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Alvarez AGA99CEARSHB Artist Elite Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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The AGA99CEARSHB Artist Elite Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric is one of the most attractive guitars Alvarez makes. The idea to create this model w...Click To Read More About This Product
Well-balanced tone with articulate voicing thanks to special bracing that complements acacia tonewoods.
The AGA99CEARSHB Artist Elite Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric is one of the most attractive guitars Alvarez makes. The idea to create this model was made several years in advance when Alvarez acquired a special lot of acacia. The wood was then naturally seasoned for three years before they prepared it for production for guitars such as this AGA99CEARSHB Artist Elite Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar.
The AGA99CEARSHB Artist Elite sounds lovely. It’s bright, but not overly so, with lots of middle and a clear low-end due to its MST1 bracing allowing the top to generate a lot of vibration. While most people are more familiar with koa rather than acacia, they are the same tree. Koa is an acacia too, but comes from Hawaii, whereas this acacia was grown in Taiwan and therefore called Acacia Confusa, rather than Acacia Koa. Acacia makes for a great tonewood because it performs well and looks fantastic. It is both light and stiff and resonates well. Tonally, it can deliver the sparkling trebles associated with rosewood, but it has the warmth and middle frequencies similar to a great mahogany.
Adding to the aesthetics, Alvarez finisheds off the AGA99CEARSHB Artist Elite with a lightly shaded Shadowburst crafted to leave the grain visible right to the edge where it meets flame maple binding. The overall design is completed with a slim bevel-edged armrest, single cutaway and L.R. Baggs electronics.
Artist Elite Series
In conceptualizing Artist Elite, Alvarez's goal was simple: “Produce a collection of guitars beyond comparison”. This stunning line of guitars is the culmination of years of R&D that allows Alvarez to produce custom-style instruments from amazing tonewoods with a truly radiant vibe. Artist Elite acoustic-electric guitars look amazing, sound rich and offer a level of fit and finish rarely attainable at such price points.
Master luthiers around the world have been crafting bevel edged armrest guitars for many years. The feature not only makes the guitar more comfortable to play, but also allows the maker to demonstrate their skill and craftsmanship in producing beautiful instruments.
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. Their 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.
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 of its components, and for them to work together to produce balance, lively projection and great response. These components include bracing architecture that is specifically designed for each body shape or tonal requirement. Alvarez's Bi-level bridge is designed to heighten string tension and improve sustain and response. Real bone nut and saddle, premium tonewoods and the crafted attenuated finish all further the quality of construction a positively impact the performance of this acoustic-electric steel string guitar.
- All AAA figured acacia top, body and sides
- Abalone and mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlays
- Flame maple binding
- L.R. Baggs StagePro EQ and Element pickup
- Bi-level pau ferro/Indian laurel bridge
- D'Addario EXP16 strings
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- Body type: Grand Auditorium
- Cutaway: Single
- Top wood: AAA figured acacia
- Back and sides: AAA figured acacia
- Bracing pattern: MST1 Tapered X bracing with asymmetric tone bars
- Body finish: High gloss
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: Shallow V to C
- Nut width: 1.75" (44.45 mm)
- Fingerboard: Indian laurel
- Neck wood: Mahogany
- Scale length: 25.5"
- Number of frets: 21
- Neck finish: Semi-gloss
- Pickup/preamp: Yes
- Brand: L.R. Baggs
- Configuration: Undersaddle pickup
- Preamp EQ: 3-band
- Feedback filter: Notch, Phase
- Tuner: Yes
- Headstock overlay: Pau ferro /Indian laurel
- Tuning machines: Premium die-cast
- Bridge: Pau ferro/Indian laurel
- Saddle and nut: Real bone
- Number of strings: 6
- Special features:
- Case: Sold separately
- Accessories: None
- Country of origin: China
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- Unexpected and unintentional spills, drops and cracks
- Normal wear and tear
- Power surges
- Dust, internal heat and humidity
Other plan features include:
- For products over $200, No Lemon Policy applies. If it fails for the same defect 3 times, it is replaced on the 4th breakdown. (Does not apply to failures due to drops, spills, and cracks)
- For products under $200 experiencing the above failures, a Musician's Friend gift card will be issued for the full price of the product + tax.
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