Alvarez 9 String Acoustic Guitar (model 5058)
Alvarez 5058 9 string Acoustic Guitar. Unique guitar made by Alzarez in Japan between 1981 and 1982. Martin dreadnaught body style. Specifications for this guitar include a solid spruce top, laminated rosewood back and sides, multi-ply body binding, a 20-fret bound rosewood fretboard with diamond/snowflake inlays, a uniquely shaped rosewood headstock overlay with the Alvarez logo, chrome tuners arranged in a 3+6 configuration, a rosewood bridge, a faux-tortoiseshell pick guard. Hardshell case included.
I am currently playing it as a 6 string without the extra treble strings, and one of the bridge pins is white while the others are black with a white dot. Needs new strings and a new bridge pin. There are a few very light scuffs that are barely noticeable. The neck is straight and true. It’s a very clean 40-year old unique collectible guitar!
Very brave and very venturous of Alvarez to come up with such a unique design. This is a unique instrument with limited applications based on the string layout (although Alvarez product literature indicates it can be played as a 6-string as well), and they were only produced for about 2 years. This guitar is often referred to as the Harry Chapin model because he used to remove the bottom three octave strings on a 12-string and play with only the top three as pairs. In his song “Taxi,” you can definitely hear the 12-string sound on the upper parts, but this is noticeably absent on the lower parts. Some speculate that this could have been the Chapin signature model, but Alvarez catalogs do not confirm this. For all those trying to achieve that Henry Chapin and Tom Petty (“Free Falling”) sound, you’ll find this guitar to be quite a treasure and it will only increase in value over time because of its rarity.
This guitar is being sold as is and the sales is final once purchased. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. This item is listed for sale on other sites and may be removed from ebay if it sells before the auction ends. It will be carefully packaged with bubble wrap and a large guitar box and shipping will include insurance for at least the sale price. Thanks for checking out this posting. Will ship worldwide, buyer to pay shipping, insurance, taxes, duties, customs fees and other applicable shipping charges plus a $25 international shipping handling fee. Good luck bidding!
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