ALVAREZ ARTIST SERIES (OLDER 4-DIGIT MODELS)

This is a list of  Alvarez Artist Series guitars (with 4 digit model numbers) that are no longer in production. Alvarez used 4 digit model numbers for pre-1999 Professional Series guitars. From 1999 they used two letter and two number model names.

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ALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSIC

Manufacture of the Alvarez 5002 MAHOGANY classical guitar ended  in 1998.

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ALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)

ALVAREZ stopped making the 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD classical guitar in 1998.

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ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)

ALVAREZ made the 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK) between 1995 and 1998

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ALVAREZ 5019 AV

Acoustic-electric version of the Alvarez 5019.

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ALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

The Alvarez 5019 Midnight Special was a mid-range dreadnought acoustic guitar, with spruce multi-ply soundboard. The back and sides of the body were made from mahogany and the neck was nato. At the twelfth fret the Midnight Special had distinctive bird wing style inlays.

Manufacture of the 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL started in the mid 1980s and ended in 1998.

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ALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain Deluxe

Manufacture of the 5020 C Mountain Deluxe ended in 1998. The 5020C was the electro-acoustic version of the Alvarez 5020 Mountain and it also had a cutaway.

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ALVAREZ 5020 M

The 5020 M was discontinued by ALVAREZ in 1995 - essentially it was a 5020 Mountain with a laminated mahogany top.

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ALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXE

ALVAREZ manufactured the 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXE acoustic guitar between 1991 and 1995.

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ALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe Sunburst

The 5020 SB (sunburst) Mountain Deluxe Sunburst was discontinued in 1998.

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ALVAREZ 5021

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.

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ALVAREZ 5038

The Alvarez 5038 model had a Wildwood Cutaway, Cedar top, Ovangkol back and sides. Maple body binding and wood multi-layered top inlay.

The rounded cutaway was designed for easy playing. Deluxe gold die cast tuning gears with amber buttons. Satin finish.

The recommended retail price in 1984 was $325.

Earlier (1970's) models of the 5038 featured maple sides and back, and a spruce top. No cutaway.

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ALVAREZ 5040 KOA

The 5040 KOA acoustic guitar was discontinued by ALVAREZ in 1998

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ALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)

The 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST) was made between 1994 and 1998

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ALVAREZ 5047

The Japanese made Alvarez 5047 acoustic was introduced sometime in the 1970s.

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ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMAN

ALVAREZ made the 5055 BLUESMAN between 1995 and 1998

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ALVAREZ 5072 C BK

ALVAREZ made the 5072 C BK between 1995 and 1998.

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ALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)

ALVAREZ produced the 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO) between 1994 and 1998

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ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)

Production of the 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE) began in 1994 and ended in 1998

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ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)

ALVAREZ made the 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe) between 1994 and 1998. Without a pickguard and in white finish this model was called the Alvarez 5088 C WH.

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ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-String

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ALVAREZ 5220 C

The Alvarez 5220C is a single cutaway dreadnought acoustic. It has a spruce top with three ply binding around the body and a black pickguard. The back and sides are mahogany. The nato neck has a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. The bridge is rosewood bridge with black pearl dot pins. It came in natural finish only. Manufacture of the 5220 C model ended in 1995.

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ALVAREZ 5224

The first 5224 was discontinued by ALVAREZ in 1988

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ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOOD

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ALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIAL

Manufacture of the 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIAL finished in 1985

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ALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE

ALVAREZ discontinued the  5237 CURLY MAPLE acoustic guitar in 1995.

