baratone guitar that I have seen. I tuned it to B F# B E F# B, which is DADGAD tuned down. The sound with the heavy strings that comes on it just ozzes the blues when you lay your fingers on it. The lows are strong and the highs are really crisp and clean. It has pretty much become my new go to ax. Now for a pick up ......

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Alvarez ABT60

      By Olt Man

      from Dayton, OH

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      Pros

      • Big Baritone Sound
      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • GOOD PRICE
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Nut Poorly Installed
      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

      Nut was installed sloppily, with minor scratching of headstock and glue overflow. Bottom string has better definition when tuned up to C. Fell in love with Taylor 8-string baritone but didn't want to spend $3K. I have another Alvarez I use for D tuning, so this was a logical choice. Next step is the new L.R. Baggs soundhole pickup.

      (7 of 8 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.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This guitar left me breathless

        By Cody

        from Rexburg, ID

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        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! :-)

        (5 of 5 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

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          High value instrument

          By Rikkor

          from Minnesota

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Songwriting

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

            This is a very nice guitar. It is the first baritone I have played, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I love the deep sound. The strings are bigger and the scale is longer, so it feels a bit different but is not unmanageable, just different.

            It appears to be well constructed. The inside looks clean with no gobs of glue squeeze-out. The finish is very consistent. The whole impression is of a quality instrument.

            The Musicians Friend sales person told me they did not have any cases that would fit the guitar. After a bunch of on-line research I found that an SKB-20 works fine. (MF does sell these, by the way). I got one and it fits like a glove.

            If you are interested in trying a baritone guitar you can not go wrong with this one, in my opinion. I am glad I bought it.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Much More than the Price Would Indicate

            By YelloDog

            from Fort Worth, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            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:

              At this price point , the instrument is outstanding. Was set up well out of the box but needed some truss adjustment due to buzzing on low E and A. Never quite got the buzz out completely but it is minor now. Nice tone and action. This is the only chinese manufactured guitar that I own and it stands up well to the others. If you need a baritone voice to add to the arsenal, this is your boy. I would buy it again in a minute.

              (3 of 3 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.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Winner - Winner - Winner!!!!!

                  By Wilf

                  from Big Bear Cal.

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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.,

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    good buy!

                    By zmoon712

                    from mountain top, pa

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                    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.

                    (2 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Get Ready to Wait Half a Year

                    By ASFOLK26

                    from Saint Louis, MO

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

                    I ordered this on 12/28. The site initially stated it would ship on 1/14. My ship date has changed to 1/25/13, 2/5/13, 2/23/13, back to 2/5/13, and now 4/5/13. So if you order this guitar, get ready to wait almost half a year to get your product. Upon emailing customer service, they give you the response "You can always cancel it and get something else" rather than having any accountability or real solutions.

                    When calling customer service, I was told it would ship by late January, then early February and most recently, late February.

                    This has been the only bad experience I've had with MF, but this has been the worst service I've received anywhere for anything. I've contacted Alvarez directly to see if there are any other options. I'll be sure to follow up.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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

                    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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                        5.0

                        this bass is awesome!

                        By basslord

                        from Hiawassee,GA

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                        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

                        I think this 6-string bass is awesome!

                         
                        3.0

                        Alvarez ABT60 Baritone - OK, but More Bear than Tone.

                        By Jerry

                        from MD

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Heavy Duty
                        • Inexpensive
                        • Looks Good

                        Cons

                        • Flat Sound
                        • Heavy Construction Kills Tone
                        • May Need Proper Setup
                        • May Need Tuners

                        Best Uses

                        • Discovering The Baritone Guitar
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

                        I bought the ABT60 from MF a few weeks ago, and after repeated adjusting of the truss rod, shaving the saddle, and trying different string sets, it has become quite playable. The setup as delivered was terrible, with the saddle much too high. Sanding the bottom of the saddle to lower the strings is easy enough, so that wasn't much of a problem. However, the faux Grover Knock-off tuners are not very good. They hold pitch, once you find it, but are stiff and imprecise. They'll do for a while, but I'll likely replace them. The neck shape is somewhat like a heavier duty modified V, but more round and denser. You get used to it. The guitar does have a nice, HUGE, spruce top, but it could probably have been a little thinner, and the bracing is considerably heavier than needed. The laminate back and sides are typical for the price range and can take a hit. In fact, the entire guitar has a heavy duty industrial quality to it, and while that may be great for items that are transported a lot and subject to bumps, it takes a heavy toll on guitar TONE. The ABT60 can get loud, but it lacks tone. It simply doesn't have the sweet sound of a Martin or Gibson or Taylor. You can get used to its tone, but play a higher quality guitar immediately before or after playing the ABT60 and you'll instantly recognize the unfortunate tone it dispenses. That's the price you pay for not paying a much higher price. Overall, the ABT60 succeeds on value for the money, and will likely last and provide service for a long time. It looks good, can be enjoyable to play, but is not a special guitar by any means. FWIW, when I bought the guitar I also bought the matching Alvarez branded hard case, and while too flimsy for shipping in airline cargo holds, it fits well, looks good, and is perfectly adequate for storing and carrying the guitar. Having owned the ABT60, I like it, but if stolen or lost, I'd try to replace it with a more expensive baritone having better tonal quality.

                         
                        5.0

                        Beatuifully made, powerful baritone guitar

                        By Ben

                        from Denver, CO

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                        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

                        A friend bought one of these Alvarez baritone guitars used. When I tried it, I was too impressed not to buy one for myself. It's an astonishingly good instrument, yet priced far below most (or perhaps all) comparable brands. The fit, finish and playability are superb. The scale length is just right - much longer, and it might be hard to play. It works perfectly with the D'Addario baritone guitar strings. And the sound is huge, resonant and clear. I have a bad case of guitar acquisition syndrome, so I usually feel guilty or hesitant about buying new instruments. Not this one - I only feel delighted.

                         
                        5.0

                        Better than I expected

                        By Ben

                        from Louisiana

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

                          I purchased the Alvarez Baritone to "test the waters" of the world of acoustic baritone guitars thinking that if I liked it, I might seek a more "upscale" guitar. Testing the waters was a huge success. Baritone guitars are super fun and bring a completely different flavor to playing. Considering the quality of this instrument, far better than I expected, I may rethink the need to go more upscale. This is a value purchase with nice fit and finish and good tone. I added a K&K Mini Pickup to this one and it really responds well to being played plugged and unplugged. I am extremely pleased with this purchase. What a bargain!!

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