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Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar   

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The Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar is big, bright and beautiful. The solid A-grade Sitka tops with forward scalloped bracing lets this guita...Read More

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The Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar is big, bright and beautiful. The solid A-grade Sitka tops with forward scalloped bracing lets this guitar really sing and the player experience is fantastic - you can really feel the energy of this guitar vibrate against your chest. Like most classic Jumbos the '80 has maple back and sides and all-natural, premium components throughout.

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.

All Artist Series guitars look stunning and 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.

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

FEATURES
  • Jumbo acoustic guitar
  • Hand selected, ˜A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Maple 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 strings
  • Case sold separately

Here's the ticket to a bigger sound. Order today.

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AlvarezArtist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Fun to play (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better than anything else in this price range by far!

I'm surprised to see somebody who claims to be a professional musician state that a "straight" neck is the proper adjustment for a guitar. A certain amount of relief is required to...Read complete review

I'm surprised to see somebody who claims to be a professional musician state that a "straight" neck is the proper adjustment for a guitar. A certain amount of relief is required to avoid fretting out on any guitar and honestly, why you are worried about fretting out above the 14th fret on a non-cutaway jumbo doesn't make sense anyway.

All that being said, I was in the market for a jumbo after getting to record several tracks on a 1993 Gibson J-200. It belonged to the studio but it got me hooked on the look and feel of jumbo guitars.

Not wanting to drop 3k on a Gibson, I picked up an Epiphone EJ-200SCE. It was a beautiful guitar but lacked the acoustic tone I was hoping to emulate. The electronics were OK, but after three or four months of gigging 3-4/mo with it, I just couldn't get the live tone I wanted out of it. So a friend recommended I check out the Alvarez AJ80CE.

I got a chance to play one locally and while it absolutely sounded better acoustically than the Epi, I was underwhelmed with the electronics on it. I started thinking about how I could modify the electronics then I realized it would just be easier and cheaper to get the AJ80 and add my own electronics to it. So I ordered one.

First I'll say that while this guitar is not as ornate as the Epiphone, I'm floored by the fit and finish of this instrument. I loved the sunburst of the Epi, and the cool bridge and inlays, but what the Alvarez lacks in window dressing, it more than makes up for with it's tone and playability.

It came with light strings on it which sound quite good, but when I put a set of mediums (.013-.058) on it, it really came to life. After a few days of playing it unplugged, I put an endpin jack on it and added a LR Baggs M1 Active and it sounds awesome through my acoustic amp and into the PA. With only minimal tweaks of the EQ, I get a really robust and full sounding acoustic tone.

Just amazing what an incredible guitar you can get for this price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty, nice jumbo

Nice guitar for the price. Needs attention to action, probably too low, as high e-string frets out between 7th and 17th frets. I adjusted the truss rod both ways but could not eliminate...Read complete review

Nice guitar for the price. Needs attention to action, probably too low, as high e-string frets out between 7th and 17th frets. I adjusted the truss rod both ways but could not eliminate attenuation of string sound - will need attention of a luthier to change bridge (higher?), nut or both; frets may need some filing. Guitar has good bass response, overall tone is a little thin for jumbo but may improve with playing and/or raising action. Fit and finish are very good. I replaced the coated strings with phosphor bronze .12's after the G-string broke - mo' bettah tone.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than anything else in this price range by far!

By NM

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live Gigs
    • Recording

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

    I'm surprised to see somebody who claims to be a professional musician state that a "straight" neck is the proper adjustment for a guitar. A certain amount of relief is required to avoid fretting out on any guitar and honestly, why you are worried about fretting out above the 14th fret on a non-cutaway jumbo doesn't make sense anyway.

    All that being said, I was in the market for a jumbo after getting to record several tracks on a 1993 Gibson J-200. It belonged to the studio but it got me hooked on the look and feel of jumbo guitars.

    Not wanting to drop 3k on a Gibson, I picked up an Epiphone EJ-200SCE. It was a beautiful guitar but lacked the acoustic tone I was hoping to emulate. The electronics were OK, but after three or four months of gigging 3-4/mo with it, I just couldn't get the live tone I wanted out of it. So a friend recommended I check out the Alvarez AJ80CE.

    I got a chance to play one locally and while it absolutely sounded better acoustically than the Epi, I was underwhelmed with the electronics on it. I started thinking about how I could modify the electronics then I realized it would just be easier and cheaper to get the AJ80 and add my own electronics to it. So I ordered one.

    First I'll say that while this guitar is not as ornate as the Epiphone, I'm floored by the fit and finish of this instrument. I loved the sunburst of the Epi, and the cool bridge and inlays, but what the Alvarez lacks in window dressing, it more than makes up for with it's tone and playability.

    It came with light strings on it which sound quite good, but when I put a set of mediums (.013-.058) on it, it really came to life. After a few days of playing it unplugged, I put an endpin jack on it and added a LR Baggs M1 Active and it sounds awesome through my acoustic amp and into the PA. With only minimal tweaks of the EQ, I get a really robust and full sounding acoustic tone.

