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Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar Natural

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An affordable 12-string with a hand-selected solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and powerful tone.

The Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar model is the 12-string version of the best-selling AD60 and sounds incredible. The AD60-12 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 Sitka spruce 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.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • 12 String Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ˜A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Alvarez bi-level rosewood bridge
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Premium, high gloss finish
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Real bone nut and saddle
  • Paua abalone and mother of pearl inlays
  • Premium die cast chrome tuners
  • ABS binding
  • D'Addario EXP's
  • Case sold separately.

Grab a great deal and add some full acoustic sounds to your life. Order today.

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AlvarezArtist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Stays in tune (11)
  • Consistent (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply Amazing for the Price

This is the best twelve string I have ever played for under five hundred.. It's Contruction is perfect, the sound is phenomenal, the action is good. Just an overall great buy. This...Read complete review

This is the best twelve string I have ever played for under five hundred.. It's Contruction is perfect, the sound is phenomenal, the action is good. Just an overall great buy. This Alvarez trumps other twelve strings in the price range. This Is a must have for your collection.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve

I am extremely surprised by what I recieved for all the usual expected reasons, reveiws, reputation, research.

The first one sent was poorly finished, --I didn't say constructed, or...Read complete review

I am extremely surprised by what I recieved for all the usual expected reasons, reveiws, reputation, research.

The first one sent was poorly finished, --I didn't say constructed, or comment specific player issues, simply poorly applied finish; --would otherwise have kept it.

The replacement arrived, looking as expected, -- went to Tune it and 4, FOUR, Strings popped, at the pegs.

Closer looked showed that corrosion that appears when sits for a long time in a questionable environment.

Moreimportantly, the String Alignment (didn't say Neck), favored the Bass side by obvious visual margin. If one put a Centering Ruler on it I would guess 2mm - 1/8th in. It appeared as though the Nut was incorrectly cut, and would assume the Bridge in Saddle may not have been centered.

The first unit was perfectly intonated up or down the neck and without adjusting tuning to Chord in tune. The second Unit was impossible to Chord in tune.

Moreover, since all the Strings that remained had 1, ONE, string wrap on the Tuning Peg (saving on String?), I will assume was constantly miro-slipping as played. (I did open a new pack and sacrafice my own strings to replace the broken four to give it a chance. I draw the line at reconditioning a New, Major brand like Alvarex... wow, dissapointed in this gift to myself.

Additionally, as per the Color change on the Binding at neck joint to top, to me, it appeared as if the neck may have been (regardless of Factory done), --reset. Really... re-do it or, destroy it if not cost affective to "re-do".

Since not an entry unit, their Artist Series, regardless of Price, I just don't get it.

I may try a third replacment. However, fear a "batch" issue (?). It did not say "B" stock and did not think they Sold B-stock under their brand regardless of Country of Origin (not USA) in this instance.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Amazing for the Price

By Fenderez

from Bowling Green KY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Amazing sound
  • Built Solid
  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Value
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practice
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

This is the best twelve string I have ever played for under five hundred.. It's Contruction is perfect, the sound is phenomenal, the action is good. Just an overall great buy. This Alvarez trumps other twelve strings in the price range. This Is a must have for your collection.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve

By PiscMusician

from Piscataway, NJ

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Ask me a question

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Not Consistent
  • Poor Construction
  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • None Until Get One As Rev

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

I am extremely surprised by what I recieved for all the usual expected reasons, reveiws, reputation, research.

The first one sent was poorly finished, --I didn't say constructed, or comment specific player issues, simply poorly applied finish; --would otherwise have kept it.

The replacement arrived, looking as expected, -- went to Tune it and 4, FOUR, Strings popped, at the pegs.

Closer looked showed that corrosion that appears when sits for a long time in a questionable environment.

Moreimportantly, the String Alignment (didn't say Neck), favored the Bass side by obvious visual margin. If one put a Centering Ruler on it I would guess 2mm - 1/8th in. It appeared as though the Nut was incorrectly cut, and would assume the Bridge in Saddle may not have been centered.

The first unit was perfectly intonated up or down the neck and without adjusting tuning to Chord in tune. The second Unit was impossible to Chord in tune.

Moreover, since all the Strings that remained had 1, ONE, string wrap on the Tuning Peg (saving on String?), I will assume was constantly miro-slipping as played. (I did open a new pack and sacrafice my own strings to replace the broken four to give it a chance. I draw the line at reconditioning a New, Major brand like Alvarex... wow, dissapointed in this gift to myself.

Additionally, as per the Color change on the Binding at neck joint to top, to me, it appeared as if the neck may have been (regardless of Factory done), --reset. Really... re-do it or, destroy it if not cost affective to "re-do".

Since not an entry unit, their Artist Series, regardless of Price, I just don't get it.

