The Alvarez Artist OM 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.
Alvarez AF66CESHB Key Features
- Mahogany body with cutaway design
- Solid African Mahogany top
- Mahogany neck with Pau Ferro fretboard
- LR Baggs Element pickup
- LR Baggs StagePro EQ
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 Pau Ferro 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 Artist 66 uses the excellent LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element pickup to provide clear and versatile amplifier capabilities. When playing at larger venues, the LR Baggs system provides optimal tone transfer into an amp discreetly. And there are no obvious appearance changes, as the pickup and EQ are placed discreetly to not spoil the classy look of the instrument.
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 diecast tuners keep tuning stable in tandem with the nut. The bridge is made of a bi-level Pau Ferro to match the neck and allow for comfortable hand placement over extended periods of time.
The OM Design
OM stands for Orchestra Model. This design took influence from small-bodied 0 and 00, adopting a similarly slim, rounded design but with an increase in overall size. This ensures an accessible, comfortable playing experience but adds plenty more depth to the sound. Combining modern manufacture techniques with unique tonewood treatments, Alvarez OM acoustics give you an authentic tone with a focused midrange, perfect for folky strumming and soft fingerpicking styles.
- Series: Alvarez Artist
- Top Wood: Solid African Mahogany
- Back & Sides Wood: Mahogany
- Shape: Folk/OM
- Neck: Mahogany
- Bracing System: FST2
- Bridge: Pau Ferro
- Fingerboard: 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