Artist series

AP66SHB

Artist 66 Series Parlor, Shadowburst Finish
‘Artist Series parlors have won awards all over the world, and are now available in stunning shadowburst finish.’

Key Features

Series
Alvarez Artist
Top Wood
Solid African Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood
Mahogany
Shape
Parlor
Neck
Mahogany
Bracing System
FST2M - Forward Shifted, Scalloped X
Bridge
Bi-Level Rosewood
Fingerboard
Rosewood
Headstock Plate
Rosewood
Nut & Saddle
Real Bone
Tuner
Premium Die Cast
Binding
Ivory ABS
Strings
D’Addario EXP
MSRP $499.00
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Dimensions

Overall Length (mm)
985
Body Width (mm)
359
Body Depth at Heel (mm)
92
Body Depth at Base (mm)
96
Scale (mm)
610
Scale (inches)
24"
Number of frets
18
Nut Width (mm)
44.45
Nut Width (inches)
1 3/4"

Product Materials

Series
Alvarez Artist
Top Wood
Solid African Mahogany
Top Finish
Shadowburst/Gloss
Back & Sides Wood
Mahogany

Additional Details

Neck Joint
Dovetail
Neck Meets Body
12th Fret

 

The ‘66 models are beautifully finished and have a deep glass-like shine. Our Shadowburst on Mahogany brings out the grain to create a warm look to match its tone. Our mahogany top guitars have a focused sound with strong mids, great for recording and live work.

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 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.

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 if 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 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 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 Artist Series
Award winning design and sound
Incredible Value
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