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

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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 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
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
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Understated Perfection

By John Noland

from Cincinnati, Ohio

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

I cannot say enough positive things about this guitar. The build quality is exquisite, solid, and exudes quality everywhere one looks. The selection of all SOLID woods used in its construction are perfect to my ear. The action is neatly set at about the height of most quality electric guitars and is easy and quick. The neck is very comfortable with an open pore finish. The rest of the guitar is done in gloss. The tone is clean, crisp, and balanced with a defined bass that is neither boomy or muddy with its light gauge strings. The sound is immediate, authoritative, and organic like a sunny spring morning. Each note is announced from within this guitar as if it was its last. The intonation is perfect and there are no dead notes anywhere on the fret board. Bottom line - Yamaha hit it out of the ball park with this one - or for that matter this series. This guitar is worth every penny and based upon the two reviews I see so far, is easily the most overlooked hidden gem - probably due to its being an acoustic electric. (Not listed with the acoustics). The guitar also has outstanding electronics of which I have not tried yet. I bought this guitar on its acoustic properties alone. It is that good. Truly. You may or may not buy this when shopping for a quality acoustic guitar, however, not to include this on your "must try before I buy" list would be an injustice to the respect this instrument deserves.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Shocked!

By Josh Morales

from Kansas City, MO

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

I visited a guitar center today to look at acoustics. I've been wanting a Taylor for years but my bank account can't handle it. I picked up a dozen different models and brands (including Taylor) and found myself picking this guitar up time and time again. I've played for 15 years and was shocked that I was playing a Yamaha. Aesthetically, this guitar looks good but is very basic. But close your eyes and listen to the sound and pay attention to the feel. This is a very dynamic guitar. I play a lot of electric and found this guitar to be very smooth. When I plugged it in I was amazed again. This guitar is replacing the Taylor on my wish list. For the money, this thing is unbeatable.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beautiful Guitar, but not Thrilled

By Robert

from Apex, NC

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 enjoy 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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spent a long time looking for the perfect acoustic - here it is

By paul moore

from WA

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

I wanted great quality , sound, feel and build. Plus I want to not have to break the bank (ie I cannot afford Martins etc) The moment I played this guitar I knew it was right for me. The solid rosewood body makes for lovely mellow lows and sparkly highs. The build is good and solid. It feels great. No fancy finish though, which is fine by me as it keep the cost down, I am not a country star so I dont need a fretboard dotted with doves and birds, or headstock with fancy inlays. For the price this guitar cannot be beaten (I managed to persuade GC to give me the memorial day 15% discount even though 'some vendors have chosen not to participate')

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful tone

By Hack an Ax

from Manhattan Beach, CA

Pros

  • Beautiful Fit and Finish
  • Great Tone And Volume
  • Great Tuner

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I bought one of these a few months ago to go along with a Taylor 414ce and a Seagull Maritime. While I love the Taylor neck (and the whole guitar), the volume and tone of the Yamaha are just better. I have A/B tested them to other guitar playing friends, and they have all agreed so far. I also played an A3M, which was also great, although not quite as loud and a somewhat different tone. I did have the action reworked to be more Taylor like. I also like the onboard tuner that with a click of a button shows if a string is high or low. I have not been able to explore the electronics to a meaningful degree. I played a lot of guitars before buying this one, and I am very happy with my choice. The biggest difficulty in buying this guitar is finding one to play before you buy.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Spectacular.

      By Drew Alexander

      from Vincennes, IN

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

      I bought the Yamaha A3R on Black Friday, and I could not be more pleased. It's the first guitar I've ever bought (my first 2 guitars were gifts purchased by family members). I studied alot of guitars (Martin, Taylor, Breedlove, Alvarez), and came to the decision to buy the A3R. I've had the guitar just over a week now. I play in a church band, in a college ensemble, and recreationally. First, the guitar feels great. I love the ebony fretboard, and the action is honestly better than I expected. Next, the guitar sounds great. I can't believe the depth of the sound in it. Finally, it's beautiful. The solid woods, combined with the finish make for a great looking guitar. The Yamaha A3R is not just a good guitar for the price, it's a good guitar in general. Guitar Center's customer service was also really good. I'm just super pleased with the whole experience.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Yamaha A3R

      By michael

      from Moorestown, NJ

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

      Played many, many guitars over the last few months. Found it difficult to make a decision on which acoustic/electric to buy. Read several very positive reviews on the Yamaha A3R so went to guitar center to play one. They did not have one in stock but based on the reviews I ordered the guitar, knowing that I could always return it. A few days later the guitar arrived and I took it home. This is one beautiful guitar! The acoustic sound is very rich, warm, loud, it's beautiful. Had an old Yamaha FGX-04 LTD and this guitar sounds and looks so much better (no comparison). The plugged in sound is amazing! Just to make sure, I took it back to GC and compared my new A3R with several Martins and Taylors in the $1,000-$2,000 range. After about an hour of playing all the guitars, i felt that my new Yamaha sounded at least as good if not better than the more expensive Martins and Taylors. There were customers in the guitar room that heard the comparison and agreed with me. I also feel that my A3R looks better. This was all unplugged, you can just imagine how much better the A3R sounds plugged in. The guitar has a very comfortable feel to it, hard to put down. Glad I checked out the reviews 1st and now have one great guitar!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW !

      By Bobby Decker

      from Red Oak

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

      Started playing on a Ibenaz with a busted mid range pick up. Last night the wife loaded me and the kiddo's up and told me happy Father Day. If you were gonna get your first new guitar, steal this one. Tone and playablity are amazing finally have something that really drives me to get better at the second love of my life. Staff at the Arlington TX store was second to none with the advice and help. From a very Happy Dad and family, thanks.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Most Excellent

      By Donald Spencer

      from Gray Court SC

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

      Great shipping time.Arrived in A1 condition...This guitar has amazing tone quality and the electrics are right on.

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar!

      By Plasmaticmotorheadfantastic

      from U.S.A.

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        This is a wonderful sounding and playing guitar. I would feel confident jamming with it in a room full of Taylor and Martin players. It sounds that good! I own the A1CFM, A1FM, A3M and now an A3R. The A-series has provided me, a cost savings, journey of discovery regarding tone woods and solid verses laminate guitars. My only complaint with my purchase of the A3R is that it was shipped with a cheap 4 latch, flat topped entry level case. My A3M came with the Yamaha Vinyl Hardshell Case for LL, LI Series Steel String Guitar (ID - 106700792) Item #: H73160000000000
        which is a premium arched topped case. A premium guitar should come with a premium case. Unfortunately this case is no longer available at Guitar Center and I assume that it has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

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