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Alvarez Artist Series Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric 12-String Guitar Shadow Burst

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The AG610CEAR-12 is a stunning 12-string Grand Auditorium displaying Alvarez’s renowned high-gloss, attenuated finish over a tightly grained solid No...Click To Read More About This Product

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A beveled armrest makes this a more comfortable option for 12-string players.

The AG610CEAR-12 is a stunning 12-string Grand Auditorium displaying Alvarez’s renowned high-gloss, attenuated finish over a tightly grained solid North American Sitka spruce top. The flawless semi-gloss back and sides allow the guitar to resonate and the same finish applied to the neck makes for a great feeling instrument that is smooth and easy to play.

Tonally, the AG610CEAR-12 has that Grand Auditorium balance and power, which is transformed into a shimmering wall of sound. 12-string guitars deliver that amazing upper frequency; almost chorus effect of chimes and this guitar delivers that classic tone perfectly. Its bevel armrest adds comfort and functionality and made from Macassar Ebony that gives this guitar a real touch of class. It’s fitted with the SYS250 3-band EQ with backlit tuner.

Overall, the AG610CEAR-12SHB is a beautiful, articulate guitar suitable for anyone looking for the chiming wall of sound of a well-designed 12-string.

Alvarez 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 Alvarez 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 their multi-award-winning Artist Series is one of the finest solid top guitar lines in the world today and demonstrates their commitment to design.

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 Alvarez'a 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, this means the axis of the X is closer to the soundhole 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 our 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 guitars 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. All of Alvarez's tops are selected by their team and graded independently of their suppliers. If it isn't 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 their sound, feel and response, which are also heightened by the use of real bone nuts and saddles.

MPN: AG610-12SHB

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Solid A+ Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany back & sides
  • Macassar ebony binding and armrest
  • SYS250 3-band EQ with backlit tuner
  • High-gloss Shadowburst finish
  • MST1 scalloped bracing system
  • Real bone nut and saddle
  • Bi-Level, polished engineered rosewood bridge (catalpa)
  • Engineered rosewood fingerboard (catalpa) with 12th fret inlay
  • Mahogany neck, 14th fret dovetail with semi-gloss finish
  • Premium chrome tuners
  • D’Addario EXP16’s
  • Nut width: 1-3/4” (44.45 mm)
  • Scale length: 25.5” (648 mm)

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