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Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar  Natural

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The Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar is one of the most popular models in the whole Alvarez line. It has fantastic energy and response for it...Click To Read More About This Product

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An affordable guitar with a hand-selected solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and an open tone.

The Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar is one of the most popular models in the whole Alvarez line. It has fantastic energy and response for its size and is incredibly comfortable to play. Center-scalloped bracing was used for this parlor, which lets the top really react to the finest of touches. This probably might make you play this small-bodied guitar differently to how you would larger instruments, which leads to all sorts of great stuff.

The AP70 is a member of the Artist Series 70s, which are stunning guitars made from hand-selected A-grade Sitka solid tops with rosewood backs and sides. The high gloss finish really brings out the beauty and grain in the rosewood and like all Artist Series they have advanced scalloped bracing and all natural components. Just like Artist 60 models the 70s have incredible tone and the rosewood helps to accentuate the highs and lows just a tad more.

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 all-new 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 quartersawn 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.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Parlor Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand-selected, A+grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand-sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Vented headstock
  • 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 open gear tuners
  • ABS binding
  • D'Addario EXP's
  • Case sold separately

Grab this sweet little guitar to keep in your parlour when the mood strikes. Order today.

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AlvarezArtist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Stays in tune (14)
  • Consistent (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • School bands (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally,an affordable quality parlor guitar!

As I said above, this guitar was very playable right out of the box. In spite of the slight issues with the action and the tuners -which could be corrected by your local...Read complete review

As I said above, this guitar was very playable right out of the box. In spite of the slight issues with the action and the tuners -which could be corrected by your local tech- I am very satisfied with this instrument. The size is fun, so is the 12-fret neck once you get use to it. I really like the minimalist effect of the guitar, nothing too fancy but a nice abalone rosette, single inlay at the 12th fret, and simple headstock logo -just the Alvarez logo, not the name; the name is on the back of the headstock. So may not like the pickguard (if yours comes with it) but it can be easily removed or changed. I'm rather fussy about things like bridge pins and tuners, so I'm really glad the AP70 came with wooden bridge pins. I put Grover tuners on ALL my guitars so the tight tuner was not really an issue for me. Due to the small size of this guitar, I used a Planet Waves woven strap to hold it up and/or play sitting in classical position. It's a good alternative to a 3/4 size guitar if you have a kid who plays guitar or if you are a really small person. The tone of this guitar is very deep and mellow, I'm not big on the D'Addario EXP strings but they're good strings and strings are a personal issue for everyone anyway. If you are interested in a 12-fret parlor, definitely buy this guitar. Would ABSOLUTELY replace is lost of stolen!
To review the specs: Solid sitka spruce top. Laminate Rosewood B/S. Bone nut and saddle. Abalone rosette, chrome tuners. Great parlor guitar for the price, most others are at least twice as expensive. I got mine directly from St. Louis Music so I didn't have to wait. Mine came with the standard black Alvarez-shaped pickguard. Wooden bridge pines (snakewood, I believe) which is rare on a guitar in this price range.
Nice clean construction inside and out No excess glue or cracked bracing. No blemishes on the outside. Tuners are a bit tight (I switched mine to Grovers). Action a bit high, nut could be sanded a bit but still very playable. Nice deep tone. Very playable right out of the box.
This guitar really can't be beat for it's price. Parlors are becoming more and more popular but most still cost at least twice as much. I've played parlors in the $700 range or more with just as high quality. Since cases for parlors are hard to come by, I think Alvarez should throw in a gig bag for an extra $50 or maybe a hardshell for a bit more?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A decent sounding guitar, poor QC.

I've been looking for the perfect travel guitar. I've played most of the small bodied "travel" guitars and found them wanting for tone. The best of the bunch before this...Read complete review

I've been looking for the perfect travel guitar. I've played most of the small bodied "travel" guitars and found them wanting for tone. The best of the bunch before this was the GS Mini in Koa. However, the Alvarez is a good solution-it's a 00 sized body, and the 12 fret neck shrinks the overall length without changing the scale, and, because the bridge is closer to the center of the soundboard, results in a deeper, fuller bass. Soundwise I have NO problems with the guitar.

