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Alvarez RD8 Regent Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar   

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Alvarez has a distinguished reputation for providing extremely high-quality instruments at very accommodating prices. This Regent Series RD8 makes tr...Read More

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An affordable introductory instrument by a very well-respected maker.

Alvarez has a distinguished reputation for providing extremely high-quality instruments at very accommodating prices. This Regent Series RD8 makes traditional Alvarez craftsmanship available to beginning guitarists with a select spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and genuine rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Top binding and an original bridge shape combine with chrome die-cast tuners and a unique pickguard design to make a visually stunning guitar.

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  • Select spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Chrome die cast tuners
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4.8

(based on 71 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A bargain for any level guitar player

I bought this guitar new 11 and a half years ago. To this day, it still sounds great. I upgraded the strings to a 0.13 to 0.56 and it still sounds great. It...Read complete review

I bought this guitar new 11 and a half years ago. To this day, it still sounds great. I upgraded the strings to a 0.13 to 0.56 and it still sounds great. It came with 0.12 Elixir strings, I believe and Elixirs are all I have had on it. I had it restrung this week and had the bridge pins replaced with Martin bridgepins. It is hard to believe how good this guitar sounds to not be priced with higher end guitars. For a guitar that is almost 12 years old, it still sounds great and has held up very well. I recommend keeping the good Elixir strings on it. I personally use Elixir Phosphur Bronze in 0.13 for this guitar and will likely drop back down to 0.12's when I get it restrung next time. Also, this guitar holds tune very well. I left it in the case for seven months without playing it. I went to tune it and only had to tune one string! When I use this guitar at church, we have to turn the microphone down or off.

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Pass It Up

I played one of these at my family reunion and was not impressed at all.It is a nice looking guitar but after the first strum I was upset.IF you are a strummer the sound is...Read complete review

I played one of these at my family reunion and was not impressed at all.It is a nice looking guitar but after the first strum I was upset.IF you are a strummer the sound is very muddy and unclear expected from a laminated top. Finger picking doesnt sound much better.The action was pretty low but the fretwork had alot of rough ends along the entire neck which brings me to my next problem...down the fretboard there was some fret buzz maybe from bad strings I dont know but I would not buy one of these guitars learning or not.I owned a Washburn D10S and I loved it. They are very nice sounding and the basics like action,intonation,fretwork where perfect.They also have a solid top which helps the sound alot.Save up your money and buy the Washburn or Taylor Big Baby.

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5.0

wonderful guitar

By Country girl

from spearish, sd

Mom bought this guitar for my 16th birthday 12 years ago. My first guitar I owned and still my favorite. Got the dark brown model, very pretty,sturdy made, sound was somewhat muffled at first. Would definitly recommend changing out the original strings, makes a huge difference. I've played yamaha's, fender, and martins, and still like the sound of my alvarez better.

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5.0

A bargain for any level guitar player

By hot_burrito_1

from Plano, Texas

Pros

  • Affordable Price
  • Expensive Guitar Sound
  • Hardshell Case Included
  • Stays in tune

Cons

  • No Neck End Strap Button

Best Uses

  • At Church Play
  • Learning

I bought this guitar new 11 and a half years ago. To this day, it still sounds great. I upgraded the strings to a 0.13 to 0.56 and it still sounds great. It came with 0.12 Elixir strings, I believe and Elixirs are all I have had on it. I had it restrung this week and had the bridge pins replaced with Martin bridgepins. It is hard to believe how good this guitar sounds to not be priced with higher end guitars. For a guitar that is almost 12 years old, it still sounds great and has held up very well. I recommend keeping the good Elixir strings on it. I personally use Elixir Phosphur Bronze in 0.13 for this guitar and will likely drop back down to 0.12's when I get it restrung next time. Also, this guitar holds tune very well. I left it in the case for seven months without playing it. I went to tune it and only had to tune one string! When I use this guitar at church, we have to turn the microphone down or off.

