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Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup Vintage Sunburst

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Dreadnought size, great playability, and cutting-edge electronics.

Designed for performers, Yamaha A-series guitars share many things in common including a stunning fresh look, amazing playability, and the cutting edge S.R.T. (Studio Response Technology) piezo/pickup. They are distinguished by their body style (either dreadnought or concert), the combination of woods, and their preamp configurations.

The Yamaha A3R Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup is part of the A-series line of Yamaha acoustic-electric guitars.

The A3R dreadnought cutaway is designed for today's player who requires a reliable workhorse that looks, feels, and sounds amazing in all applications.

It represents excellent value with quality build & materials such as; Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Mahogany Neck, Solid Rosewood Back/Sides, Ebony Fingerboard/Bridge and a neck profile that is a satisfying to play for hours on end.

SRT System
Bringing Back Lost Ambience; Yamaha's new proprietary Studio Response Technology (SRT) brings back the natural, ambient sound of an acoustic guitar, and it does it with the signal from the output jack. Using a sound modeling technique that utilizes data obtained through extensive analysis of four acoustic elements that are missing from conventional pickup systems- string and body resonance, ambience, vintage microphone characteristics, and professional micing techniques, SRT delivers The same tone that, until now, was only attainable by professional recording engineers in the world's finest studios is now easily usable by any player, on-stage or in the studio.

Using a sound modeling technique that utilizes data obtained through extensive analysis of four acoustic elements that are missing from conventional pickup systems- string and body resonance, ambience, vintage microphone characteristics, and professional micing techniques, SRT delivers a natural, studio-quality acoustic guitar tone. The same tone that, until now, was only attainable by professional recording engineers in the world's finest studios is now easily usable by any player, on-stage or in the studio. A sound that guitarists have long dreamed of is now a reality.

SRT Functions
The new SRT system lets you choose from three different high-end mic types as well as two mic positions that let you use techniques similar to those used in a recording studio. The system provides a total of six setting patterns. Click the buttons below the photos to hear the differences between various sound settings. The system also allows mixing of pickup and mic sound elements using the BLEND knob, and control of body resonance with the RESONANCE knob to create a wide range of rich, natural sounds.

Hardshell case included.

FEATURES
Dreadnought with cutaway Body
Solid Sitka Spruce Top
Solid Rosewood Back & Sides
Mahogany Neck
Ebony Fingerboard
Ebony Bridge
Rosewood / Mahogany Sound hole Rosette
Rosewood Fingerboard Binding
Mahogany Body Binding
Die-cast tuners
SRT System 63 Modeling Preamp
SRT Saddle/Piezo Pickup
Hardshell case included

Make this solid wood guitar yours. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Nut Width: 43mm (1.69") 
String Length: 650mm (25.59")
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YamahaA-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup
 
4.5

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yamaha A3 Series ROCK

I own a A3M and a AC3R ...I find for my recordings, i like the Mohagany one for Strumming Chords and the Rosewood for single line solos. Both do both well, its...Read complete review

I own a A3M and a AC3R ...I find for my recordings, i like the Mohagany one for Strumming Chords and the Rosewood for single line solos. Both do both well, its just i like the way this system sounds on my recordings. I bought these without trying them in a store and bonded instantly to them both. They remind me of Taylor's. I like the Rosewood one the best. Don't hesitiate, these guitars hang with the taylor 5-6 series imo, for less then i/2 the price

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Not for me

It's not the guitar I was hoping it would be. All was good until I plugged it in. The volume between bass and treble strings was way off. As I played the guitar,...Read complete review

It's not the guitar I was hoping it would be. All was good until I plugged it in. The volume between bass and treble strings was way off. As I played the guitar, I found I had to hit the bass strings much lighter than the treble strings because the volume on the E-6 and A strings was overbearing. I couldn't adjust out the descrepancies between the strings. I even played the guitar through 3 different amps. I also tried a lighter gauge string. Nothing worked so I eventually gave up and sent the guitar back.

