A gorgeous hybrid with B-BAND electronics and award-winning features.

Alvarez’s ‘66 models are beautifully finished and have a deep glass-like shine. The vintage sunburst on the solid African mahogany of brings out the grain to create a warm look to match its tone. Like all Artist Series guitars, the 66 OM/Folk Solid Top has a focused sound with strong mids, great for recording and live work. Rounding its tonewoods are mahogany back, sides, and neck, and rosewood bi-level bridge, fingerboard and headstock plate. Other appointments include a real bone nut and saddle, premium die-cast tuners, and ivory ABS binding, and SYS550 electronics.

The SYS550 designed by B-BAND is a pro-level EQ and pickup reproduces the sound of the guitar very closely with great clarity. B-BAND uses a patented undersaddle electret film pickup which eliminates synthetic or processed sounds often heard with piezo or other styles of pickup. The result is a very true, acoustic sound. SYS550 also has an accurate, backlit chromatic digital tuner.

The award-winning Artist Series features hand-selected solid tops; forward shifted scalloped bracing, awesome tone and player experience. The term “solid top” in the name of this gutar 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 really release 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 a tone and player experience, rarely found in affordable instruments. These components include our FST2M bracing system, bi-level bridge, real bone nut and great quality tonewoods.

FSTM is a forward shifted X brace design. Both the X braces and asymmetric tone bars are scalloped. Moving the system forward allows for a larger soundboard, which is optimized with a solid maple bridge plate for both strength and energy. The sound is warm, open and powerful, and both the treble and bass registers are clearly present and balanced in relation to each other. This guitar feels right and is exciting to play and responsive. Dig in and it shouts right back at you. Treat it gently and it’ll whisper and respond instantly to the lightest strum or pick.

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Series: Alvarez Artist
Top wood: Solid African mahogany
Back and sides wood: Mahogany
Shape: Folk/OM
Neck: Mahogany
Bracing System: FST2M – Forward Shifted, Scalloped X
Bridge: Bi-Level Rosewood
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Headstock Plate: Rosewood
Nut and Saddle: Real Bone
Tuner Premium: Die-Cast
Binding: Ivory ABS
Strings: D’Addario EXP
Overall Length: 1,015mm
Body Width: 390mm
Body Depth at Heel: 96mm
Body Depth at Base: 106mm
Scale: 630mm
Scale: 24-13/16″
Number of frets: 21
Nut Width: 44.45mm
Neck Joint: Dovetail
Neck meets body: 14th Fret
Pickup/EQ: SYS550
Top Finish: Sunburst/Gloss

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