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Alvarez AG660ESHB Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Artist Series AG660ESHB is an elegant, cosmetically rich Grand Auditorium guitar with a powerful and open sound. The solid mahogany top with glos...Click To Read More About This Product

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Special bracing and all-mahogany construction pair up with B-band electronics for a guitar that is sure to please.

The Artist Series AG660ESHB is an elegant, cosmetically rich Grand Auditorium guitar with a powerful and open sound. The solid mahogany top with gloss finish helps produce a focused tone making this instrument great for recording and live work. The Shadowburst finish on the 660 is stunning, carefully crafted to produce a mirror deep shine and sophisticated appearance. It is fitted with the SYS250 3-band EQ with notch filter and backlit digital tuner.

Along with a more angled headstock, the AG660ESHB features their bi-level bridge which increases string tension by making the break angle of the strings from the saddle to the top more acute. Improved string tension adds to the sound, feel and response, which are also heightened by the use of a real bone nut and saddle.


Artist Series
Each model of the Artist Series is designed to get the best out if its components, and for them to work together to produce balance, lively projection and great response. These components include our FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tonewoods and a thin finish. The FST2 is a forward shifted X brace design. This means the axis of the X is closer to the sound hole and therefore creates a larger soundboard area allowing for more energy and vibration to be harnessed. Both the X braces and asymmetric tone bars are carefully scalloped. The scalloping design was the result of years of continual development in their Yairi workshops.

The Artist Series sound and personality is open and powerful. FST2 also creates very good balance so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other. Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play; no matter if you are strumming hard or picking lightly, the guitar will do what you ask of it.

Alvarez Guitars
After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes and materials is still at the heart of Alvarez culture. Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes. Tonewoods are carefully cured; components such as neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques used are continually researched and developed, and the tone is impeccably crafted and married to a stable, consistent and lively sound box.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body			
Body type: Grand Auditorium
Cutaway: Non-cutaway
Top wood: Solid African Mahogany
Back & sides: Mahogany
Bracing pattern: Forward shifted pattern Scalloped X
Body finish: Semi-gloss with gloss top
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Info not available
Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Mahogany
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Number of frets: 21
Neck finish: Semi-gloss
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: Yes
Brand: B-Band 
Configuration: Sidemounted preamp
Preamp EQ: 3-band
Feedback filter: Notch, Phase
Tuner: Yes
Other
Headstock overlay: Rosewood
Tuning machines: Premium Chrome
Bridge: Rosewood
Saddle & nut: Real Bone
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Tonewoods
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

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AlvarezAG660ESHB Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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4.0

Visually beautiful and tonally rich guitar!

By Jim

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Alvarez AG660ESHB Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    MF blew this one out the week of 11/13/17 for a ridiculous price that was indecent!. What a score! The pictures don't do it justice as it's every bit as beautiful as a Taylor 300 series. And the tone can actually compete with the Taylor very well. I know because I played everything my local music shop had in the 300 and 500 Taylor series.So quite a deal at 1/10th the price!
    But this guitar has an issue and that is a small hump on the bass side where the neck meets the body at the 14th fret. I've chased out all of the fret buzzing I can with truss rod adjustments, but the fret buzz remains on the B-G-D strings on the 12th fret only. Now I'm left with shimming the saddle to increase the action height to get rid of the buzz. And who the he..ck wants to make the action higher? What bums me out is that MF did not hold 1 or two back during the blowout sale just in case there was a defect with any of these guitars. And they are unwilling to make any concessions on a folk size model. So...either I raise the action or just use it in the first position :< (.
    But if you can find one that is problem-free, this is a very nice guitar with a rich tone and a very playable neck even at the street price of 1 less than a half thousand.

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