2014 Alvarez ARD70 12-Fret Dreadnought Guitar

This big-sounding bruiser is an Alvarez take on something like the venerable Martin D-28S or the Gibson Radio Grande models. It's a big, 12-frets-to-body dreadnought with rosewood back and sides. It sounds big and full. It's also apparently a fairly popular model because the company has been making variations on the design for more than a decade, now.

Folks who will find this a winner are, of course, retro-album Norman Blake fans, flatpickers looking for a wide palette, and fingerpickers who want to have a full, big voice when digging-in. It has a classic look, a quick neck (for a 1 3/4" nut, anyhow), and is in good order.

Repairs included: repair to a minor hairline crack near the headstock "wing" and a setup.

  • Weight: 4 lbs 4 oz
  • Scale length: 25 5/8"
  • Nut width: 1 3/4"
  • Neck shape: medium C
  • Board radius: 14"
  • Body width: 15 3/4"
  • Body depth: 4 7/8"
  • Top wood: solid spruce
  • Back & sides wood: solid 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
  • Truss rod: adjustable
  • Neck relief: straight
  • Fret style: medium

Condition notes: it has an added (Kalamazoo-looking) pickguard. There's a repaired hairline crack at the back of the neck that's a non-issue. There are light scuffs and scratches here and there throughout the body but not obvious. The bridge has a teensy/not-through hairline crack along the pinholes. I did drop-fill it to pretty-it-up a little.

It comes with: sorry, no case.

Consignor tag: DDM