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Alvarez Masterworks Series MC90 Classical Guitar
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The Alvarez Masterworks MC90 sports solid Indian rosewood back and sides, and a solid Western cedar top with precision scalloped bracing -- features ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Perhaps the finest classical guitar in its price range!
The Alvarez Masterworks MC90 sports solid Indian rosewood back and sides, and a solid Western cedar top with precision scalloped bracing -- features usually found only on guitars costing twice this much. Elaborate mosaic rosette, rosewood body binding, a rosewood headcap, and gold tuners with tortoise buttons make it look as beautiful as it sounds.
- Solid Western cedar top
- Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
- Rosewood fretboard
- Gold tuners with tortoise buttons
- Mosaic rosette
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Love this guitar, sounds great and feels nice.
My MC90 was forwarded to me while I was working in Baghdad, Iraq. It was stolen from my companies mailroom, however, thankfully it was recovered in short order and I have been able to enjoy it since. I travel extensively, the MC90 will be accompanying me to Al Fasher, Sudan next. Like all of the other Alvarez guitars I own, it is an exceptional instrument/value. It tuned beautifully, the neck is very playable; the action "is not high", and the neck "is not too wide", as other reviews have indicated, and I have small hands at that! It is a very aesthetically pleasing guitar, and as for tone, it is bright and I'm sure as it ages, will become even better. I have had nothing but good experiences with Alvarez, simply one of the best for the money.
I'm not a performer, and I'm not a technician, but I do like to play guitar for personal enjoyment. I found the Alvarez MC 90 to be easy to play because of its thinner neck. The warm lower register is really, really nice. The upper strings just sparkle. It's given me the sound I've been trying to achieve with a less expensive guitar. I should've stepped up to the MC 90 long ago. It makes me sound like a better player than I really am. Sound. Cosmetics. Playability. This guitar has it all.
Very pleased with this guitar. My first classical. Alvarez did a great job of preserving the classical guitar history. Doubtful if there is a better combo of solid woods, tone and build quality out there. The "made in China" on the label should not be seen as a negative in this case. If you have the cash, get one. One minor issue is with the case provided. Ad says "hardshell". It came with a cream colored nylon covered hard foam lined case. It is pretty nice, with embroidered Alvarez logo, hygrometer (very inaccurate). Why couldn't a photo of that case be included in the ad? Just so people know up front. I'm pretty old school and prefer the wood and latch style cases. Again, for the price, great value.
After 8 years of playing my Yamaha CG 100A classical guitar, mainly folk and classical, I felt ready to move up in quality. The Alvarez Masterworks Series MC 90 I bought played competently, but didn't have that "Wow" factor I expected. My Yamaha sounded more alive and had more volume. Maybe if I were a better musician I would see the subtle qualities of the Alvarez. But for the price, I don't feel it's that much of an improvement.
When I first went to look for a classical guitar I wasn't expecting to spend much, but when I played this one I knew I had to have it. Over a year later I still pick it up and am totally amazed at the sound of the guitar whenever I play. I've gone to many guitar shops and played many guitars and have only played one guitar so far that I've considered comparable to this one in sound and playability in all price ranges. I recently moved from Mississippi to California also, and whenever I arrived and pulled out my guitar it was only slightly out of tune, which totally amazed me, and I was up and playing a couple minutes later. In any case, the guitar is extremely attractive and I have yet to find one single thing I don't like about it. The only thing you may want to consider is playing it before you buy it, because the fretboard is pretty wide and the strings are a bit high, but that's the way I like it personally.