Alvarez LJ60 "Little Jumbo"

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Little Jumbo acoustic travel guitar.

Small body acoustic guitars are great for travel, hitting the beach or lazing around the house. The LJ2 is a fantastic “little jumbo” with great projection and balance. It’s made with a high-grade solid Sitka top, and gets the best from its small body while staying clear and balanced. The LJ2 has great clarity, balance and volume, making it a fun instrument to play.

The term “solid top” of course refers to the soundboard of an acoustic guitar being made of solid wood, rather than being laminated. However, just because the top is solid, it does not necessarily mean the sound automatically benefits from this feature. The tone of the instrument only improves significantly when the whole guitar is built correctly to optimize the energy a solid soundboard can generate. Artist Series is built to do exactly this.

Each model is designed to get the best out if its components, and for them to work together to produce balance, lively projection and great response. These components include the FST2 bracing system, bi-level rosewood bridge, real bone nut and saddle, great quality tone woods and thin finish.

FST2 is a forward shifted X brace design, this means the axis of the X is closer to the sound hole and therefore creates a larger soundboard area allowing for more energy and vibration to be harnessed. Both the X braces and asymmetric tone bars are carefully scalloped. The scalloping design was the result of years of continual development in the Yairi workshops.

Alvarez tops are selected graded in-house. If it isn’t worthy, they won’t use it. Top quality improves as you move up the Artist Series models but all are stiff and finely grained.

Along with a more angled headstock, the bi-level bridge increases string tension by making the break angel of the strings from the saddle to the top more acute. Improved string tension adds to the sound, feel and response, which are also heightened by the use of real bone nuts and saddles.

Artist Series also demonstrates great finishing capabilities; the gloss models have a clear deep shine from a finish that is applied as thinly as possible, again to help optimize tone.

FEATURES

Body

  • Body type: Mini Jumbo
  • Cutaway: Non-cutaway
  • Top wood: Spruce A+
  • Back & sides: Mahogany Laminated
  • Bracing pattern: Modified X Series X
  • Body finish: Satin
  • Orientation: Right handed

Neck

  • Nut width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 23.675 in.

Other

  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut: Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Case: Sold separately