Alvarez Artist Series AD30 Dreadnought Guitar, Natural/Gloss Finish
Alvarez has created some fantastic guitars with the Artist series, and this is one of them. It may not be the best guitar in the world, but it does have everything which a beginner needs to get started with a guitar and learn effectively. The big draw here is just how affordable the guitar is. It compares well to its more expensive brothers and sisters and is made to be played.
Body & Neck
This guitar looks amazing. From the natural wood grain on the top, back, and sides, to the matte black pickguard, there are a lot of contrasting colors which make this dreadnought-shaped guitar a wonder to behold. The top is solid Sitka spruce wood, and the pickguard is plastic. We love the north to south grain showing through.
The back and sides of the body are crafted from mahogany, a resonant and tonal wood, and wood which should not be on such an affordable guitar. The body is reinforced by the custom scalloped bracing, which is hand-sanded before it is attached to the body. The neck is also mahogany and is dovetailed into the body, to give extra stability and a more full profile.
There is a rosewood fingerboard on the neck, with 20 frets. There are dot inlays on the frets to help you to find your finger positioning when you are starting out. Everything is finished with a fantastic semi-gloss shine.
What you get with this guitar is exactly what you would expect, but everything is done expertly well. Each individual piece of hardware is worth its place on this guitar, but the amazing thing is that there are so many pieces of expert hardware that it’s hard to believe they have kept the price so low. For a beginner, you are getting an expert guitar at an affordable price.
The D’Addario strings are as good as they come on a beginner guitar, and you will not need to replace them anytime soon (unless they break). They give a superior sound to most stock strings and are easy to play. They are held in place by six die-cast chrome tuning pegs, which not only hold the tension well but look amazing, too.
The dreadnought shape is a little thinner than the standard dreadnought shape, and that gives you more vibration and versatility. The thin form has a lot of resonance and tone, and that will shine through in your music. Again, there is more here than there should be for such a reasonable guitar.
There is an excellent distinction between the bass, trebles, and highs, and you will find that you have a lot of clarity in each note. Wonderful sounds.
This is a professional guitar disguised as a beginner guitar. With this in your hands, you will not be disappointed. The hardware is excellent, the body is solid, and the sound is bright and clear. There is almost nothing not to like.