Where it fell down a little was in the construction. Even with the truss rod completely loose there was NO relief in the neck, so it buzzed on firmly strummed low notes. Since that's where I live at times, it just didn't work. I sent it back and have another one on the way, I hope it'll be better, although I played another at a local store (for twice the price!) and it had almost no relief either. I hope this isn't a pattern…

Weird thing: I paid with Paypal. Apparently they can't do a return exchange with Paypal, had to return the guitar for credit and order another one! I guess I'll just use the credit card for MF from now on.

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally,an affordable quality parlor guitar!

By Obi-Ron Rinaldo

from CT

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Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

As I said above, this guitar was very playable right out of the box. In spite of the slight issues with the action and the tuners -which could be corrected by your local tech- I am very satisfied with this instrument. The size is fun, so is the 12-fret neck once you get use to it. I really like the minimalist effect of the guitar, nothing too fancy but a nice abalone rosette, single inlay at the 12th fret, and simple headstock logo -just the Alvarez logo, not the name; the name is on the back of the headstock. So may not like the pickguard (if yours comes with it) but it can be easily removed or changed. I'm rather fussy about things like bridge pins and tuners, so I'm really glad the AP70 came with wooden bridge pins. I put Grover tuners on ALL my guitars so the tight tuner was not really an issue for me. Due to the small size of this guitar, I used a Planet Waves woven strap to hold it up and/or play sitting in classical position. It's a good alternative to a 3/4 size guitar if you have a kid who plays guitar or if you are a really small person. The tone of this guitar is very deep and mellow, I'm not big on the D'Addario EXP strings but they're good strings and strings are a personal issue for everyone anyway. If you are interested in a 12-fret parlor, definitely buy this guitar. Would ABSOLUTELY replace is lost of stolen!
To review the specs: Solid sitka spruce top. Laminate Rosewood B/S. Bone nut and saddle. Abalone rosette, chrome tuners. Great parlor guitar for the price, most others are at least twice as expensive. I got mine directly from St. Louis Music so I didn't have to wait. Mine came with the standard black Alvarez-shaped pickguard. Wooden bridge pines (snakewood, I believe) which is rare on a guitar in this price range.
Nice clean construction inside and out No excess glue or cracked bracing. No blemishes on the outside. Tuners are a bit tight (I switched mine to Grovers). Action a bit high, nut could be sanded a bit but still very playable. Nice deep tone. Very playable right out of the box.
This guitar really can't be beat for it's price. Parlors are becoming more and more popular but most still cost at least twice as much. I've played parlors in the $700 range or more with just as high quality. Since cases for parlors are hard to come by, I think Alvarez should throw in a gig bag for an extra $50 or maybe a hardshell for a bit more?

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You'll Be Happy You Did!

By Ltcmshawn

from Elma, NY

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Pros

  • Easy Playability
  • Fast Fretboard
  • Full Sound
  • Great intonation
  • No Frills
  • Unique

Cons

  • No drawbacks at all

Best Uses

  • Listening to yourself pla

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

All around great offering from Alvarez!!

If you want a parlor, give this one a try. The Rosewood, despite being laminate, really shows in the tonality of the instrument. It's very defined and woody/percussive in nature. I don't think there's even another parlor available in rosewood at this price-point.

A best buy under $500. I considered a Taylor GS Mini, but this was half the price for an equally worthy instrument. Also try the Recording King RP06 for a quality mahogany backed parlor. Also well worth the cost. Similar to the AP70 but 25.4" scale and gloss finish on neck as opposed to satin on the Alvarez.

Not dissing the GS mini either, it's also a highly underrated guitar, but it does cost $500. Buy the Alvarez AP70 unless 14 clear frets is an absolute must. No other drawbacks.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive

By Bob from CTH

from New Hampshire

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

    I own several parlor guitars, first I will compare this to the Alvarez AP-66, an excellent guitar but this AP-70 with the spruce/rosewood combination does have a deeper, richer tone--the highs are crisper and the overall volume is much louder and more responsive. I enjoy both guitars a lot but, if had to pick one or the other, I prefer spruce/rosewood and would therefore lean towards the AP-70.

