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Item Reviews for: Alvarez ABT60E Baritone Acoustic Electric Guitar  -  ALV ABT60E LIST

Completely Agree: Unplayable
By: H61      Submitted: 11/4/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. A previous reviewer said that the guitars he received were unplayable and that he had to send both of them back. The problem he experienced was strings buzzing/fretting out. I had the same, but opposite problem: The neck had a twist that made the lower strings extremely high off the fingerboard and the higher strings so low that they fretted out as they approached the 12th fret. (The G string also fretted out at the seventh fret.) I have no idea how the guitar sounds, for it was impossible to play. In regard to finish, I would say that the guitar would be attractive to lovers of high gloss, but, to me, the gloss seemed much too thick/heavy. American Musical was superb in regard to the return process for this guitar, so there are no complaints in that regard--none, whatsoever--but this model guitar would appear to be one to which caveat emptor applies. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? This guitar was made on a bad day at the factory. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Unplayable. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Don't know. Action How was the action out of the box? Terrible, possibly the worst I've ever experienced. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Fine. Reliability How has it stood up over time? If you put this guitar on a stand, it will stand up well, I'm sure. Otherwise I would say that this one was, for all practical purposes, DOA.
Really wanted to like this. I must have gotten the duds.
By: Bobbo from Huntington Beach, CA, bobbo@thefallenstars.com      Submitted: 9/23/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. I like the possibilities that this guitar offers but the TWO instruments I got were both un-playable. The first one had a completely unbalanced pickup and both instruments had so much fret buzz I couldn't play either. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I don't know how dependable this instrument is - I haven't been able to play it. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Both instruments were unplayable. I brought them up to pitch, relieved the tension on the neck and by the time I got it to a point where it didn't buzz - the action was so high that it didn't play in tune anymore. I brought it to my tech and he confirmed what I thought ~ this guitar has a massive hump where the neck meets the body. It would need a lot of work, with fret level and crown in order to get this to even a playable place. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The low B string was making a farting noise when amplified. The other 5 strings were noticeably lower in volume. The tuner worked great. Action How was the action out of the box? Terrible. When I tuned it up the strings were completely on all the frets. I could not play it at all. AT BEST - I got it to play first position chords but I couldn't go above the 5th fret before it started buzzing out. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? It looked awesome. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Won't find out. I sent BOTH of them back.
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By: Steve from Knoxvegas      Submitted: 1/31/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? This is a very well crafted instrument. Reliability How has it stood up over time? I've only owned it for a month but expect it will last a long time. Excellent build quality. General Your general opinion of this product. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone in the market for a baritone. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Excellent playability. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Rich lows and bright highs. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Flawless. Action How was the action out of the box? A little buzzy but cleared up after a few days.
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