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Alvarez Masterworks Series MD90C Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Cutaway   

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Robust tone with well-articulated highs comes from the solid Engelmann spruce top on the Alvarez Masterworks MD90C while the System 600T MK II preamp...Read More

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Solid Indian rosewood back and sides, solid top, and cutting edge electronics.

Robust tone with well-articulated highs comes from the solid Engelmann spruce top on the Alvarez Masterworks MD90C while the System 600T MK II preamp/pickup subtly translate that gorgeous timbre into the electronic realm. Nickel tuners on the rosewood headcap combine with maple body binding and abalone rosette for a stunning stage visage.

  • Solid Engelmann spruce top
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Abalone rosette
  • Maple binding
  • Nickel tuners

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Alvarez - The only way to play!

By Danny Taddei

from Sweet Home Alabama!

There isn't much more to say that what I've typed above. Buy a Masterworks guitar and you'll be thinking like me, guaranteed!
First of all, I've owned all of the top end guitars and had them side by side to compare them. I'm not saying that to say I'm cool but so that you get a perspective of my opinion. I bought my first guitar when I was 8 and I'm turning 49 next in 2 months.OK - all of the Alvarez guitars are made super solid. This guitar is no different. I bought it new and it came perfect out of the box and the only thing I changed were the strings. The only thing I added was the microphone that is an option for the pick-up. The guitar itself is a fine grain sitka spruce top and rosewood sides and back. It is handcrafted solid wood. Each of the guitars are its own animal but all of them are truly excellent. I've had a few of them pass through my hands. They come with the 600T pickup system. The pickup is unquestionably the best sounding pickup I've used. The microphone part can be mixed to taste and you can easily feed back so be careful. For live use, I usually mix the mic lightly and use a sound hole cover to help suppress it. The neck and frets feel like someone really worked hard to make them easy to play. The back of the guitar vibrates more then any other guitar I've had - which means it is making BIG sound! The tone is so well balanced I hardly ever have to eq anything though on occasion I drop a little around the vocal range so it all sits in the mix better. I've become an Alvarez junkie - I admit it. I currently own an Alvarez Yairi CY110 (Nylon classical), Alvarez Yairi DY84K (Koa Dread) 1973 Alvarez Yairi 5065 (DY74 in later years), Alvarez MD90, MD90C, MD711C and a Stratocaster copy Alvarez electric. I sold my Martin HD28 and never looked back. The 5065 killed it. I sold my Taylor 810CE, both the MD90C and MD711C blew it away and for a fraction of the price - plus it was so much better made I was afraid the Taylor was going to come apart on me. (Take a tour of the factor sometime- You'll see what I mean. If I were Taylor I'd keep people out of there!). Getting wordy here...... The MD90C is one of the nicest playing, best sounding and most well made guitars I own. The only guitars that come close to it are other Alvarez Master Work guitars or the Yairi line. The electronics are the best you can get. You have mic or sound whole pick up options with it for about $50 bucks a piece and those are excellent. The electronics live a long time on a battery and the built in tuner is as accurate as any good tuner can be. The tuners are Grover - we all love Grover.... The intonation is perfect. There are no wolf tones that i can find. I love my Alvarez guitars and I'm paying for them - not sponsored!here is an Alvarez Yairi factory tour - Master Works guitars are made the same way but not by Yairi himself. The thing is, Yairi and Masterworks guitars are being made from wood that was brought to them in 1969 on a barge. Taylor ages their wood for a whooping 4 months at best. Martin makes good guitars but for about 3 times the price.
As I stated above, there is nothing second rate about Masterworks guitars
MasterWorks guitars are among the best guitars made and probably the best of all production guitars. The price is down around 1/4 to 1/3 of the price of anything that comes close.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've been playing guitar for about 10 years now, mostly as a hobby until recently as I've started writing music and performing. Our local folk music store had one of these guitars and I literally tried every Martin, Taylor, Guild, and Alvarez they had and this one sounded better than almost all of them (some over 3,000 dollars). Another GREAT thing about my purchase, Alvarez is discontinuing the MD90C for the 711, so this was on clearance,I will be picking the guitar up tomorrow and overall so far, this guitar is amazing. I played it for about 20 minutes and put it on layaway until I get my paycheck. If you get the chance to purchase this guitar for 1,000 or less, I highly suggest doing it. Well worth the money, this is a TOP OF THE LINE guitar. I'll write a more in-depth review once I get it and have a month or so with it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great guitar for $1000

