Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar Sunburst 886830815904

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The Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar is a really nice Folk/OOO shape, and packs a big punch for its size. It's suitable for all types of music and playing styles. The AF60 is a member o... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar is a really nice Folk/OOO shape, and packs a big punch for its size. It's suitable for all types of music and playing styles. The AF60 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
  • Folk 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
Warranty
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AlvarezArtist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Stays in tune (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

awesome little guitar for money

This Alverez is a great little guitar. My action was a little too high too, but I lowered it, with no problem. I think guitar companies do this so people won't complain about...Read complete review

This Alverez is a great little guitar. My action was a little too high too, but I lowered it, with no problem. I think guitar companies do this so people won't complain about fret buzz. I just don't understand people gripping about high action, but buy the guitar anyway. Play the guitar in the store and if you like the sound the knowlegable people at MF can probably lower the action for you "before" you buy it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Never Again

I bought this guitar because I wanted a short scale acoustic, and had herd some good things about Alvarez. I will never buy another alvarez again. The action is very high, and I...Read complete review

I bought this guitar because I wanted a short scale acoustic, and had herd some good things about Alvarez. I will never buy another alvarez again. The action is very high, and I lowered it as far as the saddle and nut would allow, but it is still realy high. the bridge design only lets you lower so far, and yes I adjusted the truss rod too. The neck is satin(which I prefer), but it just has a realy cheap feel to it. The sound is actually the only good thing here. It does sound good for laminated back and sides. But the action is the worst. I have a fully laminated washburn cheapo, that has better action than this. never again.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Bang for the buck

By Mr. Q

from Louisville KY

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 AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I hadn't purchased a new guitar in close to 10 years. I loved the 2 that I had, but was looking for something a little bit different. After dreaming of Martins and Taylors for a few months I decided i just couldn't spend that kind of money right now. I started doing some hard core research on various instruments looking for specific features such as real bone nut and saddle and solid tops. Visited music shops played a ton of guitars and just couldn't decide. Browsing Musician's friend on day I came across this one on sale. It had all the features I was looking for so I did something I said I would never do...I bought a guitar without playing it! It came in a few days later, and I couldn't be more happy. After a quick tuning the sound was amazing for a guitar in this price range...rivaling that of some of the much more expensive guitars I had played on my search. It was a beautiful guitar (save for a couple blemishes on the top which is why I rated 4 Stars instead of 5. Doesn't really bother me, but it wasn't purchased as a blem.) Overall I would recommend this guitar to anyone...regardless of budget.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar overall

    By Vintage

    from Midwest

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Minor blemishes, was not purchased as a blem

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    I wanted a guitar that was a bit of a step up from an 'entry level' instrument, but something affordable. I only play at home, by myself, so spending hundreds/thousands of dollars isn't really reasonable for me. I got it on sale during the pre-Memorial day sale, so it was about $100 cheaper than normal. Overall, I like it. I plan on changing the plastic saddle to a Tusq one, but other than that, everything is good.
    It did have a few blemishes I wasn't expecting though, being that it wasn't marked as a blem. The binding on the neck appears to have a very small chip in one spot, although you can't feel it, only see it. Where the binding meets the fretboard on the neck isn't the cleanest looking, not sure why that is. There was also a spot on the bottom upper bought that looked like some of the gloss from the top maybe got splattered on the satin side, but it's not a huge issue. A couple other things I noticed, but nothing that would really interfere with playing, and at this price, again, not really an issue. Overall, it's a pretty good guitar.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Love it

    By Big Boy

    from Amarillo, tx

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      I love this guitar. It sounds awesome and plays great after a set up.

       
      5.0

      Very impressed

      By Phil

      from undisclosed

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

        I live in an area with cold winters and was afraid to take an all wood guitar in and out of the cold weather. So I bought this guitar because it has laminated back and sides. Alvarez was on my list along with Ibanez and Yamaha - but I favored this Alvarez folk size guitar because its string scale was 24.8, very close to Gibson's 24 3/4, though the nut was a bit larger at 1 3/4. I bought this particular guitar because it was (1) on sale at a very good price and (2) the sound Alvarez AF60 sound samples on YouTube seemed to have a better tone than other brands of comparable guitars. I have been very impressed with this guitar. Though I can tell a difference between this guitar and a more high end guitars, most people cannot, and the difference in tone is clearly not worth a large $ difference. Its fit and finish were high quality in my opinion. On my guitar, the frets and fretboard were good quality and leveled and finished in a workman like manner. The guitar came set up per factory, and was very playable and had a good tone with the strings that it came with. I did do a set up to slightly lower the action at the 12th fret in order to make it easier to play. I am very pleased and impressed and would not hesitate to buy other Alvarez guitars, including their more expensive ones, now that I have seen firsthand the quality of their products.

         
        5.0

        Ordered 2!

        By Obxman

        from Far East nc

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

          Great to just have around the house. Not very expsenvise and for a "deal of the day" made it that much better!

           
          5.0

          Live this guitar!

          By DJ

          from Statesboro GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            I received this as a Christmas present this year and wasn't too excited. I have never been an Alvarez fan at all. After a quick set up I put her through the paces and man o man is this a beauty! Gorgeous looks, perfect size, great tone.

             
            4.0

            Great all purpose and travel ax

            By Lunk

            from Colorado Springs CO

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Appearance is Attractive
            • Complete sound with good tonal balance
            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Great Neck Action and Feel
            • Stays In Tune
            • Well Crafted

            Cons

            • Setup was a little low and buzzy

            Best Uses

            • Camping Guitar
            • Coffee House Guitar
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

            This was bought on a stupid deal and I won! I got the sunburst. This is a very nice ax if you don't want to lug around a big dreadnought and you want to have some good tone in any genre. This is well made and good looking - no shame here. Iy is not that loud, but you can mic it up, so what the hey. I would recommend this for students, beginners, and people who just want to keep a handy ax around to feel out a song idea. This was a smart purchase for me, but I had plenty of other acoustics in my arsenal. For the price - I stole it lol.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Folk like a Gibson

            By Picker

            from Arkansas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Beautiful Burst
            • Good Feel
            • Great fit and finish
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                Alvarez makes a great above entry level guitar. The burst finish is reminiscent of the late twenties Gibsons. Very personal size. Don't complain about action because these are straight from China and very well made. Seek a competent luthier and pay for a professional setup. DIY folks can easily adjust the truss rod and raise and lower action at the saddle. Beyond that leveling frets or lowering nut action get a pros help. Mine required truss rod adjust and that was it besides tuning. A fan of Alvarez. Make sure it says solid top laminated sides and back are expected until you hit the over five mark and likely more than that. Good job Alvarez and musicians friend. My spruce is gorgeous, lots of medullary rays means well quartered spruce

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sweet Guitar!!

                By Matthew Berrett

                from Utah

                Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                Very nice quality!!! I love the sound quality that this puts out. I got the sunburst color and it looks sweet!! Another quality guitar from Alvarez at a great price.

                (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                awesome little guitar for money

                By Bob

                from Baton Rouge

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AF60 Folk Acoustic Guitar:

                  This Alverez is a great little guitar. My action was a little too high too, but I lowered it, with no problem. I think guitar companies do this so people won't complain about fret buzz. I just don't understand people gripping about high action, but buy the guitar anyway. Play the guitar in the store and if you like the sound the knowlegable people at MF can probably lower the action for you "before" you buy it.

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