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No-nonsense entry-level dreadnought with terrific visual appeal and a great feel.
Alvarez brings 4 decades of experience in fine luthiery to beginning players with the RD10. Genuine mahogany back and sides add warmth to the select spruce top. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge are complemented by a stunning rosewood headcap with chrome die-cast tuners. Multiple body binding plus unique bridge, pickguard, and headstock inlay designs add a distinctive look.
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It is a fairly decent guitar. The neck is great and it stays in tune. The one issue I have with it though is that this guitar has a laminated top, sides, and probably back. This causes the guitar's wood to not age and produce a better sound, and over time even degrade. I will say though that this guitar is indestructable. I live in a college dorm, have no case, and my guitar survives. It is a great beginner guitar.
I recieved this guitar as a Christmas gift, and I did not know much about Alvarez. I was extremely suprised with the quality of this guitar's tone. For it's price, the guitar is nothing short of amazing. Everything I play sounds perfect.
This was my first guitar that I recieved for Christmas in 7th grade. Well it's been many years since then and I am a recording/touring musician playing and I've yet to write a song on any other guitar. She's mighty beat up, the neck is full of dents and nicks and the finish is worn off by heavy stumming. The point being that this guitar WILL LAST. I play other guitars on stage/studio and can now see why this guitar is priced like it is; the nut width feels narrow leading to a cramped feel and slowed action. Past the 12th fret any lead work sounds "plinky" The tuners have given me constant issues and should be replaced outright. Also I think the finish is a little to heavy, which dulls the tone. However this is a great starter, and is the cheapest spruce top i've seen. (Martin is using this Laminate thing and I have my doubts,) Buy this guitar and you'll get a long lasting friend who will take lots of abuse.
I bought this guitar sometime towards the end of July '06. I was looking for a new acoustic and had been to about 5 different music shops that week, played about 30-40 guitars ranging in price from $70-$3000 and this is honestly the best one I played out of all of them. The sound is just what I was looking for; the bass isn't too strong and the highs are nice and warm. The action was right on for me, not sure if this is due to the shop setup or factory setup. The only things I don't like about it are the lack of a strap button on the heel of the neck, the plastic nut, saddle and bridge pins. Nothing that can't be added or replaced. If you see this, or for that matter any Alvarez, pick it up and give it a try.
For this price, you can't beat this guitar. Alvarez does a great job of building guitars at the fraction of the price you would pay for the same American-made model. I've been playing for 2 years now and needed a cheap guitar to haul around and not feel guilty if it got banged up a little. Right out of the box this the RD10 sounds great with the stock Elixer strings. The neck is a little thicker than what I'm used to (Alvarez AJ60SC) but it's still a comfortable ride. I was extremely impressed with how good the action is for a "low-end" guitar. It's easy to barre and the rosewood fretboard makes scale, solo, and arpeggio work smooth.The pickguard is junk though, my fingernail leaves a permanent scratch, but that's minor compared to the guitar overall. Great sound, great price, fine craftsmanship, solid materials, and a finish that'll make others wonder how much you payed for it. I'm extremely happy owning this guitar. If you're in the market for an entry level acoustic or just starting, look no further than the RD10.
When I first got this guitar I was so excited to finally own an acoustic. The tone of this guitar is very well for the price of it. But, when trying to play in the upper frets it gets pretty hard to get into the fret to get a clear note. But overall it is a great guitar for someone starting out.