By YangAce

from Pennsylvania

I purchased the Alvarez MD90C two months ago, and it still sounds as amazing! I mainly play acoustic, and I find that the bass of this guitar is amazing, but the midrange and highs sound mediocre. Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase because it was in the $1000 range. Eventually I may get a Taylor or Martin, but this one comes very close to the $3000-ish Taylors/Martins.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By axemonkey68

from Atlanta, GA

I had been looking for a mid-range acoustic-electric for some time. I was ready to pull the trigger on a Takamine EF360 or Seagull Mosaic CW. Both had great tone and looks as well. Then I played this Alvarez MD90C. Wow! It has a more full, balanced tone overall. You hear crisp, clear high end and good, rich lows also. The action was great too, as I don't have the world's largest hands. I could spend more for the "hey, look at me" factor, but why? This beats the other guitars' sound hands down, feels better, and has flawless wormanship. I couldn't be more stoked! I'm going back to get it this weekend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



By that old guy

from Kingston, PA

This guitar is well worth the money. Stage ready and a better sound than you will ever get from Martin for half the price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I love mine

By George Gesner

from The Villages, FL

A few years ago I started looking for an acoustic guitar to replace the Epiphone I had for over thirty years. As I got older, I developed arthritis in my smallish hands and fingers and the standard neck on my Epiphone got harder for me to play. One of the groups I play in is an advanced acoustic guitar workshop where I got to play an assortment of Martins, Taylors, and Alvarez guitars. I wanted a quality guitar with good sound and a slender neck for playability. The choices came down to the Taylor 110 and the Alvarez MD90 and the Alvarez just felt better in my hands. Because a lot of my playing would require amplification, I chose the MD90C. After almost a year, I still love my Alvarez and some of my friends who are die-hard martin players like it, too!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar and Resonably Priced Too!

By Mrdean19

from Jax FL

This is a great guitar. Bright sound and booming bass as well. I bought this guitar because I was wearing my Taylor 710 CE frets out for the secound time and I wanted to take it easy on it. But after owning a Taylor you get kinda spoiled with the tone. I wanted something that sounded really good but not so much money that it was always in the case for fear of beating it up. This guitar sounds great, looks great, is made out of all the right stuff, and plays almost as good as my 710. The only thing that is not as good as I hoped are the electronics. Even with the optional mic mounted in the sound hole they don't quite sound as good as I hoped. I tweeked it every way possible through my Acoustasonic SFX but still not the best sound from the electronics. But they are passable. Maybe I'm just spoiled. This guitar is well worth the money though. Not my Taylor, but darn close. Love the onboard tuner.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A must-have guitar

By Ron-JgBWK

from Acworth, GA

I have had this guitar now for two weeks and it continues to amaze me. For the money, you get a lot. Solid Englemann Spruce top, solid rosewood sides and back, abolone rosette, scalloped-bracing, etc. When I started looking for a new guitar, I tried several Martins, Gibsons and Taylors first. I was determined to spend a couple of thousand dollars. My search was narrowed to the Martin HD-28 and the Taylor 714CE. On a whim, I tried the Alvarez and was blown away. I couldn't believe the tone I was getting for the low price. I bought the guitar that same day and haven't regretted it. This is the best value guitar I know of and is well worth it. I look forward to it opening up so I can hear it's true potential.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Very Pleased

By Allen-sG.Z8

from Stokesdale, NC

Just got this guitar today and haven't been able to put it down. First the action is great! The strings that came on it were really good too. I think they are lights. The electronics are more than adequate however the battery was dead in mine but required no tools to change. This also has a built in tuner too. The case is not your typical hardshell. It looks like a hardshell gigbag but plush inside w/ hygrometer. As for the guitar, I can find no flaws in the one I have.

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