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Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar Sunburst

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2015 finds Alvarez Guitars celebration a half century of refined and ever-evolving craftsmanship. To mark this milestone achievement Alvarez has created the ARDA1965, part of their 1965 Series, a gorg... Click To Read More About This Product

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2015 finds Alvarez Guitars celebration a half century of refined and ever-evolving craftsmanship. To mark this milestone achievement Alvarez has created the ARDA1965, part of their 1965 Series, a gorgeous line of guitars that exemplify everything they’ve learned over the years in terms of sound, aesthetics, and affordability.

“We want every guitarist and Alvarez enthusiast to be able to join us in this 50 year celebration,” says Chris Meikle, Head of Development at Alvarez and Senior Vice President of St. Louis Music. “Very often commemorative guitars are so expensive that they’re out of reach to the everyday player. Our goal with the 1965s was to create a line with beautiful appointments and tone, but make them as accessible as possible.”

The ARDA1965 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought is made with premium North American, solid A+ Sitka spruce top, a beautiful Acacia back and sides, and  handcrafted Paua abalone purfling. Other appointments include mother-of-pearl and abalone inlays, premium die-cast tuners, and a bi-level rosewood bridge.

Features
  • Body
  • Body type:Slope Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Cutaway:Non-cutaway
  • Top wood:SolidSitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Acacia
  • Bracing pattern:Forward Shifted PatternScalloped X
  • Body finish:Gloss
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Not specified
  • Nut width:1.75" (44.45mm)
  • Fingerboard:Rosewood
  • Neck wood:Mahoganyinfo not available
  • Scale length:25.5"
  • Number of frets:19
  • Neck finish:Gloss
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:No
  • Brand:Not applicable
  • Configuration:Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ:Not applicable
  • Feedback filter:Not applicable
  • Tuner:Not applicable
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:Rosewood
  • Tuning machines:Die-cast
  • Bridge:Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut:Bone
  • Number of strings:6-string
  • Special features:None
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Nontransferable limited lifetime warranty on guitars.
Check with manufacturer for specific parts and labor warranty.


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Alvarez50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Deal for the Money!

By JIm G.

from Massachusetts

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

    This is a wonderful guitar and a great value - solid wood, bone nut & saddle, slotted headstock with vintage tuners, and a beautiful sunburst finish and tasteful paua/abalone inlays. Sounds great fingerstyle or with a pick.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Do not miss out on this one!

    By Janis

    from Worcester, Massachusetts

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Sound Is Off The Charts
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar is a hidden gem. I own a Martin 00015 (LOVE) and had just purchased a Taylor 214 CE Koa when I saw this particular guitar. My first guitar, which I had given away was an Alvarez and I have always had a desire to replace it somehow. I came across this and saw that although it was a lower priced Alvarez, it had a Yairi bracing system as a bonus of it being their 50th anniversary edition. I took a chance and ordered it. I was blown away at the sound. I brought it to three excellent guitarists that I know who have multiple quality guitars and they couldn't believe how amazing it sound. Two of them would have bought mine. Decided to add a K K pick up and I am one happy camper. BTW, I returned the Taylor and am extremely happy with my Martin and Alvarez. Oh did I mention how beautiful it is too? :)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Guitar plays better than any J-45 I have ever owned

      By RJ

      from Orlando, Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stunning Finish

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

          If this guitar said Gibson or Martin on the headstock you would pay over $3000 for it. This is one of the most beautiful looking, playing and sounding acoustic guitars I have ever played. I own 4 J-45's right now and would put this guitar up against any single one of them.

          This guitar has such a beautiful tone. Crystal clear brilliant note articulation. Waverly style tuners work flawlessly and I love the slotted style headstock. The sunburst finish is one of the most beautiful I have seen, ever. It is very close to the Martin 000-17SM finish, but richer. I have always loved the neck profile of Alvarez guitars. They remind me of older D Martin necks.

          I no longer play out or plugged in so no electronics does not bother me one bit.

          Seriously if you are looking into a J-45 or some other Southern Style acoustic or slope shoulder acoustic do not let this one pass you by based on price. This guitar is seriously competition to guitars that cost $2 - $3K more. Astonishing really.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great woods, sound, action - and price

          By professor chill

          from El Paso TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

            First, the woods on this 12-fret Alvarez dreadnought are incredible. Mine came with a 2-piece acacia back and sides with curly waves of woodgrain. Yes, it's laminate, but it has a deep 3-D look and sounds great. The solid top is more like AA+ grade, with the bear claw patterns of old sitka spruce. The satin finish mohogany neck was dark stained and plays real nice. The gloss body finish and Shadowburst gloss top had no flaws. Second, the sound is excellent - it's loud, even when fingerpicking. Mine was set up with medium action from the factory (and still in tune!) and when you dig in, it gives back all those percussive effects and extra overtones that make for a great acoustic sound - no buzz. Third, the action is great for fingerpicking with the generous wide nut and a little beef on the neck profile for better sustain. It's probably not the best neck for a child, with the 25.5" scale and 1.75" nut, but for me it's so-much-nicer than the little guitar necks. Fourth, the top-rim paua abalone trim may be a bit over-the-top for the traditional acoustic guitar crowd. But it gives it a a bit of a retro cowboy stage look, along with the 12-fret and open tuners. Finally - the price is fantastic, get it while you can!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great woods, sounds, action and price - get it while you can

            By professor chill

            from El Paso TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

              First, the woods on this 12-fret Alvarez dreadnought are incredible. Mine came with a 2-piece acacia back and sides with curly waves of woodgrain. Yes, it's laminate, but it has a deep 3-D look and sounds great. The solid top is more like AA+ grade, with the bear claw patterns of old sitka spruce. The satin finish mohogany neck was dark stained and plays real nice. The gloss body finish and Shadowburst gloss top had no flaws. Second, the sound is excellent - it's loud, even when fingerpicking. Mine was set up with medium action from the factory (and still in tune!) and when you dig in, it gives back all those percussive effects and extra overtones that make for a great acoustic sound - no buzz. Third, the action is great for fingerpicking with the generous wide nut and a little beef on the neck profile for better sustain. It's probably not the best neck for a child, with the 25.5" scale and 1.75" nut, but for me it's so-much-nicer than the little guitar necks. Fourth, the top-rim paua abalone trim may be a bit over-the-top for the traditional acoustic guitar crowd. But it gives it a a bit of a retro cowboy stage look, along with the 12-fret and open tuners. Finally - the price is fantastic, get it while you can!

               
              5.0

              Beautiful

              By Cherie

              from Was in SC live in Biloxi

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alvarez 50th Anniversary ARDA1965 Dreadnought Slope Shoulder Acoustic Guitar:

                  Absolutely beautiful

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