Alvarez Guitars

Alvarez Guitars

Alvarez Guitars
Industry Musical instrument manufacturing
Genre Guitars
Founded 1965 (1965)
Founder Kazuo Yairi
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Products Acoustic, classical, acoustic bass & baritone guitars
Number of employees
over 750 world wide
Website .comalvarezguitars

Alvarez is a guitar manufacturer based in St. Louis, Missouri and founded in 1965. Along with manufacturing acoustic guitars and acoustic-electric guitars, Alvarez also manufactures classical guitars. Originally Alvarez guitars were known by the brand name Westone, but was switched to Alvarez. From 2005 to 2009, the brand was owned by LOUD Technologies, which also owns Mackie, Ampeg, Crate and other music-related brands. In 2009, Mark Ragin brought the management and distribution of the guitars back to St. Louis Music. As early as 2011, SLM senior vice president Chris Meikle has acted as Alvarez head of development, overseeing the redesign of Artist Series and other models [1] and rolling out new instrument lines such as the 2014 Masterworks Series [2] and the Alvarez 50th anniversary 1965 Series.[3]

While many of its models are produced in China, the top-tier Alvarez-Yairi instruments are handmade at the Yairi factory in Kani, Gifu-Japan, part of the legacy of Kazuo Yairi, the late master luthier.[4]


  • Artists who use Alvarez Guitars 1
  • Models 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4

Artists who use Alvarez Guitars


  • Alvarez Traditional
  • Alvarez Regent
  • Alvarez Artist
  • Alvarez Professional Series
  • Alvarez 12-String Professional
  • Alvarez Fusion
  • Alvarez Master Works

Alvarez Yairi DY-88 master series 12-String

  • Yairi Classical
  • Yairi Signature Series
  • Yairi Acoustic/Electric
  • Yairi Standard Steel Strings
  • Yairi Masterwork Steel Strings

External links

  • Official website


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