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Overview

  • Dreadnought acoustic guitar
  • Hand-selected, ‘A’ grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand-sanded, scalloped bracing
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An affordable guitar with a hand-selected solid spruce top, Acacia koa back and sides, and warm tone.

The Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar is at the top end of the Artist Series offering. It has all the same wonderful appointments as all Artist Series models, such as the advanced scalloped bracing and solid A grade tops. But the ’90 is made with Acacia koa back and sides, which adds that something special to its tone. Warm, rounded and alive, it’s hard to put it into words but this guitar sounds incredible.

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 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 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 its 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.

New Artist Series guitars look stunning and all of their components are made of natural materials such as mother-of-pearl and abalone inlays, real bone saddles and nuts and rosewood appointments.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Dreadnought acoustic guitar
  • Hand-selected, ‘A’ grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand-sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Acacia back and sides
  • 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 EXPs
  • Case sold separately

Enjoy the warm nuance that Acacia koa adds to this splendid dreadnought. Order today.

 
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AlvarezArtist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Stays in tune (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (6)
    • Jamming (5)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (5), Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Indescribable

    I can't believe how incredible this guitar is! Alvarez, your quality continues to baffle me. This guitar has such a beautiful tone and the intonation is infallible. The acacia koa back and sides...Read complete review

    I can't believe how incredible this guitar is! Alvarez, your quality continues to baffle me. This guitar has such a beautiful tone and the intonation is infallible. The acacia koa back and sides adds a gorgeous touch to the aesthetics of the guitar, and it sounds better than it looks. If you want to hear a sample of the sound I have a video up on youtube just search for 'Alvarez AD90 Sound Test' and you'll see. Unbelievable value!!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    The jury is out...

    Starting with the good - this Alvarez AD-90 is a beautiful guitar. I love the grain of the Koa and everything is well finished. I'm also very impressed with the sound. Good...Read complete review

    Starting with the good - this Alvarez AD-90 is a beautiful guitar. I love the grain of the Koa and everything is well finished. I'm also very impressed with the sound. Good sustain and the mid range notes are clear and disitnct.

    My complaint relates to playability. This is only my 2nd guitar and maybe I was spoiled on my first but I'm a little dissapointed in this one. I realise now that my Fender CD280S was really well set-up out of the box. In comparison, this Alvarez is very high at the nut. My fingers are killing me after only 1/2 hour. As well, there is a fair amount of buzz from about fret 10-14 on all strings. You can see a noticable deflection in the fretboard where the neck attaches to the body. I'm going to take it in to a luthier next week and if its an easy fix I'll update my review.

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    5.0

    Packed with value

    By JO3L CHRISTIAN

    from OWATONNA, MN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful tone
    • Consistent
    • Fine Detail
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

      This guitar has immediately become my favorite to play. I like the look of it, it looks better even than the pictures. The contrast of woods is beautiful and the hardware is solid. Its sound really fills the room. I think it will be suitable for recording and playing live after I find a pick-up for it. My experience with Alvarez has always been positive, and this is no exception. I consider this a professional level guitar at an extremely fair price!

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      4.0

      What a value!!

      By Big Al

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Amazing Value
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Takes Time To "break In"

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

        For what I paid I got exactly what I expected. The amazing thing is after playing on it for several hours I noticed that it started to really open up the sound. I've had it plugged into a tonerite machine (that causes the tonewoods to vibrate and open up) and now it sounds so much better. Playing this instrument blindfolded I would've paid three times the amount.

        It has characteristics of a maple back and sides guitar. You're not going to get a lot of depth and richness out of the low-end but it is crystal clear focused and has a nice tone.

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        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By DRVDIVA

        from CALABASAS, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

          Purchased as a gift and have received nothing but compliments on what a great guitar it is. My other son who recommended it for the other said he wished he'd gotten it for himself.

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          5.0

          Great Guitar - Great Price

          By Teach

          from Lawrenceburg, Indiana

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Great Rich Sound Reasona
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

          I picked the AD90 after reading reviews on various comparable models. I am just beginning however my son has played for years and is quite good. I bought a restock but it arrived without a single flaw or blemish. We tuned it and my son made it sing. The sound is as good as it gets and the craftsmanship is great. The representative recommended a good starter pack and I am pleased with his advice. Super acoustic at a reasonable price and great people to help with my purchase.

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          5.0

          Great Guitar and a Good Value

          By LaEldarian

          from Bastrop, LA

          About Me Novice

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

            First I'd like to say I have only been playing guitar for about three months now.

