Yamaha A3R - Natural

Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Solid Rosewood Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and SRT Electronics - Natural
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This Acoustic-electric Sounds Amazing Live!

Did you know that Yamaha's A3R acoustic-electric guitar gives you all of the same great features you'd expect from a high-end acoustic, but for a lot less money? It's true. The A3R provides you with the warmth and bass of a solid rosewood back and sides, plus the sparkle of a spruce top, and the natural projection of a dreadnought body. Talk about a singer-songwriter's dream guitar! What's more, the A3R features Yamaha's SRT (Studio Response Technology) electronics, which gives you studio sound when you play plugged in. Get amazing sound on and off stage with a Yamaha A3R acoustic-electric guitar.

Yamaha A3R Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Dreadnought body style gives you excellent natural acoustic projection
  • Spruce-topped rosewood is a singer-songwriter's ideal tonewood combo
  • SRT electronics system faithfully captures your acoustic sound when you play plugged in
Dreadnought body style gives you excellent natural acoustic projection

Ever since guitarists have been relying on the natural projection of their instruments, the powerful voice of the dreadnought body style has been an all-around favorite among flatpickers. Even without its advanced onboard electronics, the A3R acoustic-electric guitar gives you a bold and balanced voice that's perfect for anything from traditional bluegrass to the driving rhythms of modern acoustic rock. You'll love the full sound of Yamaha's A3R, particularly when you play more aggressively.

Spruce-topped rosewood is a singer-songwriter's ideal tonewood combo

Whether you lean towards indie rock, alt country, traditional folk, or any other style you can think of, if your acoustic guitar is frequently your entire backing band, then you're going to feel right at home with a Yamaha A3R acoustic-electric guitar. Its rosewood back and sides provide exceptional bass and powerful projection, whereas its spruce top adds air to its treble. This leaves the midrange open for your voice, so you aren't constantly fighting to sing over your guitar. Even if you don't play solo, you can't help but appreciate the A3R's incredible tonal balance.

SRT electronics system faithfully captures your acoustic sound when you play plugged in

When it's time to plug in, most acoustic guitars are reduced to mere shadows of their former tone. That's why Yamaha developed their SRT electronics. More than a mere preamp system, these electronics form a DSP-driven acoustic modeling system that analyzes the sound of each individual string to faithfully re-create your guitar's sound live. When you plug in your A3R, you'll hear all the subtle nuances, open space, and smooth overtones you'd only expect from an expertly placed vintage tube mic. Playing plugged in will never be the same again.

Yamaha A3R Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • An affordable acoustic-electric guitar loaded with high-end features
  • Dreadnought body style provides phenomenal projection and overall tonal balance
  • Rosewood back and sides provide satisfying bass response and enhanced projection
  • Solid, spruce top complements the rosewood back and sides with airy treble and a touch of sparkle
  • SRT electronics re-creates the sound and spatial dimension of a vintage microphone used in a professional studio
  • SRT System 63 Preamp controls let you fine-tune your sound to fit any mix or environment
  • Hardshell case included
Get more guitar for your money with a Yamaha A3R acoustic-electric guitar from Sweetwater!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Rosewood
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.6"
Tuning Machines Die-Cast Chrome
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut Width 1.69"
Electronics System 63 SRT
Strings (.012-.053)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number A3RHC

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Best Acoustic for the Money

I first played a red yahama acoustic/electric at McCabes many years ago and loved the way it played. I've since owned Martins, vintage parlor guitars and several Taylors, including the 800 series, that cost twice as much as this Yamaha. Unlike the Taylors, it's got a great bottom end. Also, the neck is the greatest: narrow and the backside is "dry", not the shiny, highly lacquered variety. I prefer this guitar over all others I've owned and it will remain as my only acoustic going forward. You will not regret buying this guitar. The cherry on the top is the price of this awesome guitar.
Music background: Dedicated intermediate

super nice sounds!!!

Very impressed!!! It is the best guitar I could find that has solid rosewood back ,sides, spruce top, one piece mahogany neck that joins to the body with a dove tail joint, scalloped bracing, ebony finger board, and onboard electronics. The tone is great with overtones and projection. Wood quality and finish very good...better than I expected. First one I had electronics just quit so I exchanged it. Sweetwater and James were great and the process of getting a new one was simply and fast! Seriously the new one was even better fit,finish and tone...no trouble with the electronics now and wow nice tones and flexibility plugged in! Sweetwater service is seriously the best!! Great guitar no regrets and I'm sure this is a hidden gem for players who do not want to shell out $3000 for a comparable studio or gigging guitar just because of the name on the headstock. Setup out of case is good but adjusted action on mine. Case good quality too! IMO Best Bang for the Buck!

Not Suprised

I was not surprised at all when I pull the case out of the box. The case that comes with the A3R is exceptional, it gives great protection. The guitar inside was a very well built Yamaha Acoustic guitar. The solid spruce top and solid back and sides of Rosewood was just part of the well built guitar. The wood binding around the outside is beautiful and around the hole is so much better than plastic. The SRT pickup system with 3 mike controls makes you think your playing in front of a mike. The mahogany neck with ebony fret board and ebony saddle is another plus. I'm saying its a class act acoustic guitar with AAA Sound and playability! I want the concert body next! Sweetwater is the only place I will purchase a guitar from anymore. Their sales engineers and service personnel are exceptional!!

Yamaha A3R

After trying this guitar in person locally, I decided to purchase this guitar on line through Sweetwater. The fit and finish of this instrument is indeed excellent and I'm rather picky. The wood grain on the top just sparkles, I love the wood binding and the grain of the rosewood and you can see the variation of color in the ebony finger board it's awesome. I can't wait for when this guitar ages, it is already great sounding and it will be awesome in a few years! Although it is a Rosewood guitar it has a very distinct growl to it's tone this guitar has a soul of her own. Plugged in: Lovely articulate highs and mid range, the lows are very well balanced. I am impressed with the SRT Electronics, they sound very natural, no harshness what so ever. This guitar is worth every penny and much more. I also own both a Martin and a Parkwood guitar, this one is on par with the likes of both! Many thanks to my sales engineer Zach Neels.
Music background: An everyday, guitar player! Then some!

Unbelievable guitar, matched with Unbelievable Service

Received my A3R today, and it exceeds my expectations. This guitar sounds and feels like one in the $2000-$3000 price range. Im pretty picky and I cant find anything to complain about, set up is perfect, feel is perfect. It is a very well constructed guitar, and its all solid so it will only get better with age. The case is great quality as well. This guitar wont disappoint. As far as buying from Sweetwater online without playing the guitar first, dont even worry. Check out what they do during the 55 point inspection. I have no fret buzz, and intonation is perfect, also there wasn't a single smudge!! Again Im picky so I went over this thing with a fine tooth comb, and am more than pleased with my entire experience at Sweetwater. My Sales Engineer Ryan Wiltermood 's high level of professional service is what led me to Sweetwater to begin with, and believe me when I say I will be a Sweetwater customer for life. They go the extra mile. Again, dont let not playing the guitar prior to purchase scare you off. Prior to Sweetwater I never would have bought without playing. After my dealings with Ryan I will never again by from anyone else. Rest assure Sweetwater will Not disappoint, even you picky folks like myself! Sweetwater and Ryan, keep up the great work! You all are truly awesome.
Music background: Hobby Guitarist
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