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Alvarez ADA1965 Artist 50th Anniversary Dreadnought Shadowburst

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6-string Acoustic Artist 50th Anniversary Dreadnought Guitar with Solid A+ Sitka Spruce Top, Acacia Back and Sides - Shadowburst
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2015 finds Alvarez Guitars celebration a half century of refined and ever-evolving craftsmanship. To mark this milestone achievement Alvarez has created the ADA1965, part of their 1965 Series, a gorgeous line of guitars that exemplify everything they’ve learned over the years in terms of sound, aesthetics, and affordability. “We want every guitarist and Alvarez enthusiast to be able to join us in this 50 year celebration,” says Chris Meikle, Head of Development at Alvarez and Senior Vice President of St. Louis Music. “Very often commemorative guitars are so expensive that they’re out of reach to the everyday player. Our goal with the 1965s was to create a line with beautiful appointments and tone, but make them as accessible as possible.” The ADA1965 Dreadnought is made with premium North American, solid A+ Sitka spruce top, a beautiful Acacia back and sides, and handcrafted Paua abalone purfling. Other appointments include mother-of-pearl and abalone inlays, premium die-cast tuners, and a bi-level rosewood bridge.

What Alvarez Says...

After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of our culture. Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes. Our tone woods are carefully cured; our components such as neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques we use are continually researched and developed, and our tone is impeccably crafted and married to a stable, consistent and lively soundbox. This caring approach to development comes from one simple goal: To deliver the best guitars in the market at every price point, instruments that are truly amazing value and offer a fantastic player experience. We believe our multi award-winning Artist Series is one of the finest solid top guitar lines in the world today and demonstrates our commitment to design. The term “solid top” of course refers to the soundboard of an acoustic guitar being made of solid wood, rather than being laminated. However, just because the top is solid, it does not necessarily mean the sound automatically benefits from this feature. The tone of the instrument only improves significantly when the whole guitar is built correctly to optimize the energy a solid soundboard can generate. Artist Series is built to do exactly this. Each model is designed to get the best out of its components, and for them to work together to produce balance, lively projection and great response. These components include our FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tonewoods and thin finish. FST2 is a forward shifted X brace design, this means the axis of the X is closer to the soundhole and therefore creates a larger soundboard area allowing for more energy and vibration to be harnessed. Both the X braces and asymmetric tone bars are carefully scalloped. The scalloping design was the result of years of continual development in our Yairi workshops. The Artist Series sound and personality is open and powerful. FST2 also creates very good balance so both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other. Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play; no matter if you are strumming hard or picking lightly, the guitar will do what you ask of it. For a more focused sound with fewer overtones, choose a mahogany top. For power, go for Sitka. For warmth and response to a lighter touch, choose a Cedar top. All of our tops are selected by our team and graded independently of our suppliers. If it isn’t worthy, we won’t use it. Top quality improves as you move up the Artist Series models but all are stiff and finely grained. Along with a more angled headstock, our bi-level bridge increases string tension by making the break angel of the strings from the saddle to the top more acute. Improved string tension adds to our sound, feel and response, which are also heightened by the use of real bone nuts and saddles. Artist Series also demonstrates our great finishing capabilities; the gloss models have a clear deep shine from a finish that is applied as thinly as possible, again to help optimize tone. Thank you for choosing Alvarez.

Alvarez ADA1965 Artist 50th Anniversary Dreadnought Shadowburst Features:

  • 6-string Artist 50th Anniversary Dreadnought Shadowburst
  • Layered Acacia back and sides
  • Clear-sounding solid Solid A+ Sitka Spruce Top
  • Real Bone Nut/Saddle
  • Comfortable dimensions

Series Artist 1965 Series
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought
Body Style None Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-Handed
Color Shadowburst
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Solid A+ Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Acacia
Body Bracing FST2 - Forward Shifted, Assymetric Tone Bars
Binding Paua Abalone & Mother of Pearl
Neck Wood Mahogany w/Semi-Gloss Finish
Neck Shape Alvarez
Fingerboard Material Indian Laurel/Rosewood w/12th Fret Inlay
Fingerboard Inlay Mother of Pearl
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Tuning Machines Premium Die Cast
Bridge Material Bi-Level Indian Laurel/Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Real Bone
Nut Width 1 3/4"
Neck Joint Dovetail
Body Width 395mm
Body Depth Heel/Base 100/124mm
Overall Length 1042mm
Electronics None
Strings D’Addario EXP16
Case Included None
Manufacturer Part Number ADA1965