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The Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar is one of the most popular models in the whole Alvarez line. It has fantastic energy and response for its size and is incredibly comfortable to play. Cente... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-25-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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The Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar is one of the most popular models in the whole Alvarez line. It has fantastic energy and response for its size and is incredibly comfortable to play. Center-scalloped bracing was used for this parlor, which lets the top really react to the finest of touches. This probably might make you play this small-bodied guitar differently to how you would larger instruments, which leads to all sorts of great stuff.

The AP70 is a member of the Artist Series 70s, which are stunning guitars made from hand-selected A-grade Sitka solid tops with rosewood backs and sides. The high gloss finish really brings out the beauty and grain in the rosewood and like all Artist Series they have advanced scalloped bracing and all natural components. Just like Artist 60 models the 70s have incredible tone and the rosewood helps to accentuate the highs and lows just a tad more.

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 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. The all-new 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 quartersawn 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.

New Artist Series guitars look stunning and all of their 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
  • Parlor Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand-selected, A+grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand-sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Vented headstock
  • 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 open gear tuners
  • ABS binding
  • D'Addario EXP's
  • Case sold separately
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AlvarezArtist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Stays in tune (11)
  • Consistent (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally,an affordable quality parlor guitar!

As I said above, this guitar was very playable right out of the box. In spite of the slight issues with the action and the tuners -which could be corrected by your local...Read complete review

As I said above, this guitar was very playable right out of the box. In spite of the slight issues with the action and the tuners -which could be corrected by your local tech- I am very satisfied with this instrument. The size is fun, so is the 12-fret neck once you get use to it. I really like the minimalist effect of the guitar, nothing too fancy but a nice abalone rosette, single inlay at the 12th fret, and simple headstock logo -just the Alvarez logo, not the name; the name is on the back of the headstock. So may not like the pickguard (if yours comes with it) but it can be easily removed or changed. I'm rather fussy about things like bridge pins and tuners, so I'm really glad the AP70 came with wooden bridge pins. I put Grover tuners on ALL my guitars so the tight tuner was not really an issue for me. Due to the small size of this guitar, I used a Planet Waves woven strap to hold it up and/or play sitting in classical position. It's a good alternative to a 3/4 size guitar if you have a kid who plays guitar or if you are a really small person. The tone of this guitar is very deep and mellow, I'm not big on the D'Addario EXP strings but they're good strings and strings are a personal issue for everyone anyway. If you are interested in a 12-fret parlor, definitely buy this guitar. Would ABSOLUTELY replace is lost of stolen!
To review the specs: Solid sitka spruce top. Laminate Rosewood B/S. Bone nut and saddle. Abalone rosette, chrome tuners. Great parlor guitar for the price, most others are at least twice as expensive. I got mine directly from St. Louis Music so I didn't have to wait. Mine came with the standard black Alvarez-shaped pickguard. Wooden bridge pines (snakewood, I believe) which is rare on a guitar in this price range.
Nice clean construction inside and out No excess glue or cracked bracing. No blemishes on the outside. Tuners are a bit tight (I switched mine to Grovers). Action a bit high, nut could be sanded a bit but still very playable. Nice deep tone. Very playable right out of the box.
This guitar really can't be beat for it's price. Parlors are becoming more and more popular but most still cost at least twice as much. I've played parlors in the $700 range or more with just as high quality. Since cases for parlors are hard to come by, I think Alvarez should throw in a gig bag for an extra $50 or maybe a hardshell for a bit more?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A decent sounding guitar, poor QC.

I've been looking for the perfect travel guitar. I've played most of the small bodied "travel" guitars and found them wanting for tone. The best of the bunch before this...Read complete review

I've been looking for the perfect travel guitar. I've played most of the small bodied "travel" guitars and found them wanting for tone. The best of the bunch before this was the GS Mini in Koa. However, the Alvarez is a good solution-it's a 00 sized body, and the 12 fret neck shrinks the overall length without changing the scale, and, because the bridge is closer to the center of the soundboard, results in a deeper, fuller bass. Soundwise I have NO problems with the guitar.

Where it fell down a little was in the construction. Even with the truss rod completely loose there was NO relief in the neck, so it buzzed on firmly strummed low notes. Since that's where I live at times, it just didn't work. I sent it back and have another one on the way, I hope it'll be better, although I played another at a local store (for twice the price!) and it had almost no relief either. I hope this isn't a pattern…

Weird thing: I paid with Paypal. Apparently they can't do a return exchange with Paypal, had to return the guitar for credit and order another one! I guess I'll just use the credit card for MF from now on.

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3.0

Humidity Problems

By MMDC97

from Connecticut

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

    Guitar arrived with several cracks within the top's finish and sharp fret edges. The guitar required significant humidification. Unfortunately, had to send this one back.

