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Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar

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An affordable guitar with a hand-selected solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and punchy tone.

The Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar is a really nice Folk/OOO shape, and packs a big punch for its size. It's suitable for all types of music and playing styles. The AF60 is a member of the Alvarez Artist '60 Series. Alvarez was careful to get the construction just right to allow this series to sing, and deliver a player experience that's exceptional for a mid price instrument.

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 doesn't 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.

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.

FEATURES
  • Folk Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ˜A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Mahogany 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 EXP's
  • Case sold separately

Enjoy for yourself this well-constructed and punchy folk guitar. Order today.

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AlvarezArtist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

awesome little guitar for money

This Alverez is a great little guitar. My action was a little too high too, but I lowered it, with no problem. I think guitar companies do this so people won't complain about...Read complete review

This Alverez is a great little guitar. My action was a little too high too, but I lowered it, with no problem. I think guitar companies do this so people won't complain about fret buzz. I just don't understand people gripping about high action, but buy the guitar anyway. Play the guitar in the store and if you like the sound the knowlegable people at MF can probably lower the action for you "before" you buy it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Never Again

I bought this guitar because I wanted a short scale acoustic, and had herd some good things about Alvarez. I will never buy another alvarez again. The action is very high, and I...Read complete review

I bought this guitar because I wanted a short scale acoustic, and had herd some good things about Alvarez. I will never buy another alvarez again. The action is very high, and I lowered it as far as the saddle and nut would allow, but it is still realy high. the bridge design only lets you lower so far, and yes I adjusted the truss rod too. The neck is satin(which I prefer), but it just has a realy cheap feel to it. The sound is actually the only good thing here. It does sound good for laminated back and sides. But the action is the worst. I have a fully laminated washburn cheapo, that has better action than this. never again.

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(13 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Never Again

By will

from San Diego, CA.

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Pros

  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this guitar because I wanted a short scale acoustic, and had herd some good things about Alvarez. I will never buy another alvarez again. The action is very high, and I lowered it as far as the saddle and nut would allow, but it is still realy high. the bridge design only lets you lower so far, and yes I adjusted the truss rod too. The neck is satin(which I prefer), but it just has a realy cheap feel to it. The sound is actually the only good thing here. It does sound good for laminated back and sides. But the action is the worst. I have a fully laminated washburn cheapo, that has better action than this. never again.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome little guitar for money

By Bob

from Baton Rouge

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    This Alverez is a great little guitar. My action was a little too high too, but I lowered it, with no problem. I think guitar companies do this so people won't complain about fret buzz. I just don't understand people gripping about high action, but buy the guitar anyway. Play the guitar in the store and if you like the sound the knowlegable people at MF can probably lower the action for you "before" you buy it.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Folk like a Gibson

    By Picker

    from Arkansas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful Burst
    • Good Feel
    • Great fit and finish
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        Alvarez makes a great above entry level guitar. The burst finish is reminiscent of the late twenties Gibsons. Very personal size. Don't complain about action because these are straight from China and very well made. Seek a competent luthier and pay for a professional setup. DIY folks can easily adjust the truss rod and raise and lower action at the saddle. Beyond that leveling frets or lowering nut action get a pros help. Mine required truss rod adjust and that was it besides tuning. A fan of Alvarez. Make sure it says solid top laminated sides and back are expected until you hit the over five mark and likely more than that. Good job Alvarez and musicians friend. My spruce is gorgeous, lots of medullary rays means well quartered spruce

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excellent Bang for the buck

        By Mr. Q

        from Louisville KY

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          I hadn't purchased a new guitar in close to 10 years. I loved the 2 that I had, but was looking for something a little bit different. After dreaming of Martins and Taylors for a few months I decided i just couldn't spend that kind of money right now. I started doing some hard core research on various instruments looking for specific features such as real bone nut and saddle and solid tops. Visited music shops played a ton of guitars and just couldn't decide. Browsing Musician's friend on day I came across this one on sale. It had all the features I was looking for so I did something I said I would never do...I bought a guitar without playing it! It came in a few days later, and I couldn't be more happy. After a quick tuning the sound was amazing for a guitar in this price range...rivaling that of some of the much more expensive guitars I had played on my search. It was a beautiful guitar (save for a couple blemishes on the top which is why I rated 4 Stars instead of 5. Doesn't really bother me, but it wasn't purchased as a blem.) Overall I would recommend this guitar to anyone...regardless of budget.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very well made guitar with an above average sound.

          By Gerardo1000

          from Rochester Hills, MI

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          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 AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            This acoustic grand orchestra guitar is very well made up to the smallest detail. I am very picky with details and set up but I could not find any flaws. Action is low, no fret buzz, straight neck,. Beautiful to look at, with a glossy spruce top that in the guitar that I received has a very fine and silky grain, almost unbelievable for the price I paid. Beautifujl satin mahogany back and sides. The guitar sound very good, perfectly balanced.It does not have the low end of a dreadnought but still it has excellent basses. Trebles are clear and the mid range is very good. Possibly, the best value for money in the market today, together with the Ibanez ArtWood series.

             
            4.0

            Surprisingly good

            By Dave the Rave

            from CT

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            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

              I own a number of high priced, all solid wood acoustic guitars and was quite surprised when I first tried out this guitar. Is it as good as my other guitars, no, but it is darn good for the price I paid! Great volume and sustain coming from this folk size guitar. Made pretty well for a mass produced guitar from China.

               
              5.0

              Ordered 2!

              By Joe the runner

              from East coast

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                Great to just have around the house. Not very expsenvise and for a "deal of the day" made it that much better!

                 
                4.0

                Great all purpose and travel ax

                By Lunk

                from Coloradado Springs, CO

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                Pros

                • Appearance is Attractive
                • Complete sound with good tonal balance
                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Great Neck Action and Feel
                • Stays In Tune
                • Well Crafted

                Cons

                • Setup was a little low and buzzy

                Best Uses

                • Camping Guitar
                • Coffee House Guitar
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                This was bought on a stupid deal and I won! I got the sunburst. This is a very nice ax if you don't want to lug around a big dreadnought and you want to have some good tone in any genre. This is well made and good looking - no shame here. Iy is not that loud, but you can mic it up, so what the hey. I would recommend this for students, beginners, and people who just want to keep a handy ax around to feel out a song idea. This was a smart purchase for me, but I had plenty of other acoustics in my arsenal. For the price - I stole it lol.

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic

                By Topperrx

                from San Luis Obispo, CA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                  Bought this guitar to play with my daughter. It feels great and plays well

                   
                  5.0

                  Highly Impressed!

                  By DJ

                  from GA

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                    I didn't expect much from this guitar when I received as a Christmas present, however I was greatly surprised! The build quality and tone are phenomenal! Guitar needed a fresh setup which you would expect after being shipped from half way across the US. I normally play much more expensive instruments but really like the tone of this and may add some electronics at a later date. I know they make an electric acoustic version already but it has a cutaway and I believe the cutaway compromises the sound.

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