Alvarez AJ60S (c.2000) and Alvarez 5072 (c.1974) Jumbo guitars
Alvarez-Yairi DY55 (1979)
Alvarez is a guitar manufacturer based in St. Louis, Missouri and founded in 1965. Along with manufacturing acoustic 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.
While many of its models are produced in China, the top-tier Alvarez-Yairi instruments are handmade by Kazuo Yairi at the Yairi factory in Kani, Gifu-Japan.