: Just wanted to know it's value?
I also have a Alvarez 5003 classical guitar and am interested in the value, and is the top soild or laminated, spruce or cedar?
A lot of people who own vintage Alvarez guitars are pretty confused about these models: Alvarez 5001 , Alvarez 5003 and Alvarez 5005 mainly because there are exactly the same models that are made in Korea or made in Japan. In fact, in the case of Alvarez 5001 and 5003, there are even those with labels that are also marked Made in Japan, but are poorly made and with completely different designs and wood. If you want good Alvarez 5001 or 5003, avoid those with black and white labels at all costs. If you can find the Alvarez 5001 or 5003 with the original label that's made in Japan, then you shouldn't think twice. The Alvarez 5001 -- the one with the original brownish label that says "Alvarez Classic Handmade" comes with solid cedar top, unlike the Alvarez 5001 with white label, which has a laminated spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The Alvarez 5001 with the original Classic Handmade label comes with SOLID spruce top and most models I've seen come with laminated rosewood back and sides, but I have also seen some of them with SOLID Indian rosewood back and sides. Those laminated models also used Indian rosewood to thicken the sides and backs that are genuine Indian rosewoods. In any case, even those with laminated rosewood back and sides surpass the sound projection, sweetness and playability of my Yairi CY-140 and my CY-120. I've had several Kazuo Yairis, but the Alvarez 5001 is much more impressive. Alvarez 5005 is a fantastic guitar, as well. Some models come with Brazilian rosewood backs and Indian rosewood sides.
Re: The Alvarez classical guitar Model 5003
about 3 years ago I was in a guitar shop in Minneapolis, can't for the life of me remember which one but anyway, as an Acoustic guitar specialist I am always interested in folk, dreadnought, and classical guitars that I might run across from time to time. I found this wonderful toned used instrument in a small music store and after playing it a short while I determined that I should buy it. it was a Alvarez Classical Guitar model #5003 with Mahogany back and sides and a Spruce top that was stained in a way that I think made it appear as Cedar but I was very surprised at the tone of this particular model. It was a Alvarez Classical guitar made in Japan, it says it was "HandMade in Japan" It appeared to be about 15-20 years old or so when I purchased it. I paid 100.00 for the instrument and I felt it was well worth that.
I've maintained it since, and I bought it in 2008.
I plan on keeping it in my collection for years to come. a surprising little gem and still with such balanced tone..
I have several very expensive acoustic steel string instruments and I feel I do have a good ear for tonal quality. Also, I also have always been leery of the ""cheaply Mfg. produced" Nylon string "Cordoba" type classical instruments. I just would never purchase a bad or "poor" sounding instrument.
I understand the Alvarez/St.Louis Music Company discontinued making this Model 5003 in 1998 and according to specs published on a 3rd party web site the top is Laminated, and yet I could swear when I look at the sound hole I can see the Grains wrapping around the opening looking for all its worth like a Solid Top guitar ! But, that's what the guitar reviewer web site claims based on The Company's data and specs on the instrument. I probably wouldn't have changed my mind about getting it but it was surprising how good it sounded for a laminated instrument.
I wouldn't sell it for less then 200.00 and I don't think I'll probably ever sell it.
I am going to conclude once and for all with my Luthier associate the status of the Top and get back with you.
To whom it may concern,
Here is the specs as published by www.guitar-list.com for the instrument. hope that helps !
Alvarez Classical Guitar Artist Mahogany Model #5003
Body back material› Mahogany body back
Body fret› Neck joins body at 12th fret
Body sides material› Mahogany body sides
Body style ›classical style
Body top material› laminated spruce body top
Bridge› rosewood bridge
Fingerboard material rosewood fingerboard
Finish› antique natural gloss finish
Neck joint› set neck
Number of frets› 19 fret
Number of strings› 6 strings
Peghead (headstock)› slotted headstock
Soundhole rosette› wood mosaic rosette
Soundhole› round soundhole
Tuner layout› three-each-side
: : Just wanted to know it's value?
: I also have a Alvarez 5003 classical guitar and am interested in the value, and is the top soild or laminated, spruce or cedar?
: Thanks Bob
My 5003 is Ser# 117; black and white label inside is printed "Made in Japan". This was a gift from a friend and has been improperly handled (he didn't know better). So, I can see that the top is laminated (where the bridge pulled up), but has a cedar look. The rest looks like nice mahogany, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's also lam'd because the bridge actually looks like a good fake (plastic) rosewood. If I'm right, then either Alvarez "exaggerated" the materials or this is a boot leg. Still, it was a gift, so I know a reputable luthier who can give me the facts and fix it, if at all possible. Otherwise, I might just get brave and "fix" it myself.
All the best,
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