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Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Custom iconic Grateful Dead artwork on an affordable cedar-topped acoustic ideal for fans of the counterculture kings.

The Grateful Dead's relationship with Alvarez began in the 1980s, when both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir collaborated with Alvarez luthiers to create their own signature models. The team experimented with many shapes, from dreadnoughts to jumbos, and incorporated favorite attributes from both bandmates, like a Modulus neck and Tree of Life inlay. These designs culminated in Bob Weir's WY1BW, the result of years of fine-tuning, which Bob still plays today.

As part of Alvarez's 50th Anniversary they have created this special guitar (with two artwork options) to commemorate this long-time collaboration with the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Grateful Dead enthusiasts will love the official artwork, applied to the cedar tops by an innovative screen printing process, and all guitarists will appreciate the fine construction, playability and tone of these instruments. The Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary acoustic features a solid A grade western red cedar top, screen-printed under a flawless satin finish.

Other appointments include custom mother-of-pearl "Lightning Bolt" inlays, the band's iconic Dancing Bear on the back of the headstock, a rosewood fingerboard and bi-level bridge and 12th fret lightning bolt inlay. Both models are constructed using the Alvarez FST2M hand-finished, forward-shifted, scalloped bracing system for optimal performance and response.

Inspired by classic Grateful Dead images, the custom artwork designs on these guitars have been applied using a custom screen printing process. Thanks to Mother Nature, each guitar top varies slightly in both grain and color, making every Alvarez Grateful Dead guitar a unique instrument, just like every Grateful Dead concert was its own unique experience.
Use the drop down menu to choose from Montage, with its psychadelic collage of some of the Dead's most beloved imagery, or Flag, which has a design inspired by the cover art from the out-of-print 2013 release, Dave's Picks Volume 8, a live album featuring the counterculture icons' performance at the Fox Theatre in Georgia in Novermber of 1980.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body type: Orchestra/OM
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid A+ Western Red Cedar
  • Back & sides: Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Forward Shifted Pattern Scalloped X
  • Body finish: Satin
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Not specified
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24.9"
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Neck finish: Semi-gloss
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • Brand: Not applicable
  • Configuration: Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ: Not applicable
  • Feedback filter: Not applicable
  • Tuner: Not applicable
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay: Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut: Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body finish
  • Case: Sold seperately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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AlvarezGrateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (33)
  • Fun to play (32)
  • Stays in tune (28)
  • Good audio (25)
  • Consistent (22)

Cons

  • Flat sound (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (26)
  • Jamming (21)
  • Small venues (18)
  • Recording (12)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (10), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice Playing Guitar

I received this as a gift. The guitar looks very nice and I like that the top does not have a thick glossy finish. The finish is more like a Seagull guitar. It...Read complete review

I received this as a gift. The guitar looks very nice and I like that the top does not have a thick glossy finish. The finish is more like a Seagull guitar. It has a nice bright sound to it, and plays very nicely. I am pleasantly surprised. I find it compares pretty well with a Seagull guitar (I have two of them). I am putting a pickup in it so I can play it around town.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor quality control

This is the second one of these that I have purchased. I got a Montage one a while back and liked it a lot. This time I thought to try the flag model....Read complete review

This is the second one of these that I have purchased. I got a Montage one a while back and liked it a lot. This time I thought to try the flag model. This one was totally unplayable. I played one E chord on it and the high E string broke. Could just be bad luck. After replacing it, tried to play around further. Couldn't play open position chords due to the fret buzz. At higher frets the buzz was gone, but the action was so high that it was unplayable. No amount of adjustment could fix these issues. Had to return it. Fortunately, MF is good about their return policy. No questions asked. Just send it back. On the other hand they are also bad about returns in that obviously, from the repackaging, this guitar had already been returned by someone else. This has happened to me a lot with MF. They sell a lot of items as "new" when they are not. In this case it was returned for a reason. it is dishonest to try to sell it to someone else.

Reviewed by 45 customers

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4.0

This is a great guitar for the money. I would buy it again

By The Wizard

from Savannah, GA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

    This is an easy playing guitar.

     
    4.0

    Great value for the price.

    By Country Parson

    from South Central Nebraska

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

      I primarily strum as accompaniment with voice. I bought both montage and flag models. Montage is more mellow. Flag a bit brighter. Each has its own sound and both are good. The cedar top gives it a sound I like. At the price I paid for each from MF, two really great buys.

       
      4.0

      Good Collectors item, decent player

      By Al Varez

      from Palm Beach

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • np gig bag

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

      This is an okay guitar for a collector, in 30 years it will be worth something
      No this is not a gigging guitar nor a acoustic for campfires or the like it is a collection peice.