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Magnificent Instrument - Impeccable Quality

By John Noland

from Ohio

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Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

Quite frankly, I'm surprised that no one has written a review yet. This confirms my suspicions that this jewel of a guitar has been overlooked. So I am writing this review to perhaps save some of you from making a mistake by purchasing another guitar other than this one UNLESS you are going to spend about $2,500.00 USD. Also be aware that I bought this as an Acoustic Guitar. I have not yet tried the impressive electronics. I'm sure I will and I will update this review but truth be told, I really don't care. The sound of this guitar unplugged is heavenly and that is why I bought it. Truly...

I knew I was going to buy this guitar as soon as I played its little brother the A1R ( a fine guitar in its own right). I happend upon the A1R while at a local music shop while I was picking up a Dave Smith Instruments Tetra. That was taking a while so I went to look at guitars. I found the Yamaha A1R and as soon as I had strummed it I knew I was going to buy it. If it weren't for picking up the DSI Tetra that day, I would have left with it indeed. I'm glad I didn't. I told them I would be back - and I was - in 11 days to order a A3R sight unseen.

In that 11 day interim I went to Yamaha's website and it was only then I came to know about the A3R! Solid Rosewood back and sides, Solid Sitka Spruce top. Mahagany neck. and Ebony fingerboard and bridge. This combination to my ear is perfect.

And the electronic system is impressive too. Far from just a piezo transducer and/or pickup, Yamaha has modeled 3 world class mics, body resonance, and room acoustics into the system as well as an anti-feedback system. As I said earlier, I will try them and update the review but I bought this as an Acoustic guitar first and foremost.

The quality is absolutely top tier. The build is SOLID. The finish is fantastic - Gloss on the body - and an open pore Satin finish on the neck. The neck is comfortable - the fingerboard is "rounded" into the neck and that open finish is a blessing. The tuners are solid too. The Rosette is nicely crafted. There are no glue drips on the inside and the bracing and related woodwork is stunning. The pickguard is perhaps the only thing that gives this away as a "Special" guitar. Also of note is the ever so slightly wider (and I mean slightly wider) string spacing. It's just enough to allow fingerstyle players like me a little extra room to do so effectively. I also do flatpicking and this guitar will suit all styles of play. Yamaha wanted to design a "workhorse". They did.

The sound is nicely pronounced and balanced. (My wife said it sounded like a piano). It is that crystal clear and it projects. The more you put into it, the more it puts out - linearly so. This guitar is also the only one I've played where I can feel it "punch" me in the stomach as I pick notes. THAT really threw me at first, but like I said, really great projection. I can't wait to hear someone else play it so I can hear it on a different axis. The response is bright as one would want and expect from this combination of tonewoods but balanced. Bass is punchy, not boomy nor muddy. Trebles ring with clarity. Midrange is evenl pronounced. Clear, distinct note definition is to be found anywhere on the fretboard. Harmonics and intonation are spot on.

Lastly, I'd also recommend that you watch the nicely detailed video of Yamaha'a factory in China. if you have any qualms about this American designed guitar being crafted in China. Yamaha does NOT send their work to others to do EVER. They do it themselves and own everything including the factory. I can say that their quality is top notch from everything from this guitar, to my classical guitar, to my FJR1300 motorcycle. They are the World's largest musical instrument company and have been in business since 1887. They also make some of the World's reference Classical Guitars and Pianos. So please take a look. You'll be glad you did. I have been using Yamaha instruments for over 31 years - starting with my first FG guitar. The quality is there with Yamaha and this guitar is without qualification a premier instrument that wil last for lifetimes when properly taken care of and humidity levels checked.

