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Alvarez Masterworks Series MSD1 Small Dreadnought Guitar
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On the Alvarez Masterworks MSD1, the solid Engelmann spruce top with scalloped bracing and solid mahogany back work together to get very large tone f...Click To Read More About This Product
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Solid top and back with a small price tag for small players.
On the Alvarez Masterworks MSD1, the solid Engelmann spruce top with scalloped bracing and solid mahogany back work together to get very large tone from a small dreadnought. Sharp looks come from an abalone rosette, rosewood fretboard, maple binding, and nickel tuners.
Solid Engelmann spruce top
Solid mahogany back
Maple body binding
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They don't sell / make them anymore, so grab one if you can find one.
They're loud for the size, and get better with age! You can play one in the front passenger seat of a small car without stabbing the driver in the face. The gig bag is nice and well made but the guitar deserves a hard case. Had mine since Nov. 2005 and it's my go to - spur of the moment- pick it up and jam to the song on the radio ax.
They def- don't make em like this any more.
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Tried the Washburn Rover, tried the Martin Backpacker, tried the Martin Little Martin, and tried the baby taylor. This one is the best. Great sound. Great quality. Neck even allows for 14th fret! Sound is great because of the wood. Solid buy.
Best sounding out of all travel/mini guitars (out of the Taylor Baby's, Martin Mini's/Backpacker, Washburn Rovers, etc. Pretty steep for a travel guitar. Not something to keep in your car in a hot day, but something to keep around in a crowded apartment or dorm room. Best when taken to outings. Perfect for finger-picking and strumming (would say a moderate guitar). Recommended for ANYONE. Would buy if stolen (and have cash lying around).
I own this little gem of a travel guitar. Everything about this instruments screams quality, beauty an functionality. Gorgeous tight-grained spruce top, beautiful mohagany back and sides with cream binding plus abalone rosette and thin abalone slash on the 12th fret. Unbelievable tone for a small dreadnaught - just the right balance of bass/treble and mids. Comfortable neck and small size will have you strumming and picking for hours! You won't want to put it down!
I have this guitar for about one month, and the real thing is that I'm not tired of play it. Its the best of all the travel guitar (martin and co. and taylor). It have a rich and clean sound. Its a good choice. I recommended this guitar to everybody that is looking for a good guitar with the pourpose of travel and for playing in home to. It's Perfect.
I have mine for about a year now and while I was a bit disappointed with the sound at first it's now just coming into it's own. Out of the box the action and playability were very good, I didn't have to make any adjustments to the neck, but the sound was very dead - a lot of volume and projection but the dynamics and sustain just didn't cut it. However after a year of playing it, I'm much happier with the overall sound. As it's aged it's become much more expressive, with a brighter more sustained Tone that's now almost as good as it's bigger brothers. It travels with me almost everywhere including camping, it's a nice addition to a campfire sing-a-long. Fits on the overhead rack in an airplane without too much trouble. As with my other Alvarez guitars, it benefited from a change to D'Addario strings (I use the EXP15s). I'd definitely reccommend it as a travel guitar and the small size would make it very good for a kids guitar. And it gives all indications that the sound will continue to improve. On small heads up - it's a satin finish and I've already rubbed it shiny where I rest my hand/fingers.
I've owned this guitar for two months now and can't put it down. It has the best sound of the major travel guitars. I liked the feel and sound much better than the Taylor Baby, Backpack, Martins, etc. This is the closest to sounding like a full size guitar from a travel guitar that you're going to get. The guitar is well constructed with attention to detail. A bit pricey and I wouldn't leave it in a car on a hot day. The included gig bag is well made but I bought an SKB 300 case which is designed for the Taylor Baby and it fits perfect with one minor adjustment. You have to squeeze the foam at the spot the end pin enters the case for it to fit. I would definitely buy this guitar again.
I've tried lots of travel instruments and if you don't want to carry a paror size acoustic, this for the money really can't be beat. Sound wise this instrument, with the light Elisir strings it came with, had a very reasonable sound for its small body. The action is excellent; fretboard may be tight for those with extra wide fingers, but for medium length and thick size fingers, it is amazing what a stretch you can make, and fast... The quality of the build is truly excellent, thumbs up for Alverez on China's luthiers, "accept the bargain". I bought this little guitar in San Luis Obispo guitar shop over a year ago. I brought it with me to Iraq. It travels so easy and best it fits in the overhead compartment of any regular size airplane; you control it getting there safe. Since I have been here, two other guys have got them to learn on them - they love them - and a couple other guys are getting them also because they are just super. A genuine fun light guitar with super action, better than the other travelers that I've tried by a long shot. And I paid $100 more than Musician's Friend is selling them for. Cheers!