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An affordable folk guitar with a solid top, center scalloped bracing, and a tone that will improve with age.
The Alvarez Artist Series AF30 Folk Acoustic Guitar is an entry point for the Artist Series. This is a well-made instrument, delivering real value. The Folk body shape has impressive projection for its size. Its tone is enhanced with advanced scalloped bracing and other premium components such as bone saddles and nuts and a bi-level rosewood bridge.
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. Dig in and they shout right back at you, treat them gently and they whisper warmly and respond instantly to the lightest strum or pick.
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.
All of the 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.
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Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF30 Folk Acoustic Guitar:
This is the second purchase I've made from the newly(past 6 month) designed Artist series from Alvarez (solid tops, laminate back and sides). These are the best guitars they have ever made from a construction and sound production standpoint. I've owned Artist and Masterworks guitars in the past.
This AF 30 Folk guitar would compete well with the all solid wood Masterworks series from three years ago, and that is not an exaggeration or beginners perspective (I am very discriminating).
Good sounding, articulate acoustics used to start at $500 if you were lucky. Today, companies like Alvarez, Recording King, and Cordoba are turning out professional sounding guitars at a price between $200 to $500. The AF 30 is no exception.
I have always loved the Alvarez Mustache-shaped bridge. Folk bodies Alvarez Guitars are somewhere between an 00 and 000 Martin. They work best for fingerpicking and light strumming; compressed and boxy but filled with overtones. Complements with vocals rather than carrying the tune.
If you're budget conscious, these Artist series will give you profession performance without spending more than a weeks wages. I own older models such as AJ60, Masterworks MF350 and MD350. Now I own AP70 and AF30. All highly recommended.
Give these new Alvarez Artist series a go, they are much better than just last years models.