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Alvarez AF66SHB Folk Acoustic Guitar Shadow Burst

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After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of t...Click To Read More About This Product

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Designed with the artist in mind.

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

The Artist Series sound and personality is open and powerful. For a more focused sound with fewer overtones, choose a mahogany top. For power, go for Sitka. For warmth and response to a lighter touch, choose a cedar top.

The term solid top refers to the soundboard of an acoustic guitar being made of solid wood, rather than being laminated. However, just because the top is solid, it does not necessarily mean the sound automatically benefits from this feature. The tone of the instrument only improves significantly when the whole guitar is built correctly to optimize the energy a solid soundboard can generate. Artist Series is built to do exactly this.

Each model 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 the FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tone woods and thin finish.

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. FST2 also creates very good balance so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other.

The high-gloss natural finish is flawless, carefully crafted to produce a mirror deep shine. It is fitted with the SYS250 3-band EQ with notch filter and backlit digital tuner.

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.

FEATURES
  • Features: Solid A+ Western Red Cedar Top Mahogany Back and Sides High Gloss Finish
  • SYS250 3-Band EQ w/Tuner
  • FST2M - Forward Shifted Scalloped Bracing
  • Real Bone Nut and Saddle
  • Rosewood and Abalone Rosette
  • Bi-Level, Polished Rosewood Bridge
  • Rosewood Fingerboard w/ 12th Fret Inlay
  • Mahogany Neck w/Semi Gloss Finish
  • Rosewood Headstock Plate
  • Premium Chrome Tuners
  • D’Addario EXP16’s
  • 1-3/4 in. (44.45mm) nut width and 24-3/4 in. (630mm) scale length

Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play. Try one today.

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AlvarezAF66SHB Folk Acoustic Guitar
 
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5.0

Incredible Bargain, Great Tone

By Jeff

from Southeast Michigan

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  • Consistent
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune

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      Comments about Alvarez AF66SHB Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      I am an intermediate player who hasn't played for a number of years due to a finger injury. I couldn't afford the 1700 guitar I used to own and was determined to find a quality, good sounding guitar for under 400.
      This Alvarez is it. I played dozens of guitars in this price range and nothing else came close. Some looked good but sounded cheap. Others were just plain ugly.
      I play a little finger style and some rhythm with a pick and it works well for both. I love the relatively wide comfortable neck. After the first few days it stays in tune, has great tone and rings forever. It's got a definite "mahogany" character. I appreciate the choice of D'Adarrio EXP strings. It shows that Alvarez cares about quality, even in this price range.
      I was also blown away by the finish. I don't know how they produce such a beautiful finish in this price range.

      I've playing it for over a month now and am very happy I chose the AF66SHB

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