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Alvarez has been making the YB1 Alvarez-Yairi Baritone for years and its popularity has remained strong. Enter the Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar, an affordable baritone guitar that will blow you... Click To Read More About This Product

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Alvarez has been making the YB1 Alvarez-Yairi Baritone for years and its popularity has remained strong. Enter the Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar, an affordable baritone guitar that will blow you away. The ABT60 is a member of the Alvarez Artist '60 Series. Alvarez was careful to get the construction just right to allow this series to sing, and deliver a player experience that's exceptional for a mid price instrument.

The term "solid top" 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 doesn't 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. The 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.

The sound is warm, open and powerful, and both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other. These guitars feel right and are exciting to play and responsive.

The solid ˜A' grade Sitka spruce tops are hand selected from quarter-sawn wood. This ensures consistent quality, and its no secret better guitars are made from better wood. These tops not only look great but they are stiff and strong and finely grained. This allows them to be cut just that tiny bit thinner, which lets them dance a little more and produce a lot more vibration, and ultimately a richer tone.

All of the components are made of natural materials such as mother of pearl and abalone inlays, real bone saddles and nuts and rosewood appointments.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Baritone Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ˜A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Alvarez bi-level rosewood bridge
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Premium, high gloss finish
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Real bone nut and saddle
  • Paua abalone and mother of pearl inlays
  • Premium die cast chrome tuners
  • ABS binding
  • D'Addario EXP's
  • Case sold separately
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AlvarezArtist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Stays in tune (14)
  • Consistent (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Recording (12)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bang for the Buck? Oh, yeah.

This is the kind of instrument that can help you expand your horizons. Every time you get a new instrument, it compels you to play more, and that makes you a better musician....Read complete review

This is the kind of instrument that can help you expand your horizons. Every time you get a new instrument, it compels you to play more, and that makes you a better musician. If you can find something that changes your game a little, then that stretches you. This is such an instrument.

I'm known as a multi-instrumentalist, and get called to play Dobro, lap steel, bouzouki, etc. It's great, and I feel valued. But everybody can't do this. What you CAN do as a guitarist, however, is strap on something that doesn't force you to relearn, but does make you think again, and explore. The ABT60 is all that and a bag of chips.

Oh, yeah, about the instrument: It's very nicely made, and for a Chinese-made instrument, that says a lot, 'cause I am not a fan of PRC building techniques. The premium with this model is that Alvarez is one of those companies that ships their products to a stateside facility and tweaks up the foreign-made products. Wechter, who made my Dobro, is another. As touted by Alvarez, the bracing is hand-sanded, and does look very well done, and adds to the clarity and responsiveness of the ABT60.

Anyhow, they didn't have to do a lot of tweaking - this instrument is very carefully constructed. The solid spruce top is thin, unlike a lot of tanks I've played from overseas. So is the finish. This is not the typical "nuclear finish" you see on a lot of overseas-made instruments. It appears hand-applied, and lets the guitar really ring. It's got a HUGE body, and resonates nicely. Actually kind of jangles, if you push it a little hard. Now, you will not get a really sweet tone out of this - fingerstyle guitarists may want to save up the other $3000 and get a Taylor or a Martin. But for my money, this puppy adds a great new dimension to my arsenal, and records well, too.

Details: Yes, you can tell that the back and sides are the really cheap kind of "just get by" mahogany. It's not pretty - hey, it's a laminate, and it's the back and sides.

The neck is finished nicely with a semi-matte feel to it. Nice, very playable shape. Longer scale than a regular 6-string, so be prepared for this. But that's what makes the tension right for the lower tuning, and the fatter strings. My advice: always use the heaviest strings you can get away with. Heavier strings mean more volume and better tuning stability. If your fingers hurt, adjust the action, and play more! This model comes with D'Addario EXP23s, which are a coated string, gauged .016 - .070. I'm not a fan of coated strings, so I've also ordered some non-coateds to try. That's another piece of unsolicited advice from me: when you get a new guitar, try different string types and gauges - don't just go with what you're used to. Each instrument has its own "sweet spots" and different strings can bring that out.

My model came without a pickguard (although I think that might have been a factory error, 'cause it's pictured with one), which is good, because the first thing I do is take 'em off. All they do is hamper resonance. You don't want your guitar to look played? Become a collector.

The sound itself is truly larger than life. Yes, you will need to put in some hours figuring out how it needs to be played differently than a standard-tuned 6-string, but you will be rewarded for this.

No electronics in this baby - I will likely buy and install an internal mic for this, as I am DONE with piezo pickups. Whoever thought of them should be shot at dawn.

