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Alvarez RD8 Regent Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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An affordable introductory instrument by a very well-respected maker.

Alvarez has a distinguished reputation for providing extremely high-quality instruments at very accommodating prices. This Regent Series RD8 makes traditional Alvarez craftsmanship available to beginning guitarists with a select spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and genuine rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Top binding and an original bridge shape combine with chrome die-cast tuners and a unique pickguard design to make a visually stunning guitar.

FEATURES
  • Select spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Chrome die cast tuners
  • Dreadnought body style
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4.8

(based on 71 reviews)

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A bargain for any level guitar player

I bought this guitar new 11 and a half years ago. To this day, it still sounds great. I upgraded the strings to a 0.13 to 0.56 and it still sounds great. It...Read complete review

I bought this guitar new 11 and a half years ago. To this day, it still sounds great. I upgraded the strings to a 0.13 to 0.56 and it still sounds great. It came with 0.12 Elixir strings, I believe and Elixirs are all I have had on it. I had it restrung this week and had the bridge pins replaced with Martin bridgepins. It is hard to believe how good this guitar sounds to not be priced with higher end guitars. For a guitar that is almost 12 years old, it still sounds great and has held up very well. I recommend keeping the good Elixir strings on it. I personally use Elixir Phosphur Bronze in 0.13 for this guitar and will likely drop back down to 0.12's when I get it restrung next time. Also, this guitar holds tune very well. I left it in the case for seven months without playing it. I went to tune it and only had to tune one string! When I use this guitar at church, we have to turn the microphone down or off.

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Pass It Up

I played one of these at my family reunion and was not impressed at all.It is a nice looking guitar but after the first strum I was upset.IF you are a strummer the sound is...Read complete review

I played one of these at my family reunion and was not impressed at all.It is a nice looking guitar but after the first strum I was upset.IF you are a strummer the sound is very muddy and unclear expected from a laminated top. Finger picking doesnt sound much better.The action was pretty low but the fretwork had alot of rough ends along the entire neck which brings me to my next problem...down the fretboard there was some fret buzz maybe from bad strings I dont know but I would not buy one of these guitars learning or not.I owned a Washburn D10S and I loved it. They are very nice sounding and the basics like action,intonation,fretwork where perfect.They also have a solid top which helps the sound alot.Save up your money and buy the Washburn or Taylor Big Baby.

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4.0

Nice Beginner Guitar

By ZCF

from Virginia

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The people who are saying it compares to Martin/Taylor/Larivee/etc are full of it. It really doesn't. The guitar lacks bass and has an overall tin like sound. But that's in comparison to Martin/Taylor/Larivee/etc.It's a fine beginner acoustic guitar. It lacks volume, and is pretty muddy but with a few upgrades it can sound like a mid level guitar. I put a Tusq nut, saddle, and set of bridge pins on it and the tone became much clearer and deeper. If you're looking for a beginner guitar, or a guitar that you won't be afraid to bang around while your expensive one stays in it's case, this is the one. If you're looking for a cheap, but high quality instrument, this is not the one. With the upgrades, this guitar holds its own against my friends bottom end Martin and Breedlove guitars. But it lacks the volume and clarity of a solid top and the bass from the specific build and woods.

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5.0

absolutely amazing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is my first guitar. When I was shown the great wall of guitars, I kept coming back to the RD8M because even though I had very little experience it felt the most comfortable. I have never regretted getting this guitar and have a hard time looking at others because of how much I have grown to this guitar. only complaint is the occasional fret buzz

 
5.0

wonderful guitar

By Country girl

from spearish, sd

Mom bought this guitar for my 16th birthday 12 years ago. My first guitar I owned and still my favorite. Got the dark brown model, very pretty,sturdy made, sound was somewhat muffled at first. Would definitly recommend changing out the original strings, makes a huge difference. I've played yamaha's, fender, and martins, and still like the sound of my alvarez better.

