Alvarez Delta AET Sunburst Small body Acoustic Guitar


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

Rosewood bridge

High-gloss Vintage Burst finish



Rosewood fingerboard

24 13/16-inch scale

1.75-inch nut

Chrome open-gear tuners


D’Addario EXP16 strings (12–53)

Genuine bone nut and saddle



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