Alvarez MFA66 Masterworks OM/Folk 6-String Acoustic Guitar

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$700
Alvarez MFA66 Masterworks OM/Folk

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 20+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Alvarez guitars know how to ruffle the feathers of big brands with their value packed mid-tier priced acoustics, a good example of which is the MFA66.

This guitar gives you quite a lot for your money, starting with its all-solid wood design, down to its cosmetic appointments.

While it's not unusual to see solid mahogany top guitars in this price range, it won't be as easy to match the MFA66's solid mahogany back, sides and neck.

It's even more impressive when you factor in other features like its forward shifted scalloped bracing, Paua Abalone Body purfling and inlays, acacia binding, real bone nut/saddle and ebony bridge pins.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Folk/OM
  • Top: Solid African Mahogany
  • Back and Sides: Solid African Mahogany
  • Finish: Shadowburst Gloss
  • Bridge: Bi-Level Indian Laurel/Rosewood
  • Neck: Solid Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Not Specified
  • Fingerboard: Indian Laurel
  • Fingerboard Radius: Not Specified
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 24 13/16"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"

Pros

The Alvarez MFA66 continues to surpass the expectations of guitarists, many of whom are very happy with what they got for the money that they spent. Tone plays a big role in impressing users enough to write their reviews, while build quality and aesthetics come pretty close. One user describes it as an incredible guitar, and this simple description accurately summarizes what many guitar players feel about the MFA66.

Cons

A couple of owners said that it sounds a little brighter than they expected of a mahogany guitar, but another responded to those concerns by saying he warmed it up by using phosphor bronze strings - although it usually ships these days with light gauge phosphor bronze D'Addario EXP16's, we suggest trying medium gauge Martin MA550's or Elixir Nanowebs for a warmer tone.

Overall

With its impressive specs and looks, it's not that hard to understand why the MFA66 is popular.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000.

About the Author

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.