Finally, I'd like to comment on people who use review space to beat up customer service or complain about shipping problems. People coming here want to know about the product. Take it up with customer service, okay? And Musician's Friend has, almost without fail, the best CS in the business.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Get Ready to Wait Half a Year

I ordered this on 12/28. The site initially stated it would ship on 1/14. My ship date has changed to 1/25/13, 2/5/13, 2/23/13, back...Read complete review

I ordered this on 12/28. The site initially stated it would ship on 1/14. My ship date has changed to 1/25/13, 2/5/13, 2/23/13, back to 2/5/13, and now 4/5/13. So if you order this guitar, get ready to wait almost half a year to get your product. Upon emailing customer service, they give you the response "You can always cancel it and get something else" rather than having any accountability or real solutions.

When calling customer service, I was told it would ship by late January, then early February and most recently, late February.

This has been the only bad experience I've had with MF, but this has been the worst service I've received anywhere for anything. I've contacted Alvarez directly to see if there are any other options. I'll be sure to follow up.

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5.0

Just Get It!!

By Big Guy

from Detroit, Mi

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

    If you've been reviewing baritone acoustic guitars and are wondering if this one is worth it?! Just go ahead and get it.. you wont be disappointed. Don't let the cheaper price tag throw you off, its real quality and you'll be surprised by the sound and play-ability as I was! Mine right out of the box was set up prefect. Take it from a guy who already went through a ton of reviews and back and forth already.

     
    4.0

    Great Baritone for the price... if you get one that's right.

    By The Shadow Nose

    from San Diego, CA.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • fit & finish great, if you get a good one.
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • lots of good low tones
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • took 5 orders to get one acceptable

    Best Uses

    • gigging - practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

    I have to put the fault on Alvarez QC because it took 5 orders of the same guitar to get one without flaws. Yes, I had to order this 5 times. The 5th one was a keeper. Guitars 1 -4 had these problems: crooked tuning key, pickguard not on straight, binding dented, 2 guitars had finish cracks UNDER the lacquer, 1st 5 frets it would buzz. It DID take 5 times ordering this but the 5th guitar was perfect. No problems like was mentioned. The tuners & pickguard were on straight, no dents in the binding, no under lacquer cracks. It all passed my QC, which is the least I would find acceptable. This guitar can be tuned to A but that's as low as you can go before the strings start flubbing out. It really like B & you get the best tone & playability there. This thing has some awesome bass tones to it. It will challenge your normal way of thinking about playing guitar because of it sounding so low. It doesn't come with a case & most average jumbo cases WON'T fit. You need one with a lower bout of 17" wide. I call mine 'The Titanic' because of how huge it is. I opted for the non-pickup one because I'll mostly do recording with it. I have a few sound hole pickup I can use for live work. All in all, it's a great value if you get a good one. It's on par with the 10x more expensive T brand baritone. GC had it at a really low price & I was going to get 2, but that price drop is long gone. I'm never parting with my #5 because of all the trouble it took to get one that was right. Your mileage may vary.

     
    4.0

    Nice guitar. Quailty great, attention to details, so-s0

    By The Shadow-Nose

    from San Marcos, CA.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • challenges your playing abilities
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • priced right for the working person
    • Rich Sound
    • SOLID Spruce Top
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • attention to detail was poor
    • need to buy a special hard case or XXL gig bag

    Best Uses

    • live performance with a mic or installed pickup
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

    First thing you need to know about these is they are SUPER JUMBO! not regular jumbo, like others. At the store we tried a regular jumbo case and the lower bout was too big. In fact, it's 17" across! Now that's a BIG ONE! So we found an acoustic bass case that would fit it with a little bit of room at the head-stock.
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    It came in the typical triangle box, inside another large box, with 'some' packing. I'm saying the way it was packed was very poor. They skimped on the paper stuffing. God forbid UPS let anything land on it. It WOULD NOT survive! It had the usual white transparent bag all Pac-Rim's come in. The build quality was nearly flawless. The 3 BIGGEST flaws were: 2 dings in the binding where the neck joins the body. 2.) the pick guard was put on crooked and didn't match the curve of the sound hole trim. 3.) one of the machine tuners was installed noticeably crooked. The 1st two I could live with, but a visibly crooked tuner shouldn't be on a brand new guitar! Guess QC missed that one. Other than those 3 things, everything else was totally perfect (I got lucky). The neck was laser straight, the action completely perfect (3/32nd bass side - 5/64ths treble side). It needed NO neck adjustment at any tuning.
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    The D'Addario's they put on at the factory have a .070 for the low 'E'. and a .014 for high E. It wasn't 'that' hard to play it but you better have strong hands to deal with that piano wire for strings. With a solid spruce top, it sounded amazing. A week prior the Taylor rep was in at my local GC and had one of their Bari's. I had to tune it up to 'C' to get it to sound right. When tuned to 'A' the strings flopped about.
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    John Pierce has an 80/20 set I'm going to try. Martin's are P. Bronze and also coated like the D'Addario's. This will be an interesting instrument to challenge my guitar creativity. There's really nothing like it and you've got to play one to understand. So at the low price GC has them (no pickup) it should be something in your collection.

