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Old 02-09-2019, 08:53 AM
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I blame you all ... so thank you!

This past Wednesday I took delivery of an Alvarez AP66ESHB ... been wanting a parlor for a while and also curious as to what all the 12-fret buzz was about (no pun) ... so I've been scoping out the AP66 for a while ... reading AGF threads, online reviews, watching videos, researching specs ... all the usual GAS activities ... and finally pulled the trigger.

Regarding the on-board electronics; I had pretty much decided on the 'purist' version with no built-ins, as I'd rather not see knobs and faders marring the landscape of a sumptuous curve of upper bout ... but at the eleventh hour I went for the version with the LR Baggs Stagepro element, and it's actually not very intrusive at all - pretty low profile and compact; and it, too, got solid reviews. And while it's likely that I'll rarely plug it in - I like having the option.

I'm on my way out the door to take care of some errands ... will post pics and impressions later today [spoiler: so far it's awesome!].

So thanks again AGF, for passively enabling!

~ Paul

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Old 02-09-2019, 09:42 AM
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I had a Alvarez AP66SHB which was a lovely looking guitar. Fit and finish were excellent. I too wanted a smaller guitar and liked the sound it gave but not enough to keep it. It made me realize I like a Sitka topped guitar much more than a Mahogany topped one.

I think Alvarez gives you a very nice of guitar for the money.Congrats. Have fun and enjoy yours.
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I bought an AP60 for a friend of mine last year and she really likes it. I kept it for a few days before she picked it up from me and I thing it sounded excellent. I would think your AP66SHB would be similar but a little warmer with the mahogany vs. the spruce top.
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:35 PM
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I have the app66sb (no electronics). Nice little guitar. I think you'll like it. What I like most about it is that it's small, but doesn't have much of a boxy sound to it.
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I blame you all ... so thank you!

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So thanks again AGF, for passively enabling!

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Found one in a pawn shop some years ago : just fell in love with this 24" all-mahogany parlor !
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Here's a couple pics ...




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Old 02-09-2019, 02:14 PM
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Very nice. It has a cool vintage vibe. Enjoy!
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:30 PM
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I have to say I am very pleased with this guitar!

Sounds warm and full, pretty fair sustain, very responsive to picking, holds up to moderate - light/heavy strumming without "washing out" ... to be honest, I am stunned at the sound this little beast puts out!

As far as my mediocre skill set can determine, intonation seems pretty darn good as well.

The set up looks good, action is right about where I want it ... I am really surprised at all the boxes this thing is checking ...

It is a lot heavier than I expected, and it kind of surprises me still when I pick it up ... weighs easily as much as my 314, but is way smaller. Maybe the all-mahogany construction? laminate sides and back? no matter ...

I did plug it in to a little Fender Frontman 15W just to hear the pickup ... obviously that amp isn't the best at reproducing acoustics, but the electronics seem to work fine; it has phase and a notch filter adjustments - ran a couple tests on those and they appear quite effective.

If I was gong to dink it anywhere it would be the tuners; they aren't the smoothest and the ratio seems pretty low ... I think StewMac has Grover 18:1 drop in replacements for it and I'm thinking about doing that during the first string change ...

I do like some things about the 12-fret aspect, things are definitely in easier reach, and some things seem easier to play as a result. Also, the small body makes it easier to just sit and noodle with in the evening ... I love my 314, but this little guy just seems more ... "approachable" ... if that makes sense ... ?

All and all, I am VERY happy I picked this up - it gives me a parlour, a 12-fret, and an all mahogany guitar, all in one package!



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Very nice. It has a cool vintage vibe. Enjoy!
Exactly! Thanks Growler ... already enjoying it!
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I have had the AP66ShB for three years now, not really a true pallor but I like it a lot for the price.
One thing is I've tried several brands of strings and keep coming back to Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze. Just wondering if anyone likes anything different on theirs?

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Beautiful, Alvarez makes nice guitars. Enjoy!
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I have had the AP66ShB for three years now, not really a true pallor but I like it a lot for the price.
One thing is I've tried several brands of strings and keep coming back to Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze. Just wondering if anyone likes anything different on theirs?

RwP
So would you say it's closer to a 00?

I have some EB Aluminum Bronze on hand, so when it needs a change, I'll try them. Thanks!

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Beautiful, Alvarez makes nice guitars. Enjoy!
Thanks!

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Yes I do feel it,s more of a L-00 in size.

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Old 02-09-2019, 05:31 PM
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Yes I do feel it,s more of a L-00 in size.

RWP
I agree; the dimensions are almost exact for a Martin 00.

Works for me just fine ...



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