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Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele

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The Alvarez Grateful Dead Ukulele Series brings you authentic, licensed Grateful Dead artwork presented on a fantastic, handmade concert ukulele with a warm, open tone. There are five different versions to chose from, each with its own artwork to commemorate special moments from the band's long, strange trip. The band was known for its constant tou...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

The Alvarez Grateful Dead Ukulele Series brings you authentic, licensed Grateful Dead artwork presented on a fantastic, handmade concert ukulele with a warm, open tone. There are five different versions to chose from, each with its own artwork to commemorate special moments from the band's long, strange trip. The band was known for its constant touring and this is the perfect instrument for fans who want an instrument that is just as fun and mobile. Case sold separately.

Alvarez Veneta Ukulele

Veneta
The Alvarez Veneta is based on art which was developed for the release of Sunshine Daydream, the Band’s legendary gig and film, which was made in Veneta, Oregon in 1972. The concert was staged at the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds on August 27th, although the music documentary was not released officially until August 1st 2013. The original artwork by Steve Vance depicts a skeleton with a flower headdress, with a hawk perched upon its hand. The Veneta is a great little instrument and its art captures a classical Dead era, a legendary gig and wonderful psychedelia. 


Alvarez Tattoo Ukulele

Tattoo
The Tattoo ukulele features mirrored images of the iconic Bertha skeleton and roses in black overlay, art that first appeared on posters for the Grateful Dead’s early shows at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. Bertha (also known as Skull and Roses) was originally composed by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, and became one of the most recognizable images associated with the Grateful Dead. The Tattoo design also includes a ring of Dancing Bears along the edge of the top, which were originally designed by Bob Thomas as a nod to the band’s producer and engineer Owsley “Bear” Stanley. The bears first appeared on the back cover of the album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice). The TATTOO captures classic Grateful Dead imagery in a tribal, resplendent pattern and absolutely comes to life when played. 


Alvarez Montage Ukulele

Montage
The Montage celebrates the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary and especially made for all the Dead fans who bought the montage guitar released in 2015, should they wish to own the set. The art draws upon a collection of wonderful Grateful Dead imagery. The sound hole incorporates the legendary Steal Your Face logo, originally designed by Owsley Stanley and Bob Thomas for the Steal Your Face (1976) album cover. A portrait o Bertha and her iconic roses also peers at us from behind the edges of the top, an iteration that first appeared on the band’s self-titled album Grateful Dead (1971), designed by Alton Kelley. The words “50 Years” are flanked by bold and familiar logos of the “Good Ol Grateful Dead” and a classic Dancing Bear. The Montage beautifully captures 50 years of the Grateful Dead’s iconic artwork, and is not only inspiring to look at, but inspiring to play as well.


Roses
The Alvarez Grateful Dead Roses Ukulele features a full rendering of the iconic Bertha skeleton and roses. Also known as Skull & Roses, Bertha was originally composed by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, who added color and lettering to a 1913 illustration by Edmund Joseph Sullivan. The artwork first appeared on posters for the Grateful Dead’s 1966 shows at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, and quickly became one of the band’s most recognizable images. The Roses embraces a truly iconic piece of the Grateful Dead’s visual history, and is a delight to play. 

Lightning
The Alvarez Grateful Dead Lightning Ukulele features an emergent rendering of the iconic 13-point Lightning Bolt logo created by Owsley Stanley and first appearing within the Steal Your Face logo on the album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice). The Lightning bolt is revealed between a cluster of Dancing Bears on the right, and iconic red roses on the left. Stanley originally designed the lightning bolt as a symbol to identify the band’s equipment on the road, but the striking imagery evolved into the band’s album artwork and other logos. The Lightning is a fantastic instrument, with a sound as colorful as the artwork it features.

Features

  • Series: Alvarez Grateful Dead Uke Series
  • Top: Sitka spruce
  • Back & Sides: Mahogany
  • Shape: Concert
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Engineered rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Engineered rosewood
  • Nut & Saddle: Real bone
  • Tuner: Closed back, chrome
  • Strings: Aquila Nylgut
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AlvarezGrateful Dead Concert Ukulele
 
4.7

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A real good time

The graphics alone are worth the price. It also sounds really nice. Don't get confused, just buy it and listen to the music play.

The graphics alone are worth the price. It also sounds really nice. Don't get confused, just buy it and listen to the music play.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just above toy-grade, cool collectible

As long as you go into this knowing what you are getting, it's worth a purchase. Think of it as a collectible, not your main ukulele.

This uke is a...Read complete review

As long as you go into this knowing what you are getting, it's worth a purchase. Think of it as a collectible, not your main ukulele.

This uke is a step up from toy models, but is very clearly a budget instrument. The description doesn't tell you, but the instrument is constructed of laminate woods, not solid. Also, the headstock has what looks to be an Alvarez inlay, but in person it is very clearly just a cheap decal.

The graphics seem to be well done, I hope they will hold up. I will be keeping this in my office on the wall...it's a nice decoration and I will strum it from time to time.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A real good time

By DaddyRee

from denver, co

Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

The graphics alone are worth the price. It also sounds really nice. Don't get confused, just buy it and listen to the music play.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Just above toy-grade, cool collectible

By Jay

from Greenville, SC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Grateful Dead Graphics
  • Holds Tune
  • Sounds Decent

Cons

  • All Laminate Body and Top
  • Fake "Alvarez Inlay"
  • Odd Choice of Fret Markings

Best Uses

  • Collecting

Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

As long as you go into this knowing what you are getting, it's worth a purchase. Think of it as a collectible, not your main ukulele.

