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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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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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    (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.


    First electric-acoustic

    By Newbieartist

    from Rochester, NY

    My roommate works at a guitar shop and he recommended this if I was looking for a nice electric-acoustic. He plays a Taylor 500 series which is obviously much nicer. However, I would place this guitar with the best of them simply for the value. It plays like a beauty, and has great action.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    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.


    great sound

    By Your Friend

    from greensboro, nc

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    Although this is my sister's guitar, I play it more than she does. It's a great beginner's guitar but it also is pleasing for me to play. The tuners are cheap but other than that it is great. The sound continues to impresses me.


    Amazing guitar!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I've had this guitar since I was in 5th grade (I'm in 8th now). This guitar is my 1st guitar (out of 3) and is probably my favorite. The tones it projects are amazing and let me do acoustic versions of songs by artists anywhere from Ac-Dc to Switchfoot! I actually played this at a friends party, and before I actually started playing I got paid just because it looked nice and sounded nice when I was tuning. My mom dropped this once and it landed on the neck, and it still is my favorite. Long story short, get this guitar! It's good for beginners to experts. By the way, I plan on playing this at my bands next gig and we play light Christian rock.


    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.



    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I love this guitar, I play it everyday probably a total of 4 hours for the past 2 years. It still looks and sounds beautiful...and changing the battery is actually as simple as unscrewing the volume control on the side and lifting it out, no need to bother taking the strings off. I would reccomend this guitar for players of all talent levels...5 stars.


    Excellent beginner AE

    By Roger White Jr.

    from Ashville,Alabama

    I have owned this guitar only a few weeks.. and i love the way it plays and sounds

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