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Alvarez AF610ESB 12-String Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar Sunburst

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Designed with the artist in mind.

After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of the Alvarez culture. Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes. Their tone woods are carefully cured; components like neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques used are continually researched and developed, and their tone is impeccably crafted and married to a stable, consistent and lively sound box.

The Artist Series sound and personality is open and powerful. For a more focused sound with fewer overtones, choose a mahogany top. For power, go for Sitka. For warmth and response to a lighter touch, choose a cedar top.

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 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 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 their Yairi workshops. FST2 also creates very good balance so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other.

The high-gloss natural finish is flawless, carefully crafted to produce a mirror deep shine. It is fitted with the SYS250 3-band EQ with notch filter and backlit digital tuner.

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.

Solid A+ Western Red Cedar Top
Mahogany Back and Sides
High Gloss Finish
SYS250 3-Band EQ w/Tuner
FST2M - Forward Shifted Scalloped Bracing
Real Bone Nut and Saddle
Rosewood and Abalone Rosette
Bi-Level, Polished Rosewood Bridge
Rosewood Fingerboard w/ 12th Fret Inlay
Mahogany Neck w/Semi Gloss Finish
Rosewood Headstock Plate
Premium Chrome Tuners
D’Addario EXP16’s
1-3/4 in. (44.45mm) nut width and 24-3/4 in. (630mm) scale length

Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play. Try one today.


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AlvarezAF610ESB 12-String Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Looking for a 12-string? Look no further

By Matt

from Michigan

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  • Above-average finish
  • Quiet electronics
  • Rich sound for size
  • Solid guitar
  • Two strap buttons


  • 3 pc neck

Best Uses

  • Whatever the He** you need a 12 string for

Comments about Alvarez AF610ESB 12-String Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Took a while for me to pull the trigger on this one, but sure am glad that I did. I tend to stray away from anything that has no reviews, particularly acoustic guitars, but this 12 string competes with any of your top-of-the-line brands. Alvarez guitars are solid, and definitely give you enough bang for your buck. If you don't care about the 3 piece neck, you won't find a better guitar for the money. That is, if you're looking for a 12 string.

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Pleasantly Surprised

By Don Paolo

from Rock Island, Illinois

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  • A Real Looker, too
  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Alvarez AF610ESB 12-String Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing guitar for over 40 years, and I've owned many guitars, vintage and new. For my purposes (playing plugged and unplugged in small venues) this is the best 12-string I've had. I guess I got lucky, because another reviewer mentioned a muted acoustic sound, but mine is loud and evenly balanced. The size and nut width were two big considerations: the smaller folk body and narrow (for a 12-string) nut width (and of course the price) made me take the plunge. But I wasn't expecting the guitar to be so comfortable to play right out of the box (all I had to do was tune it up), and so beautifully appointed. I know this part is hard to believe, but this is a far better guitar than the similarly-sized, baseball-bat necked Gibson B-25 12 string I got rid of 30 years ago. Plays better, sounds better, tunes easier.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Hands down above the rest

    By EagleOneProductions

    from Cincinnati

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    Comments about Alvarez AF610ESB 12-String Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Very Nice. Flawless

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