The Alvarez Grand Auditorium is an acoustic built to the highest quality and optimised for precise, powerful 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.
The Artist Series
The Artist Series is arguably Alvarez’s flagship line. Not only is it one of their most popular lines; it’s one of their most diverse too. Offering everything from ukuleles to full-size Baritone Jumbos, you’re bound to find something that suits your needs.
Alvarez have employed several of their crucial design appointments for the bulk of their Artist Series offerings, including their FST2 bracing system and their famed attention to detail. Combined with solid tonewood tops, and the Artist Series acoustics offer unparalleled value and performance for their price range.
The Grand Auditorium Design
As acoustic guitar shapes go, the Grand Auditorium is relatively young. 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 accessible playability!
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 Artist
- Top Wood: Solid A+ Western Red Cedar
- Back & Sides Wood: Dark Walnut
- Shape: Grand Auditorium w/ Cutaway
- 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
- Pickup / EQ: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up