            Don't be afraid of restocks, I ordered the restock version of this guitar and it came to me looking and feeling brand new.

            The sound of this instrument is above and beyond what I expected. The feel is okay.. could probably use a good setup though the action feels fine.

            I think it came with heavier strings than I am used to which makes it just a bit harder to play than my other guitar (Seagull Entourage), but the spruce top and and koa back and sides give this guitar a punchy and ringing yet balanced sound that in my opinion is way better. The strings can always be changed.

            Nice job Alvarez, and kudos to Musician's Friends excellent customer service.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Indescribable

            By Lionheart23

            from Springville,Utah

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

              I can't believe how incredible this guitar is! Alvarez, your quality continues to baffle me. This guitar has such a beautiful tone and the intonation is infallible. The acacia koa back and sides adds a gorgeous touch to the aesthetics of the guitar, and it sounds better than it looks. If you want to hear a sample of the sound I have a video up on youtube just search for 'Alvarez AD90 Sound Test' and you'll see. Unbelievable value!!

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Update to previous review

              By EdAbbey

              from Saskatchewan, Canada

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                  This is an update to my previous review (see below). Now that it is set up properly, I am loving this guitar. The strings were lowered at the nut, some frets had come loose due to humidity changes and it needed a bit of bridge work. All is good now!

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  The jury is out...

                  By EdAbbey

                  from Saskatchewan, Canada

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful
                  • Rich Sound

                  Cons

                  • Poor Setup

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                    Starting with the good - this Alvarez AD-90 is a beautiful guitar. I love the grain of the Koa and everything is well finished. I'm also very impressed with the sound. Good sustain and the mid range notes are clear and disitnct.

                    My complaint relates to playability. This is only my 2nd guitar and maybe I was spoiled on my first but I'm a little dissapointed in this one. I realise now that my Fender CD280S was really well set-up out of the box. In comparison, this Alvarez is very high at the nut. My fingers are killing me after only 1/2 hour. As well, there is a fair amount of buzz from about fret 10-14 on all strings. You can see a noticable deflection in the fretboard where the neck attaches to the body. I'm going to take it in to a luthier next week and if its an easy fix I'll update my review.

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    What You See/Imagine Is What You Get!!!

                    By Jinckse

                    from Arlington, TX

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                      You will get more than you pay for. I feel comfortable starting with that... This is a beautiful instrument (beyond what the picture shows), and its playability certainly matches its good looks.

                      Some adjustment was required in my case, but it arrived to me in very playable condition out of the box. In my case, the action was a bit low for my taste and buzzed at times of intense strumming, and picking higher up the fretboard.

                      I am happy to say that adjusting the truss rod with a hex key is a simple fix when finding your preferred action. The sound is more impressive than what I expected, and at a pleasing (not too loud/vibrant // not too soft/dull) level that allows me to comfortably experiment with all types of playing (please note that I have also not yet changed from the stock strings). It stays in tune like a dream so far, and has not given me any major trouble whatsoever. I believe I would be comfortable performing with it live as well.

                      In closing, I suppose I would recommended investing in a nice hardshell case (I enjoy the "Musician's Gear Deluxe Dreadnought Case [Tweed]" *perfect fit by the way*) and various other supplies to keep this beauty as pampered as she deserves.

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                      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AD 90

                      By david

                      from Orlando

                      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                      A Very Beautiful guitar . wondered why no one else had ever reviewed it . .It'll hang with the best of em' .
                      Got this one sight unseen ( something I usually do not do ,as have had a couple BAD Guitars arrive from other dealers in the past ) But I know alvarez Quality, and this is no exception . Very happy with the quality Tone, playability right out the box , Perfect set up , altho recently discovering the DR Rare Phospore Bronze 11-50s, I'll likely change to those strings, they have a super easty play and chime like no other string i've ever heard . Was on Sale over holiday is reason i picked it up saving almost $100 .I Also have AD411 which is very nice . The Alvarez fingerboard has a very nice curved radius, something I Found some Yamahas 700 series do not making them more difficult for me to play . I've been playing over 40 years all acoustics and have owned over 60 guitars. What I find is the guitars they are making these days for $400 rival American made guitars I've had in the past costing a thousand or more and seem better made , and sound alaot better. May be better string quality today also , much more choices now.
                      Great Quality
                      Extremely good value . I never use inboard electronics, always Markley hummbucker in the sound hole with an external eq and sounds great . I Never cared for piezos ever.

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