The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 05-16-2018, 10:04 AM
Shortfinger Shortfinger is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: FL & NY & IL
Posts: 782
Default Why not the Alvarez MDA70?

Solid spruce top, dreadnaught size, solid rosewood back and sides, what's not to like?

$770 in the shop where I just played it, and perfectly set up.

What else compares?
__________________
______________________________________

Naples, FL


1972 Martin D18
Fender PM-2 all-mahogany parlor
Yamaha LS-TA with sunburst finish
Too many ukeleles
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-16-2018, 10:33 AM
Ten's Avatar
Ten Ten is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 343
Default

I’d rather get an E8D or used E20D.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-16-2018, 11:11 AM
Ed66 Ed66 is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 679
Default

I've had great experiences with Alvarez, at least with the Artist Series, and the Masterworks is up one level. I don't know if you can find a better value on a solid rosewood back. Given the significant QC I'm not exactly sure how they do it. I have looked at some Eastwood's that have had neck issues (I know that's probably a very small minority), so that combined with the great value the Alvarez represents would push me in that direction.
__________________

Seagull Artist Deluxe CE
Furch G22CR-C
Seagull Artist Element
2018 Alvarez MDA66CESHB
Several other exceptional guitars but these 4 make me smile and keep me inspired!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-16-2018, 11:16 AM
Beakybird Beakybird is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Woodridge, Illinois
Posts: 1,360
Default

The Yamaha LL16 is around that price, and it has the same woods. The Engleman spruce on the Yamaha is torrified. Is that the case with the Alvarez? I know where you might be able to get an LL-TA for just north of the price of the Alvarez, but you'd have to wait until September.

That being said, I will look for the Alvarez to play next time I'm in a guitar store.
__________________
Eastman E1SS-CLA-LTD
Eastman E1OOSS-LTD
Cordoba Fusion Orchestra CE
Cordoba SM-CE Mini Classical Acoustic
Ibanez Blazer 21 MIJ Stratocaster

2 Yamaha PSR-SX900 keyboards I play professionally
Roland FP-90 digital piano I play for pleasure with piano VSTs.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-16-2018, 12:14 PM
L20A L20A is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Roy Utah
Posts: 5,495
Default

There are so many great guitars out there for less than $1,000.00 these days.
The biggest problem is choosing one and sticking with it.

If you like the Alvarez, get it.
I still enjoy my Alvarez Baritone a lot.
Quality products at great prices.
__________________
Happiness Is A New Set Of Strings
L-20A
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-16-2018, 12:19 PM
Shortfinger Shortfinger is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: FL & NY & IL
Posts: 782
Default

I own a beatiful LS-TA Yamaha, got it new for a steal price, but really liked this Alvarez when I played it this morning.

These Asian-built guitars don't get the respect they deserve, IMHO.
__________________
______________________________________

Naples, FL


1972 Martin D18
Fender PM-2 all-mahogany parlor
Yamaha LS-TA with sunburst finish
Too many ukeleles
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-16-2018, 12:22 PM
Jcamp Jcamp is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 440
Default

Sounds about like my Alvarez MD90 that I got new 15+ years ago. Price probably ain’t bad for a new solid RW guitar but u might find a used Larrivee for around that price. Might just b my area but Ive seen several of the Larrivee pop up used for well under 900 in the last several months. Also might check out a used Martin d15 or Gibson j15.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-16-2018, 02:34 PM
geelinus geelinus is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: MEEEEECHigan
Posts: 440
Default

I am the very happy owner of an Alvarez Masterworks OM & wouldn't hesitate to buy another Masterworks. Great quality at a great price.

A Yamaha LL16 is doable in that price range, but I'm biased toward Alvarez. A used Gibson or Martin would be a fine alternative but harder to find in the $770 price range. A Larrivee would be fine too but -- in my experience (YMMV) a bit too bright for my tastes and -- brighter than the Alvarez, if that matters. .

I guess that means I vote for the MDA70

Last edited by geelinus; 05-16-2018 at 05:26 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-16-2018, 05:16 PM
Oldguy64 Oldguy64 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Kansas City metro
Posts: 4,202
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shortfinger View Post
Solid spruce top, dreadnaught size, solid rosewood back and sides, what's not to like?

$770 in the shop where I just played it, and perfectly set up.

What else compares?
The MSRP on the MD70CE when I bought mine was 1199.
Mine is a bit older than the one you are looking at.
Generally the MAP on these is $900.
On the financial end, you’re saving $130.

My fifties started with the MD70CE. I searched for an all solid wood Alvarez to test drive for a number of years.
I play a number of Alvarez guitars. I often forget how good my Masterworks is.
But every time it comes out of the case, it blows me away.
You won’t beat it for twice the price.
My only issue with the guitar, is that the built in tuner is not fast, or terribly accurate.
__________________
A bunch of guitars I really enjoy. A head full of lyrics,
A house full of people that “get” me.

Alvarez 5013
Alvarez MD70CE
Alvarez PD85S
Alvarez AJ60SC.
Alvarez-Yairi GY1
Takamine P3DC
Takamine NPT115.
Takamine GJ72CE-12-NAT
Taylor 110e.
Guild F2512e.
Godin Multiac Steel.
Journey Instruments OF660
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-16-2018, 05:37 PM
Steadfastly Steadfastly is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Minto, NB
Posts: 3,800
Default

I have its brother the MD60. I never knew much about Alvarez until I joined this forum and bought the MD60. For those that have not tried out a Masterworks Alvarez, I strongly suggest you do.
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > General Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=