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Alvarez Artist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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An affordable dreadnought with an A+ solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and versatile electronics.

Artist dreadnoughts are powerful and rewarding. Great for strumming, flat-picking and lead work. This acoustic-electric version is fitted with the fantastic L.R. Baggs Element pickup and StagePro EQ for optimal live performance.

After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of Alvarez's culture. Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes. Their tonewoods are carefully cured; components such as neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques used are continually researched and developed, and the tone is impeccably crafted and married to a stable, consistent and lively sound box.

This caring approach to development comes from one simple goal: To deliver the best guitars in the market at every price point, instruments that are truly amazing value and offer a fantastic player experience. Alvarez believes the multi-award-winning Artist Series is one of the finest solid top guitar lines in the world today and demonstrates their commitment to design.

Artist Series
The term “solid top” 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 optimize 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 balance, lively projection and great response. These components include Alvarez's FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tonewoods and thin finish.

FST2 is a forward-shifted X brace design which means the axis of the X is closer to the sound hole to create a larger soundboard area allowing for more energy and vibration to be harnessed. Both the X braces and asymmetric tone bars are carefully scalloped. The scalloping design was the result of years of continual development in their Yairi workshops. The Artist Series sound and personality is open and powerful. FST2 also creates very good balance so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other.

Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play; no matter if you are strumming hard or picking lightly, the guitar will do what you ask of it. For a more focused sound with fewer overtones, choose a mahogany top. For power, go for Sitka. For warmth and response to a lighter touch, choose a cedar top. All of Alvarez's tops are selected by their team and graded independently of their suppliers. If it isn't deemed worthy, they won’t use it. Top quality improves as you move up the Artist Series models but all are stiff and finely grained.

Along with a more angled headstock, the Alvarez bi-level bridge increases string tension by making the break angle of the strings from the saddle to the top more acute. Improved string tension adds to the sound, feel and response, which are also heightened by the use of real bone nuts and saddles.

Artist Series also demonstrates their great finishing capabilities; the gloss models have a clear deep shine from a finish that is applied as thinly as possible, again to help optimize tone.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Dreadnought
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: A+ Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Hand-sanded scalloped
  • Body finish: High Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Info not available
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany Rosewood
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Semi-gloss
Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: L.R. Baggs
  • Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
  • Preamp EQ: 3-band
  • Feedback filter: Notch , Phase
  • Tuner: Yes
Other
  • Headstock overlay: Ebony
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast Chrome
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: Real Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickup System
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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AlvarezArtist Series AD60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

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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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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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Intermediate Guitar!

By Beenabopper

from Lancaster, PA

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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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  • No

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Guitar - Condition a little lacking

By leecornell

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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  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super-Nice Budget Axe!

By E. T.

from Purcellville VA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Materials Manufacture

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anything at all

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

    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...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Everything I Wanted and More

    By Mickrms

    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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      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      well crafted guitar

      By Rickwilli

      from Dallas, TX

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

      This guitar is made in China, but the quality is pretty good. as mentioned earlier, it is very resonant and loud. My Taylor 814 jumbo isn't as loud as this. Out of the box, it was almost unplayable due to the very high action. The bridge saddle is made of bone...very sweet sounding, however, it is pretty high. There were no shim inserts under the saddle to make it lower, so the saddle itself needed to be shaved down a bit to get the proper string height. Luckily I know how to do all these things, but other buyers may find spending for a tech adjustment unappealing on a new guitar. I feel a new guitar never comes out the box perfect, but by adjusting it to your requirements...will make it perfect.
      Bottom line is, this is a sweet sounding guitar with great electronics, but you might need to tweak it to perfection.
      I bought the restock....and it was as good as a new one.

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      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow!

      By Pastor Bob

      from Clarksville, TN

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • 14" And Xlr Jacks
      • Dual pickups
      • Full Rich Balanced Soun
      • Satin Finished Neck

      Cons

      • Haven't found any

      Best Uses

      • Just Playing At Home
      • Live Performances

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

      The minute I played this guitar I knew I had a keeper. I'll get a good set up to make this guitar perfect for me, but it still felt good right out of the box. This guitar has both an under saddle and a soundboard pick with a slider on the preamp to mix the two - great feature on a mid priced guitar. The neck has a satin finish,so it makes moving up and down the neck extra easy. Having said all that, it's the sound that blows me away - full, warm, balanced, and RICH is the best way to describe it. Finally, the 1/4" and XLR jacks will make it easy to play either through an acoustic amp,or a PA system.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      follow up to my previous post

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

      This is a follow-up to my earlier post. I bought another one that blew me away when I tried it out. The resonance was so full and rich due to the Scalloped bracing that it just excells in comparison to anything I tried in the price range. The Scalloped bracing really is the key to any guitar for that extra fullness in sound. And the quality and workmanship can't be beat. As for the first guitar I sent back, turns out it was most likely due to the wood being dried out due to extreme temperatures in shipping. Rehumidifying would have fixed it. These are great guitars and can easily fit anyones budget.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      follow up to my previous post

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

      This is a follow up to my earlier review of this guitar. I tried another one locally and it was night and day in comparison to my first one. So I bought it on the spot. The sound is very warm with nice deep resonating bass and shimmering treble. The acoustic output is very loud compared to my other guitars. I was concerned about why the first one was so bad in comparison and the tech at the store said the first one was likely dried out and needed to be rehumidified. That makes sense because it was shipped from out west in the middle of the summer. My new one is kept in it's case with a dampit humidifier at all times. I couldn't be happier with this guitar .The presence and full sound was immediately noticable upon playing it.

      (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      It looks beautifully made but......

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

      I sent it back because it had unadjustable fret buzz at the 14th fret caused by the thinner top and weak scalloped bracing. Terrible action too. Nice sounding preamp though. It looks like a beautifully made guitar but.......

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Got this on stupid sale day! Great Price

      By Jimi

      from Lawson, MO.

      Verified Buyer

      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Terrrific deal on a Restock!

      By NDpapajoe

      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Good Electronics, faulty action up high

        By Piano Bob

        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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice guitar for the serious student

        By QnoteQNS

        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!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a bargain!

        By Banjopicker

        from Clemmons, North Carolina

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        Verified Buyer

        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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        cheap

        By Dan

        from Corning, NY

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        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Absolutely fantastic guitar

          By Alabama Jim

          from Ft Payne, AL

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I love this guitar. I also have the AD60 non-electric model. I returned a Martin and bought this guitar.

              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              DOFAT says

              By DOFAT

              from Washington, DC

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              Verified Buyer

              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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