Alvarez 5017

Posted by Elan on Thu, 10/18/01 - 19:21:28.
In Reply to Ravita's Music

...I was given an Alvarez 5017, made in 1970. I know nothing of this...can anyone advise me please. Is this a collector's item and what it may be worth? I cherish it. I was asked about, but knew nothing, I am a novice. Thank you

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Re: Alvarez 5017

Your guitar was produced in a limited quantity in the early 1970's. The top is solid spruce, solid cypress back and sides. Ebony fingerboard and pegs. Rosewood purfing, headstock and bridge. Bone saddle and bridge piece. Best strings to put on them in my opinion are high tension strings. It sold for $315 in 1970. Hard to estimate value, but I would say minimum of $1500 today. I have one two that I bought several years ago for $285 in mint condition. I got most of the information from the St Louis headquarters for Alvarez Guitars. My opinion is that this guitar needs to be played with power, like most flamenco and spanish style players. You can't play it like a classical one, this style just doesn't do it any justice. This guitar wants to be heard.

Re: Alvarez 5017

: Your guitar was produced in a limited quantity in the early 1970's. The top is solid spruce, solid cypress back and sides. Ebony fingerboard and pegs. Rosewood purfing, headstock and bridge. Bone saddle and bridge piece. Best strings to put on them in my opinion are high tension strings. It sold for $315 in 1970. Hard to estimate value, but I would say minimum of $1500 today. I have one two that I bought several years ago for $285 in mint condition. I got most of the information from the St Louis headquarters for Alvarez Guitars. My opinion is that this guitar needs to be played with power, like most flamenco and spanish style players. You can't play it like a classical one, this style just doesn't do it any justice. This guitar wants to be heard.

The 5017 that I owned in 2000 had a cedar top, back and sides. It was a very light guitar. The serial number was 333. I sold it for 575.00 us. There is one for sale in Texas.

Re: Alvarez 5017

: ...I was given an Alvarez 5017, made in 1970. I know nothing of this...can anyone advise me please. Is this a collector's item and what it may be worth? I cherish it. I was asked about, but knew nothing, I am a novice. Thank you

The top is solid spruce, back and sides are cypress. Fingerboard is epony and the purfing is rosewood. Sold for $315 brand new. Limited amount made in the early 1970's.

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