Alvarez AP70WE Electro Parlor, Electro Acoustic for sale at Richards Guitars.

Alvarez AP70WE Electro Parlor

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The AP70 is one of Alvarez' best selling guitars, combining traditional and modern elements to produce a classic looking parlor guitar with modern projection and tone.

Alvarez is a relatively low key guitar manufacturer that has been producing some great value acoustic instruments that have premium features at lower price points. The AP70 Parlor from their Artist Series is a good example, featuring quality wood and construction while retaining an affordable price tag.

The term “solid top” refers to the soundboard being built from solid wood, instead of laminated - which in this case is solid Sitka spruce. Note that having a solid top, does not guarantee great tone, the whole guitar has to be crafted correctly to better release the energy a solid soundboard can generate.

To do just this, Alvarez utilized their FST2M forward shifted scalloped x bracing system, where both the x braces and asymmetric tone bars are scalloped. The entire bracing system is moved forward resulting in a larger soundboard, which works well with the solid maple bridge plate. The company also opted to craft the back and sides from rosewood, a feature that is normally only found on more expensive models.

Following traditional design, the guitar's neck is crafted from mahogany and topped by a rosewood fretboard with a total of 18 frets. Although the body of the guitar is small, playability is still very similar to standard sized guitars with a 1.75" nut width and 24" scale length.

The company says, "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. All Alvarez parlor guitars have a big voice and are dynamic guitars that can be used for any style of playing".

 

The Alvarez Artist Parlour is an acoustic built to the highest quality and optimised for precise, focused sound.After 50 years of making guitars, the American-based company have packed all their knowledge into building the finest solid top instruments in the world today.Body and neckHigh quality materials and clever design result in a reliable, well-balanced bass guitar.
The combination of solid Sitka Spruce top, Walnut body and Mahogany neck produce a lively, punchy and warm tone.At the forefront of design is its FST2 X bracing, meaning the X is closer to the sound hole. So more energy and vibrations are harnessed through the woods of the guitar. A Rosewood fingerboard adds to the great tone and smooth playability.
Alvarez have also been conscious of the gloss finish. They've kept the coating over the body as thin as possible to keep the sound lively whilst offering protection from wear. HardwareThe real bone nut adds plenty of sustain and reliability. It kills all fret buzz so the projected sound is as smooth as ever.
Solid premium die-cast tuners keep tuning stable in tandem with the nut.The bridge is made of Rosewood to match the neck and allow for comfortable hand placement over extended periods of time. Parlour models were extremely popular in the late 1800's early 1900's.
These compact guitars are loved by musicians that spend their time on the road, or just don't have the space for a larger bodied acoustic.Combining modern manufacture techniques with unique tonewood treatments, Alvarez Parlour acoustics tick all of the boxes that put the Parlour design on the map. A slim, compact body shape, 12th-fret neck-joint, and a concise but articulate acoustic sound.

KEY FEATURES
Series: Alvarez Artist
Top Wood: Solid A+ Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood: Rosewood

Electronics: LR Baggs Stage Pro Element
Shape: Parlor
Neck: Mahogany
Bracing System: FST2
Bridge: Bi-Level Rosewood / Pau Ferro
Inlays: Abalone & Mother of Pearl
Fingerboard: Rosewood / Pau Ferro
Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
Tuner: Premium Die Cast
Binding: Ivory ABS
Strings: D'Addario EXP16

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