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Alvarez AF615E Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of t...Click To Read More About This Product
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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.
- Features: Solid A+ Western Red Cedar TopMahogany Back and SidesHigh 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
Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play. Try one today.
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Gold Coverage goes above and beyond the manufacturer's warranty to protect your gear from unexpected breakdowns, accidental damage from handling and failures. This plan covers your product for one, two, three or up to five years from your date of purchase, costs just pennies per day and gives you a complete "no-worry" solution for protecting your investment.
Gold Coverage Includes:
- Unexpected and unintentional spills, drops and cracks
- Normal wear and tear
- Power surges
- Dust, internal heat and humidity
Other plan features include:
- For products over $200, No Lemon Policy applies. If it fails for the same defect 3 times, it is replaced on the 4th breakdown. (Does not apply to failures due to drops, spills, and cracks)
- For products under $200 experiencing the above failures, a Musician's Friend gift card will be issued for the full price of the product + tax.
- Shipping fees covered if required for repair or replacement
- Plans are transferable in the event merchandise is sold
- Plans are renewable on new gear
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Comments about Alvarez AF615E Folk Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
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I've owned multiple acoustic guitars but never really found one that I thought was excellent until I bought a Taylor mini-g koa top (I love that one!). So I came to the conclusion that I'm just not a spruce type of guy. So that pretty much leaves mahogany or red cedar. I played a mahogany Taylor at the local music shop and really liked it, but is was over twenty five hundred...too much for me.
When MF put this one on sale for a short time I jumped on it and am nicely surprised! I like the warmer tones from the cedar top. It has very good projection and while it excels in the mid-range, it also handles the high notes well. It doesn't excel on a the bass side, but it's not bad.
I had read that cedar tops get muddy when picked hard, but I haven't found that to be true on this one it has decent articulation with both heavy & light strumming. I'm not much of a finger-picker, but it seems to do well in this area also.
Size wise, it's a nice size somewhat smaller and more comfortable to play over a dreadnought.
But where this guitar really excels is the neck and fret-board. Very well dressed frets and a nice rolled edge. It has a very hefty slab of rosewood for the fingerboard as well. It just feels really nice in the hands! I'm not sure about the fingerboard radius, but I like it.
The on-board electronics work very well and have an adjustable EQ.
All in all, it's a very decent guitar. Not the best I've ever heard or played, but very nice all around "git".
I would have liked to rate this guitar 4.3 out of 5, but that option is not possible.
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