Alvarez is a guitar manufacturer based in St. Louis, Missouri. Along with manufacturing acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars,
Alvarez also manufactures classical guitars. Alvarez replaced Westone in 1991. Today, the brand is owned by LOUD Technologies,
which also owns Mackie, Ampeg, Crate and other music-related brands. While many of its models are produced in China, the top-tier
Alvarez-Yairi instruments are hand-made by Kazou Yairi at the Yairi factory in Kani, Gifu, Japan.
Alvarez guitars are used by such artists as Ani DiFranco, Kip Winger, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, David Crosby and Graham Nash,
and the band Seether.