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Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar

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The Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar is at the top end of the Artist Series offering. It has all the same wonderful appointments as all ...Click To Read More About This Product

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An affordable guitar with a hand-selected solid spruce top, Acacia koa back and sides, and warm tone.

The Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar is at the top end of the Artist Series offering. It has all the same wonderful appointments as all Artist Series models, such as the advanced scalloped bracing and solid A grade tops. But the AD90 is made with acacia koa back and sides, which adds that something special to its tone, making it warm, rounded and alive.

This Artist Series AD90 is considered a "solid top" which 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 really release the energy a solid soundboard can generate. The Artist Series is built to do exactly this.

Each Artist Series AD90 is designed to get the best out if its components, and for them to work together to produce a tone and player experience, rarely found in affordable instruments.

The sound is warm, open and powerful, and both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other. These guitars feel right and are exciting to play and responsive.

The solid 'A' grade Sitka spruce tops are hand-selected from quarter-sawn wood. This ensures consistent quality, and it's no secret better guitars are made from better wood. These tops not only look great but they are stiff and strong and finely grained. This allows them to be cut just that tiny bit thinner, which lets them dance a little more and produce a lot more vibration, and ultimately a richer tone.

These Artist Series guitars look stunning and all of their components are made of natural materials such as mother-of-pearl and abalone inlays, real bone saddles and nuts and rosewood appointments.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Dreadnought acoustic guitar
  • Hand-selected, ˜A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand-sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Acacia back and sides
  • Alvarez bi-level rosewood bridge
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Premium, high gloss finish
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Real bone nut and saddle
  • Paua abalone and mother-of-pearl inlays
  • Premium die-cast chrome tuners
  • ABS binding
  • D'Addario EXPs
  • Case sold separately

Enjoy the warm nuance that Acacia koa adds to this splendid dreadnought. Order today.

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AlvarezArtist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Good audio (13)
  • Consistent (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Stays in tune (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Indescribable

I can't believe how incredible this guitar is! Alvarez, your quality continues to baffle me. This guitar has such a beautiful tone and the intonation is infallible. The acacia koa back and sides...Read complete review

I can't believe how incredible this guitar is! Alvarez, your quality continues to baffle me. This guitar has such a beautiful tone and the intonation is infallible. The acacia koa back and sides adds a gorgeous touch to the aesthetics of the guitar, and it sounds better than it looks. If you want to hear a sample of the sound I have a video up on youtube just search for 'Alvarez AD90 Sound Test' and you'll see. Unbelievable value!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The jury is out...

Starting with the good - this Alvarez AD-90 is a beautiful guitar. I love the grain of the Koa and everything is well finished. I'm also very impressed with the sound. Good...Read complete review

Starting with the good - this Alvarez AD-90 is a beautiful guitar. I love the grain of the Koa and everything is well finished. I'm also very impressed with the sound. Good sustain and the mid range notes are clear and disitnct.

My complaint relates to playability. This is only my 2nd guitar and maybe I was spoiled on my first but I'm a little dissapointed in this one. I realise now that my Fender CD280S was really well set-up out of the box. In comparison, this Alvarez is very high at the nut. My fingers are killing me after only 1/2 hour. As well, there is a fair amount of buzz from about fret 10-14 on all strings. You can see a noticable deflection in the fretboard where the neck attaches to the body. I'm going to take it in to a luthier next week and if its an easy fix I'll update my review.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AD 90

By david

from Orlando

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Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

A Very Beautiful guitar . wondered why no one else had ever reviewed it . .It'll hang with the best of em' .
Got this one sight unseen ( something I usually do not do ,as have had a couple BAD Guitars arrive from other dealers in the past ) But I know alvarez Quality, and this is no exception . Very happy with the quality Tone, playability right out the box , Perfect set up , altho recently discovering the DR Rare Phospore Bronze 11-50s, I'll likely change to those strings, they have a super easty play and chime like no other string i've ever heard . Was on Sale over holiday is reason i picked it up saving almost $100 .I Also have AD411 which is very nice . The Alvarez fingerboard has a very nice curved radius, something I Found some Yamahas 700 series do not making them more difficult for me to play . I've been playing over 40 years all acoustics and have owned over 60 guitars. What I find is the guitars they are making these days for $400 rival American made guitars I've had in the past costing a thousand or more and seem better made , and sound alaot better. May be better string quality today also , much more choices now.
Great Quality
Extremely good value . I never use inboard electronics, always Markley hummbucker in the sound hole with an external eq and sounds great . I Never cared for piezos ever.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

The jury is out...

By EdAbbey

from Saskatchewan, Canada

About Me Novice

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Rich Sound

Cons

  • Poor Setup

Best Uses

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

    Starting with the good - this Alvarez AD-90 is a beautiful guitar. I love the grain of the Koa and everything is well finished. I'm also very impressed with the sound. Good sustain and the mid range notes are clear and disitnct.