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value, but not a World Beater

By KDG

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

I have a Martin DCPA3 with the Fishman Aura electronics. It is significantly better sounding when plugged in. The Yamaha version of the Aura doesn't result in equivalent sound. The Martin is a better guitar with better electronics, but at twice the price. Unplugged, the Yamaha sounds great for its price range, but when compared with Martin, Taylor and Gibson guitars in the $2,000.00+ price range, it sounds a little muddy or veiled - like it has a thin blanket over it. Compared to similar priced Martin and Taylors, it is at least equal, if not superior. I compared it to a room full of excellent guitars and bought it due to its value. While it is a fair statement that this guitar offers the best balanced sound from a dreadnought in its price range, don't purchase it thinking its better than guitars twice its price. The two days I played and listened to every good dreadnought in the store (Nashville GC has an incredible selection of high-end acoustics), I walked way most impressed with the sound of the Gibson AJ Pro, Gibson Songwriter and the Martin HD-16R Adirondack. I ended up buying this guitar based on price and its intended use at live shows; cheaper guitars = less worry of damage or theft. After a few weeks with it, I have now become somewhat dissatisfied with the electronics. However, the guitar sounds great amplified with the new LR Baggs M80 pickup. It also sounds good with the Martin SP strings.
It has all the features of any high quality acoustic-electric guitar. On-board tuner, strap buttons, good tuners, blendable electronics, etc. The electronics are not as good as others available, therefor a 9/10.
Build quality is excellent for the price, but not as nice as more expensive guitars. Value is price dependant, quality is not. Therefore, a 9/10.
Its better than other guitars in its price range, but not as good as those priced in the $2,000.00+ price range. It is certainly close enough to those guitars to make its value at a $900.00 street price a 10/10. Compared to a Taylor 110ce, another guitar I've owned, the A3R is a significant improvement in sound quality, playability and electronics.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha A3 Series ROCK

By Dr Git

from Valrico FL

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Pros

  • Awesome Sound
  • Best in Class
  • Build Quality Is Perfect
  • Comfortable Playability
  • Ebony Fretboard And Bridg
  • Fantasic Case
  • Incredible Electronics

Cons

  • I Just Can't Find Any

Best Uses

  • Jamming with friends
  • Live use
  • Studio Recording
  • Writing Tunes

Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

I own a A3M and a AC3R ...I find for my recordings, i like the Mohagany one for Strumming Chords and the Rosewood for single line solos. Both do both well, its just i like the way this system sounds on my recordings. I bought these without trying them in a store and bonded instantly to them both. They remind me of Taylor's. I like the Rosewood one the best. Don't hesitiate, these guitars hang with the taylor 5-6 series imo, for less then i/2 the price

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Is A Keeper!!!

By Aaron

from Chico, CA

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Verified Buyer

Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

I bought the A3R after doing some serious research.
I was in the market for a "real" acoustic-electric.
You'll be hard pressed to find a negative review anywhere about this guitar.
The action is great out of the box, the neck feels like an old friend, and the intonation is dead on.
The electronics are some of the best I have ever heard. Yamaha has always been a class act; I own their keyboards, digital recorders, guitar preamps & effects, and an older Yamaha acoustic.
They have all performed like champs and are built to last. The A3R is no different. The case alone has to be worth a good portion of the cost. One of the best values out there for those looking for a "serious" acoustic-electric.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best acoustics you can buy

By Dennis Padeiro

from Undisclosed

Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

I tried everything from $300 Ibanez to $3,000 Martin and Taylors and after many months of auditions, I decided on this Yamaha A3R. When played back to back with the more expensive guitars, it sounded as good and in some ways better. The solid wood top, solid rosewood back, and solid rosewood sides is rare in this price range and they create a sound that is very complex and rich. The craftsmanship is second to none, and it feels very comfortable to play right out of the case.

When plugged into an amplifier, the sound is even more impressive as every little nuance of sound becomes clearer. Plus, the feature rich preamp has plenty of controls to tune the sound to your liking. I originally thought I would not take advantage of plugging it in for fear of spoiling the acoustic sound, but the amplifier helps to reinforce the sound if the volume is right. You feel like the sound is coming from the guitar and not the amp.
Solid wood all around. No imperfections in fit or finish.
You will spend double for a Martin or Taylor with the same solid wood and features.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not for me

By normie

from Mt Washingon, KY.

