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Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar 

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The Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar is big, bright and beautiful. The solid A grade Sitka tops with forward scalloped bra...Click To Read More About This Product

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An affordable guitar with a hand-selected solid spruce top, maple back and sides, and B-BAND electronics.

The Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric 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. This acoustic-electric version is fitted with the awesome SYS550 pickup 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.

SYS550 dual pickup
The SYS550 designed by B-BAND is a pro-level EQ and pickup that reproduces the sound of the guitar very closely with great clarity. B-BAND uses a patented under saddle electret film pickup which eliminates synthetic or processed sounds often heard with piezo or other styles of pickup. The result is a very true, acoustic sound. SYS550 also has an accurate, backlit chromatic digital tuner.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ˜A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Maple back and sides
  • SYS550 electronics with EQ and 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 EXP's
  • Case sold separately

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

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AlvarezArtist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Remarkable! Astonishing depth & balance

After trying a multitude of acoustic guitars with low to medium, to high prices. From a $100 dollar [*] to a $2500 HD28. Almost settling for a Breedlove which sounded great for...Read complete review

After trying a multitude of acoustic guitars with low to medium, to high prices. From a $100 dollar [*] to a $2500 HD28. Almost settling for a Breedlove which sounded great for a mid-level inst. I happened upon the Alvarez. Not necessarily my first choice (a Jumbo), but I owed it to myself to try as many as I could before parting ways with my cash. I swear.. this guitar resonates like a scallop braced Martin and has the glassy bell like top as well.. A balanced powerful sound when needed, a delicate romantic sound if you favor that playing style. The fit and finish are wonderful, the bound neck plays effortlessly .I would buy this guitar over and over again without question. I might mention I also own another Alvarez that I purchased in 1985. It was the wall flower in the acoustic guitar room at the music store, there were much prettier looking guitars, but none had the build and sound quality . It ended up going home with me that day. Its true when they say sound improves with age, the old one has, and I expect the new one will as well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wasn't what I was expecting.

I was looking to upgrade my live guitar. I was hoping being a jumbo the sound would be bigger than my dreadnoughts. It really wasn't. It played just okay. The reason I sent...Read complete review

I was looking to upgrade my live guitar. I was hoping being a jumbo the sound would be bigger than my dreadnoughts. It really wasn't. It played just okay. The reason I sent it back was the electronics. There was something wrong with the pick up system. The entire body of the guitar was microphonic. Even the tuner had a hard time picking up the strings. Musicians Friend was awesome as usual. I have never sent anything back before. They took great care of me. I bought a different guitar and am very pleased with that one...

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5.0

Great Guitar for the Price

By seanjohn

from Arkansas

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

  • Pickup is not oustanding

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Recently ordered this to compare with the Alvarez AF66SHB from the artist series. This jumbo has the big bright sound that I had been looking for that the AF66 folk didn't have. It has great bass, mids, and highs and is very playable. Good for strumming, fingerpicking, and playing riffs and solos. It sounds awesome acoustically, the only thing is that the pickup has been kind of disappointing.

 
5.0

Very Impressed

By Docker

from Ashland, WI

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Playing for over 45 years-professionally since 1975. This is my 5th Alvarez and I've been impressed with all of them. Have had quite a few guitars over the years and the only acoustic that feels, plays and sounds better is my 1972 D-35. Seriously. The jumbo has a wonderfully deep richness to it and plays like a dream. It was a SDOD with 'scratches' on the pickguard that I had to strain to see(aren't pickguards SUPPOSED to have scratches?). This one would be worth every penny at 2 or even 3 times the price. Pull the trigger on this one. Oh yeah-it's gorgeous, as well. You'll love it immediately.

     
    5.0

    Love it

    By Preacher

    from Fl

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have been playing guitar for 25 years and as a guitarist I was evtreml y hesitant to buy a guitar online that I have not played but the sale price plus reviews convinced me. I bought this for my son who is learning and after 2 years I thought it was time he owned a guitar of his own and. can I say I'm not disappointed in the least. I love this guitar I wish I bought it for myself. It has a big sound and the factory action is great. Not to mention the blonde look.

       
      4.0

      Great all around except one minor flaw...

