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Alvarez AF66SHB Folk Acoustic Guitar Shadow Burst

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Alvarez's ‘66 models, like this AF66SHB Folk acoustic guitar, are beautifully finished with a deep, flawless, glass-like shine. Alvarez's Shadowburst...Click To Read More About This Product

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Designed with the artist in mind.

Alvarez's ‘66 models, like this AF66SHB Folk acoustic guitar, are beautifully finished with a deep, flawless, glass-like shine. Alvarez's Shadowburst finish on the solid African mahogany brings out the grain to create a warm look to match its tone. Like all Alvarez mahogany top guitars, the AF66SHB has a focused sound with strong mids, great for recording and live work. 

Artist Series
After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes and materials is still at the heart of the Alvarez culture. Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes. Their tone woods are carefully cured; components like neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques used are continually researched and developed, and their tone is impeccably crafted and married to a stable, consistent and lively sound box.

The Artist Series sound and personality is open and powerful. For a more focused sound with fewer overtones, choose a mahogany top. For power, go for Sitka. For warmth and response to a lighter touch, choose a cedar top.

The term solid top 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 optimize the energy a solid soundboard can generate. 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 balance, lively projection and great response. These components include the FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tone woods and thin finish.

FST2 is a forward-shifted X-brace design, this means the axis of the X is closer to the sound hole and therefore creates a larger soundboard area allowing for more energy and vibration to be harnessed. Both the X braces and asymmetric tone bars are carefully scalloped. The scalloping design was the result of years of continual development in their Yairi workshops. FST2 also creates very good balance so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other.

Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play; no matter if you are strumming hard or picking lightly, the guitar will do what you ask of it.

  • Gloss finish with Shadowburst
  • Ivory ABS binding
  • Bi-level bridge
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • D'Addario EXP16 strings

Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play. Try one today.


  • Body: Folk/OM
  • Cutaway: No
Top wood: Solid African mahogany
  • Back and sides: Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: FST2 bracing
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right Handed
  • Neck
    • Neck shape:
    • Nut width: 1.75" (44.45 mm)
    • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro / Indian Laurel
    • Neck wood: Mahogany
    • Scale length: 24.8"
    • Number of frets: 21
    • Finish: Satin
    • Pickup/preamp: No
    • Headstock overlay: Not specified
    • Tuning machines: Premium die-cast
    • Bridge: Bi-level pau ferro/Indian laurel
    • Saddle and Nut: Real Bone
    • Number of strings: 6
    • Special features: Shadowburst finish
    • Case: Sold separately
    • Accessories: None
    • Country of origin: China

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