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Alvarez Artist Series AD90CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural 

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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 ...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 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 solid 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 EQ with 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 EXPs

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
 
3.3

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        4.0

        Very good for the price

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

              I own a nice Larrivee guitar. I wanted a guitar with electronics that was less expensive that I wouldn't mind getting beat up at a gig. This guitar fits the bill. The all-wood construction makes for a really good sound. There are some finish imperfections on mine--especially some sloppy glue application inside the guitar, an obvious application of filler on a small spot on the neck's thumb side, and a bit of a weird bump pretty high up the neck on the thumb side. These issues would make me reject a more expensive guitar but not a guitar at this price point. I have to admit that these issues don't really affect playability.

              One thing I really don't like is that, while there are fret markers on the sides, the only fret marker on the fingerboard is at the 12th fret. This makes it a bit harder to play with people.

              Overall, this is a very good guitar for the price. I ordered this and a more expensive guitar through Musicians Friend in the same week; this one was the keeper on all levels.

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              1.0

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              from Coachella Valley, CA

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

                    I ordered this guitar as I had owned an Alvarez before. To make this short I'm going to cut to the chase. The first and then the second guitar both had the same problem and both were returned. The bridge pickup would not pick up the 1 and 2 strings. A letter to Alvarez went unanswered to date.

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                    5.0

                    You Can't Go Wrong With Alvarez!

                    By KenC

                    from Ashland, OH

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                    • Amazing Tone
                    • Beautiful Workmanship
                    • High Quality

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                    • none

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                    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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