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Alvarez AP66SHB Artist Parlour Acoustic Guitar in Shadowburst

Mahogany Top, Back & Sides



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Product Description

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.

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Body and neck

High quality materials and clever design result in a reliable, well-balanced guitar. The all-Mahogany body and neck combination produces a mids-heavy, 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. 


The 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.

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The Parlour Design

Originally invented as a low-cost alternative to larger guitars, Parlour models were extremely popular in the late 1800’s early 1900’s, as it meant more people could afford a guitar. Nowadays, these compact guitars are loved by musicians that spend their time on the road or just don’t have 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.


  • Series: Alvarez Artist
  • Top Wood: Solid African Mahogany
  • Back & Sides Wood: Mahogany
  • Shape: Parlor
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Bracing System: FST2
  • Bridge: Rosewood / Pau Ferro
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood / Pau Ferro
  • Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
  • Tuner: Premium Die Cast
  • Binding: Ivory ABS
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP16
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Customer Reviews


12 reviews





Trusted Customer6th Apr 2024

This is a great guitar. I researched for a long time for the perefect parlor and this is really great. One important piece of info for non-experts like me is that although this is a 12 fret and slit head design the distance between the strings is narrow. While this is perhaps expected for a steel string acoustic guitar I thought it would have more of a classical guitar feel. The AP66 has really a thin neck, low action and almost feels like my electrical guitar.

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer14th Dec 2023

Some fret ends need filing . On initiall tuning , the high strings ping disconcertingly at the saddle . But these are minor issues and would not stop me from recommending this beautifully looking and sounding guitar .

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer8th Dec 2023

The Alvarez AP66SHB is a marvellous little instrument. The build and finish are top quality but, more importantly, the tones it can produce are all I anticipated (and more, to be honest). I thoroughly recommend it.

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer7th Oct 2022

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer22nd Oct 2021

Lovely sound but tough to play, action is pretty high

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer2nd Sep 2021

Nice mellow tone. A pleasure to play.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 4

paul pottinger18th Oct 2020

Can’t believe how good this guitar is for the price.

Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Chris Griffiths10th Oct 2020

Finish, quality, tone and playability would be outstanding if it were a £500 guitar... but this one is half that!

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Ronald Dickson26th Apr 2020

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Marcus Wiren16th Dec 2019

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

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