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Alvarez Regent Series RD8C Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Cutaway   

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An affordable acoustic-electric by a very well-respected maker.

Alvarez has a distinguished reputation for providing extremely high-quality instruments at very accommodating prices. This Regent Series RD8C makes exceptional Alvarez acoustic-electric sound available to guitarists with a built-in preamp and 2-band EQ. Construction features a select spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and genuine rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The RD8C dreadnought's top binding and an original bridge shape combine with chrome die cast tuners and a unique pickguard design to make a visually stunning guitar.

  • Acoustic-electric cutaway dreadnought
  • Preamp with 2-band EQ
  • Select spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Chrome die cast tuners

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


The Best Guitar for the Money Hands Down!

By Ty Meador

from America

Overall this guitar is a great by. i happend upon mine at a pawn shop for a great price and it is by far the best deal ive gotten on an instrument. As I stated before, the tuners could be a little better. one good thing I can say about them though is this, Though they detune at a somewhat faster rate than I would expect, they all detune at the SAME rate. this means that you don't realize that the instrument is out of tune until you play with someone who is in tune. I would recommend this instrument to any beginning, amature, or Experienced Guitarist. I have played it on stage with no complaints. Though, once you reach the "Professional" rank, you may want to upgrade.
The Lack of a Built in Chromatic tuner is a little disappointing, and the tuners should definatly be replaced on purchase. though, only seasoned muscians can usually tell the difference, the tuners do allow the guitar to go out of tune a little faster than normal.
The quality of the Instrument is great. if you are a beginning acoustic guitarist, you will find no better introductory guitar than this. Alvarez makes quailty instruments at an affordable price, and this is certainly one of them.
This thing sounds amazing. it sounds as though it costs twice as much as it actually does. and the action is great.

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Very Nice

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've had this guitar for three years now. Got it several Christmases ago. It came with an awesome case, that definately protects this guitar without any question. It's a great guitar for the price. I've used it in several live situations, and it hasn't failed me. I love jamming on it at home. Since it's an acoustic-electric its incredibly versatile. As with all guitars, it sounds awesome with some new strings. I threw on some Elixers once and this guitar shined. It's a pain in the butt to change the battery, as with most acoustic-electric guitars. Other than that it's a great guitar. Wouldn't sell it or trade it at all.

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After 3 years...

By OxfordMan

from Gaithersburg, MD

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This is really a good, solid instrument. It won't sound like a Taylor because it isn't a Taylor. With the right strings it has a well-balanced tone, easy action, and holds a tuning quite well.Yes, changing the battery is a pain, but don't unscrew the preamp for this. I play unplugged more often than not, so I just replace the battery whenever I restring.The bad news: After almost 3 years my preamp completely died.The good news: 1 call to Alvarez's parts department (call the number on the contact page of Alvarez's site) and they immediately shipped out a free replacement preamp (5 year parts warranty). I installed it in 10 minutes and everything is as good as new.

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Git er done Alvarez

By Nite Wolf

from Tijeras, NM

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Alvarez makes very fine instruments, so what more can I say that everyone has not already said about this guitar. It sounds and plays like instruments costing 3-4x's as much. It has great tone unplugged and sounds excellent plugged into an amp. I use it on stage with a vintage 100W Marshall stack through the clean channel. I like the sound better than through the PA, and this gives you solid sound presence on stage. I also have a Hughes Kettner 60w combo for smaller venues that this guitar sounds beautiful through. For all of you whiners who cry about changing the battery here are a few tips. You can take out the 4 philips screws and remove the EQ and change the battery that way. You can also perform a one time fix that is brainless. Cut the battery wires and extend them to the desired length to position the battery where it is close enough for you to get at easily. Stick a small piece of Velcro to the inside of your guitar box where you want the battery located. Make a small holder for the battery out of velcro and stick it to the inside of the guitar. Solder and shrink wrap the battery wire extensions.

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By blk_pwdr86

from Wichita, KS

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Only 1 word to describe this one, awesome. I only wish it had onboard tuning capabilities. That's the only drawback. I haven't had to change the battery yet, but I'd probably go with the feller that said to remove the preamp and get to it that way, just wouldn't want to do that a lot, eventually the wood would probably get stripped out and the screws wouldn't do much then. This guitar came with Elixers and I think I'm sold to these strings.

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Great Guitar

By Double D-GGEmE

from Aiken, S.C.

I have owned this guitar for about three years. I play it daily. I have always liked the Alvarez brand but cannot afford the more expensive models and being a non-professional cannot really see spending the big dollars. But this guitar sounds and plays great. I play contemporary Christian music at my church and I am pleased with the sound of this instrument. The only short fall is the pre-amp/battery replacement. I am thinking about replacing with a better pre-amp like one with the built in tuner. Overall I would recommend this model to anyone who wants a great guitar but is on a budget.


Great sound, more than you would expect at any price!

By In Tune Music

from Gerrardstown Wv


  • the sound is amazeing,


  • battery location is other than ideal

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    I have owned several of these over the years. It sounds as good or better that big name brand guitars that cost much , much more. I bought an after market battery box online and solved the problem of the battery location being inside the preamp. The Rd-8 and RD-8c are probably the most UNDER RATED guitars I have ever played. Such a warm sound I would highly recommend this to ANYONE!

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    Amazing for the money

    By tstephenson

    from Troy, OH

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    I have an addicting taste for the nice taylor and martin guitars but not the wallet for them. If you're looking for a great guitar with sweet action and a great sound at a great price this is what you're looking for. If you treat this guitar nice it will do the same for you. The only thing I'm sketchy about is changing out the battery by unscrewing the control box. I'm almost afaid that it will mess up the drilled holes and I wont be able to get it back in tight, so I just loosen up the strings to change the battery. Either way that is a minor concern. Long story short, this is a great guitar for a small wallet, or even a great guitar for a big wallet looking for a nice secondary guitar.


    Happy With It All

    By justbassinblues

    from Purvis, MS

    I play bass but have been really wanting to play an acoustic. I just received this as a gift and could not be happier. It has a nice tone, easy playing neck and nice looking. Comes with a very good hard case. My buddy already plays it instead of his and he wants one. Just wish it came with a built in tuner.


    Watch out Washburn

    By woollymammoth

    from Crossville,TN

    I recieved this guitar a year and three months ago when I first got interested in playing. My buddy owns a music shop that sells alvarezes and I couldn't help but to notice the inticing melodic sound that came from this guitar. I was highly impressed. The action is great, though I do reccomend lowering it, and yes unfortunately the preamp is a pain but no big deal it's a great deal for the money. It beats my friend's guitars and they are all super expensive pieces that just don't quite cmopare. I wouldn't trade it for any other.

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