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Introduced sometime in the early 1970s, the 5021 was an acoustic dreadnought style 12 string guitar, with a laminated spruce top bound with w-b-w-b-w-b top purfling and black pickguard. The back, sides and neck were made from mahogany. The round sound hole had an attractive synthetic shell rosette. It had a rosewood fingerboard with pearl dots (some later versions had a bird wing inlay at the 12th fret). Rosewood veneer peg-head overlay with a mirrored "A" inlay (or a script Alvarez logo in early models),  6-a-side chrome open-gear tuners. It came in natural or sunburst finish. Measurements were 15-3/4" at the lower bout, 25-5/8" scale, 1-7/8" nut width, 3-15/16" to 4-3/4" body depth,

The 1970s models would have been made in Japan, later models might have been made in Korea. The Alvarez Artist 5021 was discontinued in 1993.

Photo from the collection of Bill Carling


Prices (18)

Date boughtPrice paidConditionNameComments
2007160 USDexcellentRay Cooper
2011399 USDexcellent
2012200 USDgoodsilver anniversary edition
197260.00 USDexcellentLois AlvarezI bought mine used from a young man who bought it new several months before he decided to sell it. I don;t know what he paid, but he asked 60 dollars for it
1970104.04 USDnewI still have it and it still sounds great and is easy to play.
1977250 USDnewMikieDid I get ripped off? Looks like I can't hardly even sell it for that much now. I really do love this guitar, but it's sad I never really became very accomplished, I'm hoping to trade for an easier-to-play 6-string.
2012125 USDexcellentHarry
1978150 USDgood
2013200 USDgoodDaniel MeyerSounds great
1994850 USDexcellent
2013250.00 USDgood
201350 USDpoorMike chirhartReplaced tuners, adjusted truss rod and replaced nut. Plays like dream. 50 dollars well spent.
1993250.00 USDgood
1979300 USDnew
2012199.00 USDgood
1972125.00 USDnewOl' SargeAwesome voice & playability, has only improved with age!
1984500 USDnewRandiHas held up very well. Have only had to change strings maybe three times in almost thirty years
2014350 USDgoodBought it at a estate sale and think I got a great deal


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my Alvarez 5021 has a solid spruce top

My 1990 Alvarez 5021 12-string has a solid spruce top as far as I can tell by looking at the edge of the sound hole.  I can not see any sign of it being a plywood top.  I specifically insisted on a solid top 12-string of a good name brand when I was shopping for it.