With their significant, but comfy, V-shaped necks and small bodies, a pair of freshly made Alvarez guitars– allure and Blues Series Blues51/TSB and Delta00/TSB– feel like 80-year-old steel-strings. And they’ve got a sound to match: a grumble and bark perfect for fingerpicked blues and ragtime, summoning vintage sounds of the Mississippi Delta and the American South. Alvarez, long known for its inexpensive, top quality guitars, ratings major points with these prewar doppelgangers.

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