I've been noticing this guitar since they were first introduced. It has a solid mahogany top and acacia veneer on laminate back and sides. Not an opportunity to play one in my part of the country. Just wondering if any of you have played this guitar and what it sounds like. I am looking at the 000 OM or whatever size with solid mahogany top to round out the collection ... for now, anyway. Heard good things about the Ibanez ac240. Would love to hear from any of you who have played either one.
I took a chance today and ordered the AFA 1965. MF had lowered their price another $50 and they had a 17% coupon deal going today. So I weakened, gave into GAS and got the thing. Figured at a few dollars over 200, it wouldn't hurt too bad. And I have not played a bad Alvarez lately. Kind of excited about getting it next week. Sometimes you just go with your gut. And it doesn't hurt that I have a wife who encourages my music. Which is what I give thanks for more than anything else I have been blessed with. Will let you know how it goes.
The AFA 1965 arrived today. It is still balmy here in Nebraska. 50's or so. I didn't have to let it acclimatize very long before I opened it up. It was room temperature. So I tuned it right up. Played it a while. Very easy to play. Absolutely beautiful to look at. Very bright, but that might be the Elixirs that are on it. I had hoped it would be a bit more mellow since it is supposed to have a mahogany top.
Starting to direct my gas toward non-dreads since I am getting old. Oh yeah, I AM old. Matter of comfort. I prefer the Alvarez Grateful Dead guitar I got a while back. It is deeper and I gave it a go this afternoon and realized why I like playing it. Has a better sound to me than any other OM/000 guitar I have ever played.
All in all a good purchase. Its brightness and loudness will make it a good guitar to use with the little band I play in. The ballads and things I do by myself I will use the Grateful Dead. It was just too good a price to pass on and I am glad I got it.
I haven't ever posted a picture, but am going to try right now.
Florida, You are absolutely right. I was going by the specs mentioned on Musician's Friend's description, which says it is a solid mahogany top. If you check that out and discover differently, please let me know. The sound of the guitar makes much more sense, knowing that it is spruce. I still plan on keeping it. It sounds a lot better than my old Recording King RO 227 I used to have. The 227 was really quiet and did not have nearly as full a sound as the 1965.
I have an Ibanez AW 54 solid mahogany top and laminate mahogany b&s that I really like. Once again a dread, but is the lightest dread (weight-wise) that I have played. And it is very mellow. Even more so than the Grateful Dead. Apparently I like the sound of Cedar top guitars. I have several Seagulls with cedar tops and like them all.
If the truth be known, I like guitars. Period. Each one of them have their own characteristics. I think I will keep the AFA and let it become what it decides it wants to become. Kind of like I did my own kids. They turned out just right by letting them be who they are.
Thanks for setting me straight on that. Let the becoming begin!
prsteve, Glad you got the new guitar, and thanks for the photo. There is a big possibility the tone of the guitar may change after a little playing, and don't forget you may have to find the right strings for it. Just a tip that may help when not in a group situation, try tuning the guitar down half a step, or even a full step. There are lots of things to try, to get the guitar to have the tone you like. Don't forget a change of pick may have a big difference to the tone.
Post by FloridaGull on Nov 29, 2016 9:42:25 GMT -5
In terms of all-mahogany, I own a Cort L450-O - solid hog top, solid hog back, laminate hog sides, OM size. I love it! However, I have never seen another for sale (except in Europe). The Cort L450-C is similar, except a concert body and a 1 11/16" nut (the L450-O has a 1 3/4" nut).
Take a look - they are the Cort "Luce" series - I liked the L450-O so much, I also have a L500-O...
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