I may try a third replacment. However, fear a "batch" issue (?). It did not say "B" stock and did not think they Sold B-stock under their brand regardless of Country of Origin (not USA) in this instance.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

beautiful, frets nice, sounds great

By headhunter

from galion, ohio

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful Mahogany
  • Binding Is First Class
  • Consistent
  • Finish Is First Class
  • Frets Very Easily
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Wood Grain In Top
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Should Include A Gig Bag
  • Tuners Could Be Upgraded

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Will Impress Your Friends

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

I looked at some music stores and online and got the best price from musicians friend. this is a high quality guitar for the price. the finish is great. it plays easily, stays in tune, great sustain, very good sound.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome 12 string

By Sonny

from Frankfort, In

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

    This is the best 12 string at any price. Ive been playing for over 30 years and the sound of this guitar is incredible.It plays like a dream. enjoy !!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Alvarez AD60-12 - a guitar that sings

    By lhvent

    from Germantown, MD

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar has an amazing booming sound and the solid top makes this guitar sing

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I would buy this guitar again!

      By Dennis E.

      from Hornell, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to play.
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Great guitar for the cost
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

        This guitar fits the bill for any use. It is easy to play, so playing a couple hours doesn't tire my hands out like other twelve strings I have played. The sound projects nicely, so miking it would not be a problem.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Alvarez AD60-12 12 string acoustic guitar

        By Steve

        from Painesville,Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

          I've had an Alvarez 6 string for over 40 years. With a little fret work and turners it still sounds and plays great. This AD60-12 Feels much the same way. It was a factory refurbished guitar but plays like a new one. It sound rich and the action is low enough to play easy without fret buzz even when strumming hard. Hopefully it will still sound as good as my old Alveraz when it's 40 years old.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Glad I pulled the trigger!

          By Country Parson

          from South Central Nebraska

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          See all my reviews

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

            Had been looking for a 12 string when this came up on MF SDOTD. Figured it was a no-brainer, even if it wasn't a truly excellent guitar. It IS an excellent guitar. I have owned three other 12 strings, some priced much higher. This one is the best. I ordered it one day before noon and it was delivered a full state away at 10:45 the next day. Great guitar, stellar service. What more could I ask for?

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great buy

            By cpete

            from indiana

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • I Bought This For A Frien

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

                I bought this for a friend. He loves it & comments about it often. The sound & beauty of it. Glad
                I purchased it.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love it...................................

                By markiemoon

                from orange park,fl.

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune
                • warm and sweet tone woods

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • just to listen to the sweet,sweet sound
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

                  Amazed at the best sound I have heard in a 12 string at this price point and just as good as the more expensive models. Was going to spend less but I wanted a solid top and this fit my need. I'm in love and can't put it down. My other guitars are getting much needed rest. The D'addario EXP coated phosphor bronze light strings are easy to play and would be a plus on any guitar. Dig it musciansfriend.com!!!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best 12 string for the buck

                  By Grinner

                  from Warner Robins, GA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

                    I have a Seagull Coastline 12 String and previously had a Breedlove Solo 12 String. Hand's down, this guitar is the best bang for the buck, and to be truthful, the most expressive articulate 12 string I have owned. The Coastline is much smoother, which makes it a little easier to play. Once you figure out how to tame the Alvarez's highs and lows, you will be amazed at the sounds you can get from it. Anyone can play a mellow guitar; you become a better guitarist as you learn to harness an expressive guitar. And then you REALLY enjoy the art of making wonderful sound. Bottom line: amazed at the quality for the price.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful Guitar in both sound and looks.

                    By SS

                    from North Dakota

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Price
                    • Rich Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

                        Another great deal from Musician's Friend. Keep up the good work. You guys & gals rock!!

                         
                        5.0

                        Quality at Low Price

                        By StillFreeinVT

                        from Bristol, Vermont

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Small Hardware Issue

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

                        Original strings, straight from MF and delivered within 6 days of the order, the instrument holds great tuning, fast action, and sounds excellent, which is more than I can say for a lot of guitars I've bought, 6-string included. Seems to have a slippage problem with the 5th head, though. Ambience is rich. The only better I've ever heard is from my old Guild D40-12 I bought in 1975, but the wood for that one is heavier, the action was high, and I had to replace the open-face machines with mini-Schallers. All in all, it appears that Alvarez has a hit with this axe. If you're experienced and don't have a good 12-string, I would urge you to consider this one.

                         
                        5.0

                        Quality fat Low Price

                        By StillFreeinVT

                        from Bristol, Vermont

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Hardware Issues

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

                        Original strings, straight from MF and delivered within 6 days of the order, the instrument holds great tuning, fast action, and sounds excellent, which is more than I can say for a lot of guitars I've bought, 6-string included. Seems to have a slippage problem with the 5th head, though. Ambience is rich. The only better I've ever heard is from my old Guild D40-12 I bought in 1975, but the wood for that one is heavier, the action was high, and I had to replace the open-face machines with mini-Schallers. All in all, it appears that Alvarez has a hit with this axe. If you're experienced and don't have a good 12-string, I would urge you to consider this one.

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent 12 String Guitar !

                        By Dave T.

                        from Wisconsin

                        About Me Experienced

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60-12 Dreadnought Twelve String Acoustic Guitar:

                          I can't find one thing wrong with this guitar.. Built really well for the price...

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