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Alvarez MFA66 Masterworks OM/Folk Acoustic Guitar

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This stunning Masterworks OM/Folk offers simply incredible craftsmanship, tone and beauty. Alvarez's flawless Shadowburst finish looks fantastic over...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 07-06-2018

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Stunning and articulate, all solid wood professional guitar.

This stunning Masterworks OM/Folk offers simply incredible craftsmanship, tone and beauty. Alvarez's flawless Shadowburst finish looks fantastic over the solid mahogany top and the hand-crafted paua abalone purfling frames the body beautifully.

Nothing can really match a guitar made from all-solid wood. The deflection of the notes is quicker, the quality of the sound is better, you can obtain optimal response and the sound of your guitar will improve as it ages.

After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of what Alvarez does. Their guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes. The tonewoods are carefully cured; components such as neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques they use 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 Masterworks Series guitars offer the best value for an all-solid guitar line in the market today. Their specification is incredibly high in relation to their cost and they perform as all-solid professional guitars should, with fantastic response and projection.

The term “all solid" refers to the guitar top, back and sides being made of solid wood rather than laminated. However, just because the guitar is made of all-solid tonewood, it only performs to its full potential when it is designed to get the best out of its materials and components. As the tops used in the Masterworks line are very high quality Ibanez can make them a little thinner to heighten vibration. The radius of both the top and back are also refined to help increase volume.

Each guitar is designed to get the best out if its components, and for them to work together. These components include Ibanez's FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, carefully seasoned tonewood and a thin finish.

FST2 is a forward-shifted X brace design, meaning the axis of the X is closer to the soundhole and therefore creates a larger soundboard area. This allows 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 Masterworks personality is open and powerful. And the FST2 also creates very good balance so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other.

All of Ibanez's tops are selected by the Ibanez team and graded independently of their suppliers. If it isn't worthy, they won’t use it. Top quality in Masterworks is at least AA grade.

Solid African Mahogany Top/Shadowburst Finish
Solid African Mahogany Back and Sides/Gloss Finish
FST2M, Forward Shifted, Scalloped Bracing
1.5mm, all-round Paua Abalone Body Purfling
Acacia Binding
Solid Mahogany Neck
Bi-Level Polished Rosewood Bridge
Nut Width: 1-3/4 in. (44.45 mm)
Scale Length: 24-13/16in. (630 mm)
Real Bone Nut and Saddle
Ebony Bridge Pins
Paua Abalone and mother-of-pearl Inlays
2 mm Rosewood Headstock Plate
Dot-free Rosewood Fingerboard with 12th Fret Inlay
Premium Gold Tuners with Ebony Buttons
D’Addario EXP’s

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AlvarezMFA66 Masterworks OM/Folk Acoustic Guitar

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Not what I expected in a mahogany guitar.....

By Jlott

from Boulder, CO

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  • Rich Sound


    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Alvarez MFA66 Masterworks OM/Folk Acoustic Guitar:

    If you are looking for a mellow picker like the Martin 00015M, this is not the guitar for you. This thing is brighter and radiates overtones more so than any other acoustic I have played. Its like spruce on steriods. I'm guessing that the tight grain and strength of african mahogany allows the top to be cut thinner than most tone woods or maybe it is just the Alvarez forward x bracing that causes serious projection. I really didn't want or expect that bright and loud of a guitar, but decided to keep it because the sound is so unique and it's very comfortable. I wanted to write this review just so you have an idea of what you are getting in to. Overall, I love this thing. Its my main guitar or my Taylor and Martin. Neck and headstock are one peice, not glued like Taylor, that stuff drives me nutts!!!!


    Indescribable Tone!

    By Taylor Player

    from Des Moines

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    • Bright and full at the same time.
    • Consistent
    • Extremely Comfortable
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune


      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Alvarez MFA66 Masterworks OM/Folk Acoustic Guitar:

      Unlike the first reviewer I was not looking for a laid back mellow toned guitar. It was his comments however that, "it's like spruce on steroids" that helped me make the decision to pull the trigger on this guitar. I agree with everything he said about it. It's loud, it's bright but has a warmth to it at the same time. I don't have any experience with all Mahogany guitars but everything I heard about them would normally steer me away from them. I like warmth but I do not like dull and lacking projection which in no way describes this guitar. I have three Taylors, the least expensive of which is three times the price of this Alvarez and this guitar holds it's own with all three! I was just looking for a less expensive guitar that I would feel comfortable traveling with and won't sweat checking as luggage on flights. I got way more than I was expecting with this instrument. This is a rich, bright (but not too bright) loud and extremely comfortable guitar to play. The setup out of the box was flawless, needing only a slight truss rod adjustment. I had purchased a less expensive Artist series guitar that was also exceptional but it had a slightly high 8th fret and I actually just sent it back for an identical exchange. It was back ordered though, giving me too much time to think I and noticed this all solid wood Master Class series and decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did. It's so good I won't necessarily be comfortable checking it as baggage but at least if it gets damaged it won't cost a thousand plus to replace it. If you don't have wads of cash to drop on a guitar but want something that looks, plays and sound like something you paid thousands for, buy this guitar.

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