Alvarez Artist Series AF770CESHB Mar 26, 2018 15:24:55 GMT -5
Post by terryd on Mar 26, 2018 15:24:55 GMT -5
I'm going on a few trips this summer and wanted to get a less expensive guitar so I don't have to subject my Taylors to the dangers of travel, so I just ordered an Alvarez Artist Series AF770CESHB-OM from Musician's Friend for 380.00 and change. I didn't want a mini anything but wanted to keep it on the smaller side, hoping I can fit it in the overhead on planes or at least get them to let me put it in the forward closet. And if neither is acceptable I won't be sweating the whole way wondering how a 1500.00 plus guitar is fairing in the luggage hold. I researched everything I was familiar with and considered a Seagull Parlor but have never played one I like. I don't want a 12 fret because I'm used to 14 frets. This model has a slightly shorter scale length like Seagulls of old which helps with the size without being too much of a departure from my other three instruments. From their company Web site and reviews I've come across, Alvarez seems to do a good job of instilling a lot of their higher end quality in their less expensive guitars and the list of materials used is impressive at this price point. Even Taylor doesn't use real bone nuts and saddles. Speaking of their Web site it looks like they aren't making this particular model any more. The closest thing to it is the AF60CESHB which has an A+ Sitka Spruce top. This one has a AA Sitka top which is a grade higher. And almost no one other than Seagull offers a 1 3/4 nut width at this price point. That's one of Taylor's dumbest mistakes, not making that nut width available on anything under the 3xx series. Well I'll have a report for you all in a few days. I hope I'm impressed with this guitar because I really don't want to spend any more for what it's going to be used for and I don't see anything out there that matches up to the Alvarez in this price range.