The AFA95CESHB is a really special OM with quite a rare and inspired pairing of tone woods. Its AA North Western Red Cedar top and figured Acacia body gives this guitar a really warm and open voicing with slightly darker trebles and clear bass. Aesthetically the guitar is stunning with a lighter shade of our standard Shadowburst carefully crafted to let the grain of the wood stay visible right to the edge, which is bound by Flame Maple. This is a really great guitar with a true character to its sound and looks exceptional.
After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of our culture. Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes. Our tone woods are carefully cured; our components such as neck blocks and wood joints are carefully designed. The painting, sanding and polishing techniques we use are continually researched and developed, and our tone is impeccably crafted and married to a stable, designed and lively sound box.
The term “solid top” of course refers to the soundboard of an acoustic guitar being made of solid wood, rather than being laminated. However, just because the top is solid, it does not necessarily mean the sound automatically benefits from this feature. The tone of the instrument only improves significantly when the whole guitar is built correctly to optimize the energy a solid soundboard can generate. Artist Series is built to do exactly this.
Each model is designed to get the best out of its components, and for them to work together to produce balance, lively projection and great response. These components include bracing architecture that is specifically designed for each body shape or tonal requirement. Our Bi-level bridge is designed to heighten string tension and improve sustain and response. Real bone nut and saddle, premium tone woods and our crafted attenuated finish all further the quality of construction a positively impact the performance of the instrument.
- Series Alvarez Artist Elite
- Top Wood Solid AA Western Red Cedar
- Back and Sides Wood AAA Acacia
- Shape Folk/OM
- Neck Mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish
- Bridge Bi-Level Pau Ferro/Indian Laurel
- Inlays Paua Abalone and Mother of Pearl
- Finger boardPau Ferro / Indian Laurel, 12th Fret Inlay
- Nut and Saddle Real Bone
- Tuner Premium Chrome Die Cast
- Binding Flame Maple
- Bridge Pins PPS
- Strings D’Addario EXP16
- Pickup / EQ LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up