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5.0

Alvarez RD8C

By Sher Satterfield

from Hawaii

I have had my Alvarez RD8C for about 4 years.I purchased it myself (I am 61) after making a decision to teach myself to play. I didn't know anything about buying a guitar. I went to the only music store on the Windward side of Oahu. I didn't know was supposed to try out guitars until I found the one that sounded the best.I didn't even know how to strum at this point. I tried out the Alvarez for the feel and I loved the way it looked. I am still trying to teach myself but the AMAZING thing is that EVERYONE that has picked it up and played it LOVES IT!! Muscians have been trying to buy it from me for FOUR YEARS!!! The tone is excellent and the sound of this guitar is just beautiful. It has been played at my church many times and just sounds AWESOME. I will NEVER part with this guitar. I have Multiple Sclerosis and playing is really good for my coordination and dexterity and helps my mind to focus. If you get the opportunity to purchase a guitar like this one DO NOT PASS IT UP!!

 
5.0

absolutely amazing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is my first guitar. When I was shown the great wall of guitars, I kept coming back to the RD8M because even though I had very little experience it felt the most comfortable. I have never regretted getting this guitar and have a hard time looking at others because of how much I have grown to this guitar. only complaint is the occasional fret buzz

 
5.0

Good Value Guitar

By eric-UKR6s

from WV

This thing has taken quite a few hits against everything and is staying in shape. I'm not nearly an expert on acoustics but for messing around with it's nice, especially for the price.

 
4.0

Good for money, but...

By zander

from georgia

Its a great guitar out of the box.but after time, the quality starts to fade away. yes, this guitar CAN take someserious beatings. mine has like 3 dents ithink. but the neck is my main issue.after only a year it has already warpedive made many trussrod adjustments and theaction is still high.. good guitar for the moneybut it wont last forever.

 
5.0

The ultimate beginners guitar

By parkzone

from Philadelphia

I've been playing mine for about 8 years now since starting guitar. It's a great guitar. Besides not being very loud(you won't hear it at all next to a couple martins or something of equal value), the sound is much better than anything else in this price range. The action remains a bit high after adjustments, but that doesn't really affect the playability of the instrument that much. This guitar can take a beating(a plus if you're buying a for a kid), having given mine many nice dents and accidental bashes against the wall and it still continues to sound great. So if you're a beginner or buying for a beginner, definitely go with the RD8. I won't do you wrong.

 
4.0

Keeps Guild d55 in case

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought my rd8 so I could have a beater guitar sitting around while my Guild D55 stays in its case. The Rd8 looks a lot better in person, in fact when I saw it in the store I had to question why it was a $250 guitar. As for the sound, of course it is no guild/martin/taylor, not very loud, lacks some bass, but it is a nice sound with decent tone and I enjoy it. This is an excellent choice if you want to save the beatings on your custom guitars.

 
3.0

this guitar is ...

By i play guitar gooder than you

from rochester new yourk

I have own this guitar for about 5 years and it has been great for the kind of music I play, this is a great beginers guitar. I love this guitar but I need to get a better one because it is not good for me anymore. the tone is ok. This is a good guitar if you don't care about the tone.

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4.0

Nice Beginner Guitar

By ZCF

from Virginia

The people who are saying it compares to Martin/Taylor/Larivee/etc are full of it. It really doesn't. The guitar lacks bass and has an overall tin like sound. But that's in comparison to Martin/Taylor/Larivee/etc.It's a fine beginner acoustic guitar. It lacks volume, and is pretty muddy but with a few upgrades it can sound like a mid level guitar. I put a Tusq nut, saddle, and set of bridge pins on it and the tone became much clearer and deeper. If you're looking for a beginner guitar, or a guitar that you won't be afraid to bang around while your expensive one stays in it's case, this is the one. If you're looking for a cheap, but high quality instrument, this is not the one. With the upgrades, this guitar holds its own against my friends bottom end Martin and Breedlove guitars. But it lacks the volume and clarity of a solid top and the bass from the specific build and woods.

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