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Alvarez Regent Series RC20SC Classical Acoustic-Electric Cutaway   

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Try your hand at "Spanish Fly" or "Roundabout," with the Alvarez RC20SC -- a guitar with classical heritage and modern features. Deep cutaway and act...Click To Read More About This Product

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Perfect crossover instrument for the electric or steel-string guitarist.

Try your hand at "Spanish Fly" or "Roundabout," with the Alvarez RC20SC -- a guitar with classical heritage and modern features. Deep cutaway and active System 200T electronics onboard make it ideal for the stage. Solid cedar top produces a deep, sonorous tone. Mahogany back and sides, black binding, and rosewood fretboard for stellar looks and feel.

  • Solid cedar top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Gold tuners

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Not what I expected

By The Next Joe Satriani

from AR

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I'm a classical guitarist and I bought this guitar for the electric feature. However, this guitar is not for the classical artist. It's sound doesn't carry when unplugged and the neck is far smaller than a true classical guitar, making it hard to play many pieces. However, I found it fun to play folk and blues on. But if you're looking for a guitar for classical studies, look into buying a hand-made one from a well-known luthier (Marin, Ramirez, etc).


Great guitar for the money

By Guitar Professor-qqnC2

from Anderson, SC

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Mine arrived almost in tune. I used my Peterson Strobe Tuner before I noticed the built-in tuner, which is almost as accurate as the $400+ Peterson.Out of the box, the guitar was not playable at all. I filed the bridge bone down from 6.00mm to4.00mm. Next, I filed the slots in the nut to lower the strings to .010 or .254mm at the first fret. Then it played like a dream, with that classical sound without the wide nut and flat fretboard. I love playing it, and would it all over again.


Okay for the price

By Desmo808

from Hawaii

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Coming from electric guitar, the RC20SC is fairly comfortable. The nut width feels slightly wider than your typical strat neck, and it feels slightly thicker. Based on the other reviews though, it isn't as big as a true classical neck, so it's somewhere between a strat neck and a true classical neck. If you're mainly an electric guitarist, but want sort of a "transition" nylon guitar, this is good. Overall I'm happy.There was something weird in my particular instrument. When I received it, there was a round piece of cardboard (same size as the sound hole) just loosely floating around inside the body. There was green overspray on it. Huh??!?!? I have no idea what that was about, but apparently the quality control guy at the factory may have been asleep at the wheel the day my guitar was rolling down the assembly line. I managed to get it out (the cardboard was very stiff from the paint on it), but it still sounds like there's a loose grain of sand floating around in there, and I can't get it out. Probably a flake of paint that came of the cardboard.I have yet to plug it into a proper amp, but through a DigiTech RP250 on the "direct" setting, going through an M-audio Delta 44 on the computer, it sounds so-so, nothing stellar. Unplugged, I'm very happy with the sound, but remember my background is electric, so I don't have much experience with classical tone. Overall I'm pleased, aside from that weird QC quirk.


Not for Classical Guitarists

By r-ja.com

from fayetteville, AR.

A classical guitar, but you can not play any classical piece on this guitar, because the neck is very narrow for a classical guitar, less than 1 3/4 inches. Other than that, it sounds good plugged or not, and it is a very beautiful guitar, specially the cutaway design.


Amazing Acoustic-Electric Guitar

By Rudie Mtz

from Mcallen,Tx

Ive been playing guitar for 5 years now and let me tell you this is the best acoustic-electrici have ever play the sound is very clean and the feel of it is great i highly recommend this guitar for anyone.


Not Truly Classical

By Papa Mike

from Mayodan, NC

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Bought the RC20SC because I wanted a nylon string guitar with electronics. I am very pleased with this instrument, but note, it is NOT a classical guitar. The finger board is narrow and radiused, not wide and flat. The guitar sounds good, whether using the electronics or not, and is typical Alvarez fit and finish (good for the money). I would recommend, but not if you want true classical instrument.

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