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Artist Series classical guitars are beautifully made using a traditional Spanish heel construction. Their thoughtful bracing helps deliver sustain, balance and volume. This Hybrid version AC65HCE is a... Click To Read More About This Product

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Artist Series classical guitars are beautifully made using a traditional Spanish heel construction. Their thoughtful bracing helps deliver sustain, balance and volume. This Hybrid version AC65HCE is a classical guitar with a narrower nut (48mm) and therefore thinner neck. The fingerboard is also arched with a radius similar to that of steel string guitars. So really, it's a nylon string guitar that sounds like a classical but plays like steel string. It's also fitted with the wonderful SYS550 EQ and pickup.

The Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar 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 cedar 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.

SYS550 dual pickup
The SYS550 designed by B-BAND is a pro-level EQ and pickup that reproduces the sound of the guitar very closely with great clarity. B-BAND use a patented under saddle electret film pick up 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.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Classical, Hybrid Acoustic Electric Guitar (Nylon Strings)
  • Hand-selected, solid cedar top
  • Hand-sanded, scalloped bracing
  • 48mm nut, thinner neck, joined at 14th
  • Steel string style, arched fingerboard
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Traditional Spanish heel neck joint
  • SYS550 pickup and EQ with tuner
  • Rosewood binding
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Premium, high gloss finish
  • Real bone nut and saddle
  • Wood mosaic and mother-of-pearl inlays
  • Premium tuners
  • Savarez strings
  • Case sold separately
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AlvarezArtist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A beautiful compromise

I started on classicals in the 60's folk movement, then moved to steel strings. But I always missed the rich mellow sounds of the classicals. I'm primarily a finger-style player, although I...Read complete review

I started on classicals in the 60's folk movement, then moved to steel strings. But I always missed the rich mellow sounds of the classicals. I'm primarily a finger-style player, although I use finger picks on my 12-strings, but a flat pick becomes a tiddly wink in my hands, so the nylon strings are more comfortable for me. However, muscle memory is a powerful thing, and switching from a 45 mm neck on my D-28 to the Yamaha 51 mm neck was cumberson. The 48 mm neck on this guitar is a great compromise. Also, the Savarez strings, while difficult to keep in tune, bring out the full sound, from the bass to the trebles. A good choice by Alvarez. The neck plays well all the way up (I found myself actually utilizing the cut-away, something I'd never done). I have not experimented much with the onboard electronics, since my typical audience is just myself. But when I have amped it, I've noticed that, even when adjusted fully to the under-bridge transducer, it still picks up a lot of string/fingering sound, something less noticeable when I amp the D-28. I wouldn't trade my Martins for anything, but there are certain songs in the genre that I play that just sound better with the mellow tones of the nylons strings.

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Great Idea... Half Baked Design

This guitar was not the quality I was expecting, but I am not sending it back. The strings, tuning-heads and bridge will have to be replaced.. Too much internal hardware and wiring...Read complete review

This guitar was not the quality I was expecting, but I am not sending it back. The strings, tuning-heads and bridge will have to be replaced.. Too much internal hardware and wiring for it to project cleanly.. The wires bang against the wood if you turn it over.

But it sounds better than any other classical guitar at this price. Just dont have high hopes for great value. Setup and parts replacement will put it just over the mark for value vs. quality.

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5.0

Light to the touch delicate sound with liquid tone

By Jason

from undisclosed

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought the 65HCE for two purposes, to play duets with my girlfriend who plays a ukulele, and to play jazz. I picked the HCE because I wanted the hybrid neck with classical tone. The 65HCE delivers on both of those things. The size and playability are wonderful, the strings feel light and responsive under the fingers. The tone is both delicate and carrying, with the liquid tones that you want for playing jazz.

The one problem I've run into is that the longer neck (26mm longer) means it doesn't fit a standard classical case. I emailed Alvarez and they responded quickly with a recommendation for a case for it. So no real problem just a thing to be aware of.

For the price this instrument would be hard to beat. It's quickly become a favorite of mine to play and has opened up some Jazz ideas that I wasn't doing much with.

If you're looking for a classical instrument with a bit more of the feel of a steel string, this is a very good choice.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good both Acoutical and Plugin

