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Dec 27, 2018 - 8:23:08 AM
2 posts since 12/27/2018

Hi everyone I need some advice or thoughts on these two guitars. I know that the Alvarez model is designed for bluegrass and that Taylor isn’t really the first brand on people’s mind when it comes to bluegrass but these are the two that I’ve narrowed it down to. I haven’t been able to play the Alvarez model because the closest place is hours upon hours away but I’ve played many Taylor’s. The Alvarez is solid construction vs the Taylor’s laminate. With this being said I’ve read from some other flatpickers that the Alvarez is lacking in bottom end. Everything I’ve seen from Taylor including the gs mini I’ve played and the big baby Taylor they have had plenty of bottom end note separation and volume. Like I said I haven’t got to play many Alvarez guitars and I’ve tried traveling to different stores to compare and this is where I’ve ended up. I Know I’ve said a lot and that I’ll get a lot of suggestions for different guitars but this is where I’ve landed and I’ve used my own ears to get here but just wanting to get some opinions from a different point of view and see if there’s something with these to that I haven’t thought of.

Dec 28, 2018 - 4:56:54 AM

256 posts since 4/22/2009

I would vote for the Taylor. We had a guitar picker in our band that played a Taylor and it had lots of bass sound, as well as treble and was very "pickable" both for jamming and on stage.

Having said that, I know absolutely nothing about the Alvarez but if I was purchasing, I'd go with what I could play, feel, listen to rather than an unknown product. Just my take, for what it's worth.

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:19:14 PM

2 posts since 12/27/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Robbie7

Hi everyone I need some advice or thoughts on these two guitars. I know that the Alvarez model is designed for bluegrass and that Taylor isn’t really the first brand on people’s mind when it comes to bluegrass but these are the two that I’ve narrowed it down to. I haven’t been able to play the Alvarez model because the closest place is hours upon hours away but I’ve played many Taylor’s. The Alvarez is solid construction vs the Taylor’s laminate. With this being said I’ve read from some other flatpickers that the Alvarez is lacking in bottom end. Everything I’ve seen from Taylor including the gs mini I’ve played and the big baby Taylor they have had plenty of bottom end note separation and volume. Like I said I haven’t got to play many Alvarez guitars and I’ve tried traveling to different stores to compare and this is where I’ve ended up. I Know I’ve said a lot and that I’ll get a lot of suggestions for different guitars but this is where I’ve landed and I’ve used my own ears to get here but just wanting to get some opinions from a different point of view and see if there’s something with these two that I haven’t thought of.


Dec 29, 2018 - 3:38:08 PM

12 posts since 8/28/2008

I HAVE A ALVERAZ ARD70 LARGE 12 FRET DREAD. GUITAR [SOLID WOOD]  AND MY DAUGHTER HAS A TAYLOR 110e DRED. I HAVE PLAYED THEM BOTH. BOTH ARE WELL MADE- AND SOUND OK. THE TAYLOR IS THE WINNER BY A GOOD WIDE WIN. I PLAY BLUEGRASS WITH BOTH, BUT I WOULD RATHER TAKE THE TAYLOR.

Edited by - kimmattis123 on 12/29/2018 15:40:32

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:44:27 AM

1 posts since 12/31/2018

I have an Alvarez MD60BG and it is a fine flat picking guitar. It is loud with a sweet tone across the spectrum. Being solid wood, the guitar has more complex overtones than the aforementioned ARD70 (which I also own). Perhaps it lacks the bass response of a rosewood dreadnought or 000 but it is a mahogany guitar. It sings.

IMO, Alvarez hit a home run with the MD60bg as far as a reasonably priced solid wood instrument with outstanding appointments; even the tuners are nice and I am particular. Construction and set up was perfect out of the box.

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