With their substantial, but comfortable, V-shaped necks and small bodies the Blues Series Blues51/TSB and Delta00/TSB—are reminiscent of 80-year-old steel-strings. Tonally they’ve got a sound to match: a growl and bark perfect for fingerpicked blues and ragtime, conjuring up vintage sounds of the Mississippi Delta and the American South. Alvarez, long known for its affordable, high-quality guitars, scores major points with these prewar doppelgangers.
Fans of Alvarez will notice points of departure on the Blues51 and the Delta00. In place of the company’s trademark bridge shape, there’s a traditional low-profile bridge. And the Blues has an arched rosewood back, uncommon for a flattop guitar. Both guitars boast solid high-grade Sitka spruce soundboards, supported by back-, rather than forward-shifted, scalloped X bracing, in which the axis is proximal to the bridge, designed in the service of structural integrity and sonic projection.
The guitars’ deep brown sunburst finishes and vintage-style open-geared tuners also set them apart from their Alvarez stablemates, but the company’s mother-of-pearl headstock logo and single 12th-fret fingerboard inlay stick to the prevailing aesthetic. All told, the Blues and the Delta are a handsome pair, a judicious use of modern flourishes providing a nice counterpoint to their traditional design.
14-fret parlor size
Solid A+ Sitka spruce top
Mahogany back and sides
High-gloss Vintage Burst finish
24 13/16-inch scale
Chrome open-gear tuners
D’Addario EXP16 strings (12–53)
Genuine bone nut and saddle
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar And Its Great Hawaiian Musicians, edited and compiled by Lorene Ruymar, stands as the ultimate reference work for people interested in the Hawaiian steel guitar. Lorene Ruymar has condensed the 100 year history of this quintessential Hawaiian instrument into 200 pages, packed with photographs, drawings and information. Contributions are included from over 70 different people, including Jerry Byrd, Bob Brozman, Mike Perlowin, and many others.
This fascinating book covers the origin of the steel guitar and its spread throughout the world; Hawaiian playing styles, techniques and tunings; and more. This is the perfect book for fans of National Guitars and other steel guitars.View full product details
While stocks last, we're offering two sets of brand new Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb acoustic guitar string sets along with a bonus set of Elixir Optiweb 10 - 46 electric guitar strings for $50 including free shipping Australia-wide! These are our bestselling acoustic guitar strings strings, in our most popular gauge - .012 - .053, with the added value of a set of light gauge long-life guitar strings.
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Elixir Acoustic Guitar Strings are covered with an ultrathin, space-age polymer tube that contacts the string on the tops of the windings only. Elixir Nanoweb coating permits acoustic guitar strings with the feel, bright tone, and punch of traditional strings. Elixirs are the first major innovation in guitar strings in over forty years and they deliver what they promise: great tone and long life no matter what you put them on or how often you play.
Most players report that Elixir Strings keep sounding great 3 to 5 times longer than ordinary strings.
While stocks last, we're offering four sets of brand new Savarez Alliance Corum Classical guitar string sets for $95 including free shipping Australia-wide! These are our bestselling Savarez strings, in either standard tension or high tension.
Savarez Corum Alliance nylon guitar strings includes Corum polished silver basses with KF Alliance trebles. Corum basses offer the same fast response and sound quality of Traditional Wound basses, with greater flexibility for increased modulation and more expressive possibilities. Alliance trebles are made of the now well-known composite monofilament 'KF Alliance' (some people call them carbon strings), exclusive to Savarez. Years of research have been necessary to adapt this material to the demands of musicians; a revolution for guitar players.
Nylon-string guitar players worldwide depend on Savarez guitar strings for uncompromising quality, great playing feel, and reliablility. Savarez has been making strings since 1770, and they have maintained their reputation for excellence throughout that nearly two-and-a-half centuries of existence.
While stocks last, we're offering five sets of brand new D'Addario EJ16 acoustic guitar string sets for $65 including free shipping Australia-wide! These are our bestselling D'Addario strings, in our most popular gauge - .012 - .053.
Phosphor Bronze was introduced to string making by D'Addario in 1974 and has become synonymous with warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone. D'Addario Phosphor Bronze strings are precision wound with corrosion resistant phosphor bronze onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core. The result is long lasting, bright sounding tone with excellent intonation.