Yamaha A-Series All Solid Wood Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar with SRT Preamp/Pickup Vintage Sunburst 888365286174

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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. 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
 
4.7

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Stays in tune (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (4)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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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

    Great Guitar!

    By Plasmaticmotorheadfantastic

    from U.S.A.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

       
      5.0

      yamaha a3r review

      By BW

      from Kansas

      About Me Experienced

      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

        Perfectly Happy

        By Evdog

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

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

          As a beginner playing guitar, I wanted a nice acoustic/electric guitar to learn and experiment on. The Yamaha A3R is perfect for just that! Has a nice sound to it, a little hollow, not as warm as a Gibson or Martin, but you are not paying a Gibson or Martin price either. The built-in tuner is spot on as I have checked it against my Boss TU-80 tuner. Stays in tune and has a nice action to it out of the box. The look and feel is very nice. Havent hooked it up to an amp as of yet, so I cant say how the pickup/equalizer sound. Comes with a decent case which is a plus. Overall, I am perfectly happy with it and enjoy it!

           
          5.0

          Excellent guitar

          By Doc

          from Idaho

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use this for playing live. I use it plugged in and unplugged. It is amazing. Well worth the price.

             
            5.0

            Yamaha A3R

            By JB

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Experienced

            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.

                (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

                   
                  5.0

                  Guitar

                  By Ricky

                  from Arlington, Tx

                  About Me Novice

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

                  Play and entertain

                  (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

                      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!

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