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Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar 

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2015 finds Alvarez Guitars celebration a half century of refined and ever-evolving craftsmanship. To mark this milestone achievement Alvarez has crea...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 03-01-2017

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Celebrating 50 years of guitar-making excellence with this old school looking slope shoulder dreadnought.

2015 finds Alvarez Guitars celebration a half century of refined and ever-evolving craftsmanship. To mark this milestone achievement Alvarez has created the ARDA1965, part of their 1965 Series, a gorgeous line of guitars that exemplify everything they’ve learned over the years in terms of sound, aesthetics, and affordability.

“We want every guitarist and Alvarez enthusiast to be able to join us in this 50 year celebration,” says Chris Meikle, Head of Development at Alvarez and Senior Vice President of St. Louis Music. “Very often commemorative guitars are so expensive that they’re out of reach to the everyday player. Our goal with the 1965s was to create a line with beautiful appointments and tone, but make them as accessible as possible.”

The ARDA1965 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought is made with premium North American, solid A+ Sitka spruce top, a beautiful Acacia back and sides, and  handcrafted Paua abalone purfling. Other appointments include mother-of-pearl and abalone inlays, premium die-cast tuners, and a bi-level rosewood bridge.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body type:Slope Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Cutaway:Non-cutaway
  • Top wood:SolidSitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Acacia
  • Bracing pattern:Forward Shifted PatternScalloped X
  • Body finish:Gloss
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Not specified
  • Nut width:1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Fingerboard:Rosewood
  • Neck wood:Mahoganyinfo not available
  • Scale length:25.5"
  • Number of frets:19
  • Neck finish:Gloss
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:No
  • Brand:Not applicable
  • Configuration:Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ:Not applicable
  • Feedback filter:Not applicable
  • Tuner:Not applicable
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:Rosewood
  • Tuning machines:Die-cast
  • Bridge:Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut:Bone
  • Number of strings:6-string
  • Special features:None

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Alvarez50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FANTASTIC GUITAR

By Chip

from North Carolina

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar having knowledge referencing scalloped-forward shifted X bracing, etc. I absolutely love slotted headstocks. Unfortunately, I am disabled and have severe arthritis, and I had sold my 1 of 40 Koa Martin Guitar and all of my accessories; and I have never owned a laminated back & sides guitar beforehand. This top is constructed of Solid American Sitka A+ Grade wood. I have never picked up an Alvarez in the past 45 years, and said that it didn't sound good. Therefore, I did not believe that I was taking a chance by ordering a guitar which I did not first play. I was right; and it stays in tune + it came with D'Addario #16 Light coated Phosphor Bronze Strings which carry a high cost per pack. Alvarez did not skimp in manufacturing this guitar. It has a shorter neck than most Dreadnought's & its bridge is 2" lower than normal, but it has a Bone Nut & Saddle too. It's perfect for me to play being slope shouldered and smaller than the usual sizing. However, its sound, etc. is outstanding & this is why I am writing this review so as not to deter anyone from purchasing this guitar from Musician's Friend. It has a Lifetime Manufacturer's Warranty, but MF adds their own 2 year warranty for you for free. We do not have much money these days & my extensive knowledge of guitars & having handled Alvarez's + MF's pricing dropped down from this Limited Edition 50th {2015} Anniversary Model made for me to again want to have a guitar & I'm pleased as punch to have done so. The all around quality of this particular guitar, and I'm certain of their other three 50th Models, is definitely worth considering. They also have a regular sized Dreadnought Model, and an easier to comfortably fingerpick & play OM Model. Alvarez has remained true to their wishing to make for wonderful guitars at reasonable prices. You won't be sorry by purchasing one.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome tone, attractive guitar

    By Bay Fiddler

    from Waretown,NJ

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

      Received the guitar yesterday. Unpacked and inspected everything is excellent. No blemishes, scratches or finish issues. Setup is good out of box. I was looking for a new guitar. I own 11. I bought this a it was different than anything I had with the tuners and short neck. I have played it for hours. Excellent tone, good bass, plays very nice. Guitar compares to much more expensive guitars than what I paid. Maybe since it is a 2015 issue for the anniversary now they need to get rid of the leftovers but darn nice guitar for the price.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Get them before they're gone

      By willieP

      from tween Austin and Houston

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Feel
      • pleasing to the eye and ear
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • poor factory setup, but correctable

      Best Uses

      • Small Venues
      • voice accompanyment

      Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

      the spruce top with the shadow-burst is very pleasing, and the back and sides of Acacia wood add to the appeal (Acacia wood has been called the wood of which the "Arc of the Covenant" was constructed, which makes it appropriate for worship services)

      the Acacia wood is reminiscent of Koa and gives a strong voice for bluegrass and folk styles

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Looks way better in person.

      By Inthesticks

      from Armada, Michigan

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

        I've been playing Alvarez for forty years so I thought it would be nice to pick up something from their anniversary collection. I chose the ARDA because I didn't have anything like it. I'm very pleased with my purchase. A beautiful looking and sounding guitar. Alvarez has really done a nice job with the Artist Series.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best guitar in it's class ... big warm and shimmering

        By Terry Dean

        from Raleigh NC

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        Pros

        • Chords hold on and shimmer
        • Rich Sound
        • Very nice inlay - well built

        Cons

        • just add your own "setup" to tweak it

        Best Uses

        • great for open G tuning

        Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

        Alvarez its one of the best kept secrets for guitars both new and old. My slope shoulder sounds awesome in Drop D and Open G tunings. Love it - would highly recommend it.

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