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Alvarez AG610CEAR Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Shadow Burst

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Overview

Solid A+ Sitka spruce top with a comfortable ebony armrest and cool Shadowburst finish.

Master luthiers around the world have been crafting bevel-edged armrest guitars for some time. 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.

Inline with Alvarez's philosophy of making great guitars accessible to as many players as possible, Alvarez Artist Series now offers superbly designed armrest models, like this AG610CEAR Grand Auditorium acoustic-electric guitar. The AG610ECEAR delivers the great tone Artist Series guitars are known for while exhibiting Alvarez's ability to produce beautiful, affordable guitars. The AC610CEAR model goes the extra mile with Alvarez’s flawless Shadowburst finish.

Artist Series
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.

This caring approach to development comes from one simple goal: To deliver the best guitars in the market at every price point, instruments that are truly amazing value and offer a fantastic player experience. Alvarez believes their multi-award-winning Artist Series is one of the finest solid top guitar lines in the world today and demonstrates their commitment to design.

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 Alvarez'a FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tonewoods and thin finish. FST2 is a forward shifted X brace design, this means the axis of the X is closer to the soundhole 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 our Yairi workshops. The Artist Series sound and personality is open and powerful. FST2 also creates very good balance so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other.

Artist Series guitars 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. All of Alvarez's tops are selected by their team and graded independently of their suppliers. If it isn't worthy, they won’t use it. Top quality improves as you move up the Artist Series models, but all are stiff and finely grained.

Along with a more angled headstock, the Alvarez bi-level bridge increases string tension by making the break angle of the strings from the saddle to the top more acute. Improved string tension adds to their sound, feel and response, which is also heightened by the use of real bone nuts and saddles.

Like what you see? Wait til you hear it. Order yourself a AC6010CEAR today.

Specs

AG610CEAR Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Solid A+ Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Ebony binding and armrest
  • SYS250 3-band EQ with backlit tuner
  • High-gloss Shadowburst finish
  • FST2 - Forward shifted scalloped bracing
  • Real bone nut and saddle
  • Bi-level, Indian laurel/pau ferro bridge
  • Indian laurel/pau ferro bridge
  • Fingerboard with 12th fret inlay
  • Mahogany neck with semi-gloss finish
  • Premium chrome tuners
  • D’Addario EXP16 strings
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4” (44.45 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm) 

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