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Alvarez Artist Series AD80SSB Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The Alvarez Artist AD80SSB features stunning looks, from the bound rosewood fretboard and headcap, to the multiple pearloid body binding, nickel die-...Click To Read More About This Product

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Classic sunburst finish with genuine Indian rosewood on the back and sides.

The Alvarez Artist AD80SSB features stunning looks, from the bound rosewood fretboard and headcap, to the multiple pearloid body binding, nickel die-cast tuners, and unique Alvarez headstock inlay. Bold and sophisticated tone rings out of the solid Engelmann spruce top.

Solid Engelmann spruce top with sunburst finish
Indian rosewood back and sides
Bound rosewood fretboard and headstock veneer
Nickel tuners
Multiple pearloid body binding and rosette

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Very Unique

By bluesyboy

from Pennsylvania

The store i went to had it sitting on a stand from someone playing it earlier. The sunburst caught my attention right away. It was the AD8OSSB made by alvarez. I never heard of the company before so i was expecting it to play pretty crappy. It's quite the opposite. The neck is very thin like an electric guitar so you dont have to do crazy stretches. The tone itself was was solid but just a little twang in it. The sound is very loud so you dont have to put all your energy into getting people to hear it. For such unique playability, and very unique sound at a low price, its deffinatly worth having.

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By Jacob Alexander

from Minneapolis, MN

This was my first guitar of any quality, and I selected it after playing everything I could get my hands on. Nothing else I've played, even a good friend's seventies Gibson SG Deluxe, is quite so smooth and responsive as this guitar. It also has a very nice, deep, voice. If you want something light and happy sounding, this is not the guitar for you. But for a smooth and sad acoustic sound, nothing under the thousand dollar mark beats it.

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By Dagman-GIXec

from Waukesha, Wi

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I purchased this guitar about 4 years ago when I first started getting into acoustic music. I figured I would just get it as a good quality "starter" guitar and eventually move on to bigger and "better" acoustics. I have played this guitar every day since then and can not believe how much I love it. I have scrapped the idea of getting a new acoustic as I cannot imagine another guitar living up to this one. I'm currently in the process of finding the right pickup for it (it's too bad it's not also electric, hence the 9 for features). The finish is beautiful, the satin neck is so comfortable and the sound is pure and true. BEST VALUE OUT THERE!!!! (try it with elixer polyweb strings, great tone!) - Eben

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By Panman-Mcqe9

from Rhode island

I new I wanted a sunburst guitar. I also knew I wanted a guitar that had better playability then my existing guitar. I checked up on the guitar it's self in terms of what it's made out of etc and found this guitar is VERY inexpensive compared to other guitars made with similar woods from other manufacturers that were hundreds more. The guitars sound is very bright. The action on the guitar couldn?t be better. You could play lead or rhythm on this guitar with no problem. I couldn?t be happier with my Alvarez...Got it at Christmas and I'm fired up every time I pick it up or even just look at it....what a finish!!

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Very nice guitar

By James V. Shearon

from Wake Forest NC

I enjoy playing the Model#AD80SSB Alvarez guitar.It has a very good sound and it is easy to get chords on the fret. The guitar has a very nice appearance. I am confident that if anybody plays one they will have to buy it. Thank you very much for saleing this guitar to me.


Excellent guitar

By Jordan T

from Columbia, MO

I own this guitar in the natural finish. I was actually planning on getting an Epi Masterbilt, but after playing this one in a music shop, I was won over. Looks wise, the finish on my guitar is very well done: the body and headstock are gloss finished, while the neck is satin--providing for Very comfortable playing farther up the neck. Also, the body binding is inlaid with abalone, as is the headstock design. The back and top is also very well bookmatched.Sound-wise, this model has a very crisp, balanced tone(in my opinion, ideal). I was most impressed by how well the mids and highs could be heard, since usually the bass overpowers in cheaper dreadnoughts.The only problems I ever had was a fret buzz on the bass strings, which just required a small truss rod adjustment.Overall, it may not be a Martin, but it's the absolute best you can do for this price range.

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