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Pros

  • Beautiful finish

Cons

  • No Balance On Strings

Best Uses

    Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

    It's not the guitar I was hoping it would be. All was good until I plugged it in. The volume between bass and treble strings was way off. As I played the guitar, I found I had to hit the bass strings much lighter than the treble strings because the volume on the E-6 and A strings was overbearing. I couldn't adjust out the descrepancies between the strings. I even played the guitar through 3 different amps. I also tried a lighter gauge string. Nothing worked so I eventually gave up and sent the guitar back.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tried the rest & ended up with the best

    By troublekidTCB

    from Asheville, NC

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    Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

    I went out on a journey to find the best Acoustic/Electric Guitar for under a 1000 and believe me I tried them all even some near 3000 and none played with the ease and sound that this Yamaha A3R does, as said before it feels like an old friend.
    It replaced an Alvarez Acoustic (M(ade in Japan) guitar I bought in the early 80's and love for the sound it has, but I needed the preamp that this Acoustic/Electric has and wanted a Cut-Away so I went shopping and I mean shopping and shopping until it became a no brainer, I found that nothing out there beats the A3R in all around performance.
    And did I mention this guitar looks stunning?
    Great Yamaha fitted hard case, Quality build and materials, best preamp I have ever used in a guitar, Love the neck and fretboard, this is a five star guitar for sure. *****
    Great work Yamaha ...
    And purchasing it from Musicians Friend was a no brainer as well.
    This may help with your decision too, buy it, you'll love it.
    www.strumviews.com/Yamaha-A-series-acoustic-electric-guitar-review-SRT-Studio-Response-Technology

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very nice guitar

    By Brian Burt

    from Smethport , PA

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    Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

    I played a taylor 710 CE, a HD 28, and a gibson songwriter. and I will honestly tell you that this Yamaha sounded as good if not better than some of the aforementioned guitars...this guitar will not break the bank and sounds as good as it looks. You be the judge...buy one today!!!!
    Great guitar plugged in ... mic blend works very well. I like the AA battery in place of the 9 volt. Very sweet.
    Very well built and solid through out.the only issue I came across was the fret edges were a little sharp...out of the case this guitar feels and sounds like it has been played for 10 years.
    You will not find a better deal on a guitar with state of the art electronics and all solid wood top, back , and sides. ....the finsh on my guitar was flawless!!! Did I mention a very high quality hard shell wooden case!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice guitar!!!

    Pros

    • Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

        I tried a bunch of guitars but this one played and sounded better ! The preamp is awsome.You can get that condenser mic sound. Neck is easy to play.Ive had a few acoustic electrics alverez,ovation,fender,and this sounds better hands down!!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent choice at a great price.

        By ArcticAl

        from Normal, IL

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        Pros

        • Great tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

            I comparison shopped Taylor, Martin (GPCA4), and some Takamines too. I was very close to dropping $200 more for the Martin when I took a chance on this Yamaha because it had solid rosewood sides at less money. I am extremely happy with the decision and I love the preamp and different mic options. This guitar is very "alive" and sounds great unplugged too. I'm also very impressed by the case and the complimentary soundhole feedback plug too. Nice "extra" that surprised me when I found it in the case. And one more thing, the electronic feedback suppressor works really well. With just a touch of a button you can eliminate a hum, live onstage, in seconds, just before you start a song. The open pore finish on the neck is a little different but you really don't notice it once you start playing.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            excellent guitar

