The massive rosewood bridge, with the height-adjustable'Tune-o-Matic' metal insert with adjustable individual saddles is in excellent condition, with the original dove inlays all intact. She is stung with lights guage (12 - 54), and tuned to concert pitch. She plays nice and easy, low action, and plenty of room in the saddles to adjust the action in future if desired. This one has had some repair, and a setup resulting in a beautiful, and easy playing, solid little jem ready for many more years of enjoyment and faithful service. The tone is nice and mellow.
In addition to a handful of minor surface scratches (which I've not tried to repair, letting the guitar's age and character come through), the following refurbishment/repairs have been done and should be mentioned in the interest of full disclosure. Repair of cracked neck; the neck had cracked opposite the 2nd fret, and along the grain upwards to the headstock, with plenty of with-the-grain surface area for repair. There was one small chip of wood missing, which I've replaced with a small patch of maple. The repair is stable, and has held up solidly over the several years I've had her, the only evidence of the repair is the wearing away of the re-finish job I did as I've played it since then.
You can see the wear, and the underlying repair in a couple of pictures. Replaced the original individual worn plastic saddles on the'Adjust-o-Matic' bridge with custom made Corian ones. Replaced the original plastic nut with a custom made Corian one. Removed a JDL Bridge Doctor that was installed, and filled the installation hole with a rosewood plug. The device was installed presumably to remove a slight belly behind the bridge and slight soundhole depression in front.
The guitar sounded pinched and'thin', when I got her, and had very little movement in the top overall. I believe it was adjusted much too tightly, and as I loosened it, the sound'opened up', and with the device removed, the true tone came through. Tuned to concert pitch, the belly/depression present is not detrimental to the stability or playability of the guitar. You can see pictures of the bridge with the plug, and a side view showing the minor top deflection.
Setup the action to 6/64ths and 4/64ths at the 12th fret (E and e), with plenty of saddle left to lower in future if desired. Neck relief is st to.011 at the 6th fret, as measured with the 1st and 14th frets fretted. A note on'action and playability. Every guitar's action (the string height at the 12th fret), relief (the amount of forward curve of the fretboard), and playability (the ease with which notes and chords are fretted) will be different depending on the guitar's setup. What is ideal for one person might not suit another, and any adjustment is understood to be the responsibility of the owner. The measurements and description I have provided are accurate and setup references are to my tastes, and may not be yours. I will entertain reasonable Best Offer.
The item "1974 Alvarez Japan 5024'Dove' Lawsuit Guitar Made in Japan" is in sale since Friday, January 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars". The seller is "newbie_from_newbie" and is located in New Baltimore, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.