    The second comparison is to the Blueridge BR371 which is approx. 3.5 to 4x the price. The Blueridge is definitely a better built guitar (solid back and sides) but the string spacing is wider (more traditional for parlor guitars) and may take a little getting used to. The tone of the Blueridge when compared side to side is better to my ear but if I leave the Blueridge in one room and go to another and play either Alvarez the tone does not disappoint in any way. I would recommend the Blueridge for a really serious parlor player and higher end recordings but for most users I believe the AP-70 (or AP-66 if mahogany is preferred) will "answer the mail"!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    should be an awesome old guitar

    By kevoinidaho

    from caldwell, id

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

      I have been looking for a well made, well designed, quality, solid tone wood Parlor guitar for awhile, and have tried owning a few in this price range but was never satisfied until now. All of the other guitars in this price range don't have an open-slotted head stock witch IMHO is responsible for the true Parlor sound (note separation). The Spruce top is superb hand select A+ and the Rosewood is fantastic. The finish is quite near the quality of a Martin Standard and the Rosewood bridge, headstock plate and bone nuts are very nice touches. The guitar is pretty without being ostentatious or tacky. The forward shifted bracing adds to the volume while maintaining the plucky note separation of a good Parlor. I can also tell that this guitar will hold up well and most importantly, age well, open up and sweeten with time like a quality guitar should. The next step up from this guitar (for more than twice the price), and it's not a big step, would be the Parlor made by Blueridge guitars. I really don't think you can go wrong with this sweet guitar. I felt so highly of mine that I bought a nice hard Parlor sized case for it.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lil 'un with big sound

      By oso

      from Texas

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Portable Comfortable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

        One of the best if not the best parlor guitar. Not a dread in tone, but very nice for the size. Especially nice for the price. Wish the string spacing at the bridge was a mite wider, but its not bad. Overall, you can not go wrong with this parlor.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice,nice, nice

        By Old Man

        from arkansas

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

          Very well made instrument. The top is well matched and the tone is perfect. It plays very smoothly with that back porch sound that is unique and pleasant at the same time. Your ears will not get tired of this guitar's voicing like other small bodied guitars. I really enjoy playing this guitar and it is almost impossible to walk by it without picking it up.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exactly what I was hoping for.

          By www.theflyersmusic.com

          from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Couch Guitar
          • Endorphin Release
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

          Amazing tones coming from this parlor guitar. It's a symphony unto itself. I bought this for my daughter and I've stolen it from her. I'm sorry. I'm sure a Martin parlor (priced around $2000+) would sound/play better--but I can't believe it's THAT much better. I own a Martin D-28 and an old Alvarez Yari, amongst others, and the AP70 holds it's own with these. Fantastic guitar! A lot louder than you would expect. Extremely comfortable to hold...pure joy to play. Love it. I'd buy it again in a second were something to happen to it. The black pick guard is cheesy, though, and I took it off immediately upon opening the package.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          For the money....Wow.

          By Dingbat

          from Eugene, OR

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Sound For The Size
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

            Considering that I got mine, as a restock for about half of street price, I'm impressed by the quality, sound and playability of this little gem.
            For the first week my Martin didn't even come out of the case in favor of this little lady. Then comparison began and the Martin still wins, but then again it better win at the $$$ range.
            I have no problem recommending this Alvarez AP70.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            FUN TO PLAY

            By UNCLE DOUG

            from SMETHPORT PA

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

                PLAYS GREAT .....I ALSO HAD A LITTLE BUZZING WHEN PICKING HARD.......MADE A SHIM OUT OF A THIN CREDIT CARD ...PLACED UNDER THE SADDLE ...FIXED THE BUZZ..THE PRICE WAS NICE 199 STUPID DEAL OF DAY ...THE SIZE IS PERFECT FOR NOODLING AROUND AT HOME ....VERY HAPPY GREAT GUITAR FOR THE MONEY

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Lovin' it!

                By Seldom Seen

                from Boulder, CO

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

                  Lovin' it! What a great little guitar and what a good (restock) price from Musician's Friend. It played beautifully right out of the shipping container - no setup or tweaking required! My wife said it was the best music she'd ever heard from me - and this was on the first strum - and we've been married twenty years!

                  Pleased with the nice low action, the trebly tone and the feel of this little lady. (This instrument is definitely a "lady:) Looking forward to getting to know her better. The 12 fret neck and the harmonic sustain are pleasing to the fingers and the ear.

                  My only gripe is the cheapy pick guard, which I immediately removed. This Alverez AP-70 parlor guitar looks so much better without it. My only regret is that I did not buy a hard shell case (yet) to protect her...

                  I have five other guitars and have been playing for over forty years. You won't go wrong with this little instrument - highly recommended. Five stars.

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