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Alvarez Artist Series AJ80 Jumbo Guitar Natural 

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Overview

  • Jumbo acoustic guitar
  • Hand selected, ‘A’ grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $539.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $179.01
  • Your Price:
    $35999

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

      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.

      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 6 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      83%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (6)
      • Stays in tune (6)
      • Good feel (5)
      • Fun to play (4)
      • Consistent (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming (3)
        • Practicing (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (4)

        Reviewed by 6 customers

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        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 3 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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        5.0

        Big Guitar Little Price

        By DKB

        from Alex VA

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        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 1 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 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Must Have!

          By New Marylander

          from Kensington,MD

          About Me Experienced

          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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