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Alvarez AD60CK Artist Series Dao Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Cutaway
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Submitted: May 24th, 2004
by Anonymous Reviewer
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Sound Quality
When you talk about sound, you have to realize something very important >>**POLYURETHANE FINISH MAKES EVEN THE GREATEST SPRUCE SOUND LIKE CRAP**<<. Also, every foreign manufactured guitar (Alvarez, Takamine, etc., etc.) uses this finish which makes the guitar sound great >>**IF IT'S PLUGGED IN**<<, otherwise, don't count on it. This also inhibits the guitar's resale value. Typically, when a guitar has a good finish on it (i.e. not polyurethane) it will appreciate, which is guitars made before 1970 are so sought after. Also consider this, do violin makers use polyurethane? Absolutely >>**NOT**<<.
Reliability/Durability
This is a very solid, well built guitar. It should last as long as anyone would want to play it. However, I don't feel like that will be a long time because it doesn't have the sound that it should have. It sounds great plugged in, but unplugged it doesn't sound anywhere near as good as it should.
Price/Value
General Comments
Really, this guitar sucks soundwise, but otherwise it's a great guitar. Because of the extremely poor tonal quality I'm giving this guitar a 4. My suggesstion, consider a Garrison for about the same money. I played one a few days before posting this review (BTW I'm trading this in for a Garrison G-30) and they are totally >>**AWESOME**<< the projection is amazing and I went to a guitar store today and played a $3,680 Taylor and the G-20 (Cedar top) sounded just as good, if not better, than the Taylor (Spruce Top).
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