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Alvarez Professional Series PD80SC Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Cutaway

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The solid mahogany back on the Alvarez Professional PD80SC works with the solid Engelmann spruce top to generate loud, well-defined tone without brit...Click To Read More About This Product

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Solid top and back with gorgeous cosmetics.

The solid mahogany back on the Alvarez Professional PD80SC works with the solid Engelmann spruce top to generate loud, well-defined tone without brittle highs. Gold tuners, natural maple binding on the rosewood fingerboard and headstock, maple and herringbone body binding, and abalone rosette lend elegant visuals. System 600T MK II electronics feature 3-band EQ, notch filter and an aux in for optional magnetic pickup or internal condenser mic.

  • Solid Engelmann spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • System 600T MK II electronics
  • Maple neck and head binding
  • Maple and herringbone body binding
  • Traditional dovetail neck joint
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Totally Awesome Electric Acoustic

By Todd C

from Tulsa, OK

This is my second Alvarez, my first one I bought new 25 years ago. I bought this one 6 months ago. This is an amazing guitar, very well built, the abalone inlays, gold tuners, maple and herringbone binding really set this guitar off in looks, and it plays and sounds just as good. The built-in tuner is a very nice feature that was a requirement for me. To verify the tuner accuracy, I tuned the guitar in standard tuning using the built-in tuner, then plugged in my Korg CA-30 tuner (set to 440Hz). The Korg was in total agreement with the 600T tuner. The electronics are just as nice with many adjustments. I recently ordered the optional internal mic but have not recieved it yet, so I've only amped the piezo pick-up through my Beringher ACX1000 Ultracoustic amp. Setting the amp clean, I can get a variety of sounds just using the 600T adjustments that range from very tinny all the way to a cool sounding distorted tone. When adjusted to a "normal" acoustic setting, this guitar really sounds nice. The sound is just as nice unplugged, I believe due to the solid spruce top and solid mahogany back. The only reason I gave this guitar a 9 for quality is due to the mahogany plywood sides. This is a fantastic guitar that is a joy to play and has a great sound. The only guitar I would rate higher for sound quality is a Taylor GS. The frets are dressed correctly and the set-up was perfect right from the box. It comes strung with Elixers. The tuners are very solid and appear to be a ratio that allows very fine tuning adjustments, and they don't slip. It's a great guitar that I would buy again without hesitation.


Had it for years. Still love it!

By tonylovestone

from Mechanicsville, MD

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I have owned this guitar for 5 years now, and it sounds better now than the day I bought it. The tone of the guitar without it being plugged in is fantastic, and the preamp/pickup sounds decent, but the built-in tuner is a nice touch. I own a Taylor 914ce Limited Fall 2004 Edition also, and I still choose to play my Alvarez in church sometimes, despite the fact that the Taylor has Brazilian Rosewood on the back and sides. Basically, the guitar is great, even though mine is a little banged up now, and I couldn't recommend a better company under the radar than Alvarez. Their guitars are GREAT!



By Roger-af1EE

from Woodbridge, VA

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I just got this guitar yesterday, but it's already the best acoustic I've played. It came stock with Elixir strings which sound great.Plugged into my Ampeg V-4B it sounds astounding. I mainly wanted this for the electric part of it, and the System 600T MkII doesn't disappoint.I would definitely recommend this, Alvarez makes amazing guitars.


Sweet guitar

By NatalieScott

from California

I've owned this guitar for over 4 years now and have yet to find something to complain about. I've been all over the world with it playing and it has withstood all types of weather. As usual with the solid tops, the guitar only sounds better with age. Excellent deal and well worth it.


The one you're looking for!

By Jim-JgXil

from De Soto, MO

I've had this guitar for a few years now. The guitar was made in Korea. Whoever made it, was having a really good day. It was set up perfect. I still can't get over the quality and how well it plays. The sound just keeps getting better with age-honestly. She goes in tune and stays there. The electronics are very natural. She sounds beautiful through our church sound system. Every guitar is different, even of the same model, so you have to find the right one for you. Go down to the music store and try a PD80SC yourself. I really think that if you are looking for that one "really special guitar", at a price your spouse will allow you to spend, this is deffinately one to try.


Alvarez Rocks!

By Dave

from Fairborn, Ohio

I've owned my PD80SC for about a month now and still can't believe how sweet it sounds. It plays way easier than the Takamine and the high-end Gibson acoustics I've owned in the past. The pick-up quality renders this affordable instrument gig-worthy, and the on-board tuner is ultra-convenient. This guitar looks gorgeous and feels like "butta" in your hands. If you're thinking of buying one, you can't go wrong with the PD-80SC. Thanks Alvarez!


