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Alvarez Artist Elite AGE95CESHB Grand Auditorium Electro Acoustic Guitar in Shadowburst

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Product Description

The Alvarez Artist Elite range is the culmination of years of research and development by some of the best luthiers in the world. With over 50 years experience making guitars, the American company set out to create a stunning looking instrument packed with more value than any of its competitors. 

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This incredible line-up is fit and finished to the highest quality. Built with premium tonewoods, hardware and ergonomic design to create both an effortless playing experience and exquisite sound. The bi-level Pau Ferro fingerboard adds to the great tone and smooth playability.

Alvarez have also been conscious of the gloss finish. They’ve used a 50/50 gloss and satin mix over the body as thinly as possible to keep the sound lively whilst offering protection from wear. 

The Grand Auditorium Design

As acoustic guitar shapes go, the Grand Auditorium is relatively new. Introduced in the ‘90s, it offered middle ground between the hefty Dreadnought and the more compact 000 (or Orchestra model). This often means a slimmer body with a cutaway, while keeping a broad lower bout to ensure a full-bodied sound.

Combining modern manufacture techniques with unique tonewood treatments, Alvarez Grand Auditorium acoustics are guaranteed to provide the best of both worlds; resonant sound and comfort.

About Alvarez

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!


  • Top Wood: Solid AA Western Red Cedar
  • Back & Sides Wood: Macassar Ebony
  • Shape: Grand Auditorium w/ Cutaway
  • Neck: Mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish
  • Bridge: Bi-Level Pau Ferro/Indian Laurel
  • Inlays: Abalone & Mother of Pearl
  • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro / Indian Laurel, 12th Fret Inlay
  • Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
  • Tuner: Premium Die Cast
  • Binding: Ebony
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP16
  • Pickup / EQLR: Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up
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Customer Reviews


6 reviews





Mr Gordon Fraser4th Feb 2024

This is my second acoustic. My first was bought as a gift to myself about 9 months after i'd started learning. I just didnt like the sound of it and found it hard to play so i gave it to a friend. This, this is a different thing altogether. It's so easy to play, sounds amazing and looks even better. Everytime i walk past it i pick it up and play a little. Can't say better than that.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer22nd Jan 2024

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Paul Smith19th Feb 2023

Decided I needed to get a decent acoustic to get my playing out of the house. Electric tone chasing is fine but a lonely pursuit. I bought this Alvarez at a discount. It already has admirers thanks to the beautiful woods. The tones are robust and pleasing, with plenty of body across the range. It suits the finger-picking style I am developing, and although it's not exactly a neck with ease of play compared to many electrics, that's not a fair comparison. It also has an excellent spec and good ergonomics. So, looking forward to the new horizons that this attractive and good-sounding instrument can bring.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer21st Aug 2022

Guitar even better than expected.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Trusted Customer10th Feb 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer26th Apr 2021

Played very well straight out of the box

Value 5Looks 4Sound 5

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