By thong_m_do

from Ohio USA

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have 1 AC65CE and 2 AC65HCE. 3 of them bought in MF. Each model comes with different preamp & pickup, even though on the listing list all model having Sys550. The first AC65CE, it comes with the Sys650 - Dual pickup UST/AST where I can blend both sources, that is the plus. The second AC65HCE comes with sys550, this is not a dual pickup source as advertise. The 3rd one it equipped with LR Baggs Stage Pro Element. All preamp actually sound great when I plugin straightt into PA or Marshall acoustic amp. I also own many other Nylon Guitar and here my comparison: I compare the unplug & plug-in PA of Alvarez AC65CHE to Cordoba GK, Yamaha NTX900, Yamaha NTX1200, Cordoba Fusion 14, Godin Multiac Duet Nylon, Godin ACS SA, Godin Multiac Duet Ambiance. Multiac Duet Ambiance is the best, then both Alvarez and Yamaha NTX/NCX are second best, and produces naturally nylon sound, no quacky, no synthetic. I actually recording this guitar with direct plugin to FocusRite interface, and also record another track with Godin Multiac Duet (not Duet Ambiance) and the sound from Alvarez much better than Godin Multiac Duet Nylon. Acoustically, these Alvarez guitar out perform all cross over guitars, they have a full sound and sound loudest. Here are my conclusion: -
- Compare the plug in sound to the Godin Multiac Duet Ambiance: Winner is Godin.
- Compare the plugin sound to the Godin Multiac Duet Nylon, and Godin ACS SA: Winner is Alvarez.
- Compare Plugin sound to Yamaha NTX series 700/900/1200: Alvarez in par.
- Compare plugin sound to Cordoba Fusion, Cordoba GK, Cordoba GK Studio & Negra: Winner is Alvarez.
- Compare Unplug sound, acoustically to all cross-over models: Winner is Alvarez.
- Compare Unplug Sound to my other special Custom made with Double Solid Top, sandwich bracing Top, or Carbon Fiber Solid Top: Alvarez is lost - those guitars minimum is 5K
- Neck profile and fast playing neck: Winner is all Godin model.
- There is a reason why I keep purchasing Alvarez.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Don't Wait... this is a great price!

By Kragmeister

from San Diego

Pros

  • Easy to play
  • Good Tone Plugged Or Not
  • Nice Factory Action
  • Not Delicate
  • Plays Like Flat-top

Cons

  • Bass String Weak

Best Uses

  • Backpacks On Scooter
  • Plugged Or Not
  • Stage And Home

Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I'll keep this one! After a year, it needed help with the low E string at the pickup. One call to St Louis Music (distributor) and parts were on the way. GC needs to become an authorized repair... they don't know why they are not.

I switch between my Silver Anniversary Jazz Fushion Alvarez (wide neck) and this ... nice combo. Cant wait for replacement Piezo to get the low end... it'll crank then!
I use this with a stereo acoustic processor, nice blend with my wife's keyboard in stereo. We play every weekend. So having a stage model was important to me.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Hybrid Classical Alvarez Guitar

By None

from San Diego

Pros

  • Good electronics
  • Price Tone Playability

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Parlor Playing

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    After a hiatus of 35+ years, I decided on this guitar to get back into playing. I have had it for about 8 months and use a Behringer Ultracoustic amplifier. The longer slimmer neck make it easy to play. I can hammer, pull off and bend the strings with ease. It has good tone and electronics with tuner, pick up and EQ. It stays in tune. But the best thing of all, is I am having fun with it.It was discounted by 33% and I used a groupon for further price reduction.

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My review of the Alvarez Hybrid

    By None

    from San Diego

    Pros

    • Price Quality Action

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Parlor

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I paid 46% of the listed price. It has a tuner, EQ and pickup. It has good tone. The action was no problem. No buzzing sounds. The neck is narrower and longer giving it that regular guitar feel to it. This is a great beginners guitar for the price. You can pick modern ballads, classical favorites or possibly flamenco.

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    • No

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great value, nice tone!

    By flyingfid

    from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

    Pros

    • Good electonics
    • Good Playabilty
    • Great Value
    • Nice Finish
    • Nice tone

    Cons

    • Slight Buzz On D String

    Best Uses

    • Classical
    • Fingerstyle
    • Home Practice
    • Song writing

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I practice quite a lot (I need to!) and I wanted a guitar that was a little easier on my fingers and also had a wider neck for easier finger picking etc. This guitar is ideal. The wider 48mm neck is just enough extra and the slightly curved fingerboard makes transitioning from a steel acoustic or electric to the Alvarez very natural.

    The build & finish quality is also excellent for the price (I bought it just before Xmas with the 15% off deal). If I have one complaint, it's an occasional buzz on the D string. I don't think it's the setup, I think it's a frequency/harmonic problem or maybe the loose wiring inside buzzing against the body? Anyway, played through my amp I don't hear it, but acoustically it's there, on and off.

    The elecro side of this instrument is pretty good, lots of tonal adjustment on the guitar for different music genres (roll off the presence & middle if you get finger squeak sliding up the strings) and the tuner is quite nice, although as another reviewer said, you have to pluck the low E pretty hard to get the needle to register... very minor issue really. The battery is easy to get at, but it's difficult to find the 1/4" jack when you try to connect while sitting with the instrument on your knee. I keep hitting the other outlet instead!

    To sum it up, you won't be disappointed, it's a great instrument that sounds good and you will impress an audience or yourself with it's tonal qualities and appearance.

