ALVAREZ 5021

  • Alvarez 502112 string acoustic guitar

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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

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DatePriceConditionNameComments
2007$160excellentRay Cooper
2011$399excellent
2012$200goodsilver anniversary edition
1972$60.00excellentLois 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
1970$104.04newI still have it and it still sounds great and is easy to play.
1977$250newMikieDid 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.
2012$125excellentHarry
1978$150good
2013$200goodDaniel MeyerSounds great
1994$850excellent
2013$250.00good
2013$50poorMike chirhartReplaced tuners, adjusted truss rod and replaced nut. Plays like dream. 50 dollars well spent.
1993$250.00good
1979$300new
2012$199.00good
1972$125.00newOl' SargeAwesome voice & playability, has only improved with age!
1984$500newRandiHas held up very well. Have only had to change strings maybe three times in almost thirty years
2014$350goodBought it at a estate sale and think I got a great deal
1974$250newBillGreat guitar. Made much more enjoyable with the onset of digital tuners!
1974$75poorBryanThe guitar was in a cardboard case, no strings, the bridge was pulling from the body, and it was covered in grime. I took to a guy who built Chet Atkin's Yakkity Ax and he charged me $14 to fix the bridge and give a cleanup job. I bought a set of a Martin Marquis strings, and at the first chord I knew the guitar was special! I still have the guitar and will probably be buried with it.

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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.