Series: Alvarez Cádiz
Top Wood: Solid A+ Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood: Cypress
Shape: Flamenco Classical
Neck: Mahogany - Ebony - Mahogany
Bracing System: Asymmetric Fan w/Treble Bar
Bridge: Bi-Level Rosewood / Pau Ferro
Inlays: Wood Mosaic Rosette and MOP Headstock Inlay
Fingerboard: Rosewood / Pau Ferro
Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
Tuner: Chrome with Ebony Style Buttons
Strings: D’Addario Pro Arte EXP46
CÁDIZ offers responsive and engaging nylon string guitars of a quality and playability we think you’ll adore. Everything about them is considered and chosen. They are a new shape, different to Classicals we have made in the past, slightly taller, slightly narrower, more elegant. 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 that of the Jose Ramirez III’s asymmetric architecture in the fact our guitars have a treble bar. This is to stiffen up the treble side of the top a little more which helps us create very round, bell like trebles on our first three strings. We keep the bass side of the top light by using slightly thinner braces which helps us give the player very open, clear and strong bass response.
In order to make the guitars as responsive as we could, we had to keep them as light as we could in construction while staying true to traditional design. So in the standard models there are no trussrods. Our necks are three-piece and a solid Ebony centre rod gives us the strength and lightness we need. Our Hybrid models do have a trussrod to allow for relief to be adjusted on the radiused fingerboards. CÁDIZ models are also made with a Spanish heel neck joint.
Ramirez and other great luthiers also influenced us when it came to choosing our scale length. The CÁDIZ scale length is longer than the standard 650mm (25.6”) you will find on many classical guitars. At 660mm (26.”) our scale length raises the tension just a little and helps deliver more energy into the soundbox for us to harness and shape.
Other fine appointments include the use of traditional Cypress wood for our Flamenco model back and sides, which is paired with ebony binding. Our classical models are stunning with dark Walnut back and sides and Acacia binding. We use AA Sitka tops on all CÁDIZ models. Saddle and nut are real bone, rosettes are wood mosaic and bridges and fingerboards are Pau Ferro.
We believe CÁDIZ will engage any player, whether a seasoned professional or someone looking for different tones from an engaging nylon string guitar. We hope they will create an intimacy between you and the instrument and as always we have done all we could to make beautifully designed instruments, as affordable as we would.
This CF6 is our beautiful Flamenco model made from Sitka and Cypress with a traditional tinted finish and ebony binding.