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5.0

A bargain for any level guitar player

By hot_burrito_1

from Plano, Texas

Pros

  • Affordable Price
  • Expensive Guitar Sound
  • Hardshell Case Included
  • Stays in tune

Cons

  • No Neck End Strap Button

Best Uses

  • At Church Play
  • Learning

I bought this guitar new 11 and a half years ago. To this day, it still sounds great. I upgraded the strings to a 0.13 to 0.56 and it still sounds great. It came with 0.12 Elixir strings, I believe and Elixirs are all I have had on it. I had it restrung this week and had the bridge pins replaced with Martin bridgepins. It is hard to believe how good this guitar sounds to not be priced with higher end guitars. For a guitar that is almost 12 years old, it still sounds great and has held up very well. I recommend keeping the good Elixir strings on it. I personally use Elixir Phosphur Bronze in 0.13 for this guitar and will likely drop back down to 0.12's when I get it restrung next time. Also, this guitar holds tune very well. I left it in the case for seven months without playing it. I went to tune it and only had to tune one string! When I use this guitar at church, we have to turn the microphone down or off.

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5.0

Great Guitar

By Mtneagle19

from Alabama

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This is a really great guitar.I've owned mine for almost a year and I love it.There's nothing it can't do.I've actually seen a guy put a soundhole pickup in one and perform professionally.This is a great deal and it's tough too.I'm in college so I'm not always careful with my thing.To this day it has no bumps or defects.I'd have no reservations in taking this guitar on road trips or camping.

 
5.0

Best Acoustic

By slmdfg

from STL

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For the quality and sound you could easily be paying $700 for this guitar. The guitar is built rock solid. Mine gets dropped knocked into stuff and survived a night with a few drunken rednecks. The sound is excellent.

 
4.0

Keeps Guild d55 in case

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought my rd8 so I could have a beater guitar sitting around while my Guild D55 stays in its case. The Rd8 looks a lot better in person, in fact when I saw it in the store I had to question why it was a $250 guitar. As for the sound, of course it is no guild/martin/taylor, not very loud, lacks some bass, but it is a nice sound with decent tone and I enjoy it. This is an excellent choice if you want to save the beatings on your custom guitars.

 
4.0

Excellent Guitar All-Around

By John Aaron

from Rochester, MN

I bought this guitar in September from a local guitar shop. I went to the back where they had alot of just acoustic guitars in this glass room. I played many different acoustic guitars and the only guitar that sounded as good as this one was a Taylor. Honestly, you will be amazed at the quality sound coming from this guitar. Its a very good guitar and now i've owned it for 7 months without any trouble at all. It stays in tune and sounds breathtaking with a capo! Only regret about this guitar is that I should of purchased the Acoustic-Electric instead of just the basic acoustic model. Hope this helped you decide.

 
5.0

Best buy for the money

By YARI01

from Harrisburg, PA

Ive had this guitar for 2 years now, and I am so pleased with it. not only does it look nice, it plays like a dream. For a dreadnought, it really puts out some sound.

 
5.0

The ultimate beginners guitar

By parkzone

from Philadelphia

I've been playing mine for about 8 years now since starting guitar. It's a great guitar. Besides not being very loud(you won't hear it at all next to a couple martins or something of equal value), the sound is much better than anything else in this price range. The action remains a bit high after adjustments, but that doesn't really affect the playability of the instrument that much. This guitar can take a beating(a plus if you're buying a for a kid), having given mine many nice dents and accidental bashes against the wall and it still continues to sound great. So if you're a beginner or buying for a beginner, definitely go with the RD8. I won't do you wrong.

 
5.0

Ryan Bradley

By Ryan Bradley-MhjIk

from Rockcastle coounty, Kentucky

I just recieved this guitar in the mail a couple of days ago. I was looking for something with a reasonable price that still had a good sound and playability. Needless to say, I found what I was looking for. I have been playing for about 14 years now and I have played many different guitars in that time. I can honestly say that this is one great sounding guitar. It plays exceptionally well. The tone is absolutely beautiful. It has a really nice ring to it. Not only does this guitar play and sound great, it is also quite beautiful to look at. Beginner, intermediate, or pro, I highly recommend this guitar no matter how advanced you are. For the price, you can't go wrong with this one. It is an absolute steal. Did I mention that it also comes with a hardshell case?!! Believe me, this little guitar will blow you away. I promise that it is well worth the money, and you won't be disappointed.

