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Alvarez Artist Series AD70SC Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Cutaway

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The Alvarez Artist AD70SC features multiple body binding, bound rosewood fretboard and headcap, and a unique 12th-fret diagonal inlay that are enhanc...Click To Read More About This Product

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Splendid rosewood back and sides, advanced electronics, and a deep cutaway.

The Alvarez Artist AD70SC features multiple body binding, bound rosewood fretboard and headcap, and a unique 12th-fret diagonal inlay that are enhanced by Alvarez' distinctive headstock inlay and bridge shape for scorching looks. Solid spruce top belts out rich tone that improves with age. System 600T MK II electronics system includes feedback-fighting notch filter, 3-band EQ, and jack for optional condenser mic.

  • Solid spruce top
  • Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Bound rosewood fretboard and headstock veneer
  • Nickel tuners
  • Multi-ply body binding
  • System 600T MK II electronics

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very good guitar, great value

By TennesseeDave

from Tennessee

Long story short: The Alvarez AD70SC is a sweet guitar. Mine arrived three weeks ago and I have been pleased with its performance, unplugged or plugged in. Besides jamming at home by myself and with friends, I have performed with it at an outdoor party as part of an acoustic duo (with a line through the PA) and with a rock band in outdoor and indoor settings (using a Peavey Classic 50 amp outdoors and the PA indoors). For me, an intermediate guitar player (mostly rhythm)just starting out doing public gigs, the guitar delivered in all situations. I am now shopping for an acoustic amp to use at gigs--the Behringer Ultracoustic ACX450 most likely.More details: I played a Takamine G330 dreadnought for 15 years before I wanted an upgrade to an electric-acoustic, solid body top, and cutaway. The AD70SC is an excellent upgrade from the guitar I was playing. If you are looking for a similar upgrade, the AD70SC won't let you down. And until you can save up for a decent Martin (not the plastic-sided and backed DX-1), this is a great guitar. I spent a lot of time at music stores before deciding on this guitar, and I found it better than other guitars of similar and even slightly higher prices. One caveat: the AD70SC may not be as loud as some comparable guitars. My friend's Fender acoustic is much louder when plugged in. However, I would rather have sweet tone and sound than the loudness, and this guitar has a great sound which will only improve with age. Note: I am new to acoustic amplification and public performing, so I may not have everything dialed in right. And remember, I have not actually heard this guitar through a good acoustic amp. I highly recommend this guitar!! The fit, finish, and action are perfect. The thin neck is easy to play. Buy it now.


too good to be true

By Myacousticcouldbeatupyourband

from Greensboro, NC

I bought this guitar recently and I am amazed. An acoustic guitar under a grand (well under) that has some actual low end. Put some 80 20s on there bring out a little contrasted brights, and its perfect. The pickup is tricked out. eq control, piezo and aux blending. 20 db boost or cut. The usual master volume. a frequency notch control, and a frequency control nob for the mid boost is an excellent and unique addition. It even has the tuner, which is more accurate than the korg I've had for years.the tone makes this guitar ideal for recording, perhaps I got an exceptionally good one, but it rivals my friends 70s d 18. I may even prefer it for my music, the martin sounds better on finger picking stuff and arpeggio type lines. And the pickup and preamp make it unrivaled for live sound for an off the line dred. get one. you'll find out why no one has anything bad to say about an alvarez AD series.


Awesome Guitar

By StillLearning-1ZLmn

from Fairhope, AL

Sweet sound, easy to play, beautiful and well-made. You can't go wrong with this one!


Very Satisfied

By nonesupplied

from Albion, NY

I love this guitar. Right down to how beautiful it looks. I really can't find anything wrong with it. Unplugged it has a rich brilliant tone, and plugged in, it sounds just as good. The mids project more so than the basses and the trebles, but it's not by much. The result is always a clear, beautiful experience. I highly recommend this product.


Alvarez AD70SC


from Albany, GA

I echo everything these guys have already said. I have not found a guitar that sounds this nice, at this price.....plugged in or not! I definitely recommend it! Thanks.


one word = WOW!

By Musicfreak.4eva

from nobody will know

Okay. I've basically always played electric guitar. But then I decided to buy an acoustic for my songwriting. I went to a local guitar place and I asked if he recomended anything. And he handed me this beauty. Once I started playing it, I fell in love with it. I love the warm sound it brings. So since I didnt have the money then, I didnt buy it right away. As soon as I got enough money for a decent guitar, I went another guitar place and asked what he recomended. He handed me the same exact guitar. I recognized it's gorgeous sound and beautiful look. This is a great guitar with a built in tuner which is always helpful. I'm excited to make memories with this guitar!