     
    5.0

    Beautiful in appearance and tone

    By Terry

    from Cary, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

        I am really enjoying this guitar. It is beautiful in it's construction and finish. I had a Breedlove parlor that was hard (on the fingers) to play and had a very boxy sound that I didn't like although it was a beautiful mahogany guitar. So I was a little reluctant to get another parlor. But the Alvarez does not have the boxy sound and is very comfortable to play. I spend more time on the sofa playing it than I play any of my other guitars (including an Alvarez Blues 51 guitar, although it is also beautiful and plays very well). The size of this parlor just works very well for me. And the sound compares favorably with other guitars I have owned, including Martin, Guild, Yamaha, Seagull and Simon and Patrick. Since I just play at home, the parlor projects more than enough sound. I am very pleased with this purchase and very impressed with the quality of Alvarez guitars compared to others I have owned.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Alvarez AP70

        By Marty

        from Renton Washington

        Pros

        • Beautiful Woods
        • Comfortable
        • Easy to play
        • Great tone
        • Lite As A Feather

        Cons

        • Tuners Are A Little Tight

        Best Uses

        • Any time any where

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

        I usually don't purchase a guitar without playing first so was a little nervous to say the least.Done lots of research and asked lots of questions regarding wood combination etc...Am I happy with it? Definitely.The woods are beautiful.The sound is really nice and plays well up the neck. It is so lite and comfortable. I find it hard to put down. Would I suggest this guitar to someone looking for a Parlor? 100%

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Impressive

        By Bob from CTH

        from New Hampshire

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

          I own several parlor guitars, first I will compare this to the Alvarez AP-66, an excellent guitar but this AP-70 with the spruce/rosewood combination does have a deeper, richer tone--the highs are crisper and the overall volume is much louder and more responsive. I enjoy both guitars a lot but, if had to pick one or the other, I prefer spruce/rosewood and would therefore lean towards the AP-70.

          The second comparison is to the Blueridge BR371 which is approx. 3.5 to 4x the price. The Blueridge is definitely a better built guitar (solid back and sides) but the string spacing is wider (more traditional for parlor guitars) and may take a little getting used to. The tone of the Blueridge when compared side to side is better to my ear but if I leave the Blueridge in one room and go to another and play either Alvarez the tone does not disappoint in any way. I would recommend the Blueridge for a really serious parlor player and higher end recordings but for most users I believe the AP-70 (or AP-66 if mahogany is preferred) will "answer the mail"!

           
          4.0

          Nice finish and deep sound.

          By Bluesgun

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Rich Sound

          Cons

          • Hard To Do Slides
          • Nut Action Too High

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

          Very nice finish and deep sound. Good value for the money. Some extra setup will make this even better.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          ap70 parlor guitar

          By great

          from florida

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

            Super tone,playability

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great

            By great

            from florida

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

              Great

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              should be an awesome old guitar

              By kevoinidaho

              from caldwell, id

              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 AP70 Parlor Guitar:

                I have been looking for a well made, well designed, quality, solid tone wood Parlor guitar for awhile, and have tried owning a few in this price range but was never satisfied until now. All of the other guitars in this price range don't have an open-slotted head stock witch IMHO is responsible for the true Parlor sound (note separation). The Spruce top is superb hand select A+ and the Rosewood is fantastic. The finish is quite near the quality of a Martin Standard and the Rosewood bridge, headstock plate and bone nuts are very nice touches. The guitar is pretty without being ostentatious or tacky. The forward shifted bracing adds to the volume while maintaining the plucky note separation of a good Parlor. I can also tell that this guitar will hold up well and most importantly, age well, open up and sweeten with time like a quality guitar should. The next step up from this guitar (for more than twice the price), and it's not a big step, would be the Parlor made by Blueridge guitars. I really don't think you can go wrong with this sweet guitar. I felt so highly of mine that I bought a nice hard Parlor sized case for it.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice,nice, nice

                By Old Man

                from arkansas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

                  Very well made instrument. The top is well matched and the tone is perfect. It plays very smoothly with that back porch sound that is unique and pleasant at the same time. Your ears will not get tired of this guitar's voicing like other small bodied guitars. I really enjoy playing this guitar and it is almost impossible to walk by it without picking it up.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  5 Star - No BS

                  By Buff

                  from Papillion,Ne.

                  Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AP70 Parlor Guitar:

                  I read the reviews on this guitar and took the chance and ordered it.. I am very pleased with the purchase both the price and the guitar can't be beat. If your looking for a small bodied,great sounding,great looking guitar this is it. I also want to say the GC Omaha,Ne. has the #1 store for excellent help and advice on whatever your music needs are. GC and the Alvarez AP70 are FIVE STAR!!

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