Alvarez’s acoustic range is notoriously diverse, and features a raft of stunning guitars that emit the most glorious of tones. The CC7HCEAR is one such model, striking the perfect balance between old and new with its traditional classical design and LR Baggs electronics.
The body of the Alvarez CC7HCEAR is constructed from gorgeous Dark Walnut, yielding a bright top-end and present mids. Paired with a Mahogany neck, this offers a warm and rich character that enhances the low-end, to give a balanced sound overall. Strengthened by a strip of Ebony that runs down its length, this will ensure that the neck won’t warp in varying climates.
The Alvarez CC7HCEAR’s body is adorned with a Solid A+ Sitka Spruce top, adding some further top-end crispness. This means that you can play fingerpicked patterns with all of the clarity and articulation you’d expect from a high-quality classical guitar. A very notable feature of the CC7HCEAR is its bevelled upper bout, serving as a comfortable armrest.
Fitted with an LR Baggs StagePro Element system, the Alvarez CC7HCEAR will offer an authentic tonality when plugged into a PA System or recording interface. Class-leaders in acoustic pickup technology, LR Baggs’ StagePro system will translate the acoustic voice of the CC7HCEAR very convincingly, capturing its full range.
Sporting a 3-band EQ section as well as a phase inversion switch, you can tailor the tone of this instrument to suit the acoustic qualities of any space. For example, if you’re playing in a particularly dark-sounding venue, just boost the treble and you’ll cut through effortlessly!
The Classical Design
Classical guitars are defined by their use of nylon strings and often smaller bodies than their steel-string counterparts. While being a popular contemporary instrument, it’s known for its use in the Classical field, as the name suggests; its soothing but dynamic sound is instantly recognisable.
Combining modern manufacturing techniques with unique tonewood treatments, Alvarez Classical instruments are truly world-class. Committed to uncompromising quality and simultaneous affordability, Alvarez travelled to Cádiz in Andalusia – the spiritual home of the Classical guitar – to learn the instruments inside and out. The result is a range of nylon-string acoustics that are among the best on the market.
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 Cádiz
- Top Wood: Solid A+ Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides Wood: Dark Walnut
- Shape: Hybrid Cutaway Classical w/Armrest
- Neck: Mahogany - Ebony - Mahogany
- Bracing System: Asymmetric Fan w/Treble Bar
- Bridge: Pau Ferro
- Inlays: Wood Mosaic Rosette and MOP Headstock Inlay
- Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
- Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
- Tuners: Chrome with Ebony Style Buttons
- Binding: Acacia
- Strings: D’Addario Pro Arte EXP46
- Pickup/EQ: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up