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Alvarez AP70L Parlor Left-Handed Acoustic Guitar

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One of Alvarez’s best-selling models, the AP70L is based on a traditional parlor guitar, but built to offer a more modern sound with greater projecti...Click To Read More About This Product

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Compact with a modern sound and excellent projection.

One of Alvarez’s best-selling models, the AP70L is based on a traditional parlor guitar, but built to offer a more modern sound with greater projection. All Alvarez parlor guitars have a big voice and are dynamic guitars that can be used for any style of playing.

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

This caring approach to development comes from one simple goal: To deliver the best guitars in the market at every price point, instruments that are truly amazing value and offer a fantastic player experience. Alvarez believes the multi-award-winning Artist Series is one of the finest solid top guitar lines in the world today and demonstrates their commitment to design.

Artist Series
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. 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 balance, lively projection and great response. These components include Alvarez's FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tonewoods and thin finish.

FST2 is a forward-shifted X brace design which means the axis of the X is closer to the sound hole to create 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. The Artist Series sound and personality is open and powerful. 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. 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. All of Alvarez's tops are selected by their team and graded independently of their suppliers. If it isn't deemed worthy, they won’t use it. Top quality improves as you move up the Artist Series models but all are stiff and finely grained.

Along with a more angled headstock, the Alvarez bi-level bridge increases string tension by making the break angle of the strings from the saddle to the top more acute. Improved string tension adds to the sound, feel and response, which are also heightened by the use of real bone nuts and saddles.

Artist Series also demonstrates their great finishing capabilities; the gloss models have a clear deep shine from a finish that is applied as thinly as possible, again to help optimize tone.

  • Body type: Parlor
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Rosewood 
  • Bracing pattern: Forward shifted pattern Scalloped X
  • Body finish: High Gloss
  • Orientation: Left handed
  • Neck shape: Info not available
  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24 in.
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Neck finish: Semi-gloss
  • Pickup/preamp: No 
  • Brand: Not applicable 
  • Configuration: Not applicable 
  • Preamp EQ: Not applicable
  • Feedback filter: Not applicable
  • Tuner: Not applicable
  • Headstock overlay: Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle & nut: PPS Synthetic
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickup System
  • Case: Sold separately 
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Info not available

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AlvarezAP70L Parlor Left-Handed Acoustic Guitar

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Excellent little guitar

By Miss Caroline

from Texas

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer


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


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Alvarez AP70L Parlor Left-Handed Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought this parlor guitar because of a chronic shoulder problem that makes holding and playing my dreadnaught too painful. This little guitar is just perfect! No, it doesn't have the voice of a larger instrument, but it does have a nice sound that is perfectly suitable for jamming and porch-picking. The fit and finish is excellent. It's definitely a keeper.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Great buy

    By South Paw Dave

    from Rio Rancho, NM

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer


    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune


      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alvarez AP70L Parlor Left-Handed Acoustic Guitar:

      I bought this guitar as an open box item. Received the guitar, took it out of the shipping box, went to tune it, and found it already tuned up. The guitar has a nice rich sound, and stays in tune. For an open box item there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, no blemished what so ever. I would highly recommend this guitar, very nice instrument for a decent price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Adequate travel guitar ...

      By New England Dave

      from Rindge, New Hampshire

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer


      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel


      • B string catches in nut slot during tuning
      • Required truss rod adjustment on delivery

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Travel

      Comments about Alvarez AP70L Parlor Left-Handed Acoustic Guitar:

      My continuing search for the perfect travel guitar brought me to this Alvarez AP70 after first aquiring a Martin Backpacker Guitar (horrible sound) and then a Baby Taylor (horrible sound, but a bit better than the backpacker guitar it replaced). The AP70, a small parlor guitar that even in a hard case (purchased separately) will fit easily into a passenger plane's overhead bin. The sound is well balanced and the guitar is fun to play. The neck width at the nut is 1/16th wider than the guitar I normally play (A Martin 000-28), but from a comfort perspective isn't bad. The neck's profile is definitely slightly thicker/clunkier than the 000-28. It's entirely unfair to compare these two instruments, giving the huge gap in price/quality. But the Alvarez is a surprisingly nice instrument for its cost, which is very affordable.

      There are a couple of minor issues. First, the instrument required basic setup on arrival. the strings buzzed across the fretboard, and this was resolved by loosening the truss rod to get the action lifted enough that a buzzing string would not contact a "higher" fret and buzz. Prior to adjustment, there was no bow in the neck at all. Second, the b string catches during tuning, making it difficult to put exactly in tune. This is likely do to spur/roughness inside the b-string's nut slot; I'm sure once I pull out my fret files and go to work, this inconvenience will be resolved.

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