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

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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 AC3R Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup is part of the A-series line of Yamaha acoustic-electric guitars.

The AC3R concert-size cutaway is designed for today's player who requires a reliable workhorse that looks, feels, and sounds amazing in all applications.

The AC3R is a performance level bang-for-your-buck guitar offering 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 pleasure 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.

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.

Includes case.

Features
  • Concert-size 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
  • Includes case
Specifications
  • Nut Width: 43mm (1.69")
    String Length: 650mm (25.59")
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YamahaA-Series All Solid Wood Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup
 
5.0

(based on 19 reviews)

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5.0

Best acoustic recording option on a budget.

By guitarlesson

from Boise, ID

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording

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

    I bought this guitar based entirely on reviews. It was a risk, but I was please. The construction of the instrument is solid and the sound is smooth, clear and consistent, with a lot of clarity and projection. But I wasn't jumping up and down over it until I finally replaced my broken USB audio interface and was able to RECORD it.

    Oh. My. God.

    This is the finest sounding plugged-in sound I've ever heard on ANY other acoustic. The mic emulation of the SRT preamp REALLY WORKS. Is it as good as sitting in a studio at Abbey Road and playing into a $3000 Neumann? Probably not. But is it better than the sound of playing into an affordable mic recorded in your wife's dress closet? Absolutely, by orders of magnitude. And for me to say a piezoelectric tone surpasses any level of real mic says a lot.

    Put it this way: if I had $10,000 to spend on a custom build acoustic by a master luthier, I would still hunt down a cheap or broken Yamaha A-series guitar just to harvest the preamp from it, and I would ask the luthier to install it into the $10,000 guitar. That's how nice it sounds.

     
    5.0

    This guitar is simply amazing

    By GNM

    from Santa Rosa, California

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful finish
    • Excellent quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I have been nothing short of amazed at this guitar since I received it a couple of months ago. I played high in Taylor and Martin's that did have the richness of this guitar (and at a fraction of the price). This is my "go to" guitar. I can not recommend it highly enough. Expect to pay twice this for any other guitar like this Yamaha.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect Guitar, Best Price

        By Raging Ryan

        from NV

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          This guitar is Perfect! My buddy owns a Martin GCPA4 and prefers my A-Series. My Brother owns a Taylor 214CE and prefers my A-Series. Both are flabbergasted by the price, quality and sound.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Actually more than I expected!

          By rollie

          from Iowa

          Pros

          • Acoustic sound
          • Build Quality
          • Plays so well

          Cons

          • Amplified could be better
          • Case might be built bette

          Best Uses

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

            I have the vintage sunburst model – gorgeous guitar to say the least, looking much better in person than in any picture. Not one flaw or blemish on the guitar, finish is perfect and very well done. Acoustically it sound much better than I expected, playing wise the action is a bit high but not enough to have it changed. My first strum made me smile, I'd never picked one of these up before and ordered it based on other reviews. I was not disappointed to say the least, the feel, sound and finish on this guitar is just what I was looking for. Honestly it feels and sounds like a guitar 3-4 times its price without question. The sound is fantastic unplugged, well balanced from the low end to the high, sounding as good or better than my 20 year old Larrivee. I bought it mainly as a gigging guitar for its plugged in ability. I will say this may shock some folks but I think the electronic sound of this guitar is ok, but not fantastic. Mine is low in the output as some have said. It does different sounds with all the options, but none to me sound truly natural, still sounding like a pickup in an acoustic guitar. I am not super disappointed, but maybe I came into it expecting too much based on all the reviews. It's a good electric sound, just not as good as I was hoping for. All that said, if you are looking for a quality acoustic guitar, this is the one to pick up. Finally crafted, great looking, solid built guitar that will only get better with age. I'd buy an A3R to go with it if I didn't already have so many guitars. Buy it!

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            An awesome guitar

            By donniedragon

            from Singapore

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

            Love the shape and weight of the AC3R. Good to handle and light in weight, love the mahagony neck touch.. & not forgetting to mention - its awesome sound! I tried it at the shop without plug-in, it already amazed me. With plug-in, i decided i'm gonna bring this baby home for sure which i did. Worth the price and definitely strongly recommended.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Guitar

            By Crosshatch

            from Hagerstown, MD

            Pros

            • Case Quality
            • Guitar Quality
            • Playability
            • Pricepoint
            • Sound quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Live playing
              • Recording

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

              Like some of the other reviewers, I was a bit leery of buying a Yamaha versus some of the other bigger names in guitars, however this guitar does not dissapoint.
              This is my first upgrade for a guitar, as up until now, like Juno, I rocked a Harmony (which was fine to learn on, but had horrible action and bad sound).
              I got the black version of this guitar and it is simply beautiful. The hard case it came in is super high quality as well. The action on this Yahama is great and really makes playing so much easier than the old Harmony. For the price point you can't beat this guitar. It has warm sounds and I haven't had any problem with feedback or sound quality when running it through my Boss RC-300 looper or my Tascam recorder.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              underrated

              By Damian

              from California

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

              This is a very sweet guitar. It may not be a Taylor, but don't under estimate the quality. I did some very extensive research before upgrading and I agree with other reviews of this guitar- it's underrated. IMO this is the best bang for your buck. Seriously, do yourself a favor and take one for a test drive and let her sing to you- you'll fall in love.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Yamaha AC3M is not a surprise

              By El Boricua

              from Caguas, PR

              Pros

              • All solid woods
              • Best Plugged In Sound
              • Comfortable neck
              • Easy playability
              • Grrrrrreat Sound
              • Perfect Looks
              • Wood Binding

              Cons

              • None so far

              Best Uses

              • Gigging
              • Practice
              • Recording

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

              I cannot add more than what other reviewers have stated. Just want to say that I'm extremely please with my Yamaha AC3M. Change the stock strings to elixir 80/20 bronze .11 to .52 and the guitar came to life. I also change the plastic saddle to Tusq. The stock strings are not bad, but the change of strings made a HUGE difference. Acoustic sound now is at par with my friends Taylor 314ce. This axe has the best plugged sound ever! The SRT system is definitively a winner. All solid woods, wood bindings and ebony fretboard at this price point are imposible to find. The guitar is flawless. Some measures: nut is 43mm, E to E at nut is 37mm (outside to outside), at the saddle is 55.5mm, fretboard at the 12th fret is 52mm. If this guitar is stolen or damaged, I would not hesistate to buy again. Very warm to bright sound.

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              No other choice

              By Douglas Blecki _

              from Apollo Beach, FL

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

              Once you pick up this guitar there is simply no other choice. I have spend many years shopping for, collecting and working very hard to become a very average player. You cannot find a better selection at any price in terms of quality, attention to detail, playability and performance except for maybe another Yamaha Model.

              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Stellar guitar

              By Emster

              from Jomtien Thailand, originally Portland Or

              Pros

              • Same As Others Said

              Cons

              • Low Preamp Output

              Best Uses

              • Playing music

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

              Agree with all the other reviews: this is an insanely good guitar, especially for this price. Just want to add a few comments. The preamp, wonderful though it is, is very low output. I often use an eq to boost it up to normal output. The quality of sound is not an issue. It is great. The other point is that it comes with it's own feedback buster rubber plug with Yamaha logo on it. That seems very thoughtful of Yamaha to include it. The case is terrific, with 4 or 5 clasps, leather wrapped handle. Visually a stunner. I got to help learn finger picking. Not so much bass it is true, but the definition and clarity more than make up in that department. Did side by sides with comparably and more expensive Martin and Taylors. Similar but different. Yamaha leaves them in the dust regarding looks and build quality imho. Gets a 9.75 in my book.

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