Alvarez AC-65HCE Artist 65 Series Classical Hybrid Electric Guitar
Alvarez uses traditional style construction for their entire classical guitar line incorporating a Spanish heel neck joint and tapered fan bracing to deliver stability, balance and volume across all six strings. The Artist 65’s are very responsive guitars with a warm and open tone.
This acoustic-electric model is fitted with the fantastic LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element pickup for optimal live performance.
About Artist Series
Artist Series feel right and are exciting to play; whether 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 a more open projection, go for Sitka. For warmth and response to a lighter touch, choose a Cedar top.
All of their tops are selected by their team and graded independently of their suppliers. If it isn’t worthy, they won’t use it. While top quality improves as you move up the Artist Series models, all are stiff and finely grained.
After 55 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of their culture. Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes.
Their tonewoods are carefully cured; their components such as neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques they use are continually researched and developed, and their 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.
The term “solid top” refers to the guitar’s soundboard being made of solid wood rather than laminates. However, even when the guitar top is made of solid wood, 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 their FS6 bracing design, which allows the soundbox to sing and brings uniformity across Dreadnought, Grand Auditorium, OM and Parlor body sizes. This means the voicing has a similar character, but the individual tone is more purely influenced by the size and shape of the guitar.
Their bi-level bridge is designed to heighten string tension and improve sustain and response. Real bone nut and saddle, premium tonewoods, and their crafted attenuated finish all further the quality of construction and positively impact the performance of the instrument. Artist Series gloss models have a clear deep shine from a finish that is applied as thinly as possible to optimize tone. The personality and voicing of Artist Series is open, dynamic and instantly responsive.
Thank you for choosing Alvarez.
- Top Wood: Solid A+ Western Red Cedar
- Body Finish: Natural/Gloss
- Back and Sides Wood: African Mahogany
- Shape: Classical
- Neck: Mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish
- Bridge: Bi-Level Indian Laurel/Rosewood
- Fingerboard: Indian Laurel/Rosewood w/12th Fret Inlay
- Nut and Saddle: Real Bone
- Tuner: Chrome Open Gear Strip
- Binding: Rosewood
- Strings: D'Addario EXP16
- Bracing Systems: Traditional Spanish Fan System
- Neck Joint: Dovetail
- Neck Meets Body: 12th Fret
- Number of Frets: 19
- Pickup / EQ: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up
- Overall Length (mm)975
- Body Width (mm)374
- Body Depth at Heel (mm)96
- Body Depth at Base (mm)102
- Scale (mm)650
- Scale (inches)25 19/32
- Number of Frets19
- Nut Width (mm)52
- Nut Width (inches)2 1/16