            By Guitarzan

            from Louisville, KY

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

              After a prolonged absence I decided to get back into guitar playing again and as additional motivation, bought a new guitar. I had played and owned a Takamine, Washburn, a Guild, and a Yamaha and currently own an Ovation. I played all the above at local shops and they weren't really working for me. Tried a Martin D28...which was always a dream guitar but it was way outside my budget and didn't really sound all that nice. I tried the Taylor 100, 200, and 300 series and really liked them. I had read about the A series and was fortunate enough to find an A3R model used at a shop. I played it and the Taylor 210 CE side by side and really liked the A3R. To me the A3R brings many subtleties to the game. The Taylor was brighter but the A3R has a really nice subtle brightness of its own. The Martin was 'boomier' and had deeper base but the A3R has a nice punchy bass and is plenty loud. The resonance is great. There are times I'll just strum single chords and listen to the resonance and sustain.
              The action on the Yamaha was as good as any other I tried. I really like the 'open pore' on the back of the neck. (You need to feel it. It's one of those things you'll like or hate.) I was leaning towards a black guitar and the transparent black pretty much sealed the deal.
              All things said, I really like this guitar. It checked all my boxes and, since I got it used, really came in at a great price.
              Tuners: with new strings, I was re-tuning every couple of days but now that they've stretched I might retune once a week after about 7-10 hours of practicing...and I'm in a real 'bending' mode right now so I stretch them a lot.
              There was a great deal made about the electronics. Personally, I'm more of a straight acoustic player but wanted an AE in case I needed to plug in. I have played it plugged in several times and love the sound and really love the on-board tuner. There are others who can attest to the electronics better than I but I can attest to the acoustic side and I love it

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AWESOME out of the box!

              By Skip

              from Bel Air, MD

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful wood, trim, fit & finish.
              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

                The guitar is amazing quality, fit and finish, and plays beautifully. Setup is very low action, so I did have my pro luthier friend add a little relief to the neck (using the supplied allen wrench) to raise the action just a hair, but otherwise it is perfect. Case is VERY nice quality. Guitar was in tune right out of the box, despite the freezing cold temps during shipping The new SRT electronics provide a very wide array of great, rich sounds. Best solid wood guitar deal I've seen in a long time. FYI, I own a Martin HD28, D35, an older Yamaha FG335, Ovation, a Fender Strat, and a few others (my PRS is sold) This guitar is awesome. You will NOT be disappointed.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fun to play and I would purchase again

                By drummer girl

                from Shalimar, FLp

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

                  It's been years since I've played .... I blew the dust off my old guitar and decided I needed a new one. This new one feels like an old friend.... the neck is very comfortable and the action is awesome. I just want to keep playing and playing. The tone is rich,bright, and pleasant to the ears.... I plug it into a Fishman Loudbox and it sounds awesome plugged in or not. I've had the guitar two weeks and I love it. I think it's well worth the money !

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Beautiful Guitar, but Not Thrilled

                  By Bob

                  from Apex, NC

                  Pros

                  • Electronics
                  • Looks
                  • Sound

                  Cons

                  • Action
                  • Quality control

                  Best Uses

                  • Group
                  • Hobbyist

                  Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

                  The Yamaha A3R is an absolutely gorgeous guitar, and the workmanship is without flaw. Great to look at, the electronics are impressive and flexible, and the feel of the neck is nice. The sound and sustain are pleasant, but still I found I did not love playing it.

                  The action was just too high for me. I am no rookie at adjusting guitars, but I was unable to adjust my A3R to my liking. I concluded that the nut clearance was too great, resulting in strings to far from the fingerboard. That means greater string depression required (harder on the fingers) and notes that are too high compared to open strings. Too high notes were noticeable on all strings when using a capo. But I did not feel I should have to replace the nut on a new guitar in order to make it tune right. Some reviewers said the A3R action was great out of the box, but my A3R was not great and I could not adjust it, so I returned the guitar.

                  The A3R is the top of the A-Series line and I wanted to love it, but I did not love playing it. Still, I hope my issues were just a fluke or quality control lapse, since aside from the action/tuning problems I had, this would be a great guitar.

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                  5.0

                  Great guitar and a really good hardshell case.

                  By Mike

                  from Miami Fl.

