Yamaha A3M (Solid Mahogany, Dreadnought) Reviews4.3/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
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from New York
September 19, 2012Music Background:
Part time pro - playing over 42 years (old guy)
Yamaha A3MGreat materials, design, and craftsmanship produced this guitar. Easy to play, with great acoustic tone and good intonation. The electronics offer a wide variety of very good tone possibilities. I tried out quite a few other guitars in the same price range, and the A3M was superior in every aspect. Even the case is impressive. This was my first time buying before actually playing the guitar, and everything worked out great. Sweetwater was a pleasure to deal with, and their customer service is knowledgeable and professional.
from Amherst OH
September 11, 2012Music Background:
Guitar Player, Home Recording
Hard to beat for the money!I have been looking for a solid wood dread for a couple years to record with and play out. My ovation is great but it does not have the sound for recording. Like most of us money is tight and I almost bought a taylor 414 a couple times but just could never pull the trigger for $1,800! I stumbled across this Yamaha here at Sweetwater and did some research on it and it sold itself. This is my first time buying a guitar without playing it first and I could not be more satisfied! This thing sounds great plugged and unplugged. Super low action and the finish is very nice. I actually raised the action a little bit! The case is O.K. The neck does take some getting used to because of the rounded edges but it's not to big of an issue for me. You just have to be a little more precise on your low E fingering so it doesn't slip off the fret. As long as it passes the test of time I would say it can't be beat for the money. Paul Rowan at sweetwater talked to me for about an hour on the phone and answered all my questions before buying this and he was very helpful.I don't think I'll ever go back to guitar center to buy anything after dealing with Sweetwater.
from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
August 22, 2012Music Background:
40 years of home playing, all styles
A3MI tried out lots of Taylors plus 5 or 6 otherYamaha A series guitars but the sound from this one was brighter while retaining the "round" Yamaha tone of the A models.
Has a very nice neck and the action has stayed nice in the 6 months since I bought it. Excellent when strummed or picked and very good for fingerstyle except keep in mind the neck width is slightly narrow and, personally, the rounded off edges in the neck cause me to push the low E string off the edge if I'm not careful. This guitar feels very solid and capable of anything ! Stays in tune. Fun to experiment with the SRT electronics...which can be very subtle or very reactive.
6-string Acoustic-electric Dreadnought Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Solid Mahogany Back and Sides, Rosewood Fretboard, Mahogany Neck, SRT Electronics, and Hardshell Case - Natural