Alvarez’s acoustic range is notoriously diverse, and features a raft of stunning guitars that emit the most glorious of tones. The BLUES51W/TSB is one such model, with its small and comfortable Parlour-style design inspired by the instruments that powered early folk and blues music in the ‘30s.
Alvarez BLUES51W/TSB Key Features
- Arched-back Walnut body
- Solid A+ Sitka Spruce top
- Pau Ferro fretboard
- Abalone/Mother of Pearl inlays
- High gloss vintage finish
The body of the Alvarez BLUES51W/TSB is constructed from gorgeous Dark Walnut, yielding a bright top-end and a present mid-range. Despite its small body size, this particular model’s back shifted scalloped bracing adds more openness, giving the instrument plenty of projection.
Adorned with a Solid A+ Sitka Spruce top, this tonewood delivers some crucial top-end crispness. Providing you with plenty of presence, you can play fingerpicked patterns with all of the clarity and articulation you’d expect from a high-quality acoustic guitar. The Alvarez BLUES51W/TSB’s body is paired with a Mahogany neck, offering a warm and rich character that enhances the low-end, to give a balanced sound overall. Featuring a V-shaped neck profile, that traditional feel is retained to keep the purists happy.
The Jazz & Blues Range
The extremely popular Alvarez Jazz & Blues series covers a broad range of designs inspired by one of the definitive chapters in American music. This includes hollow-bodied ES-style guitars, semi-hollow electrics with vibrant aesthetics, and even a few small-bodied delta-blues acoustics - such as this.
As with the rest of their varied catalogue, Alvarez combine modern manufacturing techniques with unique tonewood treatments and beautiful design. The resulting instruments are top-class, offering authentic, articulate sounds and spellbinding looks. Several tweaks to this classic formula also give the Jazz & Blues offerings a uniquely modern edge – expect crystal-clarity and attention to detail.
Established in 1965 by major US instrument distributor St. Louis Music, Alvarez teamed up with master luthier Kazuo Yairi with the aim of producing the finest guitars in the world. The success of Alvarez-Yairi guitars helped put the brand on the market, and are still handmade in Kani, Japan to this day. In the decades that followed, Alvarez significantly expanded their operation, and now produce one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of acoustic instruments in the world.
Ranging from affordable entry-level to world-class handmade instruments, Alvarez have got everything covered. Their instruments have been used by the likes of Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco and many more – they’re obviously doing something right!
- Series: Alvarez Jazz & Blues
- Top Wood: Solid A+ Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides Wood: Arched Back, Dark Walnut
- Shape: Blues
- Neck: Mahogany
- Bracing System: Back Shifted, Scalloped X
- Bridge: Pau Ferro
- Inlays: Abalone & Mother of Pearl
- Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
- Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
- Tuners: Premium Open Gear Chrome
- Binding: Ivory ABS
- Strings: D'Addario EXP16