Re: alvarez 5056
: : Does anyone have information about this model? Solid top, laminate etc?
: I have this Alarez do you have a question about it? I bought mine in 1976, and it was called the Tree of Life. I am not sure what information you are seeking but if I can help you, unless you already had help, you can contact me.
I ALSO HAVE A 5056 THAT I BOUGHT IN 1974. AS STAN SAYS, IT WAS JUST CALLED THE "TREE OF LIFE", AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE MODEL AND THE LOGO 'TREE OF LIFE' MEANT STRICTLY THAT GUITAR. NOW I'M FINDING THE IT IS ONLY A REFERENCE TO THE DESIGN ON THE FRET BOARD. ALVAREZ HAVE SEVERAL MODELS THAT THEY CALL THE TREE OF LIFE, AND IN FACT THEY EVEN HAVE A MANDOLIN AND A BANJO CALLED THAT TOO.
THIS IS WHAT I RECALL THE SALESMAN TELLING ME AT THE MUSIC STORE I PURCHASED IT FROM, BUT DON'T TAKE THIS AS 'GOSPEL' BECAUSE IT WAS MANY YEARS AGO.
THE TOP IS 2 PC. SITKA SPRUCE, FRET BOARD AND SIDES ARE ROSEWOOD AND THE BACK IS MAHOGANY (2 PC I THINK)
THE GUITAR IS VERY ORNATE AND I RECEIVE COMPLIMENTS ON IT OFTEN.(NOT ABOUT MY MUSIC THOUGH)
I BELIEVE I PAID ALMOST $500.00 FOR IT, LIKE $489.00 PLUS TAX.
OTHER THAN THAT, I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THEM AND HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHERE OR WHY THEY NAMED IT "THE TREE OF LIFE" OR RATHER THAT 'PATTERN'. IF ANYONE HAS AN IDEA OF IT'S MARKETABLE VALUE, I WOULD APPRECIATE THE INFO.
OH, BTW, THE GUITAR WAS MADE IN JAPAN