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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...Read More

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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 SYS650 blend 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.

SYS650 dual pickup
The Alvarez SYS650 was designed by B-BAND and is a dual pickup system incorporating one under saddle pickup and a transducer pickup placed under the soundboard. Either pickup can be selected or one can blend between the two to fine tune the response for lead, finger-picking or rhythm work. The system also has a fully chromatic, precision tuner with backlit LCD screen, 3-bands of rotary EQ, and a notch control that can be used to attenuate feedback or to shape the sound.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ‘A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Maple back and sides
  • SYS650 Dual pick up, blend system E.Q. w/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

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AlvarezArtist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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        (1 of 1 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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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Soinic delight

        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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        professional quality at beginners price

        By frettin2pic

        from Hot Springs, Arkansas

        Verified Reviewer

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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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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great sound, and feel.

              By ekul184

              from san francisco, ca

              Verified Buyer

              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

                By tiggyboo

                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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                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best Quality For Price

                  By motodadjlg

                  from Oak Hill WV

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Buy it while you can

                  Pros

                  • Excellent sustain
                  • Full Sounding
                  • Wonderful Projection

                  Cons

                  • Body Is A Bit Big
                  • No Custom Case

                  Best Uses

                  • For Your Main Guitar

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

                  This guitar has the best factory setup I ever experienced. Better than my two Martins. Better than my Seagull. And even better than two Takamines that were setup by Third Coast Guitar in Chicago.

                  The sound is loud, full, and with good sustain. This is now my favorite guitar. It gives you its all out of the factory box. You don't have to wait years for a solid wood guitar to open up. The larger body of this guitar sings out!

                  I bought a Gator GC-Jumbo case for this Alvarez and it fits pretty well. I just had to press my fingers hard to indent the case's foam plush liner to make room for the electronic controls.

                  I'M SO HAPPY WITH THIS GUITAR I BOUGHT ANOTHER TO HAVE A BACKUP in case the first guitar should ever fail or get lost or stolen. Now that's a recommendation for this guitar-maker and model. NUFF SAID!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it!!!

                  By Enoughspace

                  from Milwaukee, WI

                  Pros

                  • Quality craftsmanship
                  • Sounds Amazing

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Was worried buying a guitar online that i've never played before, but I'm glad I took the the chance. This guitar blew me away minutes after UPS delivered it. Such warm tone, even when playing in my basement it sounds amazing. Love having the built in tuner, and both xlr and 1/4" jacks available. Definately one of the best acoustics i've played in years, and much cheaper than most.

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                      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Yes this is the ONE !!! No more looking!

                      By BigVig

                      from Kissimmee, Fl

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                      Pros

                      • I Have Found Perfection

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Yes , soon as I played the first cord on this fine guitar I knew I was done . I have been trying just about all of the brands out there of every acoustic/electric 6 strings from Martin to Taylor , from epiphone to fender and my last one was an Epiphone EJ200 it was good ; I had remember ten years ago my cousin had an Alverez guitar in Mississippi and I tryed his wallflower I think wow that thing had a beautiful tone it seemed like the sound had a sustain that would never quit and I have not found that sound in any acoustic guitar for a while so I read two reviews on this jumbo Alverez the one that impressed me was the one put there by a college professor , he recommended this model to his students as well as advanced players . So I got mine it sounds like a dream just a sweet bright full tone that does not die down it seems to carry until the next note or chord is played . This is not plugged in yet , so do yourself a favor skip the flash ftom the epiphone flashy looks with the linated top of some sort of plywood and get this beautiful sounding master peice , the tone will floor you . So you do not have to pay an arm & a leg for a great acoustic/ elec. guitar try them all then try an Alverez , in my opinion you want be sorry , you will be filled with joy not because you saved hundred of dallors but because you have just found one great sounding GUITAR -Amen-

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          No acoustic amp needed.

                          Pros

                          • Great sound
                          • Playability

                          Cons

                          • none

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Performance
                          • Practice
                          • Recording

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

                          UPS just delivered yesterday. I was totally blown away. I love everything about this guitar. The tuner is accurate. The sound is awesome plugged or unplugged. The 1/4 inch and XLR plugs are great for using with an amp or PA system. The neck is just a tiny bit larger than on my old Alvarez but after a few minutes of playing I decided that was a good thing. I quickly noticed that my big fingers weren't muting notes that weren't supposed to be muted. But there was one final test before deciding to keep it. I had to know how it sounds plugged in. I don't have an acoustic amp (yet) so I plugged it into my Vox VT 20+ modeling amp. I turned on the acoustic modeling effect and immediately realized that I don't need an acoustic amp. If I had to describe this guitar in one word it be "Perfection".

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