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The Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar is big, bright and beautiful. The solid A grade Sitka tops with forward scalloped bracing lets this guitar really sing and the player ex... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar is big, bright and beautiful. The solid A grade Sitka tops with forward scalloped bracing lets this guitar really sing and the player experience is fantastic, you can really feel the energy of this guitar vibrate against your chest. Like most classic Jumbos the '80 has maple back and sides and all natural, premium components throughout. This acoustic-electric version is fitted with the awesome SYS550 pickup system EQ with chromatic tuner.

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 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.

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.

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 uses a patented under saddle electret film pickup 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
  • Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
  • Hand selected, ˜A' grade, solid Sitka spruce top
  • Hand sanded, scalloped bracing
  • Maple back and sides
  • SYS550 electronics with EQ and tuner
  • 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 AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Cons

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    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Love it

By Preacher

from Fl

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing guitar for 25 years and as a guitarist I was evtreml y hesitant to buy a guitar online that I have not played but the sale price plus reviews convinced me. I bought this for my son who is learning and after 2 years I thought it was time he owned a guitar of his own and. can I say I'm not disappointed in the least. I love this guitar I wish I bought it for myself. It has a big sound and the factory action is great. Not to mention the blonde look.

     
    4.0

    Great all around except one minor flaw...

    By PD

    from NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Pickup

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is a great all around guitar. Booming but balanced unplugged sound and understated looks (not as fancy as the epi). I agree with some other reviews that it's a little neck heavy but I really don't mind and I like that the neck is wide although it does take some time to get used to. Here's the flaw though, It sounds great plugged in but I noticed that the E(low) and A strings were very muted and almost muffled. I tried shimming the saddle several times but no improvement. I'm going to contact Alvarez and/or take it to a luthier and see where that gets me. Still would buy again as I really love this guitar.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      AJ80CE is a Great Buy

      By Jerry Wallace

      from Texas

      Pros

      • Comfortable Action
      • Loud And Proud
      • Sturdy built
      • The Bottom End Bass
      • Very Plain But Beautiful

      Cons

      • A Bit Heavy Neck
      • Bband Electonics
      • No case included

      Best Uses

      • Country
      • Gospel
      • Home Studio
      • Live Venues
      • Live Venues Home Studio
      • Rock

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This guitar has a great full sound! Whether plugged in or not, it's the loudest guitar on stage. The Bband electronics sucked, so I put a Takamine Cool Tube pre amp as well as the Takamine Tri ax soundhole pickup in it. Sounds amazing plugged in now. I did shave a hair off the bridge nut to drop the action just a hair, but it was very playable when I received it. It's actually my favorite guitar now and I've had it for over 2 years.People brag on it all the time.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Soinic delight

      By Jimmy Mack

      from Virginia Beach

      Pros

      • Acoustics
      • Action
      • Appearance
      • price
      • Small Electronic Panel
      • Valueprice

      Cons

      • Minor Workmanship Flaws
      • Neck Design

      Best Uses

      • Playing
      • Recording
      • Standing Out Acoustically

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Some years ago I owned the AJ 60CE from Alvarez and, while it played and sounded extremely well both plugged and unplugged, the notes lost sustain as you went up the neck. Not at all so on this same-shaped jumbo which has remarkable action right out of the box. The reason I subtracted a star is two-fold. One is that the neck edge is actually rather sharp--meaning that the arc on the edges where the fingerboard meets the neck needs to be greater in order to play comfortably for long periods of time. It's not that the frets jut out or anything. I just feel a rather pronounced edge that s/b rounded off IMO for a better playing experience. The sound however is quite spectacular both acoustically and electronically. Just super.

      The other of my two-fold gripe relates to small flaws in the finish--excess glue at the neck joint, a run of gloss finish also near the neck joint where the body gloss ends and the satin finish on the neck begins. I don't mean for the amount of ink I've put into identifying these to mean there's a disqualifying mess, I'd just like to be able to say the "fit and finish" are perfect or what they could or should be and I can't. This guitar is easily worth its price however and I'm very happy to be able to say that the issue about note susstain getting shorter as one approached the cutaway of the earlier AJ60CE is definitely a thing of the past. I bought that Alvarez Jumbo new in a guitar store and, though I've owned a Mexican Martin and Taylor 210 CE since, I was confident enough that the Alvarez could be ordered sight yet unseen from MF. It won't be going back, that's for sure. The neck edge arc issue I'll get over in time and it's something I think Alvarez would do well to round out, but the finish issues are minor and almost invisible given the transparency of the glue and gloss coat over such bright-colored maple and are not atypical for an Asian import. Small stuff.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      professional quality at beginners price

      By frettin2pic

      from Hot Springs, Arkansas

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is one truly sweet guitar. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for an axe with a fantastic voice. Easy to play, it continues to surprise me. Electronics are simply the best.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well Done Alvarez!

