Masterworks series guitars are Alvarez’s top of the line models, designed and created by their master luthiers, using only the highest quality components and all solid tone woods, there’s not a laminate in sight here. Add to this some innovative design features and expert workmanship, developed throughout Alvarez’s 50 plus years of building guitars, and you’ve got a range of acoustics that really are premium quality, but at a much more affordable price point than you might expect considering all they’ve got to offer.
This Masterworks MDA66CESHB is a dreadnought style electro acoustic with a cutaway body design. The top, back and sides are all made from solid African Mahogany and it utilises Alvarez’s FST2M forward shifted scalloped X bracing system, allowing a larger area of the top to resonate more freely. All of this combines to deliver a really rich, vibrant and resonant tone with plenty of volume, perfect for both strumming and finger picking styles alike.
The guitar’s one piece mahogany neck has a really comfortable profile, and it’s finished in a 50/50 semi gloss, making it feel very smooth and effortless to play. The neck’s fitted with a Pau ferro fingerboard which in turn is fitted with 21 frets and discreet but stylish abalone and mother of pearl inlays, and of course the cutaway in the body allows for much easier access to the higher frets.
To enhance tone and playability, a slightly more angled headstock and bi-level bridge have been designed to increases the break angle of the strings over the real bone nut and saddle, and this increases the string tension, improving the feel and response of the strings and maximising sustain and string vibration transfer.
The guitar itself looks absolutely stunning with it’s gloss shadow burst finish, complimented by the Acacia binding, abalone purfling and premium quality gold tuners with ebony buttons, and being an electro acoustic, it’s fitted with a top quality LR Baggs Stagepro EQ, and an under the saddle element piezo pickup, meaning that the guitar will sound just as good on stage as it does at home or in the studio.