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Alvarez Regent Rd20cu
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Price Paid for Alvarez Regent Rd20cu: $260 USD
Description of Alvarez Regent Rd20cu: Acoustic with pickup Body Style: Cutaway Dreadnought Back/Sides: Mahogany Top: Spruce (laminate) Finish: Gloss Soundhole: Rosette Black/White Multi Body Binding: Black/White Multi Fingerboard: Rosewood Fingerboard Inlay: Acrylic Dots Tuning Machines: Chrome Die Cast Bridge: Rosewood Electronics: 3 band eq
Tone of Alvarez Regent Rd20cu:
Comments about Alvarez Regent Rd20cu: The tone is nice for a lower end guitar. I jam along with a Martin D-1 quite often and the Alvarez complements it nicely if that means anything to you. I would say it's on the bright side. The Regent doesn't come with their fancy System 500 pick-up (not that I use it much anyway) but through my questionable Squier amp it stays true to the straight acoustic sound. I play a lot of punk tunes as well as a lot of Radiohead and the guitar handles the both the hard playing and delicate chord structures really well without much unwanted buzzing.
Quality of Alvarez Regent Rd20cu:
Comments about Alvarez Regent Rd20cu: I would have given a higher rating based only on durability but there is a flaw in the body binding pattern, a small chip in the soundhole (top laminate layer)and the finish on the neck is already starting to wear away from my fingernails. Otherwise it stays in a dorm room most of the time and is subject to some extreme temp. changes (crap climate control at my college)and rough punk playing with no problems as of yet. It also stays in tune for a long time.
Overall Opinions of Alvarez Regent Rd20cu:
Pros: This seems to be a solid guitar that could easily turn into my travel instrument if I ever get another more expensive model. There is a lifetime warranty on all Alvarez guitars and from what I've read they're pretty good about it. I'm glad I got it as my first acoustic instead of some $150 POS because I'm sure I would have been mad at myself after awhile as I got better and played more complicated pieces. This sounds good in comparison to any guitar I've played. So far I would buy Alvarez again. (I've had it for a year)
Cons: Some minor superficial imperfections, Graphics around eq are printed on a vinyl sticker that seems to be precariously staying in place, Finish on neck wearing off.

Submitted by:
Steve B (punkrocknj@hotmail.com)
Playing Experience:
one to two years
Musical Tastes:
alternative blues classic rock folk heavy metal jazz pop


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