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Alvarez Artist Series AD60BK Dreadnought Guitar, Black/Gloss Finish

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  • Hand selected, 'A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Paua abalone and mother of pearl inlays
  • Lifetime limited warranty
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Product Description

New Artist Series guitars from Alvarez look stunning and come in a huge variety of shapes, colors and wood choices. 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. But the magic really starts when you pick one up and play it. Each model 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 solid ‘A’ grade Sitka spruce and cedar tops are hand selected from quarter-sawn wood. This ensures consistent quality, and its no secret better guitars are made from better wood. Our tops not only look great but they are stiff and strong and finely grained. This allows us to cut them just that tiny bit thinner, which lets them dance a little more and produce a lot more vibration, and ultimately a richer tone.

Product Information

Item Weight 4.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 41 x 15.8 x 4.2 inches
Shipping Weight 6.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B0057GPJ8K
Item model number AD60BK
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Best Sellers Rank #121,709 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#883 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Acoustic Guitars > Steel-string Acoustics
Date first available at Amazon.com June 15, 2011

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Just got the ad60bk for Christmas. It is an impressive guitar especially when the price is considered. My son has an Alvarez and did a lot of research on quality before buying his. Alvarez is known for putting out quality guitars in the "entry" type price point and the ad60 is exceptional. My brother recently bought a $400 (lists for $665) epiphone that has a great tone. The ad60 (anywhere from $287 to $319 with a list of $449 IIRC) does not take a back seat to his epi in crispness,clarity, highs, or lows. I've read reviews in many places online that have reviewers claiming their ad60 is every bit as good as their high end $800+ Taylors, Martins etc. I have never owned or played guitars of that price range so can't comment based on my own use. I can say I browsed some guitar shops and had sales staff pull $800-$1000 guitars down and demo them for me along with the alvarez. Can't say I heard much of difference and certainly not $500-$700 worth. Maybe a professional musician can?

Out of the box the ad60 plays great, just needed to be tuned and I was ready to go. The action of the ad60 is very low and is the easiest acoustic I have ever used to make bar chords. It is almost as easy my epi les paul and that guitar is easy to bar. Despite the low action there are no strings ringing out. No additional set up is required (at least with the guitar I received).

It is a Christmas gift but for clarity it is one I selected. Son knew I wanted guitar but wasn't going to select it for me. Having said that I wasn't thrilled with the all black ad60bk but went with it as it was ~$30 cheaper than a "classic" or "sunburst". Also the ad60 only has an inlay on the 12th fret with the rest of the fret board devoid of "dots".
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