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Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar  Natural 

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Tuned from B to B, the ABT60E is pitched between a dreadnought and acoustic bass to give you deep tones with easy playability. Chord shapes and scale...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

A sweet-sounding hybrid voiced lower than a standard, big-bodied acoustic.

Tuned from B to B, the ABT60E is pitched between a dreadnought and acoustic bass to give you deep tones with easy playability. Chord shapes and scales are the same as a standard six string but the voicing is lower. This is one of Alvarez's best-selling models and within five minutes of owning one you'll see why, great guitar to play.

The SYS550 designed by B-BAND is a pro-level EQ and pickup that reproduces the sound of the guitar very closely with great clarity. B-BAND use a patented under saddle electret film pick up which eliminates synthetic or processed sounds often heard with piezo or other styles of pickup. The result is a very true, acoustic sound. SYS550 also has an accurate, backlit chromatic digital tuner.

Artist Series is now "The Award Winning Artist Series" - winning competitions and receiving rave reviews in the States, Europe and around the world. It's a truly designed line of guitars that stands tall and sounds sweet in the solid top guitar market.

Hand-selected solid tops; forward shifted scalloped bracing, awesome tone and player experience¦

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 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 really release 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 a tone and player experience, rarely found in affordable instruments. These components include our FST2M bracing system, bi-level bridge, real bone nut and great quality tonewoods.

FSTM is a forward-shifted X brace design. Both the X braces and asymmetric tone bars are scalloped. Moving the system forward allows for a larger soundboard, which is optimized with a solid maple bridge plate for both strength and energy.

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. Dig in and they shout right back at you, treat them gently and they whisper and respond instantly to the lightest strum or pick.

The solid A+ grade Sitka spruce are hand-selected from quarter-sawn wood. This ensures consistent quality, and its no secret better guitars are made from better wood. Alvarez's tops not only look great but they are stiff and strong and finely grained.

FEATURES
  • Top Wood: Solid A+ Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides Wood: Mahogany
  • Shape: Baritone
  • Neck: Mahogany, 50/50 Semi-gloss finish
  • Bracing: System FST2M - Forward Shifted, Scalloped X
  • Bridge: Bi-Level Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Joint: Dovetail
  • Neck meets body: 14th Fret
  • Headstock Plate: Rosewood
  • Nut and Saddle: Real Bone
  • Tuner: Premium Die-Cast
  • Binding: Ivory ABS
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP
  • Finish: Natural/Gloss
  • Pickup/EQ: SYS550
  • Dimensions:
  • Overall Length (mm): 1065
  • Body Width (mm): 439
  • Body Depth at Heel (mm): 102
  • Body Depth at Base (mm): 122
  • Scale (mm): 704 mm, 27" 23"/32"
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Nut Width: 44.45, 1-3/4"

Discover the Alvarez Artist difference with this special baritone. Order today!

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AlvarezArtist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

Excellent sound and quality - especially compared to others

By Bigskyjero

from Discovery Bay,CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

    Love the big body sound and the electronics with built in tunner all works great. Playing chords I know from regular six string now have total new dimension of range and sound. Harmonics ring great. Left out of any case and have only tuned it once since opening two weeks ago. I played other more expensive Taylor baritone and know that Taylor quality is amazing...but this Alvarez delivers-plus the Alvarez has natural light finish and the new Taylor baritone comes in only a dark finish. The electronics give multiple easy controls and booming amplification. Looks and feels like a jumbo acoustic with new deep sounds. Love it!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Lackluster tone, cumbersome to play

    By ---

    from Quad Cities Iowa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

      This was my third Alvarez Artist series guitar and I have been totally impressed with the new Artist Series up to this point. This unit does not appear to have the build quality or playability of the other two (AD90 and and AJ80CE). I also have a vintage Yairi signature and my recently purchased Alvarez MD65 is comparable in every way to my Gibson Custom Shop J29 which cost 10X as much, so maybe my expectations are unrealistically high. The Alvarez Baritone's tone is dead and muffled, the action is wonky, and (unlike every other Alvarez I have ever picked up) it is cumbersome to play. Perhaps new strings and a thorough setup would help some but I am still very disappointed with this guitar and would not buy another or recommend it to others unless you have a specific need for a baritone and want to do some serious setup work on it.