    I recommend this case: Item #541695000001000 by Silver Creek, it's a good tight fit and well made. Just be careful with the knobs on the B-band unit until the foam conforms, it could (possibly) switch the tuner on and drain the battery.

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    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very nice guitar

    By H McBride

    from Independence, OR

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing Learning

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I got this particular guitar because I like the mellow sound of a classical. The Alverez is called a hybrid. It's neck is a little narrower than a traditional classical guitar which I have hardly played. I really enjoy playing this guitar. There are no buzzing frets and the sound is great. I have had to make no adjustments to the guitar. The action is low all the way up the neck.
        The guitar has very nice finish. I don't see any inperfections in it. It is easy to tune. It has a built in tunner which is very handy even though it stays in tune very well.
        I still consider myself to be a beginner even thoughs I have played since 1965. I have had several guitars over the years. I am not a performer as such. However even I would sound alright in front of parent groups and and people who don't care if I forget the words at times.

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        • No

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Well made guitar

        By Larry

        from Eugene OR

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I bought this to replace an older "standard" classical. Was looking to try a smaller neck and better action. Also wanted electric for direct plug in recording. I am not disappointed. The guitar is well made and is very easy to play. Beautiful finish and design. Pro music friends and local luthier impressed with the design, ease of play and sound quality.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar for its price range

        By Cheesie

        from RICHMOND, VA

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Well, the guitar was new and received in original packaging. There was a small 1-inch crack on the back where something hit it. It is between one of the spars and the neck joint, it didn't affect the tone, and since it's a laminate rear section, I didn't bother returning.
        Outside of that, it sounds great. It came without needing any adjustments. One of the pluses is that it comes with a truss rod and they included an allen key for adjustment. I was almost going to get a Cordoba C5-CE because of that feature. It also has strap buttons on the bottom and the neck so you don't need to install any. The neck isn't as flat and wide as a regular classical guitar which I like.
        This probably sounds like a silly point but there are only fret markers at the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th frets. I am not an accomplished professional guitarist so I'm kind of lost without fret markets above the 12th fret. For classical music, it's not a biggie, but for jazz, I'm going to have to practice more when playing in the upper area of the fretboard.
        The built-in tuner is nice but it doesn't pick up the sound from the high E without plucking that string very hard. I plugged it into a guitar amp and it sounds great. Enough EQ and pickup adjustments to get a sound I was satisfied with.
        I like the battery compartment design. The 9-volt battery slides in and out easily. I didn't test the XLR output so I can't write anything about that.
        Finish all over is nice.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An incredible guitar for the price!

        By Stephen D Patch

        from Columbus, OH

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AC65HCE Classical Hybrid Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I have owned this guitar for over a year now so this is not another "wow, just bought this but really haven't checked it out" review. I wanted a fusion style nylon-string classical that had built-in electronics for amplification but did not want to spend much money. A couple of web demos of this guitar caught my interest. I knew it was made in China and wanted to see how their quality stood up in an inexpensive guitar. Plus, GC had a great sale that allowed me to have this delivered for a very low cost. The result? Outstanding! The guitar compares to others which cost much more. The build quality in the one I have is flawless. A great cedar top that allows good acoustic sound so I can practice on it unplugged and really enjoy it. The laminated mahogany back & sides give the guitar substance and are beautifully finished. The neck, fingerboard and tuners are equally well built. The rosette and dark wood bindings give a great, under-stated, traditional look to the guitar. The balance between bass and treble strings is excellent and intonation quite good. My guitar arrived with a high action and I expected that. At this price, so should you. The fingerboard and frets were well finished and very playable. So, I took it to a good tech and had the saddle lowered and rounded to more closely conform to the radiused fingerboard and now it plays like a dream. You can get that done for $25.00 to $50.00 or so and it's money well spent. Many players will be able to do it themselves. The B-Band electronics package is excellent too. I have played it through both an Ibanez Troubadour acoustic amp and a Fender digital solid-state amp and the sound is quite good and very adjustable. This is where this guitar really shines. It's made to be amplified. The under-saddle pickup and the microphone in the electronics allow a nice variation of tone quality, everything from a full traditional classical sound to amplified metal, with a very nice jazz tonality available too. Dial in a little reverb and chorus and this thing sounds like a million bucks! Played absolutely cleanly through the acoustic amp gives a very smooth tone too. The main thing is that one can adjust to get the tone that you want, whatever that may be. Played through a DSP this guitar is pure fun. Do my more expensive classical guitars have better acoustic volume and tone. Sure, but they should. They cost a ton more. But, when the Alvarez is plugged in, it sounds fantastic. In short, this guitar represents a great value for the money. Is there a cheaper electric classical out there that plays and sounds as good? There may be but I'm done looking. This one's a keeper.

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