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Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary OM Montage, Left Handed   

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The Grateful Dead's relationship with Alvarez began in the 1980s, when both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir collaborated with Alvarez luthiers to create th...Click To Read More About This Product

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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: Left handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Not specified
  • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany info not available
  • Scale length: 24.9"
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Neck finish: Semi-gloss
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • 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 OM Montage, Left Handed
 
4.3

(based on 4 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Recording (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

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4.0

With a light touch this guitar sings! More than expected!

By Gear Howg

from Vacaville, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Bright Tone Presentation
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Artwork
  • Rewarded witth light touch.

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fingerpicking
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues
    • Songwriting
    • Waxing Nostalgic

    Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary OM Montage, Left Handed:

    This is a good guitar! But if the artwork doesn't mean anything to you...you may want pass.

     
    5.0

    I wish everyone could build guitars like this.

    By scuba

    from Campbell CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • setup out of box is A+
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • comming up with new licks
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues
      • writing new songs

      Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary OM Montage, Left Handed:

      I have many guitars close to 100 but this is the one I pick up day after day for all around fun. It is the best out of box setup I have ever seen and I have both models. As with many of my Alvarez guitar they are vary well made and you can see that great care is taken in building the guitars.

       
      5.0

      So glad I got this!

      By Brian

      from Ashburn, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary OM Montage, Left Handed:

        As a Greatful Dead fan I wanted one of these when they were first released. I didn't get one until November of 2016 when they went on sale as the stupid deal of the day on muscians friend. I already owned 14 guitars and couldn't justify the last 12 much less another one.
        I mainly play electric, but practice and noodle on accoustics at home. I mainly play a 1982 Guild Limited Edition acoustic/electric. I have to say that despite being a Chinese import, this Alvarez plays and sounds light years ahead of my Guild which is a very nice guitar.
        I was so impressed with the Greatful Dead model by Alvarez that I'm seriously looking into their other models to get one with electronics to play out with and hang this one on a wall in my studio to take down to enjoy in a more hospitable environment.
        I really can't believe that there are any more of these left in stock.

         
        3.0

        I would buy this again.

        By Todd

        from Fraziers Bottom, WV

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary OM Montage, Left Handed:

          This Guitar has a pretty good sound once you get it tuned in good, I was really supprise with the sound.

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