Alvarez Artist Series AF66CESB AC/EL Cutaway Folk Guitar


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  • Model: AF66CESB
  • Shipping Weight: 18lbs
  • Units in Stock: 10
  • Manufactured by: Alvarez Guitars

Alvarez's ‘66 models are beautifully finished and have a deep glass-like shine. The vintage sunburst on the solid African mahogany of brings out the grain to create a warm look to match its tone. Like all Artist Series guitars, the 66 OM/Folk Solid Top has a focused sound with strong mids, great for recording and live work. Rounding its tonewoods are mahogany back, sides, and neck, and rosewood bi-level bridge, fingerboard and headstock plate. Other appointments include a real bone nut and saddle, premium die-cast tuners, and ivory ABS binding, and SYS550 electronics.

The SYS550 designed by B-BAND is a pro-level EQ and pickup reproduces the sound of the guitar very closely with great clarity. B-BAND uses a patented undersaddle electret film pickup which eliminates synthetic or processed sounds often heard with piezo or other styles of pickup. The result is a very true, acoustic sound. SYS550 also has an accurate, backlit chromatic digital tuner.

The award-winning Artist Series features hand-selected solid tops; forward shifted scalloped bracing, awesome tone and player experience. The term "solid top" in the name of this gutar of course 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 really release 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 a tone and player experience, rarely found in affordable instruments. These components include our FST2M bracing system, bi-level bridge, real bone nut and great quality tonewoods.

FSTM is a forward shifted X brace design. Both the X braces and asymmetric tone bars are scalloped. Moving the system forward allows for a larger soundboard, which is optimized with a solid maple bridge plate for both strength and energy. The sound is warm, open and powerful, and both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other. This guitar feels right and is exciting to play and responsive. Dig in and it shouts right back at you. Treat it gently and it'll whisper and respond instantly to the lightest strum or pick.

  • Series: Alvarez Artist
  • Top wood: Solid African mahogany
  • Back and sides wood: Mahogany
  • Shape: Folk/OM
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Bracing System: FST2M - Forward Shifted, Scalloped X
  • Bridge: Bi-Level Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Headstock Plate: Rosewood
  • Nut and Saddle: Real Bone
  • Tuner Premium: Die-Cast
  • Binding: Ivory ABS
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP
  • Overall Length: 1,015mm
  • Body Width: 390mm
  • Body Depth at Heel: 96mm
  • Body Depth at Base: 106mm
  • Scale: 630mm
  • Scale: 24-13/16"
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Nut Width: 44.45mm
  • Neck Joint: Dovetail
  • Neck meets body: 14th Fret
  • Pickup/EQ: SYS550
  • Top Finish: Sunburst/Gloss

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 24 October, 2015.

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