    Just amazing what an incredible guitar you can get for this price.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rich full of sound, excellent deal

    By thong_m_do

    from Ohio USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

      I just bought another AJ80 and receive it today. I have one AJ80CE with electronic, however I want to have another one because it sound so good, and its super value for the money. Today I just receive it, and need to setup the truss rod a little bit for lower action. It sounds so rich and every note is vibrate & sustain across al register. Bass & mid are not muddy. Entire sounds spectrum are separation & define, it is not crumbling in certain frequency range comparing to smaller model such as thin, pallor, folk, thin dreadnought.
      I always search for the good sound for recording, and the AJ80 is excellent for provide the background that need to fill entire background, either strumming or finger picking. I have close to 100 guitars, and this is the best acoustic steel of all my guitars for rhythm.
      I currently have 6 different Alvarez Artist series. Also Epiphone EJ-200SCE, AJ-220SCE, Epiphone Dave Navarro, and many other guitars including many custom made, and the AJ80 & AJ80CE out perform them all acoustically.....
      --Playability: Excellent for rhythm both strumming & finger picking. The current D'Addario EXP Hard string will make more friction for solo / lead. Therefore if you want use this guitar for solo, then changing to lighter gauge with coating such as Coated EXP....
      --Appearance: very beautiful, real abalone with excellent inlay. It simple enough but reveal a professional look. All my guitars never have a single dot on the fingerboard, and I never buy any guitar with a dot nor they don't have solid top.. The fretwire edge, the outer of the fretwire where it meets with fingerboard and binding are smooth and very detail similar to the Martin or Godin guitars ....
      ---Sound: wall of rich sounds, entire sounds are separation, not trying to fight for certain frequency. It sounds good probably the thickness of the solid top, bracing technique, aged solid spruce top
      --Very difficult to find the Solid Top handcraft bracing guitar for that price.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Pretty, nice jumbo

      By Doctor Mongo

      from Thermopolis, WY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • action needs adjustment - hi e string frets out

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

          Nice guitar for the price. Needs attention to action, probably too low, as high e-string frets out between 7th and 17th frets. I adjusted the truss rod both ways but could not eliminate attenuation of string sound - will need attention of a luthier to change bridge (higher?), nut or both; frets may need some filing. Guitar has good bass response, overall tone is a little thin for jumbo but may improve with playing and/or raising action. Fit and finish are very good. I replaced the coated strings with phosphor bronze .12's after the G-string broke - mo' bettah tone.

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          4.0

          Almost totally satisfied.

          By 77Lance

          from Hammett, ID

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

            Beautiful guitar and sounds great out of the box. I really like that it has a strap button affixed to the neck joint. It's just not as big as I expected. I may be wrong, but I think other jumbos are quite a bit bigger than a dreadnaught. This guitar isn't much. But at the price, I think it was a great deal.

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            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Beautiful Guitar, Have to Return It

            By TroyStrummer

            from Whitefield, NH

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Inlay
            • Beautiful wood
            • Deep Sound Bass Response
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Fretboard Flaw
            • Major Intonation Issues
            • Not Consistent
            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

            • Campfire

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

            I love this guitar but I cannot keep it......I'm a recording musician and my guitars have to perform at a certain level to be acceptable.
            The guitars neck was adjusted properly(strait), however I noticed when "sighting" the neck that the fretboard appears to hump where the neck meets the body (about the 14th fret to 18th). With the neck adjusted strait, the neck actually appears to angle back where it meets the body, or "kink back" and go in the wrong direction (backward bow direction). I loosened the truss rod a little, making a slight /normal bow, but the issue remains - the neck is ok until it gets to the body and the angle changes. String buzz at the 12th fret on, and major intonation probs at about the 10th fret on.
            I really like Alvarez and am dissapointed. Is it too much to ask for a strait neck - even at this price point?

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            JUMBO & CASE REVIEW

            By The Boreal Badger

            from Maryland

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Cutting Power
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Comes With Xl Strings
            • Repaired Seam At Lower Bo

            Best Uses

            • Small Venues
            • Un-amped In Small Combos

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

            First of all, this is a great jumbo, especially for the price. The voice is authoritative and rich, and it can be easily heard through sax, banjo, trumpet, etc ina small group. The wood has a glorious, glowing grain, and looks like what one would expect on a much more expensive instrument. The one I recieved seems to be a 'B' stock unit, though: the seam at the bottom strap button seems to have been splintered and re-glued, with the adhesive showing dark streaks; it doesn't interfere with the glorious sound, though.

            I know that the installed XL strings last longer, but they sound dulland tinny. I replaced them with flat-wound 12s (Tomastik), which tames the raggedness and lets the solid top SING!

            One caveat: I ordered the Epiphone Jjumbo hard shell case for it, brecause the Alvarez case (at exactly the same price) is poorly constructed; the Epi case is sturdy, durable and fits the AJ-80 perfectly.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Big Guitar Little Price

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            By DKB 1

            from Alexandria Virginia

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

            Sounds and plays like a dream come true. you can not buy a guitar that sounds this good, plays this easy, and costs so little. BUY ONE>

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            4.0

            Nice for the Price

            By strat1

            from michigan

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

              This guitar sounds pretty good, especially for the price. It seems to have solid construction and, most importantly, stays in tune.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome Acoustic At Any Price !!!!!!!!!

              By JamBone411

              from Boonville Indiana.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None Notta Zip

              Best Uses

              • Having An Awesome Guitar
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

              This is a Great Looking/ Sounding / Playing Guitar. Do Not Hesitate BUY this Sweet Guitar.

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              (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Must Have!

              By New Marylander

              from Rockville,MD

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar:

                  This is an amazing instrument at any price, It just happens to be very affordable! I contacted Alvarez before buying this instrument , and the tech got right back with answers. Pictures only tell a little of what a beautiful instrument the J80 is. I've never bought a guitar without playing it, but Musicians Friend and Alvarez really make sure it come ready to play. Great action, great rich balanced tone, beautiful lines and details. Great guitar!!!

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