Artist Series 12 String
For the quality and awesome tone,
12 string guitar is an absolute great deal,
even at list price!
Artist Series Specifications:
Made in China, but in my opinion, the quality is amazing and makes
this guitar a steal at the $600 to $700 price level.
Artist Series 12 String
The best 12 string guitar money can buy under $1000! ($630 - $650 street
I was in a local guitar store to buy strings when I first heard this
Alvarez Artist Series 12 string. My first thought was wow . .
. that sounds incredible! Obviously I had to forget about the
strings and check out what this manner of guitar this was.
Now the guitar was in the hands of a store employee who was simply
tuning it up, but he is a very capable guitarist, and his expert
melodies simply added to my appreciation of the beautiful tones
coming out of this instrument.
In talking to the guy, he commented that it "if you think it sounds
awesome, you should try playing it, it plays every bit as good as it
sounds," and he handed it over to me. After just a few minutes
of play I'd have to say this is one extremely nice 12 string guitar.
As any of you with 12 string experience may agree . . . most 12
strings are mediocre at best when it comes to playability.
It's tough, if not impossible, to find a truly great 12 string,
especially under a thousand dollars.
This 12 string is special! The quality, for a guitar at this price
point is nothing short of outstanding! It plays as smooth as
any guitar you can imagine, acoustic or electric (way better than
any 12 string I've ever played). Since this is an acoustic
electric, I should point out that the preamp and tone while playing
amplified is superb. And yes, I had to buy
The one I bought at the store was about $650 (with a suggested
retail of $949.99) On line, I have found the
Alvarez AJ60SC Artist Series
Friend for about $630 (with free shipping).
As mentioned, I think this is a great 12 string guitar on many
dimensions, however if I had to pick my favorite feature about this
guitar it is in its construction. I really appreciate the fact
that it has maple sides and back. The properties of the Maple
hard wood gives this 12 string guitar a brighter, more lively sound
than Mahogany would have provided.
At the risk of sounding redundant, this guitar is simply a marvelous
playing experience! (Especially when you consider the price).
The action is perfect, and it is very comfortable to hold for a
jumbo body. Under amplification, the electronics are first
rate! I experienced no feedback or noise nor any electronic
issue for that matter. The guitar holds tune extremely well . . .
for days, in my experience.
This guitar produces a superb tonal range. It has that rich, warm,
and full sound to it that you would expect from a high-end 12
It sounds amazing in straight acoustic mode and equally good (but
slightly different) in electric mode.
As mentioned at the beginning of the review, the sound quality is
noteworthy! It's awesome!
I bought this acoustic electric based almost solely on it's incredible sound.
The fact that it plays like melted butter and looks great doesn't suck either!
Dean Exotica FM
Tiger Eye 12 String
An artistically stunning
12 string guitar that also has an amazing timbre and fantastic
Dean Exotica FM
Tiger Eye 12 String Specifications:
Dean Exotica FM Tiger Eye 12 String
A 12 string guitar that is a true work of art for under $1000!
($519 - $550 street price)
This guitar is nothing short of a
"work of art." It is simply beautiful and the photographs can't
possibly capture the incredible depth and beauty of it's most
striking attribute, the "Tiger Eye" finish. The Dean Exotica
FM 12 String should be hanging in an art gallery!
There is yet another bonus attribute to the Dean Exotica FM 12
String, its incredible timbre (sound quality)!
This is an exceptional acoustic electric 12 string for the price.
I would have expected to pay twice as much after playing it and
hearing it's beautiful output!
Available from several retailers between $519 and $549 (with a suggested
retail of $845)
Dean Exotica FM Tiger Eye 12 String (currently) sells @Musician's
Friend for $519 (with free shipping).
Without question it's best attribute is the guitar's stunning
appearance, the Flame Maple Tiger Eye finish is incredible.
With a body composed entirely of Maple, the harder wood gives the
Dean Exotica FM 12 String a noticeably bright and robust sound, that
projects very well.
The action is near perfect, and is nice and low. The Dean
Exotica FM 12 String plays very comfortably for a 12 string.
In my opinion, it plays as easy and as well (or better) than some
very high-end six strings. This guitar has great intonation up
and down the fretboard and holds tune very well.
The Dean Exotica FM 12 String's sound quality is most definitely
'first rate' it has superb tonal range and a sweet output.
This guitar has a chiming bright, rich sound with plenty of
fullness. It sounds marvelous unplugged and when played
electrified . . . its down right magical.
The Dean Exotica FM 12 String would be a great instrument in any
venue from intimate cafe to an orchestral presentation . . . it
would hold its own well with the other instruments!
Awesome great looks, a great player,
and fantastic sound, not much more to be said!