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Alvarez Artist Series AD90CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 

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Overview

  • Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ‘A’ grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
Description & Specs
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    $939.00
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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 AD90CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric 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. This acoustic-electric model is fitted with the outstanding SYS650 blend system EQ with chromatic tuner.

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.

SYS650 dual pickup
The Alvarez SYS650 was designed by B-BAND and is a dual pickup system incorporating one under saddle pickup and a transducer pickup placed under the soundboard. Either pickup can be selected or one can blend between the two to fine tune the response for lead, finger-picking or rhythm work. The system also has a fully chromatic, precision tuner with backlit LCD screen, 3-bands of rotary EQ, and a notch control that can be used to attenuate feedback or to shape the sound.

Features

  • Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ‘A’ grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Acacia back and sides
  • SYS650 Dual pick up, blend system E.Q. w/tuner
  • 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 EXP’s

Enjoy the warm nuance that Acacia koa adds to this splendid acoustic-electric. Order today.

 
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AlvarezArtist Series AD90CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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Alvarez AD90CE

By Jim

from Coachella Valley, CA

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Pros

  • Guitar Looks Great And Co

Cons

  • Under Saddle Pickup Fail

Best Uses

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I was so excited to get this and when it came I was chomping at the bit to open. This happened twice and both guitars were returned and I will have nothing more to do with Alvarez or Musicians"friend". The first guitar was set up perfectly and it looked great however when I plugged it in the 1 and 2 strings were not being picked up by the bridge pickup. I called Alvarez and they offered to mail me a new bridge piece thinking it wasn't flat. Really? I get to play luthier with my new guitar? How about We will send you a label to return it to us and we will fix it? But no customer service to be found. MF exchanged the guitar which took a long long time. I get the second guitar and quickly realize it's not a new guitar as it wasn't packaged the same as the first. I plugged it in and have the same problem as the first plus a see two small dings on the back. I should have wrote down the s/n of the first guitar as I wonder if they just sent the first one back. I called customer service and was offered nothing, not sorry, not let's see how we can fix this. So I returned it. To make matters worse i had also ordered a case for it and it turns out it did not fit. Also the case was defective as the white threads were pulled out around the top. It was a silver creek dreadnaught case. Still seething. From now on I will use Amazon Prime with second day shipping. Also returns are credited the day after ups scans it in.

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    5.0

    You Can't Go Wrong With Alvarez!

    By KenC

    from Ashland, OH

    Pros

    • Amazing Tone
    • Beautiful Workmanship
    • High Quality

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Performance
    • Priced For Beginners
    • Quality For Professionals

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have owned a lot of guitars in my life. I have owned:
    Gibson Les Paul Custom
    Alvarez 12 String
    Alvarez Curly Maple 6 string
    Epiphone Dot
    Guild Classical
    Vintage Fender Telecaster
    Handmade Lagejans Walnut W-6
    Yamaha RGZ Electric
    Ibanez 6 string acoustic electric
    and many others.

    So, I know a great guitar when I play one. This is my 3rd Alvarez and I am thrilled with it! Not only is it gorgeous, the tone is full and the harmonics ring loudly. When I was shopping for this guitar purchase, I tried a lot of guitars like Taylors, Breedloves, Seagulls and Takamines. I have to say that the sound quality from this guitar at the 600 price range blows the 900 Taylors away and it looks 10 times better!

    The electronic tuner is great too. It has the analog needle style display instead of those stupid LEDs. You can get the instrument tuned right on the money easily although the harmonic intonation is so good that you don't need it.

    In my opinion, no guitar comes from the factory with the proper setup but after I did a setup on this guitar it plays so beautifully and easily that I was blown away. New strings and the tone was so amazing that I just couldn't put it down.

    I have not seen a guitar on the market at this price that plays and sounds near as good. I really think you would have to spend well over a thousand to get an equivalent instrument. Yes, I am a fan of Alvarez guitars but how could I not be? I had a 12 string for about 8 years and never had to adjust the neck. That is almost unheard of.

    While my handmade Langejans will always be my favorite, my Alvarez AD90CE is a firm second in my acoustic guitar collection!

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