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Overview

  • Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ‘A’ grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
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    $729.00
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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

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

 
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AlvarezArtist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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        (1 of 1 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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          (1 of 2 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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            (3 of 3 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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            • No

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            (3 of 3 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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            • No

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            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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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

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

                By BigVig

                from Kissimmee, Fl

                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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                    (4 of 4 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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                    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Remarkable! Astonishing depth & balance

                    By THE TIN MAN

                    from Birmingham, Al.

                    Pros

                    • Balance
                    • Comfort
                    • MATERIALS
                    • Resonance
                    • Set-Up
                    • Workmanship

                    Cons

                    • Name stigma

                    Best Uses

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

                      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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                      (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AMAZING GUITAR AT A VERY LOW PRICE!!!

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

                      It is a great versatyle guitar at a very low price. It can be use to play rock, slide, jazz, blues, folk, pop, ballads, gospell almost any kind of music. The tesiture is balance. It has a great electronics and the tunner is acurate.

                      It is a pro instrument, with high end features. Action is great, nice finish details. Worth the money! I am a music professor at a university here in my homeland, and I been using Alvarez guitars since 1988 and I strongly recomend this brand to my students and collegues!

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