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Alvarez Artist Series AD70CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural  (Open Box)
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Product# J19014
OVERVIEW

Well-built guitar with spruce and rosewood tonewoods and versatile L.R. Baggs electronics.

Alvarez dreadnoughts are powerful and rewarding. This acoustic-electric model is fitted with the L.R. Baggs StagePro EQ and Element pickup to optimize live performance. With a body of rosewood, the AD70CE will accent the bass and treble just a little more...perfect.

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:Single cutaway
  • Top wood:SolidA+ Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides:Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern:Forward-shifted Scalloped X
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bridge:Ebony
  • Saddle & nut:Real Bone
  • Number of strings:6-string
  • Special features:Pickup System
  • Case:Hardshell case
  • Accessories:None
  • Country of origin:Info not available

Order this high-quality Alvarez hybrid today!

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AlvarezArtist Series AD70CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar for the price (and yes, I do mean BEST)

By Jake

from Wisconsin

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Pickup
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD70CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar on a trade and I absolutely love it. I was looking for a new acoustic for a while and was looking for something like a Taylor, a Guild, or a Martin. However, this guitar has proven to be far better than what each of those brands have to offer in this price-range. I like the intermediate priced guitars that Martin, Taylor, and other big-name brands offer, but I don't like how none of them are made with solid woods or any authentic materials. They're all just laminates and other fake materials that just didn't feel right even though they sounded good. However, this Alvarez guitar is made with high-end, authentic materials. We're talking solid wood, well-working tuners, bone-nut & saddle, and other little perfections. Also, referring back to the big-name brands, the pickups weren't the greatest. However, the LR Baggs "Stage Pro Element" that's built into this Alvarez AD70CE is one of the best pickups I've ever heard. I still remember grinning ear-to-ear when I first played into a large sound-system. The signature Alvarez reinforced bridge is both practical and slick-looking. The little artistic details - such as the headstock logo & 12th fret inlay- give this guitar a particular beauty unlike any other. And yes, even though the guitar is Chinese, the craftsmanship is still outstanding (not just for a Chinese guitar - this thing is a beauty across the board). It sounds great - both acoustic & electric - it uses authentic materials, it looks beautiful, and I just can't put it down. Alvarez has really outdone themselves with this guitar and I am so blessed to have it.

     
    5.0

    Great product highly recommended

    By Jamming Jeff

    from Webster Springs. West Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD70CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Well made instrument great sound love the 2 outputs plug it in an amp or directly into the mixing board love it

       
      5.0

      Alvares guitar

      By Preacher

      from Westland, MI

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD70CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        One of the best guitars I've ever had. Won't part with it for anything.

         
        2.0

        7th Fret Buzzing on G and D strings

        By OrangeSmith

        from Columbus OH

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD70CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I originally gave this guitar 5 stars. I still like the feel and sound of the guitar, but about 10 days after my purchase the instrument started buzzing on the 7th fret of the D and G strings. Those are the only two frets that buzz. I submitted a message to Musician's Friend technical support and I'm waiting to hear back. In the meantime I've read the FAQ sheet on annoying fret buzzing. The strings are new. The guitar is new. I should not need to insert shims or spend additional money to fix a new guitar. Very disappointing.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Bad frets...Two times...

        By Pricedude

        from Johnson City, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Bad Frets
          • Neck Hump

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD70CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I got the first one and high E fret 13 was dead. I thought, this was a new guitar, I shouldn't have to fix it so I returned it and they sent another one. The next one came with a hump in the neck and 6 bad frets...

          I adjusted the truss rod and put a shim in to raise the action which got me up and running, but I don't think I should have had to do that.

          I've been buying sound equipment and basic hardware from Musicians Friend for years and have NEVER had a problem with any of it. This was my first guitar from them and because of this experience, I don't think I'll be buying another guitar from them. Hardware, absolutely! But not guitars.

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar for the Price

          By OrangeSmith

          from Columbus OH

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Nice action
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD70CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            This guitar felt great right out of the box. The neck is wider at the nut than other guitars that I've played, which for me was a good thing. The action was nice without needing to adjust anything. It's easy to get up and down the neck. The frets could be a little smoother at the edges, but it's really not a problem. I like the full sound, and it sounds acoustic when plugged in.

             
            4.0

            Nice For The Price

            By G-Man

            from Upstate New York

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD70CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              This is a nice guitar for the price. It was a re-stock and has some minor blemishes. The highs and mid come through strong however, the lows are a bit weak for a dread. Other than that, it's a well constructed guitar and will make a nice addition to my collection.

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