1981 Alvarez 5056 Dreadnought Guitar

This is a customer's old Alvarez and, let's be frank -- it's a great guitar. The owner has it via his father-in-law and while it'd been beaten-on over the years, it went "back to rights" just fine. This one has spiffy bling by way of vine inlay down the neck and marquetry-style purfling and rosette details.

Sound-wise it sits between a D-18 and D-28 and the overall vibe of the tone is late-'60s Martin. If I had a blind test with this compared to an old '60s Martin D-18 or D-28 it might be pretty hard to tell. It's close. It handles like a '60s Martin, too, with a similar neck profile though a little thinner front-to-back. 

Repairs included: neck reset, bridge reglue, fret level/dress, new Gotoh Kluson-style tuners, setup, etc...


Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: ply rosewood

Bracing type: x

Bridge: rosewood

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany


Action height at 12th fret: 3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w-12 lights

Neck shape: medium C/soft V

Board radius: 12"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium


Scale length: 25 5/8"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 15 3/4"

Body depth: 4 7/8"


Condition notes: two repaired hairline cracks below the bridge, plenty of light usewear throughout, pickwear around the soundhole, etc -- otherwise in good order, though.












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