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Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar

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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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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
 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Low and Sonorous delight (but needs setup)

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lackluster tone, cumbersome to play

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...Read complete review

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.

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(5 of 5 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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Low and Sonorous delight (but needs setup)

    By CT77

    from Syracuse, NY

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    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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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

      By Rick22Miller

      from Loa angeles

      About Me Professional Musician

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      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.

        (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 24 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

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

          By Kevipoo

          from New port richey, fl.

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          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 6 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.

             
            5.0

            Sold after the first strum

            By Kiepa

            from CT, South Africa

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            See all my reviews

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

                I've been playing guitar for almost 15 years and I was looking for something different. I read up on the Alvarez baritone and saw on many sites that users were more than impressed with it, so I waited patiently for my store to order a unit. I took it off the rack, dropped to one knee, positioned it on my leg and gave it a strum. I froze momentarily and then uttered : I'll take it. It literally is that good. My friend, a pro musician playing on a $4500 Taylor 600 series had exactly the same reaction after I strummed the guitar once. It has a super deep, rich sound, well manufactured - a real beauty.

                I read on several sites that this guitar was "perfect right out of the box". I have to say that once I tuned the strings on std baritone tuning it was ... well, a little bit unplayable really. I suppose due to the very high string tension the neck was taking some heavy strain and I noticed that the saddle was pretty high as well. Taking this one for a decent setup is a must for sure. Also, the salesmen didn't really have any idea which case would go with this big boy, but luckily I read up that the Gator Jumbo case worked well, and sure enough it was a perfect fit. For the price this is a joke - it's worth much more.

                 
                5.0

                Perfect addition for spreading the frequencies

                By Byrt

                from Point Clear, AL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series Acoustic-Electric Baritone Guitar:

                  I've been playing over 30 years and have acoustics, electrics, and basses. I was originally planning a purchase of an acoustic bass to round out playing unplugged with a small group. Then I remembered the baritone. Read the reviews, and always try out brands yourself! I can honestly report that this Alvarez model holds its own with the Taylor and Martin brands. It sounds good by itself, but with other acoustic guitars....it absolutely shines. Playing with other musicians means a constant struggle to spread out the sound frequencies--especially acoustics. In a group setting this serves the same purpose as using a Nashville tuning, just at the other extreme. It sits perfectly between an acoustic and a bass. In fact, in many cases I've found a bass is overkill. And I say that as the bassist.

                  Know that at the price you will not have a couple of the accoutrements that come with a guitar 3+ times the price. However, paying to have it professionally set up the first time will make all the difference for you. You may find it's not necessary, or you may be able to do it yourself like me. The measured action was exactly where I wanted it upon receiving it. All I did was polish the frets with #0000 steel wool and put a strap lock on it. You must buy a case as the guitar does not arrive with one. I bought the SKB-20 Deluxe Jumbo Acoustic case which fits it perfectly.

                  I read some reviews about a muddy bottom end. This happens for multiple reasons and is not necessarily the guitar's fault. It's the same reason bassists usually avoid playing chords, they just sound muddy compared to a guitar. The mud can be EQed out if you know what you're doing. If you don't, you have two options. First, minimize playing the 5th string when you play the 6th string between open and the 7th fret (think playing a major third, fourth, or fifth). You can also use the notch filter on the guitar to scale back the note that sounds muddy. I ride that notch filter throughout a set.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent sound and quality - especially compared to others

                  By Bigskyjero

                  from Discovery Bay,CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  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!

                     
                    5.0

                    Great way to get into the baritone world

                    By FastFastFrank

                    from Near Sacramento, CA

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                    See all my reviews

                    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.

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