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Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar  

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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 ...Read More

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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 AD90 is made with acacia koa back and sides, which adds that something special to its tone, making it warm, rounded and alive.

This Artist Series AD90 is considered a "solid top" which 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 Artist Series AD90 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 it's 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.

These 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 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Stays in tune (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (7)
    • Jamming (6)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (6), Experienced (5)

    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

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    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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    4.0

    Good Build Cheap Stain

    By Marty

    from Asheville, NC

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

      This guitar is very well constructed, sturdy, and even set up very well, maybe a little too well. It's the first guitar I've ever had that I had to back off truss rod. Truss was not very tight, but action was very close with stock strings which I think are lights. I replaced them with mediums, still had to relax the neck and it plays wonderfully all the way around. I actually am a Martin person and wanted to try Koa without a huge investment. I actually prefer this over a D16 martin I have but will be selling because of the plactis bridge and fingerboard. This alvarez is a sweet smooth playing guitar. My only complaint is the guitar I received and the one pictured appear different. There is only a glimps of the sides which leads you to believe that its a medium to light coffee colored wood which it is not. It may be originally but my guitar has a stain which I'm not crazy about which makes it look like fake mahogany. It is all wood and a super guitar, the stain is cosmetic but it's kind of like making it almost to the finish line then laying down. The guitar was well designed, built with care and then a sloppy stain on the rear and sides. It's very dark and obviously not the color of the real wood underneath. I expect it to last a lifetime or two, maybe as the finish wears off in 30 years it will look better. That's it. I will keep the guitar.

      This guitar is heavy duty and built for medium strings.

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      5.0

      Wow, this is some fine geeetarrrrrr!

      By Jim

      from Coeur D'Alene, ID

      About Me Novice

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

            Pretty new at this guitar business...but trying hard. Have couple of other really good guitars, a Seagull and a Teton. Love them both, but....this Alvarez is gorgeous and the tone is incredible. I really am in awe of it and just love holding it and admiring the craftsmanship. Design of the guitar says "understated elegance" to me and sound is a joy to my ears. Get this guitar if you are looking for a really fine and beautiful instrument and can't shell out a couple of grand for a Martin, Taylor or Gibson. Won't be disappointed. Someday I plan to own one of those fine guitars as well.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

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              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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (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

                      (4 of 4 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

                          (6 of 6 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.

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