       
      5.0

      Happy with this purchase

      By music man

      from Elkton Virginia

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

        Bought this guitar as a wall hanger in my collection. Quality is good sound is full and is comfortable to play. I believe I will take this one with me whenever I am camping where there is no electricity for my acoustic/electrics.Great Looks to this guitar and great price.

         
        5.0

        A great deal on a great guitar!

        By ketchikanchris

        from Ketchikan, AK

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Just playing it for fun.

          Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

          I bought this guitar for its novelty and the excellent price. It's my first Alvarez guitar ever. It plays great and has a nice voice. Excellent construction and appearance. A nice fingerstyle guitar.

           
          5.0

          Dang!

          By gitnoob

          from Pathetic Northwet

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

            Got this for my daughter, primarily for the cool factor. What a pleasant surprise. Very cleanly built, very LIGHTLY built (unlike most Alvarez guitars I've played in the past).

            Short scale, wide nut, and slim neck profile. The perfect finger picker.

             
            5.0

            supprising little guitat

            By MrBuz

            from Walla Walla WA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

              adjusted the action, put my favorite strings on it, and went to playing. Everyone should own one or two of these for the price. Great piece from Alvarez, love it!!!!

               
              5.0

              I liked it so much ,I bought both models

              By Gggrrateful guitar lover

              from Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Absolutely no cons

              Best Uses

              • Great all around guitar
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

              As everyone else has already said, I wasn't expecting the quality this guitar possesses . Its a great little guitar . Very well built and accurate. All the seams are tight and clean. The bracing is scalloped for better tone and resonance . The graphics are clean and crisp. It plays easy. Although i did take mine in for a professional setup . That little bit of effort made a good guitar into a GREAT guitar. I now play it more than my Martin .
              1. Because i dont have to keep it in a case ,i can leave it setting beside the chair and not worry so much about it getting damaged .Its much much cheaper than my D28 so not as worried about it getting a scratch or ding.
              2. Because its a great little go to guitar with lots of tone and punch. Great for sitting around jamming or for when an idea pops in your head.
              3. I love the feel of it. I actually bought both styles now.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This guitar is a serious steal at this price.

              By nspdx

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • rings like a bell
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • not for the hard stummer -it's cedar

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

                I pre-ordered the montage in spring of 15, got it that summer. I love mine! It rings like a bell and has a nice richness to it. It is affected more than my other guitars by aging strings. With a new set (EJ16's for me) of strings, it sounds like a dream! The neck profile is wider and a bit thicker than my other steel string acoustics and the string spacing throughout is on the wider end of the spectrum, great for fingerstyle or arpeggiated pieces -which is a perfect fit for the cedar top and tone. The build quality is really top notch, very clean. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this as a good buy at full price (I did use a 15% coupon), but at the prices that they've been at lately, these guitars are a serious steal!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow! What a wonderful guitar!

                By bakaguy

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Acoustic Guitar:

                  I love the classic look of it with the Flag graphic. When taking this guitar out of the box I found myself blown A-W-A-Y! I expected some cheesy import slop with the kitschy graphics and el cheapo everything. NOT so. It is absolutely beautiful, 100% perfect. I own many guitars, lost count at around 50, so it's not my first rodeo. I gave it the usual close inspection and I cannot find a flaw in the workmanship ANYwhere. Nothing. No glue drips, no binding flaws, the inlay is perfect. It is solid as a rock. The neck is a rounded profile that's not too fat, not too thin. Just right. The fretwork has no sharp ends, no uneven spots anywhere. It is awesome and plays like a dream. Everything is done so well with attention to every detail. I simply can't say enough! The action is perfect to me, not low like an electric, so don't expect that. It's what you WANT in a new acoustic so the saddle is tall enough for adjustments on down the line. ALL acoustics ship that way. Better to err on the higher side than lower. Any guitarist worth their salt should know how to work on their guitar, like changing the oil in your car. It rings like a bell. That's what an acoustic guitar is all about. Hit the chords with no buzz! No holes cut into it, loaded up with stupid built in tuners or electronics. Clamp on a tuner to tune it & mic it if you need it amplified. You don't put digital, computerized instruments on a vintage Indian motorcycle, same for a traditional acoustic instrument. That's how they are meant to be. You add holes & doo-dads, you change the resonance of the wood. I own Larrivee', Taylor and Gibson acoustics, along with custom made stuff. THIS guitar sounds/plays as good as ANY of them. Truly amazing clarity and tone. The intonation is spot on. It stays in tune and I can't put it down! It's THAT nice. The solid cedar top gives it a super nice voice with plenty of volume and even tones. Does not have a label stating where it was made, but at this price, it's obviously Asia.

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