    My complaint relates to playability. This is only my 2nd guitar and maybe I was spoiled on my first but I'm a little dissapointed in this one. I realise now that my Fender CD280S was really well set-up out of the box. In comparison, this Alvarez is very high at the nut. My fingers are killing me after only 1/2 hour. As well, there is a fair amount of buzz from about fret 10-14 on all strings. You can see a noticable deflection in the fretboard where the neck attaches to the body. I'm going to take it in to a luthier next week and if its an easy fix I'll update my review.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb Quality and playability

    By DrHansen

    from Quad Cities

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

        Bought this as a temporary replacement for my roadworn '75 Yairi DY57 Signature which needs a bridge reattachment (after 40 years and still covered under warranty). The build on this new Alvarez is impeccable. Aesthetics are subtly understated with no dot inlays on the fretbaord. On the one I received the sides and back were a dark rosewood color and not as pictured. It feels like an old friend after playing the Yairi for 40 years. Same telemetry as the Yairi -- I prefer its wider nut and slightly curved radius -- and even hand sculpted bracing for tone balance. This is actually the first acoustic I've had out of several dozen in all price ranges that the intonation was dead on all the way up the neck, the action felt good, and the frets were well polished, level, and consistent. No rework or adjustment needed whatsoever. Tone and projection is somewhat subdued but well-balanced. If you are looking for a loud bright jumbo-like sound, you should definitely look elsewhere. Hard to believe this is MIC. Like most Asian guitars, the woods feel young and tight -- though carefully selected and flawlessly beautiful -- and I expect it will take a few years for it to really reach its full voice. I'll put this up against any Martin or Taylor as far as build quality and playability goes. Smartest STOD I've done.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Update to previous review

        By EdAbbey

        from Saskatchewan, Canada

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

            This is an update to my previous review (see below). Now that it is set up properly, I am loving this guitar. The strings were lowered at the nut, some frets had come loose due to humidity changes and it needed a bit of bridge work. All is good now!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            What You See/Imagine Is What You Get!!!

            By Jinckse

            from Arlington, TX

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

              You will get more than you pay for. I feel comfortable starting with that... This is a beautiful instrument (beyond what the picture shows), and its playability certainly matches its good looks.

              Some adjustment was required in my case, but it arrived to me in very playable condition out of the box. In my case, the action was a bit low for my taste and buzzed at times of intense strumming, and picking higher up the fretboard.

              I am happy to say that adjusting the truss rod with a hex key is a simple fix when finding your preferred action. The sound is more impressive than what I expected, and at a pleasing (not too loud/vibrant // not too soft/dull) level that allows me to comfortably experiment with all types of playing (please note that I have also not yet changed from the stock strings). It stays in tune like a dream so far, and has not given me any major trouble whatsoever. I believe I would be comfortable performing with it live as well.

              In closing, I suppose I would recommended investing in a nice hardshell case (I enjoy the "Musician's Gear Deluxe Dreadnought Case [Tweed]" *perfect fit by the way*) and various other supplies to keep this beauty as pampered as she deserves.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it!

              By JohnnyC

              from Gulfcoast MS

              About Me Experienced

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                Just felt time to upgrade and found this little jewel. It was being promoted for the holidays so I got a nice discount on top of the dicounted price so I feel like I got a steal. The minute I took it out of the box, I could feel this was a well constructed, quality instrument. Immediately went and tuned and only needs minor adjustments . Experienced just a little buzz but made adjustment and now good to go. Looking forward to many years of enjoyment with this guitar.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Packed with value

                By Joel

                from Owatonna, MN

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                Pros

                • Beautiful tone
                • Consistent
                • Fine Detail
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                  This guitar has immediately become my favorite to play. I like the look of it, it looks better even than the pictures. The contrast of woods is beautiful and the hardware is solid. Its sound really fills the room. I think it will be suitable for recording and playing live after I find a pick-up for it. My experience with Alvarez has always been positive, and this is no exception. I consider this a professional level guitar at an extremely fair price!

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Guitar and a Good Value

                  By LaEldarian

                  from Bastrop, LA

                  About Me Novice

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                    First I'd like to say I have only been playing guitar for about three months now.

                    Don't be afraid of restocks, I ordered the restock version of this guitar and it came to me looking and feeling brand new.

                    The sound of this instrument is above and beyond what I expected. The feel is okay.. could probably use a good setup though the action feels fine.

                    I think it came with heavier strings than I am used to which makes it just a bit harder to play than my other guitar (Seagull Entourage), but the spruce top and and koa back and sides give this guitar a punchy and ringing yet balanced sound that in my opinion is way better. The strings can always be changed.

                    Nice job Alvarez, and kudos to Musician's Friends excellent customer service.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wow, this is some fine geeetarrrrrr!

