CÁDIZ offers responsive and engaging nylon string guitars of a quality and playability you’ll adore. Everything about them is considered and chosen. They are a new shape, different to Classicals Alvarez has made in the past, slightly taller, slightly narrower, more elegant.
In order to make the guitars as responsive as possible, Alvarez had to keep them as light as possible in construction while staying true to traditional design. So in the standard models there are no trussrods. The necks are three-piece and a solid Ebony centre rod gives you the strength and lightness you need.
CÁDIZ models are also made with a Spanish heel neck joint. Ramirez and other great luthiers also influenced Alvarez when it came to choosing their scale length. The CÁDIZ scale length is longer than the standard 650mm (25.6”) you will find on many classical guitars. At 662mm (26.06”) the scale length raises the tension just a little and helps deliver more energy into the soundbox for you to harness and shape. Alvarez uses AA Sitka tops on all CÁDIZ models. Saddle and nut are real bone, rosettes are wood mosaic and bridges and fingerboards are Pau Ferro or Rosewood.
The soundbox is more lightly built, the tops are graduated and each brace is custom cut and sanded with 4 varying widths in total. The bracing design gives a slight nod to Jose Ramirez III’s asymmetric architecture in the fact that Alvarez guitars have a treble bar. This is to stiffen up the treble side of the top a little more which helps Alvarez create very round, bell like trebles on the first three strings. They keep the bass side of the top light by using slightly thinner braces which helps them give the player very open, clear and strong bass response.
Other fine appointments include the use of traditional Cypress wood for the Flamenco model back and sides, which is paired with ebony binding. Alvarez believes CÁDIZ will engage any player, whether a seasoned professional classical player or someone looking for different tones from an engaging nylon string guitar. Alvarez hopes to create an intimacy between you and the instrument and as always they have done all they could to make beautifully designed instruments, as affordable as they could.