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Alvarez Regent Series RF20SM Mahogany Folk Acoustic Guitar

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Solid mahogany top, and mahogany back and sides produce a dark lush look as well. Die-cast tuners for solid tuning....Click To Read More About This Product

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All-mahogany construction for sweet, dark sound.

Solid mahogany top, and mahogany back and sides produce a dark lush look as well. Die-cast tuners for solid tuning.

Solid mahogany top
Mahogany back and sides
Die cast tuners

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Great little solid top guitar

By MDB-i580m

from Coatesville, PA

I bought this little guitar as a travel guitar to avoid having to take my J45 and risk damage. It turns out I play this guitar almost as much as my Gibson. I won't tell you they sound the same or are even comparable, but for the money you can't find a better guitar. The sound is bright and projects well. Mine has a slim neck great for my medium sized hands. The guitar has brought many compliments for its looks and sound. The one thing I didn't like were the Elixer strings. They started to peel within days. I don't know if the factory used a cheaper grade string than is on the comsumer market or what. I've used Elixers before and didn't have the problem. It was an easy fix though, so not points off. Go to a store and play one.


Great guitar

By Mike-8.ubp

from Indiana

I started off playing an electric squire and wanted a nice acoustic one. I tested every guitar at 2 different shops. Fenders, Washburns, Gibson's, Martins and others. I had never played an Alvarez and when I played this one I knew it was the right sound. Sure Martins are nice, but I want to take mine outside or camping or to a friends house. This is one I can live with forever.

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By wildernessgc

from carp lake, mi

My wife bought me this gem on father?s day. Boy was that a treat, it was my first guitar; I had no idea what I had. A customer of mine who plays for a living played it the first week I had it and he said he wanted one. He wanted to go get one that day. The sound is incredible. The more experienced I get the more I like it. Everyone who has played it says the action is great and it is easy to play. By the way the person who played the guitar is in a Beatles band and he played quite a few rock songs and I play contemporary Christian they both play well.


beautiful sound, looks and smell!

By Jmesroc

from Gonzales, California

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This is a great guitar. I own an Alvarez artist series that I dont want to damage, so I decided to buy this little one for post-surfing. I've always wanted a folk style and its great. My guitar has a rattle at about the 5th fret but its okay, and that may be only on the particular guitar I got. I think its a great bargain. Its got a great bright sound with definite sustain and crisp tones. Pearl inlay and white pint striping across the top makes a great looking guiar. Alvarez makes great stuff for cheap prices allowing consumers to trust what they make. The other reviewer that mentioned the Mohogany aroma wasn't kidding. Get it, you wont regret the purchase.


Not perfect but Under-Rated, Recommended Guitar

By Arkansas Boy

from Next to Oklahoma

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Alvarez has been at this a while. This little mahogany guitar rates 100% in my book. The fit and finish is excellent. Solid mahogany top sets this guitar apart from all others. It's not loud, but it is toneful and as described darker in tone than a spruce topped guitar.The shape is way comfortable and beautiful, retaining some of yesteryear's styling with the broad shoulders. The laminated mahogany sides and backs are still book-matched, amazing.The neck is thin, think electric and fast, somewhat Taylor-esque, not a vee. The headstock is stylish and adorned with lightweight closed gear tuners. The body of the tuners look like Ping, yet the buttons look like Grovers, but are lighter in weight than Grovers, perfect for this OOO size guitar.The coated light Elixirs are sweet. I don't buy this expensive a string for any of my guitars, Taylors, Martins, or small shop Luthier-made. So in six months they will be gone. They are good strings and I was surprised to find them on this Alvarez.In your package look for two hang tags on this Chinese made guitar: Elixir and Alvarez inspection and notation of the neck action setup. They just want you to know, they take this seriously. The included allen wrench makes sure you have the correct size. Don't mess with it unless you know what you are doing. Mine will get a slight tweak after it's been around a few weeks.Now to the most important comment I can make regarding this guitar. It is not loud. It has great tone, but it is a quiet, which is not always bad. Acoustically live guitars are prone to feedback when amplified. This guitar will get a soundboard pickup system and it's lower acoustic responsiveness will work perfectly. Don't think of this as a negative comment, it's not. Just an honest assessment. This is plenty loud for a living room or bedroom, but beyond that it will need to be miked or have a pickup added.Cheers, I love this little guitar, great job Alvarez. How do you thank a factory worker in China? I guess you buy their guitars and write a positive review. 16DEC2008 Bruce D.



