Avalon L220C

  • Balanced. Beefy. Rich and punchy. Avalon's L220 is their bestselling guitar—you've heard it on more recordings than you may realize—and for very good reason: It really rocks. 

    While this guitar is uncommonly rich and responsive when you're playing fingerstyle in dropped tunings—the very first video we ever shot was an Avalon L220C in DADGAD—something magic happens when you take a pick to it. There's a thick, fat tone throughout the audible spectrum that makes other guitars stand up and listen. No scooped rosewood mids or lows that overpower then die off. Just balanced, punchy tone like no other. Whenever we have this guitar in our shop, I do side-by-side testing of my repeated assertion that it's the loudest guitar that we sell, and it never lets me down.

    Yes, it's a bit bigger than some with a 16 3/8" lower bout. But if slightly larger dimensions are no problem for you, you really need look no further than this guitar. It's fantastic.

  • • Back and Sides:  East Indian Rosewood
    • Top:  Sitka Spruce
    • Nut and Saddle: Bone
    • Scale length:  25 1/2" (648mm)
    • Nut width: 1 3/4" (44mm)
    • Lower Bout:  16 3/8" (416mm)
    • Upper Bout:  12" (303mm)
    • Waist:  10 1/8" (258mm)
    • Tailblock Depth: 4 7/8" (124mm)

    Ships with Hiscox LiteFlite 5-latch case
  • Every US order is shipped free. It does not matter the size, weight, or value of the shipment. It all ships free to any US ZIP code. This includes Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO and territories like Guam and Puerto Rico.

    If you choose not to keep this guitar for any reason, we will pay for you to ship it back to us. For more details, visit our Shipping and Returns page.

    Please note that because of the rosewood in this guitar, we cannot ship it to overseas addresses.

Customer Reviews

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Avalon L220C

The A220C is a remarkable instrument. Build quality is top-notch, tonewoods are beautiful, and the aesthetic appointments are simple yet tasteful. As for sound, this guitar has a loud and powerful voice, and it has what feels like unlimited headroom. This thing is a beast when you ask it to be, and it won't back down if you really dig in. I play mainly rhythm style with a flatpack in a small group of other acoustic instruments, and this Avalon has plenty of volume and punch; the guitar really holds its own in the mix. With that said, it's still remarkably well-mannered, and very responsive to a light touch. Notes ring out beautifully up and down the fretboard, and there's plenty of sustain and a sweet richness in the tone. It's a slightly heavier build than my Northwood, and it's not the bassiest guitar I've played... but it feels well-balanced and still gives a satisfying resonance against the body like a quality guitar should. As with any guitar, I suspect it will open up even more as it ages. Playability is excellent, and the neck is super comfortable. It came from the shop with a great setup--perfect for my playing style. Oh, and it comes with a really nice Hiscox case too. Highly recommended!

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Avalon L220

This is a big, solid, loud, expressive guitar with more than a touch of sweetness about it. Extremely well made, it compares easily with Collings, etc. in build quality. The finish and tasteful appointments are elegant and understated. So far, it seems to be string sensitive and will require experimenting. Came with RXPs that I found too strident for my taste. YMMV, (A couple of alternative string sets were included by Shoreline. Thanks!) May have to do a bit of action adjustment once the string thing is worked out, The 1.75+ width neck is hand filling and somewhat thicker than many competitors. John at Shoreline extolled the merits of this guitar for fingerstylists and DADGAD folks. I agree, but for me, the L220 really opened up and roared like a demon once a flatpick was applied in standard tuning. This is a stunning strumming and cross-picking instrument for all genres! Thanks for your attention...!

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