     
    5.0

    Great guitar and easy purchasing

    By Heather

    from Derry NH

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

    I had to order and ship in the store, and it was shipped and arrived exactly when the said it would! Bought as a gift for my husband and he loves it!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    WHOLE LOTTA SOUND

    By MTreehugger

    from Undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

        I played one of these in a local store and was struck hard by the rich, vibrant tone. I waited until MF had a coupon, then jumped on it!

        I think it's a great value. While the guitar is very attractive, Alvarez is able to deliver whopping tone at this price by using class b woods. The tone is all there, but you'll find anomalies in the woods that other companies would reject. I sent the first guitar back because of this, and the replacement guitar also had some grain irregularities that detract from what otherwise would be a beautiful guitar.

        The intonation is spot on and it holds a tune for weeks on end. With the longer scale and heavier strings, it is more difficult to play.

        (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "everybody listen to voices in my head"

        By Jerzy Contrail

        from Belding, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

          that 1 song and that one guitar got to be a baritone and this is the one, that one guitar felt good in his hands didn't take long to understand start rocking.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          You get what you pay for

          By BT60

          from Black Hills,sd

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • What Ever You Want

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

            This guitar has a very bold voice rich with mid tones with all the different tunings available its versatility is open to anything, when i received the first one it had major issues, it went back, upon receiving #2 severely dehydrated, truss rod way to tight, 24hrs ltr, the back was nicely raised the sound board was smooth and perfect, this is a well built big bodied guitar, after some tuning and truss adj it started to sing, you can really feel the sound traveling through it beautiful tone wood, easy to play even with the long scale, I do feel i got what i paid for, the service was great, issues resolved quickly, I will not hesitate to hang this next to my GS8

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great sounding Baritone, Great Price!

            By Mystic Wolf

            from Rodney, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

              I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, bouzouki, dulcimer etc..) and I've always wanted a Baritone guitar, but I never had the money to spend on a high end model. When I heard that Alvarez (my preferred brand) was producing an ABT60 model in their Artist series I had to have it!

              I ordered this guitar on a Tuesday and it arrived on Friday of the same week. It arrived securely packaged and came with a set of D'Addario EXP23's already on it. After inspecting the guitar for any blemishes or dents (there were none), I tuned it (BEADF#B) and started playing.

              The ABT60 has a big, deep resonance that just feels entirely different than a standard tuned guitar. The sustain on the low notes is amazing and stands out when playing with other guitars, although too many "other" guitars may drawn it out a bit. A regular size six string guitar capo works just fine on it and it played great no matter where I had the capo. I've played with a pick as well as fingerpicking and both have a strong, deep sound coming from that awesome jumbo body.

              As for the case, I ordered a Gator GW-Jumbo and the ABT60 fits in it perfectly and is more affordable than the SKB-20 (if you're on a budget).

              Overall, I give this Baritone guitar 5 stars as it has everything I need in order to play folk and rock music, jam, practice, record and play small venues like I do. Alvarez has a true gem on their hands and more multi-instumentalists should discover it!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              good buy!

              By zmoon712

              from mountain top, pa

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • I Perfer A Bit Wider
              • Neck A Little Too Narrow
              • Works Ok

              Best Uses

              • Exploring Low Tuning
              • For Now Home Use
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues
              • Using To Explore Low Tuni

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

              was interested in long neck tuning guitars. i get to try without paying a ton of money, like if i bought a taylor.
              seems sturdy and well made.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Baritone on a Budget

              By Wato

              from Detroit

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series ABT60 Baritone Guitar:

                  Though I wanted one by Larivee (and still do), I couldn't justify the money for a non-essential guitar. I am really pleased, especially considering the cost. Decent tone and projection, no build flaws, accurate neck and setup. I use an old soundhole pickup for performance, which fits fine and works out great through the system I use. Until I can afford a high-level all-wood one, this is plenty good (and I'm pretty critical when it comes to guitars).

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