Alvarez : Left Handed Acoustic Guitars

Alvarez is an acoustic guitar manufacturer, founded in 1965 and based in Missouri, USA.  Apart from the high end Yairi models (not available left handed) all Alvarez guitars are produced in China.  They are owned by LOUD Technologies which also runs the Mackie, Ampeg and Crate brands.

Unfortunately, unlike most other acoustic-only brands Alvarez does not offer many of its guitars in a left handed version.  Alvarez currently offers only two left handed acoustic guitars, both steel string dreadnoughts. The RD16L is from their affordable ‘Regent Series’ whilst the AD60L is from the slightly more expensive ‘Artist Series’.

Alvarez Left Handed Acoustic Guitars

Alvarez AD60L RD16L Left Handed Acoustic Guitars Lefty

Alvarez AD60L Left Handed Acoustic Guitar

  • Top: Hand selected, ‘A’ grade, solid Sitka spruce
  • Back & Sides: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Machine heads: Premium die cast chrome
  • Bridge: Alvarez bi-level rosewood
  • Strings: D’Addario EXP’s

The Alvarez AD60L is one of my top picks in our Beginner Guitar Guide as it is one of the most affordable lefty acoustics with a solid wood top!

Alvarez RD16L Left Handed Acoustic Guitar

  • Top: Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Machine heads: Die cast chrome
  • Bridge: Alvarez bi-level rosewood
  • Strings: D’Addario EXP’s

Alvarez Website

As I write this, the Alvarez website is undergoing a bit of a makeover.  There is currently no FAQ section which comments on left handed availability, however the left handed models are clearly displayed when browsing through the differing guitar ranges.

For more information:
Alvarez Guitars Website

3 replies
  1. Steve EF-15
    Steve EF-15 says:

    I consider location, price, and availability, and buy American first, Candian second, Mexican third, almost anywhere else fourth, and made in China comes dead, desperate last, especially when it’s an American company that moved American jobs out of the Country to increase profitability.

  2. Mike Bedford
    Mike Bedford says:

    Steve, I understand where you’re coming from but I believe the vast majority of low- to mid-priced guitars are made overseas. I know some are still made in America (I toured Gibson’s Nashville factory once) but for these you will pay a premium.

    BTW, my Alvarez RD16L internal label says “Made in Indonesia”, which surprised me (assuming the label is accurate). I guess that’s a step up from China-!

    Thankfully Chinese guitars don’t smell like Chinese office furniture and luggage, THEN we’d have a big problem.

  3. C.J. Rebel
    C.J. Rebel says:

    Look into Alvarez-YAIRI guitars… These are the hand made ones from a mountain top in Japan… Pretty rare but of the most amazing quality. The electronics sound better than anything I’ve heard. I have a lefty Bob Weir model in piano black with creme accents, ebony, etc… Ani DeFranco uses these too… Amazing guitars. I also have a Yairi classical with Brazillian Rosewood back and sides (lefty of course)… Southpaw Guitars have a Koa WY1 (Bob Weir) on their site right now… I just checked out the Alvarez site recently and they have noticeably less Yairi models… Maybe they were bought out or K Yairi passed away or something…


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