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Alvarez AJ60S Artist Series Jumbo Acoustic Guitar  

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        Alvarez

        Lush tone and gorgeous appointments at an entry-level price.

        The Artist Series AJ60S Jumbo features maple back and sides, solid Engelmann spruce top, and a rosewood fretboard. Full binding, white pearl rosette, and nickel die-cast tuners add character and class.

        Features

        • Maple back and sides
        • Solid Engelmann spruce top
        • Rosewood fretboard
        • Fully bound
        • White pearl rosette

        Designed to add a whole new spectrum of voices to your music. Call or click to buy now!

         
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        4.8

        (based on 13 reviews)

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        5.0

        I've had mine for 11 years

        By WesDay

        from Birmingham, AL

        Pros

        • Built tough
        • Great price
        • Looks good
        • Rich tones

        Cons

        • Requires Eq

        Best Uses

        • Good Beach Guitar
        • Live performance

        This guitar has been through some abuse with me... it's been dropped, had beer spilled on it, been left in the car for weeks at a time, and yet a new pack of strings and a crank to straighten the neck every once in a while leaves it with a rich tone that people who've never seen it before can't help but compliment the sound it produces.

        I would love to get a super nice high end guitar, but until I can afford it... this thing will get me by without just fine.

        When I bought the guitar, I had a Fishman pickup installed. It doesn't have an EQ, so I carry a MXL 10-Channel EQ pedal with me to knock back the lows/mids when I'm performing live.

        I highly recommend this product, ESPECIALLY at this amazing price that hasn't changed in 11 years.

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        5.0

        AJ-60S - Great Guitar!

        By DR

        from Annapolis, MD

        I just bought my Alvarez AJ-60S guitar. It is absolutely gorgeous. I have owned Taylors and Guilds but the sound of this guitar is perfect for my needs. Great bass and treble sound. The mids are scooped - which is what I have been looking for. The action is very low and the intonation is perfect. Someone who oned this guitar before I did loved it very much because he/she took the time and effort to put in brass pins and a Fishman pickup system and took very good care of the guitar. The guitar sounds great amped or unplugged. The case was well built and the price was excellent. No regrets here.

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        5.0

        Something different

        By A.J.-KNbvX

        from Thumb of Michigan

        I just bought it, and this is my first jumbo. It definetly very different from the guitars I previosly owned.Construction: The guitar is very well made, the strings were set up just right, and the playability is exceptionall. All in all, it feels very solid. Sound: The guitar projects excellently, and it has plenty of volume. The sound is very nice and pleasant, but there is something about it that's, in my opinion, missing. As you may expect from a guitar made out of solid Englemann Srpuce and laminate Maple, the sound is very trebly. It's lacking bass, ecpecially when strummed. It's not that bad when it's fingerpicked. Funny thing is that, on my guitar, the lower G# seems to be THE note on which the guitar resonates and booms the most. Incidently, the notes right next to it, G and A, are also very bassy and boomy. That makes the open D and C chords sound ridiculosly empty and disbalanced in comparison to open G and A chords. But this is just the nature of "the beast" I have, I'm sure it won't be the case with every AJ60S. Conclusion: a well made guitar that will (if amplified) cut through the mix, a very nice fingepicking sound, but quite on the trebly and bright side.

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        5.0

        Amazing

        By thespike

        from wisconsin

        I bought this guitar about a year ago new from a store. The sound is amazing and rivals most other jumbos five times more expensive. Amazing fretboard and binding. The 12th fret decal had a little nick in it but im sure its from the store. Other than that, the finish is flawless. Amazing guitar and never regret buying it!

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        5.0

        Better than

        By Hugh G. Rection

        from Canton, OH / State College, PA

        I have played Taylors, Gibsons...what many confuse to be "the best." This guitar has body in its sound like I have never heard before. The price could easily be hundreds more. I bought mine used and am never satisfied by any other acoustic.

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        5.0

        Some Potential Here

        By Musicman-tfAmH

        from Western NY

        After reading the Reviewers I decided to order one fo these guitars. I presently have a Gibson J-50 Deluxe (1970), Guild 12 String JF3012 and D-55. This Alvarez was bought to put in the back seat of the car with a gig bad for occasional outings. I had to have it adjusted after arrival (it was a scratch and dent offer) and replace strings, ad I would say it is a bit above average and good deal for the price, but nowhere the sound of a J200 in my thinking.

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        5.0

        martin killer

        By player54

        from Columbus, Indiana

        I have owned multiple guitars in my 40 years of playing,and I'll gladly say I have seldom heard a more beautiful ring , or tone from guitars costing three times as much.a proud owner for five years.

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        4.0

        Nice Guitar

        By checko

        from NW

        In a weak moment I purchased this guitar. I had never wanted a jumbo, but you know...?. After neck and saddle adjustments I finally got the action dialed it. I am really learning to like this guitar. It appears to be a well made, solid top, bare bones guitar. For the money, it seems like a real deal.

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        4.0

        nice

        By asdfghjkl-iumcL

        from medford

        This is a good guitar for the money. Look at the woods: spruce top, maple back and sides, rosewood fingerboard. Wow, that?s almost identical to the Gibson j200. I own a j200 and my younger brother has this guitar and I have to say that this is pretty awesome for the price. The tone is very nice for the price. It does not match up with my j200, but it does have a rich sound. So basically, this is a good guitar, has a nice jumbo sized tone. It has the boom, but not the Gibson boom. Don?t listen to the reviews saying it sounds just like the j200, because it doesn?t and it never will, but for the price it?s unmatched

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        5.0

        Very Nice Budget Acoustic

        By Kreed632

        from Conway, SC

        Usually you have to be very cautious about "economy" level acoustic guitars. The first thing to go when the price goes down is TONE!!! However, this jumbo has a very warm resonant sound, and appears to be constructed well. I have no idea how it will last for the long run, but for this price it's certainly worth a try.

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