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

                    Getting back into playing after having put the guitar down for a while. This acoustic electric is really great. Stays in tune sounds great. The action is really good and doesn't require any lowering and the finish is better than I expected

                     
                    5.0

                    yamaha a3r review

                    By B.W.

                    from Salina,Ks.

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

                      I received my Yamaha A3R just today and have been playing it for a few hours and I'm telling you this is a really nice guitar. It has really good volume to it and good projection too. It sounds very clear with good separation of each string and it has a nice brightness to it. I then decided it was time to plug it in to my fishman loudbox . I was pretty surprised how natural it sounded and how well it matched the sound of the guitar acoustically. I have heard a few different pick ups and this is really up there on my list. I actually have k@k pure mini pick ups in all my other guitars and I love the sound of these pick ups. If you haven't heard about these pick ups do your self a favor and check these out. I think the system that Yamaha is putting in the solid wood A series is pretty darn close to the k@k pick ups. The fact that this guitar sells for what it does is really pretty amazing. I"ll tell you right now you wont find a Taylor that compares to this guitar in this price range. The only guitar that compares to this guitar in this price range is the Martin custom d classic. IMO.They both have a different sound but for the money I don't think you can do much better. If you are looking for a guitar in this price range you really should check out the solid wood A series. I own a taylor and a martin that are both really nice guitars. I have to say they might start feeling a little neglected for a while.

                       
                      5.0

                      Yamaha A3R

                      By JB

                      from Atlanta, GA

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

                          Great playability, nimble even, and tone. It's rare that you can find both in a guitar. Top notch electronics, easy on the eyes. Very much a musical "instrument", very precise. I think the neck contour is pretty much perfect for my hands and the neck is somewhere between satin and gloss which I like very much. Nice, fast fretboard and a sweet open tone, not too bright, not too dark. Finger picks well too. Kind of sad that it is made in China but if it were made in the US the price would be double. This is all the guitar that most of us would ever need. Good job Yamaha and Musicians Friend.

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent for the price!

                          By Schnookie

                          from Nashville, TN

                          Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

                          I play in a praise band at church so my demands aren't that great. But owning a Yamaha FG700 while others had intermediate or high end acoustic/electrics, I felt the need to upgrade. After talking to a few guru's in our group, the A3R was recommended over the A1R as it is comparable to some higher end models and the extra cost was well worth the superior electronics. The sound is a bit beefier as an acoustic, but hooked up, the sound is AWESOME! This was a level 1 open box, but I couldn't tell the difference between this and a new model. Having a touch of arthritis, I prefer the low action and slimmer necks that Yamaha's offer. I am really pleased with this purchase.

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                          2.0

                          Yamaha A3R sunburst finish

                          By henryallan

                          from Ontario Canada

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                          Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

                          My expectation were high because of the Yamaha review, Owner for almost a year now and have used it for many gigs.The rosewood body is beautiful and I love playing this guitar. the tuner is lousy and I don't care for the pickup. I can't get a good sound from it.

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                          4.0

                          A3R Received

                          By Jim

                          from Coachella Valley, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Great Pre-amp
                          • Great sound
                          • Solid Woods

                          Cons

                          • High Strings Needs Setup
                          • Poor Neck Heel Finish

                          Best Uses

                          • Worship

                          Comments about Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup:

                          Comes with a great case but heavier than my skb of course...upon opening it smelled like the guitar was sprayed yesterday. The body of the guitar was beautiful. The wood and finish are stellar. The neck however I'm not as happy with. The heel area is very roughly done and looks at odds with the beautiful body it's attached to. That said the players surface both fretboard and underside feel good. Others have said the action is low, I didn't find that to be the case. I like a higher action but this was a little to high. It was very playable though. When the wood settles i will take it in for a setup.I changed the strings to Elixirs 12-53's and used it at church today. I was told it sounded rich and very good. I love the sound options of the pre amp. If it didn't sound so good I may have returned it due to sloppy sanding on the neck heel. Overall I'm happy.

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