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Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

An affordable dreadnought with a hand-selected solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and B-BAND electronics.

This is the acoustic-electric version of the AD60, which features a cutaway and has been fitted with the SYS550 pickup and EQ system developed by B-BAND.

The Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought 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 Sitka spruce tops are hand-selected from quarter-sawn wood. This ensures consistent quality, and it's 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.

SYS550 dual pickup
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 uses a patented under saddle electret film pickup that 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.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Dreadnought Acoustic Electric Guitar
  • Hand-selected, ‘A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand-sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • SYS550 EQ with tuner
  • 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

Treat yourself to a solid dreadnought with great electronics. Order today.

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AlvarezArtist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super-Nice Budget Axe!

Superb quality on this piece! The solid Sitka top is quartersawn, okay maybe it's the hype, but this guitar is SUPER dynamic. I mean it sounds great from very soft to very...Read complete review

Superb quality on this piece! The solid Sitka top is quartersawn, okay maybe it's the hype, but this guitar is SUPER dynamic. I mean it sounds great from very soft to very loud. Touch really matters on this guy. The two way pickup is awesome! Piezo side sounds like any other piezo, the other side seems to be not so loud but with a really sharp, almost ice-picky quality on the attack of each note. As with all pieces of gear, if you just LISTEN and make small adjustments and LISTEN again you can dial up a good sound in a couple of minutes for any type of gig, from a solo fingerstyle session at your local fern bar to violent strumming with your indie post-emo thrash band.

The neck is (I assume, there's nothing on the website or packaging!!!) mahogany, and the body is laminated mahog. Neck is on the big chunky side, which I love. Frets and neck binding very good. I really like the classy understated cosmetics, with the headstock overlay, cool burst finish, abalone rosette. Looks like a much more expensive axe for sure.

In short, a great guitar and a great buy. This is an axe you can play unplugged and it will sound great. Plugging in is a real delight, and even if you don't amplify, the tuner is just an added plus. There is a spot on mine where the neck/body joint is not cosmetically perfect, but at this price, this guitar has EXACTLY what I look for in an acoustic guitar: Good sound at a reasonable price. For some reason these things sometime take a beating...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Electronics, faulty action up high

The electronics are versatile and sound very good with the two pickups in it. The on-board tuner works well. The action up around the 14th-15th fret on the lower E string has...Read complete review

The electronics are versatile and sound very good with the two pickups in it. The on-board tuner works well. The action up around the 14th-15th fret on the lower E string has buzzing, even though I have adjusted the truss rod, trying several times to get it to go away. The cutaway is nice for playing acoustic leads, but without those particular notes, it is difficult.

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2.0

cheap

By 

from Corning, NY

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Craftmanship
    • Tuners Junk

    Best Uses

    • Put In Closet

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    A very cheaply made guitar with out any depth or resonance.

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    5.0

    Everything I Wanted and More

    By 

    from Boston, MA

    Pros

    • Deep sound
    • Playability
    • value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Folk
      • Indie

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I've been waiting for the perfect, mid-level guitar purchase for years now and this did not disappoint. A wider fretboard, with a lower action makes for an extraordinarily playable guitar that is adaptable to all kinds of different styles. The electronics are top notch, and I can't wait to start gigging with it!

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice Guitar - Condition a little lacking

      By 

      from Greenwood, IN

      Pros

      • Construction Playability
      • Great sound
      • Nice On Board Electronics
      • Quality

      Cons

      • Used Condition Rating

      Best Uses

      • At Home Playing
      • Gigging
      • Recording

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I've been playing guitar for 45 years (38 professionally) and have owned many electric, acoustic and electric/acoustic guitars over the years.I really love Alvarez guitars. I purchased my first one over 30 years ago and it is still one of my favorite acoustics.

      I saw this AD60CE for sale as a used guitar and it was rated as a quality 2, with that definition from MF being similar to what one would find as a demo in a music store.

      I purchased the guitar (which comes with no manufactures warranty) and when it arrived, I would have not described the condition as that of a demo guitar. The top was very nice, but the back of the guitar had many light scratches and rub marks on it.

      And the strings were old, fraying and really unplayable. I think that on even used guitars, the folks at MF could throw on a new set of strings, especially given that there is no manufacturer warranty on the guitar. It would be a nice gesture.

