Alvarez Artist Series AC65CE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural (Used)
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An affordable nylon string with a hand-selected solid cedar top, mahogany back and sides, and B-BAND electronics.
Artist Series classical guitars are beautifully made using a traditional Spanish heel construction. Their thoughtful bracing helps deliver sustain, balance and volume. This acoustic-electric version of the AC65 is fitted with the wonderful SYS650 blend system EQ, designed by B-BAND.
The Alvarez Artist Series AC65CE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar 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” of course 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 cedar 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.
SYS650 dual pickup
The Alvarez SYS650 was designed by B-BAND and is a dual pickup system incorporating one under saddle pickup and a transducer pickup placed under the soundboard. Either pickup can be selected or one can blend between the two to fine tune the response for lead, finger-picking or rhythm work. The system also has a fully chromatic, precision tuner with backlit LCD screen, 3-bands of rotary EQ, and a notch control that can be used to attenuate feedback or to shape the sound.
- Classical Acoustic Electric Guitar
- Hand selected, solid cedar top
- Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
- Mahogany back and sides
- Traditional Spanish heel neck joint
- SYS650 Dual pick up, blend system E.Q. w/tuner
- Rosewood binding
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Premium, high gloss finish
- Real bone nut and saddle
- Wood mosaic and mother of pearl inlays
- Premium tuners
Grab a great deal on great-sounding nylon string. Order today.
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Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65CE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I've been looking to upgrade from my Ibanez GA6 classical electric to a mid –priced classical electric with a solid top but I wasn't too happy with what I was finding in the big chain music stores. The Cordoba C5 and C7 are nice but have thinner necks than the traditional classical sized neck I prefer. The Takamine EG128EC is also nice and has a traditional sized neck but the jack input is located in the bottom of the lower bout (it doubles as a strap pin) which I find annoying as it hits my right thigh when sitting in the traditional classical position with a foot stool. I became interested in the Alvarez AC65EC when I read the specs on Musicians Friend's website. As no local stores seem to carry it, I took a leap of faith and ordered it with hope that I wasn't making a mistake. I couldn't be happier. The workmanship, playability, aesthetics, sound quality and electronics are all superb. If you are primarily a classical player and are looking for an electric classical, this guitar is for you. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. The same goes for Musicians Friend for offering this guitar and for their service and pricing.
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