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Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup Rosewood Back & Sides 

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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

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SPECIFICATIONS

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

  • Nut Width: 43mm (1.69")
  • String Length: 650mm (25.59")
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4.5

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        Magnificent Instrument - Impeccable Quality

        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...Read complete review

        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.

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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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        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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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Yamaha A3 Series ROCK

        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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        4.0

        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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        5.0

        Nice guitar!!!

        Pros

        • Sound

        Cons

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            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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            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not for me

            By normie

            from Mt Washingon, KY.

            Verified Buyer

            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.

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              (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

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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

              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.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This Is A Keeper!!!

                  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.

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                  (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Value, but not a World Beater

                  By KDG

                  from Undisclosed

                  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.

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                  (2 of 2 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.

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