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Alvarez AP66SHB Artist 66 Series Parlor Shadowburst

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6-string Acoustic-electric Artist 66 Series Parlor Guitar with Solid Mahogany Top, Layered Mahogany Back and Sides - Shadowburst
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The ‘66 models are beautifully finished and have a deep glass-like shine. Alvarez's Shadowburst finish on the select Mahogany top brings out the grain to create a warm look to match its tone. The Alvarez mahogany top models have a focused sound with strong mids, great for recording and live work.

Quality Alvarez construction

After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of the Alvarez culture. Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes. Tone woods are carefully cured; components such as neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques used are continually researched and developed, and the iconic Alvarez tone is impeccably crafted and married to a stable, consistent and lively sound box. 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. The multi award winning Artist Series is one of the finest solid top guitar lines in the world today and demonstrates meticulous planning and commitment to design. 

Solid as a Rock

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 if its components, and for them to work together to produce balance, lively projection and great response. These components include the Alvarez patented FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tone woods and thin finish. FST2 is a forward shifted X brace design, this means the axis of the X is closer to the sound hole 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 the Yairi workshops.

What Alvarez Says About the Artist Series

"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."

Alvarez AP66SHB Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:

  • 6-string Artist 66 Series Parlor Shadowburst
  • Layered Mahogany back and sides
  • Clear-sounding solid Mahogany top
  • Comfortable dimensions

Series Artist 66 Series
String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Parlor
Body Style Non Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-Handed
Color Shadowburst
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Solid African Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Body Bracing FST2
Binding Ivory ABS
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Alvarez
Fingerboard Material Rosewood / Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Inlay Wave
Number of Frets 18
Scale Length 24"
Tuning Machines Premium Die Cast
Bridge Material Rosewood / Pau Ferro
Nut/Saddle Material Real Bone
Nut Width 1 3/4"
Neck Joint Dovetail
Body Width 359mm
Body Depth Heel/Base 92/96
Overall Length 985mm
Electronics None
Strings D'Addario EXP16
Case Included None
Manufacturer Part Number AP66SHB