Good when plugged in

By Damen555

from Vermont

Ok, this guitar is amazing when you plug it in. It has a really nice sound, and the system that comes with it is top-notch. That being said, when it's not plugged in it's not even comparable. The high notes are almost inaudible, and the whole thing sounds a little dead. However, when you plug it in it's an entirely different story. If you plan on playing on stage, or record with it I would recommend it, if not than this guitar probably isn't for you.Some other odds and ends:The guitar itself has a great feel to it and is lots of fun to play.The guitar looks amazing as well.



By Jmesroc

from Gonzales, California

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Great buy. I would definitely recommend this carefully made piece with sweet tones, crisp highs, and great electronics. I'd recommend it.


Bright Tone, Great Value

By mjmanoni

from Monroe, CT

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When I first Bought this guitar I was a little disappointed because I was looking for a dark sounding tone that comes with Mahogany. However, I was unaware that what I had Purchased was Indian rosewood. Over time it grew on me and I absolutely LOVE the tone now. The electronics In this thing are absolutely AMAZING. Neck is great, and the tuning machines work perfect. The tone gets better with age. For consistency I recommend getting a truss rod adjustment to compete with the weather change.It sounds as good, if not, better than some Taylor's I've played.



By Roy

from Baden Pa.

I've had mine for a year and if you want to just play acoustic it is not very loud.The pickup system leaves a lot to be desired also. You need a good amp to give it some bottom. The guitar is built well and looks good and will get better with age.


awesome guitar

By Theofloorie

from Arlington, MA

Ive owned this baby for about two years now and lemme tell you, it gets better with age. The rosewood has a nice rich sound and good sustain. This guitar gets a lot of volume and just as easily pulls out the most delicate and fragile tones. the inlay-deprived fretboard contributes to its overall warmth. I put lighter phosphor bronze strings on to balance out the tone better. Anything richer and this guitar may get a little muddy in sound. Unfortunately, the neck nut was cut wrong out of the box and had to be re-cut and adjusted. Also, the action was very high out of the box, but that was easily fixed with a little truss rod adjustment. I also switched the rather dull black slab pickguard for a classier tortoise shell one. All together, a beautiful guitar with a sweet personality that is definitely worth the money and will treat you just as well as you treat it.



By Geof Frazier

from Great Falls, MT

I picked out this guitar for Christmas this year and it is by far the best guitar that I have played...Martin, Taylor, Ibanez etc. The guitar has amazing resilience and tone, and sounds great both when played with and without an amp.



By gryphon12

from Canandaigua, NY

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this guitar is sick. definitly worth its money. the neck is fast, the feel of the guitar is amazing. the only thing i would change about this guitar is that the body itself is a little large


Excellent Choice For First Or Fifth Guitar!

By hippiebob01

from GA

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I bought this Alvarez from a local store, but they had to order it, so I was buying sight-unseen. Well, when it came in, I was amazed. I opened the box, took off the packaging, and my jaw dropped. What sat in front of me was a beautiful, high-quality guitar. The fretboard is gorgeous and without a flaw, the headstock, fretboard, and body are all bound with white binding, and the electronics are bar-none, and includes an on-board tuner. The sound is superb, and none of my other acoustics get played anymore! Full and rich are just two words to describe it. The rosewood back and sides are gorgeous, not to mention flawless, and the entire body has a high-quality gloss finish, while the neck has a smooth satin finish, perfect for fast playing. The pickguard looks a little different, but hey, that's what makes it an Alvarez! Pick one up, you won't be sorry!


Great Guitar!

By Hamiltontfe2

from Austin Texas

I've been playing the guitar for 38 years. I'm not a performing musician but I have owned several guitars over the years and this one is absolutely fantastic! While serving in Afghanistan I decided that there was no way I could make it for 14 months without having a guitar to relieve the stress. I decided on the AD70SC and when it arrived (quickly and in perfect condition thanks to Musician's Friend) I was absolutely astounded at the full sound that the Rosewood body provided. I've not had the chance to plug it in yet but if it sounds half as good plugged in as it does unplugged, it'll be fantastic. The quality is great and as soon as you pick it up you can tell it's a solid well made instrument. I'm not sure how Alvarez does it but a comparable guitar of any other brand would cost $1000. Buy one and I'm sure you'll be impressed.

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