This uke is a step up from toy models, but is very clearly a budget instrument. The description doesn't tell you, but the instrument is constructed of laminate woods, not solid. Also, the headstock has what looks to be an Alvarez inlay, but in person it is very clearly just a cheap decal.

The graphics seem to be well done, I hope they will hold up. I will be keeping this in my office on the wall...it's a nice decoration and I will strum it from time to time.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This thing is awesome!

By TunicStasher

from La Verne, CA

About Me Experienced

Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

This thing is amazing. All the other uke's I've owned have seemed like toys but this one definitely is not.
Art is amazing, sound is even better! Its actually so cool I'm gonna get the" roses" one too.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect!

By Carly

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

I love everything about my new Grateful Dead Ukulele! It showed up on time & looked exactly as I had hoped! It was a wonderful surprise gift for my "deadhead" hubby :) Thanks guitar center!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Collectible!!

By Living Dead

from Glendora, CA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

    These are gorgeous ukuleles. They may not be the highest quality you can buy, but for an amateur they are musically just fine. They are far better than "toy" quality. The main attirbute, of course, is the artwork, and if you are a Dead fan these things are must-haves. I already have four of the designs and I am waiting for the fifth to be released. They are fabulous pieces of art, and once they are gone I suspect their value will markedly increase. Alvarez and the Dead people did a really nice job on this project and they are to be commended.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Poor quality

    By Randall

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

    I bought this ukulele because of the graphics. I got it online so I didn't see or play it beforehand. When I unboxed it the first thing that struck me was the poor quality workmanship. I returned it. The return in store was very easy.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Uke

    By Regina

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

    Grateful sound....nice logo's....enjoying playing

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Looks cool, sounds ok. Paint defects too

    By KENNETH

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

    Nice looking, ok sounding. The paint on the edge of the body was worn, and it looks like something touched the blue paint on the face when it was still wet and left a thin spot. Otherwise, about what I expected...a playable Uke with a really cool look.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this little gem of a Ukulele! Great Sound!

    By Jason

    from undisclosed

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

    Love this little gem. Having just recently started learning to play guitar (8 months and counting) I wanted to expand my abilities and see if I could learn the Ukulele as well as I have learned the guitar and it has been great. I also bought a 5 chord song book for the Ukulele as well and just love it. Learning songs at an exponential rate. Great little sound comes from this gem. And Being a grateful dead fan all my life I just couldn't pass up this limited edition instrument.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nicely made, great graphics.

    By CBG

    from Greenville, SC

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

    • Radiused fretboard would be nice

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

      Nice little UKE and of course the Grateful Dead graphics are awesome. Nice dancing bear burned into the back of the headstock. Alvarez is making some great instruments these days . Don't forget to add the case for $19.99, it has a cool Steal Your Face on it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great ukulele for the money.

      By chuckleberry

      from Calgary, AB

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Plays well & looks great

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

        Plays & sounds pretty good. The artwork is great. A lot of bang for the buck.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Must have been the Roses...

        By Scott

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

        Beautiful item. Guitar center did a nice job keeping me updated during the backorder.
        Strings are a bit cheap (chunky plastic) but easily replaced/upgraded.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Happy customer

        By Hamlin

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

        Very happy. Shipped early. The sound is great. Everything well made. The glue on the inside is good but abundant. Would buy again without hesitation.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Second best ain't bad.

        By moneyman

        from Springfield, MO

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong
        • The graphics are what initially attracted me

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

          I have two Oscar Schmitt ukes that are to me really nice with grover tuners and abalone highlights. Yet, this new Alvarez, Greatfull Dead ukulele is set up with a great action, has a pleasant tone, quality tuners, and the silk screened graphics are what initially attracted me to it. Love it!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Had to have it

          By Michael

          from undisclosed

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

          I'm an old Deadhead so I had to get me one and I'm glad I did, It's a Grate little instrument, seems to be very well made. I had to order the special GD Gig Bag made for this limited Uke

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great bang for the buck

          By Unclejohn

          from Augusta Ga

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

              Fret ends were filed smooth, sealed tuners are smooth and hold good. Action at the nut came spot on. I lowered the bridge saddle to about .075 and put on a set of Martin clear fluorocarbon strings. For a $99 uke it plays and sounds pretty darn good. Add the Grateful Dead graphics and you just can't beat it for the price.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice Artwork!!

              By StuARTdrums

              from Cave Creek, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

              Plays nice for an inexpensive uke. Happy to have it in the collection!

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Grateful Dead-Steal Your Face Uke

              By Guy

              from undisclosed

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

              I do like this Uke. Quite an adjustment from standard 6-string and a Mandolin; however, do love our Grateful Dead and the Steal Your Face!

               
              5.0

              Worth it!!!

              By Rae

              from Sturgis, MI

              About Me Child

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

                  Beautiful collectors piece!

                   
                  5.0

                  This is a great Ukeoke!

                  By Deb

                  from KC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Alvarez Grateful Dead Concert Ukulele:

                    This is a great uke and especially if your a Greatful Deadhead! Love the sound, n tones nice too.

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