Alvarez dating guitar
These designs culminated in Bob Weir's WY1BW, the result of years of fine-tuning, which Bob still plays today.
This process also helps create a vintage look to each instrument, as if they, too, were made in the '60's.Inspired by classic Grateful Dead images, the custom artwork designs on these guitars have been applied using a custom screen printing process.Thanks to Mother Nature, each guitar top varies slightly in both grain and color, making every Alvarez Grateful Dead guitar a unique instrument, just like every Grateful Dead concert was its own unique experience.Other appointments include custom mother-of-pearl "Lightning Bolt" inlays, the band's iconic Dancing Bear on the back of the headstock, a rosewood fingerboard and bi-level bridge and 12th fret lightning bolt inlay.Both models are constructed using the Alvarez FST2M hand-finished, forward-shifted, scalloped bracing system for optimal performance and response. This acoustic-electric version is fitted with the fantastic L. Baggs Element pickup and Stage Pro EQ for optimal live performance.
Alvarez guitars are constructed correctly in every sense, from raw material preparation to construction and manufacturing processes.
Use the drop down menu to choose from Montage, with its psychadelic collage of some of the Dead's most beloved imagery, or Flag, which has a design inspired by the cover art from the out-of-print 2013 release, Dave's Picks Volume 8, a live album featuring the counterculture icons' performance at the Fox Theatre in Georgia in Novermber of 1980.
After 50 years of making guitars, continual improvement through the use of emerging technologies, processes, and materials is still at the heart of Alvarez's culture.
Artist Series The term “solid top” refers to the soundboard of an acoustic guitar being made of solid wood, rather than being laminated.
However, just because the top is solid, it does not necessarily mean the sound automatically benefits from this feature.
Grateful Dead enthusiasts will love the official artwork, applied to the cedar tops by an innovative screen printing process, and all guitarists will appreciate the fine construction, playability and tone of these instruments.