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Comparing : ALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSIC, ALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC), ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK), ALVAREZ 5019 AV, ALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, ALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain Deluxe, ALVAREZ 5020 M, ALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXE, ALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe Sunburst, ALVAREZ 5021, ALVAREZ 5038, ALVAREZ 5040 KOA, ALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST), ALVAREZ 5047, ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMAN, ALVAREZ 5072 C BK, ALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO), ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE), ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe), ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-String, ALVAREZ 5220 C, ALVAREZ 5224, ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOOD, ALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIAL, ALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
ModelALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSICALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)ALVAREZ 5019 AVALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIALALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain DeluxeALVAREZ 5020 MALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXEALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe SunburstALVAREZ 5021ALVAREZ 5038ALVAREZ 5040 KOAALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)ALVAREZ 5047ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMANALVAREZ 5072 C BKALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-StringALVAREZ 5220 CALVAREZ 5224ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOODALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIALALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
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PageALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSIC pageALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC) pageALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK) pageALVAREZ 5019 AV pageALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL pageALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain Deluxe pageALVAREZ 5020 M pageALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXE pageALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe Sunburst pageALVAREZ 5021 pageALVAREZ 5038 pageALVAREZ 5040 KOA pageALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST) pageALVAREZ 5047 pageALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMAN pageALVAREZ 5072 C BK pageALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO) pageALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE) pageALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe) pageALVAREZ 5088/12 12-String pageALVAREZ 5220 C pageALVAREZ 5224 pageALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOOD pageALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIAL pageALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE page
BrandALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZALVAREZ
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GeneralALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSICALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)ALVAREZ 5019 AVALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIALALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain DeluxeALVAREZ 5020 MALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXEALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe SunburstALVAREZ 5021ALVAREZ 5038ALVAREZ 5040 KOAALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)ALVAREZ 5047ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMANALVAREZ 5072 C BKALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-StringALVAREZ 5220 CALVAREZ 5224ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOODALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIALALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
Binding--black and white binding-black and white binding--black and white binding---3-stripe body-binding-body binding, neck binding-----------
Finish colorsnatural finishnatural finish--black finish--natural finish---natural finish-------------
Finish effects--sunburst finish----sunburst finishsunburst finish----------------
Made in-------------Japan-----------
Number of strings6 strings6 strings6 strings6 strings6 strings6 strings6 strings6 strings6 strings--6 strings-6 strings-----------
BodyALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSICALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)ALVAREZ 5019 AVALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIALALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain DeluxeALVAREZ 5020 MALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXEALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe SunburstALVAREZ 5021ALVAREZ 5038ALVAREZ 5040 KOAALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)ALVAREZ 5047ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMANALVAREZ 5072 C BKALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-StringALVAREZ 5220 CALVAREZ 5224ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOODALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIALALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
Body back materialmahogany body backrosewood body backmahogany body back-mahogany body back--mahogany body back---koa body back-rosewood body back-----------
Body shape features-----single cutaway-------------------
Body sides materialmahogany body sidesrosewood body sidesmahogany body sides-mahogany body sides--mahogany body sides---koa body sides-rosewood body sides-----------
Body styleclassical style body-folk-style body-dreadnought-size body--dreadnought-size body---dreadnought-size body-grand-concert style-----------
Body top materiallaminated spruce body top-laminated spruce body top-laminated spruce body top-laminated mahogany body toplaminated spruce body top---laminated koa body top-spruce body top-----------
Pickguard material--tortoiseshell pickguard-black pickguard--black pickguard---brown pickguard-------------
Soundholeround soundhole-round soundhole-round soundhole--round soundhole---round soundhole-round soundhole-----------
Soundhole rosettewood inlay rosette-black and white ring rosette-abalone rosette--synthetic shell rosette-----------------
NeckALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSICALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)ALVAREZ 5019 AVALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIALALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain DeluxeALVAREZ 5020 MALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXEALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe SunburstALVAREZ 5021ALVAREZ 5038ALVAREZ 5040 KOAALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)ALVAREZ 5047ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMANALVAREZ 5072 C BKALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-StringALVAREZ 5220 CALVAREZ 5224ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOODALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIALALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
Body fretNeck joins body at 12th fret-Neck joins body at 14th fret-Neck joins body at 14th fret--Neck joins body at 14th fret---Neck joins body at 14th fret-Neck joins body at 14th fret-----------
Headstock inlays or logos--pearl headstock inlay/logo----------------------
Neck jointset neck-set neck-set neck--set neck---set neck-------------
Neck materialnato neck---nato neck------nato neck-------------
Peghead (headstock)veneer headstock-black face headstock----veneer headstock---veneer headstock-------------
HardwareALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSICALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)ALVAREZ 5019 AVALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIALALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain DeluxeALVAREZ 5020 MALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXEALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe SunburstALVAREZ 5021ALVAREZ 5038ALVAREZ 5040 KOAALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)ALVAREZ 5047ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMANALVAREZ 5072 C BKALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-StringALVAREZ 5220 CALVAREZ 5224ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOODALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIALALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
Bridgerosewood bridge-rosewood bridge-rosewood bridge--rosewood bridge---rosewood bridge-------------
Bridge pins--white with black dot pins-pearl dot pins--pearl dot pins---pearl dot pins-------------
Tuner layoutthree-each-side-three-each-side-three-each-side--three-each-side---three-each-side-three-each-side-----------
ElectronicsALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSICALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)ALVAREZ 5019 AVALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIALALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain DeluxeALVAREZ 5020 MALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXEALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe SunburstALVAREZ 5021ALVAREZ 5038ALVAREZ 5040 KOAALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)ALVAREZ 5047ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMANALVAREZ 5072 C BKALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-StringALVAREZ 5220 CALVAREZ 5224ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOODALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIALALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
Pickups brand and model-----Alvarez System 500 pickup(s)-------------------
Pickups configuration---piezo-transducer bridge---------------------
Preamp-----System 500 electronics-------------------
FretboardALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSICALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)ALVAREZ 5019 AVALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIALALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain DeluxeALVAREZ 5020 MALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXEALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe SunburstALVAREZ 5021ALVAREZ 5038ALVAREZ 5040 KOAALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)ALVAREZ 5047ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMANALVAREZ 5072 C BKALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-StringALVAREZ 5220 CALVAREZ 5224ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOODALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIALALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
Fingerboard inlay material--pearl fingerboard inlay material-pearl fingerboard inlay material--pearl fingerboard inlay material---pearl fingerboard inlay material-------------
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard-rosewood fingerboard-rosewood fingerboard--rosewood fingerboard---rosewood fingerboard-------------
Fingerboard position markers--dot fingerboard position markers-dot fingerboard position markers--dot fingerboard position markers---dot fingerboard position markers-------------
Inlay at 12th fret--stylized bird wings 12th-fret-inlay-stylized bird wings 12th-fret-inlay--stylized bird wings 12th-fret-inlay---stylized bird wings 12th-fret-inlay-------------
Number of frets19 fret-20 fret-20 fret--20 fret---20 fret-20 fret-----------

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Alvarez 5038

Wildwood Cutaway.
Cedar top, Ovangkol back and sides. Maple body binding and wood multi-layered
top inlay. Rounded cutaway design for easy playing. Deluxe gold die cast gears
with amber buttons. Satin finish. MSRP 1984 $325.

Earlier (1970's) models of the 5038 featured maple sides and back, and a spruce top. No cutaway.