By mpahah

from Salem, AL

The more time I spend playing this guitar the more I like it. It sounded awfully "sharp and ringy" at first, but thats just a folk guitar for you. Whats cool is that I dropped an i-beam in this baby and it sounds UNBELIEVABLE plugged up. This guitar was cheap but it can definately hold its own. Its nothing flashy but it does have that alvarez quality and sound. Good guitar for me but it took a little work. If you want something that sounds as soft as a winter coat, I would go with another model. I highly recommend Alvarez!


Alvarez RF20SM

By Justinkredible7

from Columbus, GA

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I have owned this guitar for about three years now. It's really a great deal with it's awesome looks and sound. It's thin neck, small body, and great action make it a breeze to play. Also, I put a pickup in it, which makes it sound better than ever! I love it and would suggest it to anyone learning to play or especially someone who's wanting a good guitar, but's on a tight budget.


great guitar

By Hello MAN

from LA, CA

As I opened the box the aroma of the rosewood was absolutely wonderful. In fact, I had to take a few minutes and savor the fragrance. The appearance is not overwhelming but what it lacks in looks it makes up for in tone and playablity. This guitar was set up perfectly out of the case. The action is great and the sound is genuine Martin. I don't want to put it down.I was somewhat hesitant on ordering a guitar. I was leaning towards one I had played and seen. Boy I surer am glad I didn't make that mistake. That's exactly what it would have been a mistake not to have ourchased this guitar.If you have any reservations about this guitar I feel you will be completley satisfied as I am.Good Luck and Happy strumming.



By stringbender55

from Wichita Falls, TX

i been playing off and on for like 10 years, but i picked up this gorgeous piece at a pawn shop today. and it's still near mint condition. tomorrow i buy a case for it, something i rarely do for my instruments.


BUY IT!!!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

dude, for three hundred bucks you can't get any better! sure, for a couple hundred more dollars you could get some really expensive wood, but the mohogany is very nice. This guitar looks great, the strings are fairly close to the neck so it's easy to play, the action is nice, it tunes well and stays in tune, for sometimes days even in the higher frets. The tone is crisp and clear. I recomend using Martin Acoustic Light strings, and picks .60 millimeters or under.


Beautiful Instrument

By Jeff-o.Gx5

from Ohio, USA

I have owned this guitar for 2 years. It was my first guitar and was love at first site. I have been a hobbyist woodworker for most of my life and really appreciate or admire the beautiful mohogany as well as the workmanship. The sound is very nice, mellow, soulful. I don't regret buying this one in particular, not for an instant. I learned to play on this guitar and it was a great choice. Two years later I wouldn't thing of trading it or upgrading to a more expensive guitar.I haven't seen another one like it around, and I get a lot of compliments on both the sound and the appearance. If I were to change anything it would be to have a custom bone nut and saddle. The original ones are plastic, the only things I dislike about it.I keep mine on display in my bedroom on a wall hanger. I'm proud of it and can't play it enough. If anything were to happen to it, I would replace it with an identical guitar, as long as I could find one, in a heartbeat. I would highly recomend this Alvarez guitar to anyone from beginner to expert musician. I love mine.Sincerely,JeffOhio



By TheGuitaristWhoCouldFitInYourPocket

from The South

I went to my guitar lesson without my guitar one day (long story) and they handed me one of these to play. That particular one, in shipping, had a forklift driven through the soundhole and it had been repaired. I loved it, I wanted it, right then, damage and all. So they ordered me a new one. I had a guitar before that one, but this guitar is the one for me. My hands are small and this guitar is perfect. I like the fact that the guitar is not flashy, it's subtle and the sound is very warm and mellow. I put D'Addario Brass Phosphor strings on it, and I like them better than the Elixir strings it came with.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a Great little guitar. There are far more expensive guitars that don't come close to the sound quality of this guitar. It has a really nice understated appearance yet the all mahogany top, back, and sides are aesthetically beautiful and produce a truly sweet sound. The craftsmanship is much better than anyone would expect from a guitar this price. I bought mine for a traveling guitar to strap on the back of my motorcycle. I have many guitars including a GS Taylor that I use for gigging and recording, but I grab this little sucker more and more around the house to compose with. It's fun to play. You can't go wrong with this guitar. Awesome bargain. I bought another for my Son.

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