Alvarez MF80C Acoustic Guitar - Review
Very Nice Grand Auditorium Sized Guitar For the Intermediate to Advanced Player With Great Electronics
Body Type: Cutaway Grand Concert
Top Material: Englemann Spruce - Solid
Back & Sides: Mahogany - Solid
Binding: Maple Solid Wood
Neck: Thin Profile
Neck Material: Mahogany 14 Frets To Body
Fretboard Inlay: None Except 12th Fret - Diagonal Pearl
Headstock Overlay: East Indian Rosewood
Fretboard: Solid Indian Rosewood - Stained Black
Fingerboard Bound With White Plastic
Neck Reinforcement: Adjustable Truss Rod
Total #Frets: 20
Nut Width: 1-11/16" Finish: Body Gloss
Bridge: East Indian Rosewood - Solid
Tuners: Enclosed, Die cast Gold Plated
Electronics: 600T MKII
List Price: $1,499.99 (Includes Hardshell Case)
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
The Alvarez MF80C has definitely
stepped up the intermediate priced guitar features a few notches. I
really like the features on this understated yet quality constructed
With the addition of an Englemann Solid Spruce top, this guitar now starts to measure up to higher priced guitars such as the Martins and Gibson's. Englemann is one of my favorites as you get a very warm and deep sound while receiving tremendous volume.
Tuners of the Alvarez MF80C are gold plated die cast construction and seem to be very solid and smooth, without any play.Personally I don't like stained Rosewood for the fingerboard. I prefer honesty of materials and if you use Rosewood, make it look Rosewood - not Ebony.
Another thing I REALLY like about Alvarez MF80C is the use of solid Maple bindings. It looks very professional and I know from experience that this does give better sound production.
Dislikes: No pickguard. I like the look and if you just fingerpick that will be ok. If you use a flatpick however, you will absolutely need a pickguard. I would choose a wooden one. See my article on Pickguards.
I love the sound of the Alvarez MF80C. Or putting it more directly, I just love Englemann Spruce for tonewood. The guitar has a very balanced warm tone with lots of volume.Also, the solid Mahogany gives this guitar that typical quality solid woody tone that I love to hear. Rest assured that as the years go by , this guitar will get better and better, as solid wood guitars always do.
The action of the Alvarez MF80C was just right for my tastes. Combined with a thin neck, it makes this guitar play much more like an electric than an acoustic. Excellent overall action.The neck was straight and appeared to have the correct amount of relief.
Being a solid wood guitar, the Alvarez MF80C will not take nearly the abuse as a laminated wood guitar. Given a good environment, and tender loving care, this guitar should give you years of trouble-free playing.
The only cracking you will have to worry about is on the solid wood top back and sides is humidity levels. Keep your guitar humidified though between 45 and 55% if possible and certainly no lower than 35%.
Alvarez MF80C Acoustic/Electric Guitar
Alvarez is committed to providing you with a wide range of guitars that offer superior tone and playability and represent unusually high value, regardless of price range. Alvarez Yairi guitars are still handmade in limited quantities using traditional construction techniques and naturally seasoned wood materials.
Alvarez Yairi designs and traditions are the foundation of the Alvarez Acoustic line of instruments. Alvarez guitars are manufactured to the strictest tolerances using modern technology and the best materials available.
Over the past 35 years, the Alvarez Guitar Shop in St. Louis, MO has evolved the most comprehensive setup and adjustment procedures in the industry. At Alvarez, customer satisfaction is our primary concern.
We appreciate your comments regarding Alvarez Guitars, and we take your input very seriously. Please contact Alvarez as follows:
Alvarez Parts and Service
For parts, service and warranty related questions, please contact: Tom Kruszka or call 314-727-4512, Ext. 295
For all warranty service please contact your local Alvarez guitar dealer, or Alvarez authorized service center.
Technical Support, Service and Parts departments are available Monday-Friday, 10am-Noon & 1pm-3pm Pacific Time initial 2 year period, Kaman will cover the parts for anything deemed defective as long as you own the product, but now the consumer is responsible for any labor charges incurred in the repair.
Overall Score: 8.5
The Alvarez MF80C has superb tone and tasteful, understated cosmetics combined with the sonic sweetness of all-solid woods place the Alvarez Masterworks Series among the greatest acoustic guitar values ever.
Crafted using a traditional dovetail neck joint for maximum resonance and stability, Alvarez Masterworks guitars feature a modern, thin neck profile for the utmost in playability.
Solid mahogany back and sides of the Alvarez MF80C work with the Englemann spruce top to generate a very round, warm sound. Master-quality cosmetics include maple body binding and an abalone rosette.
System 600T MK II electronics deliver natural acoustic sound and feature a sophisticated notch filter for feedback control, 3-band EQ, and a built-in tuner. Includes hardshell case.
With a street price of about $999.00 this guitar is definitely
a "great deal" and one that I would not hesitate in recommending for
the intermediate player or even an advanced player.