      Don't get me wrong. I love the guitar. It sounds great and once I put new strings on it, it played fantastic. The B-Band pickups, on board electronics and built in tuner are very nice.

      MF did offer their 30 day return policy, but I'll be keeping the guitar and working on getting the light surface scratches removed. These is no way affect the playability or sound of the guitar. I just think the guitar should have been graded a bit lower.

      I've been a MF customer for many years and have always been happy with the service and normally the quality and condition of items I purchase.

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      5.0

      Got this on stupid sale day! Great Price

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      from Lawson, MO.

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            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I was looking for an acoustic/electric with a bright sound and built in tuner with an equalizer and this even has two transducer pickups for balancing the sound how you want it. Was looking at expensive name brands thinking that was the only way I could get a nice bright acoustic sound. (I like to feel comfortable playing and for the money I saved I'm not worried about scraching it or bumping it) It feels much more relaxing than playing a very expensive guitar. First Alvarez I've ever played and never thought it would sound this good. Slips out of tune a little after everytime I pick it up but with the built in tuner its no biggy. Frequent tuning is a given anyway. Very pleased for the money.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            DOFAT says

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            from Washington, DC

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            Pros

            • Electronics Are Cool
            • Looks good
            • Plays Ok
            • price

            Cons

            • 13 Fret Issues
            • Buzz At 13th Fret
            • Msrp Is Not Real
            • Not Worth More Than 200
            • Wood Too Thin

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Kick-around

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            DOFAT says...I am a little disappointed at the quality of this guitar. I expected more out of this guitar for the money. The MSRP is not real. I would have been really ticked if I paid the MSRP for this axe. Not really jumping for joy over this axe. DOFAT

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Good Electronics, faulty action up high

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            from Salt Lake City, UT

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                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  The electronics are versatile and sound very good with the two pickups in it. The on-board tuner works well. The action up around the 14th-15th fret on the lower E string has buzzing, even though I have adjusted the truss rod, trying several times to get it to go away. The cutaway is nice for playing acoustic leads, but without those particular notes, it is difficult.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Intermediate Guitar!

                  By 

                  from Lancaster, PA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice wood finish
                  • Solid build

                  Cons

                  • High action

                  Best Uses

                  • Nice Intermediate Level
                  • On Own

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  This unit was great right out of the box. The action was a little high but I plan to get that adjusted and does not take away from the guitar one bit. I have been playing it every day for the last 2 weeks and it seems to play with better quality each and every time. Just like a car, you have to wear it in a bit. I am an intermediate player who was looking for a nice mid-level guitar. I am not at the playing skill to justify a Martin, Taylor, Guild etc... so this was a perfect fit and suits my needs perfectly! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quality medium level guitar as you grow in your skill level.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Terrrific deal on a Restock!

                  By 

                  from Mpls, MN

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Acoustic Lead
                  • Rhythm Backup

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Back porch
                    • Jammin
                    • Small gigs

                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    sound is nearly identical to my Alvarez AC710CE, price as a restock was incredible! the black finish looks cool, with cream binding that sets off the understated look. played a gig thru the amp, like the electronics. sounds like a much more expensive instrument.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice guitar for the serious student

                    By 

                    from Kinston, NC

                    Pros

                    • Great Playablility
                    • Great tone
                    • Value Priced

                    Cons

                    • Not american made

                    Best Uses

                    • Performance
                    • Recording
                    • Student

                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    Well, I'm finally learning to play the guitar after 20+ years as a semi-professional pianist. I was told this was a great first guitar, without sacrificing tone or playablility. I believe they were right. I've heard a lot of guitars, from cheap to expensive, and this one is certainly not on the cheap-sounding side. The balance of the tone is actually quite stunning...not too dull, not too bright. It has an enjoyable tone that makes learning guitar fun (even for an older guy). Maybe after a few years with it, I'll be able to actually play it worthy of others hearing me!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    What a bargain!

                    By 

                    from Clemmons, North Carolina

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                    Pros

                    • Bright Encompassing Sound
                    • Easy To Use Tuner
                    • Fabulous finish
                    • Stays in tune

                    Cons

                    • No Hard Case

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Area Performance

                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    This guitar exceeded my expectations. It is fun to play with it's distinct bright and cheery tone. Fits really well with bluegrass instruments.

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