Alvarez Grateful Dead Acoustic Guitar Review


The Alvarez Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Premier Guitar is something both Bob Weir and the late Jerry Garcia would be proud to share with their fans as well as lovers of the guitar world.

These limited edition Alvarez guitars are an ode to the history of modern music in the form of these Grateful Dead guitars. The Mahogany sides compliment the aesthetic of the guitar for a refreshing look, just like the Mahogany body featured in the Gretsch G9220 review.


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Alvarez Grateful Dead Acoustic Guitar

      • OM Folk acoustic guitar model
      • A+ solid sitka spruce top
      • Mahogany back, neck and sides
      • Mother of pearl inlays
      • Greatful dead artwork that is covered with a gloss finish
      • Certificate of authenticity


The Grateful Dead are one of the most prolific rock bands of all time. Alvarez has had great friendships with members of the band and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band they linked up to produce the limited edition Alvarez grateful dead acoustic guitar.

This is a great guitar for collectors since it is a limited edition. If you’re brand new to guitars, you may want to start off with a cheaper and beginner friendly model before you start collecting, like a three quarter size acoustic guitar. No two Grateful Dead guitars are exactly the same since the artwork is different on each. If you would like a guitar that gives you both performance and pride knowing that you have the only one of its kind in the world then you should get the Alvarez grateful dead acoustic guitar. Every guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Performance wise, the guitar doesn’t disappoint either seeing that it is made of a solid top design with the same high quality components used in other Alvarez guitars. This is one of the best acoustic guitars that has very solid sound projection and response. With the OM model the guitar has very good balance and tone, whether you play with a pick or learn how to strum without a pick.

The rose artwork used on the guitars was used in the Grateful Dead posters for the Avalon Ballroom performance in 1966, making this guitar so unique, just like the guitar we feature in our Gretsch Jim Dandy review.


9.1 Expert Score
  • Whether you are a Grateful Dead fan or not, this is a beautiful guitar
  • It is truly a collectors guitar as it is limited edition. A well taken care of version of this guitar has the opportunity to gain value
  • The tone is better than expected for a guitar in this price range, especially when so much of the budget clearly went to the intricate design
  • It's already hard to find these guitars as they are truly limited and worthy of serious collections