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For over 50 years, Alvarez Guitars have created some of the most visually distinctive acoustic guitars available. Designed in St Louis, USA, some of the worlds most renowned guitarists have warmed to the tone of an Alvarez.
Joe Bonamassa, Bono, Johnny Cash, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Grateful Dead, Paul McCartney and Carlos Santana love Alvarez, and so do we!
In the late 1960’s, Gene Kornblum of St. Louis Music met Kazuo Yairi, a Master Luthier in Japan who produced handmade concert classical guitars. Together, they began to design and develop steel string acoustic guitars at their Yairi Factory and imported them into the States. The guitars took the brand name of SLM’s Spanish guitar line, which was “Alvarez”. Similar instruments were also sold under the factory brand of “K. Yairi” in Europe and other parts of the world.
When it comes to Acoustic Instruments, Alvarez have developed a reputation for being at the forefront of innovation. Naturally, credibility comes from innovation, and the impressive roster of artists that have utilised Alvarez guitars is a fine testament to their quality. Revolutionary designs include early progressive bracing patterns, to their direct coupled, or bi-level bridges. Alvarez also extended neck block construction, or integral pick guards. Many of their ideas have stuck and have inspired other brands to raise the bar with Acoustic guitar design.
While some of their top-of-the-line guitars can cost thousands of pounds, our growing selection of Alvarez instruments here at Worcester Guitar Centre remain surprisingly affordable for the everyday player. We've hand picked some visually stunning and awesome-sounding guitars that won't break the bank, covering a range of shapes, sizes and colours.
Among the most affordable guitars in the Alvarez lineup, the Regent Series represent the perfect balance between affordability and quality craftsmanship. Designed as an 'entry-level' range, these guitars will ensure that if you start playing guitar, you'll be motivated to keep playing and practicing. They’re classic looking guitars that encompass many of the features and design elements that their high end instruments have, like a Bi level bridge, and a rosewood bridge and fingerboard. The models are finished in a high gloss and come in either Sitka or Rosewood outfits.
Check out the RD26, a Natural Dreadnought acoustic with a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back & sides. They also do an electro-acoustic version with a single cutaway, the RD26CESB, in a Vintage Sunburst finish with a fantastic B-Band SYS250 EQ and tuner installed.
Continuing the Sitka/Mahogany tonewood pairing of the Regent Series, the Alvarez Artist range further improves the projection and aesthetic appeal. Employing only the finest solid 'A+' top woods, these guitars resonate and play beautifully.
Artist Series is now “The Award Winning Artist Series” – winning competitions and receiving rave reviews in the States, Europe and around the world. It’s a truly designed line of guitars that stands tall and sounds sweet in the solid top guitar market.
Standard OM and Dreadnought (AD60) models are available, as well as more specialist instruments such as Grand Auditorium (AG75CE) and Parlor (AP66ESB).
Don't forget, we're available in our Worcester Guitar showroom and via telephone to discuss these amazing instruments if you need any advice, or would like to book a demo!