Alvarez Artist Elite AFA95CESHB and Alvarez Masterworks MF60CEOM review

Meet two OM-bodied electros from Alvarez that offer so much bang for the buck you might need an asbestos pick…

Alvarez Artist Elite AFA95CESHB and Alvarez Masterworks MF60CEOM review
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Guitar World Verdict

With inventive solid-wood builds, excellent electronics and a vintage feel, Alvarez's new electro-acoustics are outrageously good value for money.


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    Solid woods and stellar necks make for happy pluckers.

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    Versatile tones, especially the Artist Elite model.

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    The price tag.


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    No lefties.

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    No gigbag or case included.

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It was only after a couple of its guitars landed on our doorstep that we realised how little we know about Alvarez. It’s one of those brands that feels like it’s been around forever. We all know the name. We’ve all heard good things. Before we get stuck into the review guitars, some due diligence.

Founded in 1965 by North American distributor St Louis Music, Alvarez was originally tasked with selling classical guitars. That explains the name. Then, as Chris Meikle, St Louis Music’s senior vice president of sales, marketing and product explains, that mandate changed sometime in the late 1960s…

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