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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Specifications:

ModelImageBindingFinish colorsFinish effectsMade inNumber of strings
ALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSIC
1998
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ALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)
1998
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ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5019 AV
1994
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ALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
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ALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain Deluxe
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ALVAREZ 5020 M
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ALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXE
1991 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe Sunburst
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ALVAREZ 5021
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ALVAREZ 5038
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ALVAREZ 5040 KOA
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ALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5047
body binding, neck binding--Japan6 strings
ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMAN
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 C BK
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-String
1994
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ALVAREZ 5220 C
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ALVAREZ 5224
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ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOOD
1979 to 1992
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ALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIAL
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ALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
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ModelBody back materialBody shape featuresBody sides materialBody styleBody top materialPickguard materialSoundholeSoundhole rosette
ALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSIC
1998
mahogany body back-mahogany body sidesclassical style bodylaminated spruce body top-round soundholewood inlay rosette
ALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)
1998
rosewood body back-rosewood body sides-----
ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)
1995 to 1998
mahogany body back-mahogany body sidesfolk-style bodylaminated spruce body toptortoiseshell pickguardround soundholeblack and white ring rosette
ALVAREZ 5019 AV
1994
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ALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
mahogany body back-mahogany body sidesdreadnought-size bodylaminated spruce body topblack pickguardround soundholeabalone rosette
ALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain Deluxe
-single cutaway------
ALVAREZ 5020 M
----laminated mahogany body top---
ALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXE
1991 to 1998
mahogany body back-mahogany body sidesdreadnought-size bodylaminated spruce body topblack pickguardround soundholesynthetic shell rosette
ALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe Sunburst
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ALVAREZ 5021
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ALVAREZ 5038
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ALVAREZ 5040 KOA
koa body back-koa body sidesdreadnought-size bodylaminated koa body topbrown pickguardround soundhole-
ALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5047
laminated body back, rosewood body back-rosewood body sidesgrand-concert stylespruce body top-round soundhole-
ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMAN
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 C BK
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-String
1994
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ALVAREZ 5220 C
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ALVAREZ 5224
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ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOOD
1979 to 1992
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ALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIAL
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ALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
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ModelBody fretHeadstock inlays or logosNeck jointNeck materialPeghead (headstock)
ALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSIC
1998
Neck joins body at 12th fret-set necknato neckveneer headstock
ALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)
1998
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ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)
1995 to 1998
Neck joins body at 14th fretpearl headstock inlay/logoset neck-black face headstock
ALVAREZ 5019 AV
1994
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ALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
Neck joins body at 14th fret-set necknato neck-
ALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain Deluxe
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ALVAREZ 5020 M
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ALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXE
1991 to 1998
Neck joins body at 14th fret-set neck-veneer headstock
ALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe Sunburst
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ALVAREZ 5021
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ALVAREZ 5038
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ALVAREZ 5040 KOA
Neck joins body at 14th fret-set necknato neckveneer headstock
ALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5047
Neck joins body at 14th fret----
ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMAN
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 C BK
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-String
1994
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ALVAREZ 5220 C
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ALVAREZ 5224
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ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOOD
1979 to 1992
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ALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIAL
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ALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
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ModelBridgeBridge pinsTuner layout
ALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSIC
1998
rosewood bridge-three-each-side
ALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)
1998
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ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)
1995 to 1998
rosewood bridgewhite with black dot pinsthree-each-side
ALVAREZ 5019 AV
1994
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ALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
rosewood bridgepearl dot pinsthree-each-side
ALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain Deluxe
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ALVAREZ 5020 M
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ALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXE
1991 to 1998
rosewood bridgepearl dot pinsthree-each-side
ALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe Sunburst
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ALVAREZ 5021
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ALVAREZ 5038
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ALVAREZ 5040 KOA
rosewood bridgepearl dot pinsthree-each-side
ALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5047
--three-each-side
ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMAN
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 C BK
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-String
1994
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ALVAREZ 5220 C
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ALVAREZ 5224
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ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOOD
1979 to 1992
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ALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIAL
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ALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
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ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markersInlay at 12th fretNumber of frets
ALVAREZ 5002 MAHOGANY CLASSIC
1998
-rosewood fingerboard--19 fret
ALVAREZ 5004 ARTIST ROSEWOOD (ROSEWOOD CLASSIC)
1998
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ALVAREZ 5014 ARTIST FOLK (MOUNTAIN FOLK)
1995 to 1998
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markersstylized bird wings 12th-fret-inlay20 fret
ALVAREZ 5019 AV
1994
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ALVAREZ 5019 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markersstylized bird wings 12th-fret-inlay20 fret
ALVAREZ 5020 C Mountain Deluxe
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ALVAREZ 5020 M
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ALVAREZ 5020 MOUNTAIN DELUXE
1991 to 1998
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markersstylized bird wings 12th-fret-inlay20 fret
ALVAREZ 5020 SB Mountain Deluxe Sunburst
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ALVAREZ 5021
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ALVAREZ 5038
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ALVAREZ 5040 KOA
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markersstylized bird wings 12th-fret-inlay20 fret
ALVAREZ 5043 BURGUNDY (BURGUNDY ARTIST)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5047
----20 fret
ALVAREZ 5055 BLUESMAN
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 C BK
1995 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5072 JUMBO (ARTIST JUMBO)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C (FUSION DELUXE)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088 C BK (Fusion Deluxe)
1994 to 1998
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ALVAREZ 5088/12 12-String
1994
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ALVAREZ 5220 C
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ALVAREZ 5224
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ALVAREZ 5225 ROSEWOOD
1979 to 1992
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ALVAREZ 5227 ROSEWOOD SPECIAL
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ALVAREZ 5237 CURLY MAPLE
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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.