PD80SC Professional

By Heff

from Chesapeake, VA, USA

WoW!! This thing is absolutely one of the, if not THE best, values out there. I have been playing as a serious hobbyist for quite some time and seen/played quite a few variations of acoustic electrics. This model, by far, exceeds my expectations on:1) sound2) tuning3) quality4) intonation5) price!!!!!I have played most, if not all, name brands. Mind you, I do not make a living at this, but if I did, this would be my choice for the business.My amp is a Line 6 Spider III 75 watt. There is no reason to use any of the options for modeling this instrument other than reverb. The tonal quality and sustains are crystal clear.I was dead set on owning a Taylor. The money I saved was going to purchase the 410CE. However, after spending a whole hour in the shop with the Alvarez, my savings was too huge to deny. The difference in price is phenomenal. Almost $2000.Man ... I used the extra money towards my 401K, and I sincerely thank "me" for taking the extra time and choosing wisely. I am 110% satisfied.


sweet deal

By Colin-hfMLr

from Denton, Texas

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I have owned this guitar for over 5 years now, and every day I love it more. It is reliable, sounds BEAUTIFUL (very well-matched sound- if anything, just a little bit bright, but a good bright), and is very well-made. Take care of it, and it will take care of you. It sounds like a guitar that should cost hundreds of dollars more. It is a freakin' steal for the price. I recommend Alvarez guitars to all of my students, and I would buy it again in a heartbeat.



By Dailrymnd

from Central Missouri

I purchased this guitar a couple weeks ago. It was ready to play right out of the box. I used it at a gig, where I found that a slight neck adjustment was necessary for my style playing.I also put a new set of handmade phosphor-bronze medium strings on it. The minor changes I made, made a world of difference to the sound produced by this guitar. It has very good electronics, and looks.I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone looking for quality at a very good price.



By bohn12

from MO

This guitar is simply great. It isn't as dark on the neck and has color on the body so don't be fooled by the picture, this is a beauty. 4.5 on features because of laminate sides. I never really understand that. It shouldn't cost much more to add solid sides, but overall great. I play a lot of country and a lot of softer, pop style rock, and blues. (John Mayer, Clapton, whatever I feel like) and it handles it all. Works for just about anything except slide. The action is very low, but that was a plus for me. Great job Alvarez.


Good for the Price

By Tellurider1

from California

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I'm not sure how anyone could compare this with Martins and/or Taylors. Don't get me wrong, this is a fantastic guitar, but c'mon. This doesn't come close in comparison to a high end guitar. But, it does have a very thick sound which is nice. Built in tuner is very convenient for shows. Very solid, well made guitar. Very good deal but don't be fooled when people say its like a Taylor or Martin. Its not.



By Brad-164_v

from GA

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I just play guitar as a hobby but this guitar sounds really really great! easy to play has amazing features and just has a clear loud sound!



By acoustic lover

from Poplarville, MS

This is an awesome guitar. I own it. Very sweet sounding and nice looking guitar. Good all around guitar. The pickup provides that pure acoustic sound when your plugged into your amp.


How do they do it?

By PhilKelle2006

from West Plains,Mo

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First I'd like to say, wow! I purchased this guitar back in the fall of 05'. Ever since then this guitar has never let me down... The looks are stunning and smoothe, the electronics.. WOW! I have played taylor's and martins quite often and I have to say this is the best sounding acoustic plugged in that I have ever heard or played. Playabilitly is fantastic. If you need an Acoustic/Electric that is PRO QUALITY But isn't thousands.. You have to trust me and get this.. You will not be disappointed.. How do they do it ?


Very Nice

By therustytracks

from Rehoboth Beach, DE

This guitar is by far one of the best in the price range. With the solid engleman spruce top and the solid mahogany back, can't beat it for the price range. The only reason I didnt give it a perfect review is because they could have upped the price just a bit and add solid sides. It wouldn't make much of a difference but it might. The only way to get a better guitar overall is to spend 2 g's on a sweet martin or taylor. The guitar is beautiful and the electronics work better than I expected. Great guitar for the price. The neck is also amazingly comfortable, and the tone is beautiful.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is by far the best guitar I have played. I play at church through a decent sound system and the guitar sounds absoutley GREAT. You have to play it to believe it


My all-time favorite guitar

By dßernardes

from Los Angeles, CA

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This guitar was my favorite by far, but she was stolen =/. The craftsmanship was undeniably gorgeous. The feel and action was great. And the tones I was getting out of her were remarkable. I was laying down an acoustic track in a professional recording studio, and everyone was amazed at how deeply rich and full the sound was. They wouldn't believe me when I told them she wasn't some $1000+ guitar. I recommend though that if you do recording, take advantage of the guitar's great natural acoustic tone, and don't plug in - mic her. The electronics are great and still are capable of giving a great acoustic sound, but I felt at times the guitar lost a bit of depth in tone when plugged in, but mostly only during fingerpicking or soloing did that really become an issue. The built-in tuner was great - accurate and great for when I needed to change tuning inbetween songs. A great guitar that I'll always miss.

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