      (1 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      dont see what the hub-bub is about a baritone guitar

      By kevipoo

      from new port richey, florida

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

      nothing wrong with it only you have an alternate tuning that makes relearning the guitar chords a must. Too much trouble.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Yes can buy again

      By H c

      from Singapore

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

        I wish you could have told it does not have bag coz getting even a soft bag is difficult.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Low and Sonorous delight (but needs setup)

        By CT77

        from Syracuse, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Composing
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

          I bought this on a whim, and I'm extremely glad I did. It took some time to grow on me, but after 2 months, I find I'm playing it much more than I expected to. The low sound is deeply satisfying, inspiring a whole new set of composition ideas and a filling out a new place in Jam session space. I play it mostly unplugged as the large body already moves a lot of air, but when needed, the SYS550 is more than adequate and reproduces the sound accurately. It's not a dual system like the SYS650 though, so you have to tweak the setting a bit the first time you search for the sweet spot.

          One small point of warning: many Alvarez instruments need some setup work, even new from the factory and this one was no exception. The action was a bit high to start with and there was some fret buzz. I filed the nut slots down slightly (about 1/64 of an inch) with some small files and shaved about 1/32 of an inch from the bone bridge by sanding it (220, then 800 grit). I then loosened the truss rod to add a tiny bit more relief (when holding the guitar as if playing, put the included alan wrench in the truss adjuster just inside the sound hole and turn it about 1/4-1/3 of a turn back toward you). With both 1st and 15th (body join) frets depressed, there should be a space of about the thickness of the highest string between the 7th fret and the string, same for both bass and treble sides. It's about .1-.12mm for an acoustic and .12 to .14mm for a baritone. You can test with a feeler gauge or just stick a string or pick of known thickness. Strings should be on and tuned up to keep the right tension on the neck. When finished, test - there should be no fret buzz anywhere with even, normal pressure. Of course, a professional setup is probably even better, but mine responded very well to my own setup and now plays wonderfully. The intonation is also very good, nicely in tune up to the 15th fret, which is as much as I need.

          I, too, removed the UGLY pick guard with a hair dryer.

           
          5.0

          Great way to get into the baritone world

          By FastFastFrank

          from Near Sacramento, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

              Great build quality and feel for this price range. On-board piezo and controls provide a decent amplified sound -- not very quacky at all. Set up was spot on when I tuned it up -- no intonation issues. Spruce top is gloss, probably poly, but not very thick (a good thing). I easily removed the pickguard (be careful as you gently pull it off) for even better sound. The 1 3/4" nut is a great width for the strings and the bigger fret spacing really wasn't hard to get used to. I'm very happy with this guitar and MF shipped it safely and quickly.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wow! I can't believe this was only $$$$$

              By Rick22Miller

              from Loa angeles

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

                I have been very interested in purchasing an acoustic baritone guitar after playing the 8 string Taylor. The 8 string sounds awesome but I felt that it would be limited to strumming and what-not ( kinnda how I feel about 12 string guitars) anyway, I didn't want to break the bank on a guitar that would only be played on a limited basis.

                This guitar has surpassed my expectations by a long shot. I was very concerned about getting the electric version of this model. I play a Gibson hummingbird with a fishman pickup and preamp and also a Taylor with their expression system. I play those though a fishman loud box then di out to the PA. No experience with Alvarez. I was thinking about purchasing the model without electronics and then getting the LR Baggs anthem installed but that would cost as much as the guitar and that didn't seem right to me. So I took a chance and bought the Acoustic Electric model. This through my fishman amp sounds fantastic! and when running through the PA and the sub woofer kicks in when i play the low B...watch out! it sends chills down my spine!

                Bottom line, If your a songwriter you absolutely must have one of these in your arsenal. You will be inspired. And if your a gigging musician this will add tremendous depth and richness to any given song. Highly recommended!

                FYI: I did get this professionally set up. It was pretty good out of the box but I feel like all guitars even my expensive ones need professional setups.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing instrument for the price

                By Nico

                from Katy, Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

                  After some minor adjustments on the action and truss rod this guitar really sings. For the price it is unbeatable. I feel like I got way more than my moneys worth on this one. Now that Alvarez has switched to a 1 3/4 nut size this became the baritone I have been waiting for.

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