      By David Michael

      from Palm Springs California

      Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Just do it. This beauty should be at least 3 times the price tag. Maybe more! So many features and it is quite stunning to look at from any angle. When you play your first chord which will more than likely be an open D, you will be almost ready to open your wallet. Both neck and fretboard feel so nice! The action was perfect right out of the box. The Sitka top along with the forward bracing--maple back and sides help make this guitar what it is. And it sounds HUGE. No more getting drowned out! The machines are nice and smooth while the Bone nut and saddle do their job nicely. The dual band electronics are incredible. Between the under bridge pickup and the under soundboard transducer, you can use either or--or easily blend your sound in an instant. It's very easy to dial in ANY sound or tone you like with the very responsive electronics this guitar has. And the tuner? Absolutely perfect. 12th fret marker only however you do have the standard dots on the necks binding so no worries there. 1/4 inch or XLR inputs make this baby even more verstile. This guitar is as solid as they come and I would put it up against any of it's higher end counter parts. And I don't just say that. It's true, and it's worthy. I have had this for almost six months now and couldn't be happier. It's aging like fine wine. I could say alot more but I will just end off the way I started. Just do it! You won't regret it. And hurry before they raise the price on this thing!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound, and feel.

      By ekul184

      from san francisco, ca

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Amazing sound
      • good highs
      • Good lows

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Live Sound
        • Shows

        Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Played my friends for quite a while, and went home to buy my own. the neck is smooth and the sound beats the tylor I used to play that doubles it in price. I plugged it in for a show the other night and it sound great after I ajusted the eq on it. The built in tuner is the best built in tuner I have used. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice guitar

        By tiggyboo

        from Rochester, MN

        Pros

        • Action
        • Tone
        • Volume

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Full Sounding Rythm
          • Punchy Solos

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I love my Martin D25K, and I play it by myself 95% of the time... but in the rare instances when I played with others, I was getting drowned out. Plus I was in need of an acoustic-electric. Enter this beast - practically free, and it booms. Now I have to worry about the quality of my playing since everyone hears me :-).

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Quality For Price

          By motodadjlg

          from Oak Hill WV

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful tone
          • Built in tuner
          • Excellant Eletronics

          Cons

          • Action Was A Little High

          Best Uses

          • Fingerpicking
          • On Stage Or In Your Room
          • Rock To Country

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Like most guitarist I played everything I could get my hands on.But chose this for the price to value.This jumbo has such a warm tone with lots of sustain and thats unplugged!I always got drowned out playing lead unplugged but not on this.The bottom is full but not muddy, the mid is clear and defined and the top has that beautiful bell like tone I've only found on more expensive guitars.The volume is very balanced as well.Plugged in you can get the exact same tone or change it dramitically no cheap electronics here.I bought this guitar to play not to keep put up and it's getting it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Buy it while you can

          By BigStan

          from Chicago area

          Pros

          • Excellent sustain
          • Full Sounding
          • Wonderful Projection

          Cons

          • Body Is A Bit Big
          • No Custom Case

          Best Uses

          • For Your Main Guitar

          Comments about Alvarez Artist Series AJ80CE Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This guitar has the best factory setup I ever experienced. Better than my two Martins. Better than my Seagull. And even better than two Takamines that were setup by Third Coast Guitar in Chicago.

          The sound is loud, full, and with good sustain. This is now my favorite guitar. It gives you its all out of the factory box. You don't have to wait years for a solid wood guitar to open up. The larger body of this guitar sings out!

          I bought a Gator GC-Jumbo case for this Alvarez and it fits pretty well. I just had to press my fingers hard to indent the case's foam plush liner to make room for the electronic controls.

          I'M SO HAPPY WITH THIS GUITAR I BOUGHT ANOTHER TO HAVE A BACKUP in case the first guitar should ever fail or get lost or stolen. Now that's a recommendation for this guitar-maker and model. NUFF SAID!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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