      By PD

      from NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Pickup

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is a great all around guitar. Booming but balanced unplugged sound and understated looks (not as fancy as the epi). I agree with some other reviews that it's a little neck heavy but I really don't mind and I like that the neck is wide although it does take some time to get used to. Here's the flaw though, It sounds great plugged in but I noticed that the E(low) and A strings were very muted and almost muffled. I tried shimming the saddle several times but no improvement. I'm going to contact Alvarez and/or take it to a luthier and see where that gets me. Still would buy again as I really love this guitar.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sound sweet, beautiful,

        By thong_m_do

        from ohio

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Comparing the Alvarez AJ80CE to Epiphone EJ220SCE Jumbo, the Alvarez sounds much better acoustically. Bass & Treble fill the whole spectrum, sustain and easily inspiring players. Plugin the PA then the AJ80CE fish-man electronic could not compare with the Shadow Nanoflex Esonic2 from Epiphone. The AJ80CE neck is very comfortable to play for long hours with the 1.75 nut width so very good for finger picking too. Body depth and width is a little bit smaller the Epi therefore comfortable to hold the AJ80 than the EpiEJ220. In the winter time, the Epiphone trussrod need adjust regularly otherwise the neck will back bow and fretbuzz all frets. When I first purchase Epiphone I keep changing different string set every 2 day because it does not have the sound I want, from Elixir, Martin, D'A EXP. Here are my conclusion:
          - Acoustically unplug the Alvarez is 9/10, and the EpiphoneEJ220 is 6/10.
          - Plugin: Epiphone Nanoflex Esonic 2 sounds wonderful 9/10, and the Alvarez is 6/10
          - Body width & depth: Alvarez is smaller a little bit and comfortable to hold & play for long hrs
          - Nutwidth is 1.75 ia little wider than Epi, and very excellent for finger picking.
          - Binding, neck, abalone: very professional looking comparing busy looking of Epi

          I have own at least 5 different Alvarez Artist series. Also Epiphone EJ220SCE, AJ220SCE Epiphone Dave Navarro, and many other acoustic guitars. I do love the sound of AJ80CE, and it is the best acoustic steel string I like to play for hours. I am playing both jazz, classical, fusion, and rock for more than 40 yrs

           
          5.0

          Update for this Guitar

          By Wolf

          from Big Bear City

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I'm somewhere between a novice and a rock. Which is a hard place to be! The guitar is great, the strings need changing immediately, and you will need either to set it up, or get it set up. Without a setup, and a little bit of sanding to change the action, you're not going to be too happy. But once it's set up, this is an absolute blast to play.

            The sound is beautiful, and the tones warm and resonant, and the feel and action are perfect for me. Wide hand, short fingers. I had to get used to the blonde color of the bound, it is unusual for me, I have a great many guitars. You can play with your friends or alone, and you don't even need to plug in. The sound is fabulous even without an amp.

            It's a major keeper, and your friends will be impressed!!

             
            5.0

            Quality Build

            By Wolf

            from Big Bear City

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              The sound is really rich and full. Two strings broke within one week. In any event, a string change is always a good decision with a new guitar. I have 21 guitars, this one is fast becoming a favorite. You can't go wrong with an Alvarez. The design / build philosophy always looks to accommodate the end user. The overall experience is a good one from the minute you start strumming.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              WOW!!! WQhat a guitar!!!

              By Wolf

              from Big Bear City

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • recreational playing

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I am somewhere between experienced and a novice. I own 21 guitars. This one is amongst the best playing that I own. I have numerous brands and styles of guitars. I bought this thinking I most probably was going to be disappointed, I had my heart set on a Takamine which was at least a hundred more than this guitar.

                All I can say is the quality is excellent, the guitar plays like a dream, the sound is full and rich, and most importantly it is a fun guitar. I have stubby hands, their wide with short fingers, the design of the neck allows me to play this guitar easily and comfortably. For hours at a time.

                The color is neutral on blonde, which is a little funky looking, but overall the guitar is beautiful.. It's a keeper that's all I can say.

                 
                3.0

                Wasn't what I was expecting.

                By Billy

                from Wisconsin

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                Pros

                • guitar is beautiful

                Cons

                • electronics, sound

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I was looking to upgrade my live guitar. I was hoping being a jumbo the sound would be bigger than my dreadnoughts. It really wasn't. It played just okay. The reason I sent it back was the electronics. There was something wrong with the pick up system. The entire body of the guitar was microphonic. Even the tuner had a hard time picking up the strings. Musicians Friend was awesome as usual. I have never sent anything back before. They took great care of me. I bought a different guitar and am very pleased with that one...

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  AJ80CE is a Great Buy

                  By Sweet William

                  from Junction Texas

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                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Action
                  • Loud And Proud
                  • Sturdy built
                  • The Bottom End Bass
                  • Very Plain But Beautiful

                  Cons

                  • A Bit Heavy Neck
                  • Bband Electonics
                  • No case included

                  Best Uses

                  • Country
                  • Gospel
                  • Home Studio
                  • Live Venues
                  • Live Venues Home Studio
                  • Rock

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar has a great full sound! Whether plugged in or not, it's the loudest guitar on stage. The Bband electronics sucked, so I put a Takamine Cool Tube pre amp as well as the Takamine Tri ax soundhole pickup in it. Sounds amazing plugged in now. I did shave a hair off the bridge nut to drop the action just a hair, but it was very playable when I received it. It's actually my favorite guitar now and I've had it for over 2 years.People brag on it all the time.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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