Alvarez bicentennial model?

Posted by Chris on Wed, 12/08/04 - 18:27:12.

Ive never had any luck finding any info on this guitar. just wondering if anyone new anything about it. an acoustic guitar with an engraved plate on the back of the headstock reading : "Bicentennial Model, Limited Edition, 763/800"

Any info would be great

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Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

I just started researching this one, so this is the 1st I've heard of others. I own 302/800. My Dad bought it 1976 for my mom, who gave it to me because she never learned to play it. It has only a couple of minor surface scratches, but has original case and is in excellent overall condition. I've played it regularly since around 1988. It sat in it's case until then. I think she said he paid around $500 for it in '76. I've been offered $2,000, but would never part with it. It's the only thing i remember being around as long as my parents...It's like an old friend.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

I have number 440/800. Bought it new in 1976. Great acoustic. I was under the understanding when I bought it that it was actually crafted by Yairi, which are normally their more expensive handcrafted guitars. Don't know how true that is, but I have played Yairis and it plays and sounds just as good.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

: Ive never had any luck finding any info on this guitar. just wondering if anyone new anything about it. an acoustic guitar with an engraved plate on the back of the headstock reading : "Bicentennial Model, Limited Edition, 763/800"

: Any info would be great
I got one that has "76" and star inlay with white ivory binding on the fretboard and a herring bone like binding on the body. It looks like a copy of a Martin d35 "76" but with a split back instead of a 3 piece back. I would also like to get an idea of the worth...I've had it since the early 80's bought it at a pawn shop for $200. and have never seen another one like it. I think the model number is 5054

Stolen Alvarez Bicentennial 5039 008/800

I had a robbery and my Alvarez Model 5039 Bicentennial Model 008 / 800 is missing.
REWARD for recovery.

Stolen Alvarez Bicentennial 5039 008/800

I had a robbery and my Alvarez Model 5039 Bicentennial Serial # 008/800 is missing.
REWARD for recovery.

just found this site

I just found this site while I was doing some browsing. I bought and still own an Alvarez bicentennial guitar from 1976. It is #3 of 800. I've played it all these years. The action is high but it has great tone. Any ideal what this guitar is worth? Thanks for any info.

Value of 76 bicentennial

One was listed on Ebay several months ago. It was in Mint Condition. The guy wanted $1,500. He kept
reducing the price until it went under $1,000. I don't know if it sold or not. If it got low enough I was going
to buy it. I had one which was stolen from my car in Philadelphia somewhere around 1978. I've always wanted
another one because it was so beautiful and had a sweet tone. Mine had a 3 piece back unlike the one referenced
in another post.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

: Ive never had any luck finding any info on this guitar. just wondering if anyone new anything about it. an acoustic guitar with an engraved plate on the back of the headstock reading : "Bicentennial Model, Limited Edition, 763/800"

: Any info would be great

I bought this exact same guitar about 2 years ago at a Pawn Shop in Dallas and it was stolen out of my truck a month later. It had nice tuning machines and unusual inlaid abalone fret markings. I paid $225 for it with the HSC and they said It had been there for over a year. I miss that guitar!! If there is any chance you want to sell it give me a call. 214-228-6264 Thanks, RR

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

I have one but it has no plaque on the head. It was a gift from my father for my 16th birthday. It has a beatiful tone and color. The sound rivals my Martin D35. I do have an Alvarez sales brochure that came with it, but I have never been able to find anything on ot either.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

I have 745/800. I assume Bicentennial means it was made in 1976(?) - but don't know for sure. It's the best sounding guitar I've ever played - got it in 1989 in Chicago for $300.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

Model Number 5039...thought that would be helpful

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

I traded a newer Alvarez for this 5039 Alvarez. Mine is 6?? / 800, I forget. I cannot tell if the spruce top is solid or laminated. Has the adjustable bridge. Odd 70s vintage tuners with black finish. I have heard the 5039 described as a Martin D35 copy. It has the 3 piece back with contrasting wood in the center like a D35. The head stock looks like a Guild. It has a Washburn shaped pick guard. Fancy inlays in the fret board. Plays wonderfully. Sounds dreamy. Typical 70s Alvarez quality. Nice guit.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

: I traded a newer Alvarez for this 5039 Alvarez. Mine is 6?? / 800, I forget. I cannot tell if the spruce top is solid or laminated. Has the adjustable bridge. Odd 70s vintage tuners with black finish. I have heard the 5039 described as a Martin D35 copy. It has the 3 piece back with contrasting wood in the center like a D35. The head stock looks like a Guild. It has a Washburn shaped pick guard. Fancy inlays in the fret board. Plays wonderfully. Sounds dreamy. Typical 70s Alvarez quality. Nice guit.
just saw 77 dove on ebay lawsuit thingy

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

about 3-4 years ago i saw them on ebay going for 600-800 bucks. my father in law has one that is number 9/800. His needs a little work but other than that it can still play and sound good.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

: about 3-4 years ago i saw them on ebay going for 600-800 bucks. my father in law has one that is number 9/800. His needs a little work but other than that it can still play and sound good.

I bought a bi centennial edition in 1976 it was a Alvarez Fox hollow, have not been able to find one or any reference to one anywhere, blonde, inlaid abalone, gold Keys, Paid 400 for it in 76.

Alvarez 5039

I bought one new in 1976. One of the best guitars ive ever played.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

I have recently bought the same guitar in an auction for 275, but I wouldn't go by that alone because the auction company had no idea what they had, but Iv had the same problem of not being able to find ANY information on this guitar, but on a side note it is one of the finest sounding guitars Iv ever played.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

: Model Number 5039...thought that would be helpful

I have one also 002\800 - model 5039
I bought it new in 1976 and have been playing it ever since. Wonderful sound - great to play. Have looked for others but I assume only 800 were made and I have #2. Will be happy to send photos
but would never sell.

Alvarez Bi-centennial guitar

I bought a Bi-centennial guitar new in 1976 and played it for several years
before it was stolen out of my car. I have often wanted to see pictures of one
again to remind me of how beautiful it was. I had always wanted a Martin D35 but
couldn't afford one. I now have the D35 but would love to at least see pic's of the
Alvarez. I remember a beautiful 3 piece back with gold tuning heads. A much prettier
instrument than my Martin. I occasionally check ebay to see if any are up for sale.
If I had one again, it would never leave my hands.

Pic's would be appreciated.

Thanks

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

I bought mine in 1975 and it is #112 out of 800. Yeah, these were a limited edition. But as to value,I have no idea. Alvarez is and has been a great brand, I have played many tunes on this guitar, and now my son is doing the same.
Keep the faith on your piece.

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

We have #521 in mint condition..how much are they going for these days? Thanks

Re: Alvarez bicentennial model?

: : Model Number 5039...thought that would be helpful

: I have one also 002\800 - model 5039
: I bought it new in 1976 and have been playing it ever since. Wonderful sound - great to play. Have looked for others but I assume only 800 were made and I have #2. Will be happy to send photos
: but would never sell.

I just found one number 104, in immaculate condition, not a mark on it. Is it worth $350.00?

Just found this thread

I was just doing some browsing and came across this old thread. I have the # 003/800 Bicentennial model. I bought it in 1976. It has a great tone but my action is high. I have a Martin 12-string and a Taylor nylon - so I don't play the Alvarez much anymore. I'll never trade it off - my first acoustic guitar. Any ideal what one of these are worth? Just curious - glad to see others have an appreciation of the the guitar too.

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