 
5.0

great guitar

By Deutschesbluesman

from Centerville, IN

This is a really nice guitar. I've had mine for about three years, and there is not a single guitarist that my family knows who doesn't like this guitar. It produces a nice mellow sound and once you have the action lowered it becomes really comfortable to play. If you're looking for a guitar as a begginer, or to play around the campfire, or just another great guitar for a cheaper price than the ultra expensive, than this is the guitar for you.

 
5.0

You can't beat it for the price

By Wildman-TzjuQ

from Dayton, OH

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I had gotten away from playing for 35 years when I got the bug again. One friend recommended an Epiphone, another a Fender, and another a Takamine. My last guitar was a Gibson SG (original 61 issue) so I thought I would go get another SG. To cut a long story short, after sticker shock set in, I started looking at the Takamine and the Epi acoustics. After trying both, I was a little disappointed in the action and sound of the ones I could afford. I just couldn't convince myself to pay that much for a guitar not knowing if I would lose interest in a couple of weeks again. I was getting ready to leave when I heard one of the salesmen wailing on an Alvarez acoustic. That thing sounded fantastic! I went over and started talking to him and when he told me how much it cost, I couldn't believe it. I picked it up and immediately fell in love with the action and sound. I figured after a few weeks the sound would deteriorate, but after 2 years now, it only seems to getting better. Since then I have acquired an old Gibson J45 and a Gretsch Junior Jet but I still keep picking up the Alvarez every time I walk into the music room. No, the sound is not as full as the J45. No, you can't rock out like the Gretsch can. But you can have a blast with a guitar that most people think you payed 4 times as much for.

 
5.0

It's GREATTTTTTTTTTT!

By Zhinren

from Blytheville, AR

I got this guitar a few weeks ago for a great price. After trying a friends Ovation, a Martin, and a Takamine - I'd say this guitar sounds ever bit as good, if not better than those. If you're looking for a good value - this is it - don't look any futher.

 
5.0

Great guitar, cheap!

By sabarwolf30

from Gilmer, TX

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This guitar.. When I play it it sounds like theres a chorus pedal built in to the thing.. its amazing. I'm going to put electronics in mine ASAP. WELL worth the money. I've played a Martin D15, and this guitar is almost as good, for almost 1/4 of the price! I just wish it came with a cutaway.I got the brown. "Brown" Just doesn't do this finish justice. Its beautiful. Oh, the shine!I recommend this guitar for the beginning and intermediate guitarist. WONDERFUL Value!

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Alvarezplayr09

from Selma, AL

This is my first guitar and it sound great compared to other more evpensive guitars I have played. My guitar teacher has sent all the people that he teaches to get one of them because they sound so good! It has very good tone and stays in tune. *(I recommend Martin Marquis 80/20 light guage bronze strings for this guitar)

 
5.0

Good Beginning Guitar

By crazy_urn

from Colorado

I received an Alvarez RD8 as a gift 7 years ago. This guitar is a great beginners guitar, and a great value for the price. It does not compare well to the Taylors or Martins, but in this price range that should not be expected. The guitar is well made, and mine is still in excellent condition even after 7 years of use/abuse. It has great tone and easy playability, which is useful for beginners. I would recommend the Alvarez over any guitar in its price range.

 
5.0

yumm rd8

By jimmy-a7Yit

from california

I was in taiwan when this guitar came to my house. When i heard the it came, that gave me a reason to wanna go home. I was very exited about getting this guitar. The guitar come with elixir strings. I think that the elixirs are polywebs. I got the natural finish and it looks better in real life than online.

 
5.0

Addictive Accoustics

By KingShoe

from Kannapolis, NC

I have had this guitar for a year now, and I cannot put it down. My father bought this for me, and I figured I would learn on it and move on. I now own 5 accoustic guitars, 3 electrics and 2 basses....and I still reach for the Alvarez. Very playable, great tone (which will only improve over time) and a heck of a value. You cannot go wrong with this guitar. The only thing I have done to it is a professional set up to lower the action a bit. Incredible value, incredible guitar!

 
5.0

great guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had this guitar for two months and I must say that it is a great deal.It might not compare to a Martin but its worth it.The only bad thing about it is the strings there not so great.If you do buy it you wont regret it.

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