                    By Jim

                    from Coeur D'Alene, ID

                    About Me Novice

                    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                    Pretty new at this guitar business...but trying hard. Have couple of other really good guitars, a Seagull and a Teton. Love them both, but....this Alvarez is gorgeous and the tone is incredible. I really am in awe of it and just love holding it and admiring the craftsmanship. Design of the guitar says "understated elegance" to me and sound is a joy to my ears. Get this guitar if you are looking for a really fine and beautiful instrument and can't shell out a couple of grand for a Martin, Taylor or Gibson. Won't be disappointed. Someday I plan to own one of those fine guitars as well.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Guitar

                    By DRVDIVA

                    from CALABASAS, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                      Purchased as a gift and have received nothing but compliments on what a great guitar it is. My other son who recommended it for the other said he wished he'd gotten it for himself.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Guitar - Great Price

                      By Teach

                      from Lawrenceburg, Indiana

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Great Rich Sound Reasona
                      • Rich Sound

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                      I picked the AD90 after reading reviews on various comparable models. I am just beginning however my son has played for years and is quite good. I bought a restock but it arrived without a single flaw or blemish. We tuned it and my son made it sing. The sound is as good as it gets and the craftsmanship is great. The representative recommended a good starter pack and I am pleased with his advice. Super acoustic at a reasonable price and great people to help with my purchase.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Indescribable

                      By Lionheart23

                      from Springville,Utah

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                        I can't believe how incredible this guitar is! Alvarez, your quality continues to baffle me. This guitar has such a beautiful tone and the intonation is infallible. The acacia koa back and sides adds a gorgeous touch to the aesthetics of the guitar, and it sounds better than it looks. If you want to hear a sample of the sound I have a video up on youtube just search for 'Alvarez AD90 Sound Test' and you'll see. Unbelievable value!!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great guitar!

                        By Johnny

                        from undisclosed

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                        For the price this is an awesome guitar. It sounds awesome!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        great guitar for the price

                        By MikeOpines

                        from Tennessee

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                          This is my second Alvarez. The first one was a Regent series with a laminated top. Not a bad guitar, but the AD90 is definitely a big step up. The finish on the one I received is flawless and the woods used are beautiful. The sound from the solid spruce top is much richer with a longer sustain. The neck is slightly wider and the action is a little lower, making it more comfortable to play. I grabbed this one on sale from Musician's Friend for two seventy using their sale price and a 10% off coupon. I consider it a steal compared to other brands I could buy new for this price.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          not a bad nor a great guitar

                          By broke back Martin

                          from Germany

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Feel
                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                          • Flat Sound
                          • lacks warmth and richness

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                          First off this guitar was well made and eye candy. few flaws and the tuning and intonation was good.
                          But this is clearly not a Taylor although it is midrangy in sound. It lacks the artificial highs of the Taylor. The Wood is similar to maple in tone more flat and uncolored in sound. This is not a Martin either. It sounds good but lack the warm overtones of a Martin. But it is not a bad guitar and clearly a nice first guitar

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great guitar for the price

                          By Bob

                          from Florida

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Rich Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                              Having read an article where this was a top 5 guitar without having to spend an arm and a leg, I researched the other four and compared reviews and was sold on the AD90. While I am pleased with my Ibanez AEL20, I desired an acoustic guitar with a richer and fuller sound, and the AD90 did not disappoint. It did require a set-up, as some buzzing occurred at the second fret.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Good Build Cheap Stain

                              By Martin

                              from Asheville, NC

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Jamming
                                • Practicing
                                • Small Venues

                                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                                This guitar is very well constructed, sturdy, and even set up very well, maybe a little too well. It's the first guitar I've ever had that I had to back off truss rod. Truss was not very tight, but action was very close with stock strings which I think are lights. I replaced them with mediums, still had to relax the neck and it plays wonderfully all the way around. I actually am a Martin person and wanted to try Koa without a huge investment. I actually prefer this over a D16 martin I have but will be selling because of the plactis bridge and fingerboard. This alvarez is a sweet smooth playing guitar. My only complaint is the guitar I received and the one pictured appear different. There is only a glimps of the sides which leads you to believe that its a medium to light coffee colored wood which it is not. It may be originally but my guitar has a stain which I'm not crazy about which makes it look like fake mahogany. It is all wood and a super guitar, the stain is cosmetic but it's kind of like making it almost to the finish line then laying down. The guitar was well designed, built with care and then a sloppy stain on the rear and sides. It's very dark and obviously not the color of the real wood underneath. I expect it to last a lifetime or two, maybe as the finish wears off in 30 years it will look better. That's it. I will keep the guitar.

                                This guitar is heavy duty and built for medium strings.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                What a value!!

                                By Big Al

                                from Dallas, TX

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                                Pros

                                • Amazing Value
                                • Fun To Play
                                • Good Feel

                                Cons

                                • Takes Time To "break In"

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                                  For what I paid I got exactly what I expected. The amazing thing is after playing on it for several hours I noticed that it started to really open up the sound. I've had it plugged into a tonerite machine (that causes the tonewoods to vibrate and open up) and now it sounds so much better. Playing this instrument blindfolded I would've paid three times the amount.

                                  It has characteristics of a maple back and sides guitar. You're not going to get a lot of depth and richness out of the low-end but it is crystal clear focused and has a nice tone.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Beautiful, great sounding guitar.

                                  By Greg S

                                  from Wilmington NC

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AD90 Dreadnought Guitar:

                                      I only use it for noodling around the house so not sure how well it travels, but it's a beautiful guitar and sounds great. I wanted a decent sounding acoustic right now, while I saved up for a Taylor. Saw the great reviews here and went for it. Glad I did!

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