The AP70 is one of Alvarez' best selling guitars, combining traditional and modern elements to produce a classic looking parlor guitar with modern projection and tone.
Alvarez is a relatively low key guitar manufacturer that has been producing some great value acoustic instruments that have premium features at lower price points. The AP70 Parlor from their Artist Series is a good example, featuring quality wood and construction while retaining an affordable price tag.
The company says, "Artist Series is now “The Award Winning Artist Series” – winning competitions and receiving rave reviews in the States, Europe and around the world. It’s a truly designed line of guitars that stands tall and sounds sweet in the solid top guitar market. All Alvarez parlor guitars have a big voice and are dynamic guitars that can be used for any style of playing".
To do just this, Alvarez utilized their FST2M forward shifted scalloped x bracing system, where both the x braces and asymmetric tone bars are scalloped. The entire bracing system is moved forward resulting in a larger soundboard, which works well with the solid maple bridge plate. The company also opted to craft the back and sides from rosewood, a feature that is normally only found on more expensive models.
Following traditional design, the guitar's neck is crafted from mahogany and topped by a rosewood fretboard with a total of 18 frets. Although the body of the guitar is small, playability is still very similar to standard sized guitars with a 1.75" nut width and 24" scale length.