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Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Natural 

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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...Read More

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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 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.

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

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 16 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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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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

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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!!

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    5.0

    Quality Build

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    from Big Bear City Ca

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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.

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      5.0

      WOW!!! WQhat a guitar!!!

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      from Big Bear City Ca

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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.

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        3.0

        Wasn't what I was expecting.

        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...

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          AJ80CE is a Great Buy

          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.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Soinic delight

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          from Virginia Beach, VA

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          Pros

          • Acoustics
          • Action
          • Appearance
          • price
          • Small Electronic Panel
          • Valueprice

          Cons

          • Minor Workmanship Flaws
          • Neck Design

          Best Uses

          • Playing
          • Recording
          • Standing Out Acoustically

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

          Some years ago I owned the AJ 60CE from Alvarez and, while it played and sounded extremely well both plugged and unplugged, the notes lost sustain as you went up the neck. Not at all so on this same-shaped jumbo which has remarkable action right out of the box. The reason I subtracted a star is two-fold. One is that the neck edge is actually rather sharp--meaning that the arc on the edges where the fingerboard meets the neck needs to be greater in order to play comfortably for long periods of time. It's not that the frets jut out or anything. I just feel a rather pronounced edge that s/b rounded off IMO for a better playing experience. The sound however is quite spectacular both acoustically and electronically. Just super.

          The other of my two-fold gripe relates to small flaws in the finish--excess glue at the neck joint, a run of gloss finish also near the neck joint where the body gloss ends and the satin finish on the neck begins. I don't mean for the amount of ink I've put into identifying these to mean there's a disqualifying mess, I'd just like to be able to say the "fit and finish" are perfect or what they could or should be and I can't. This guitar is easily worth its price however and I'm very happy to be able to say that the issue about note susstain getting shorter as one approached the cutaway of the earlier AJ60CE is definitely a thing of the past. I bought that Alvarez Jumbo new in a guitar store and, though I've owned a Mexican Martin and Taylor 210 CE since, I was confident enough that the Alvarez could be ordered sight yet unseen from MF. It won't be going back, that's for sure. The neck edge arc issue I'll get over in time and it's something I think Alvarez would do well to round out, but the finish issues are minor and almost invisible given the transparency of the glue and gloss coat over such bright-colored maple and are not atypical for an Asian import. Small stuff.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          professional quality at beginners price

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          from Hot Springs, Arkansas

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

          This is one truly sweet guitar. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for an axe with a fantastic voice. Easy to play, it continues to surprise me. Electronics are simply the best.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great sound, and feel.

          By 

          from san francisco, ca

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          Pros

          • Amazing sound
          • good highs
          • Good lows

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Live Sound
            • Shows

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

            Played my friends for quite a while, and went home to buy my own. the neck is smooth and the sound beats the tylor I used to play that doubles it in price. I plugged it in for a show the other night and it sound great after I ajusted the eq on it. The built in tuner is the best built in tuner I have used. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very nice guitar

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            from Rochester, MN

            Pros

            • Action
            • Tone
            • Volume

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Full Sounding Rythm
              • Punchy Solos

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

              I love my Martin D25K, and I play it by myself 95% of the time... but in the rare instances when I played with others, I was getting drowned out. Plus I was in need of an acoustic-electric. Enter this beast - practically free, and it booms. Now I have to worry about the quality of my playing since everyone hears me :-).

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              • Yes

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              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Quality For Price

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              from Oak Hill WV

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              Pros

              • Beautiful tone
              • Built in tuner
              • Excellant Eletronics

              Cons

              • Action Was A Little High

              Best Uses

              • Fingerpicking
              • On Stage Or In Your Room
              • Rock To Country

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

              Like most guitarist I played everything I could get my hands on.But chose this for the price to value.This jumbo has such a warm tone with lots of sustain and thats unplugged!I always got drowned out playing lead unplugged but not on this.The bottom is full but not muddy, the mid is clear and defined and the top has that beautiful bell like tone I've only found on more expensive guitars.The volume is very balanced as well.Plugged in you can get the exact same tone or change it dramitically no cheap electronics here.I bought this guitar to play not to keep put up and it's getting it.

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