Yamaha AC3M - Vintage Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Solid Mahogany Back and Sides, Ebony Fingerboard, and SRT2 Electronics - Vintage Natural
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Solid-top Acoustic-electric with Vintage Vibe and a Big Voice

In the Yamaha AC3M Concert acoustic-electric guitar, Yamaha offers a vintage look with enhanced volume in the low-mid ranges, due to new scalloped bracing for the top and shorter bracing on the dreadnought's back. With a solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, this concert-sized guitar sounds fantastic. It also benefits from Yamaha's A.R.E. wood torrefaction, a high-heat treatment that gives the guitar top greater stability and an aged, vintage hue. The Yamaha AC3M Concert takes full advantage of Yamaha's unobtrusive and versatile SRT2 pickup system for recording and stage performance. You get volume, treble, and bass controls (with auto feedback reduction), and blend control allows you to balance between the piezo and SRT2 preamp, for your own distinctive tone.

Modern audio engineering with vintage style

While the Yamaha AC3M Concert has a traditional western body cutaway, its lows and highs resonate even more fully than those generated by conventional designs, thanks to new scalloped top bracing and shorter back board bracing. These modifications allow the top and back to resonate more naturally and with greater volume in the low-mid ranges. The western cutaway gives it a classic look, but an all-new brace design definitely brings the Yamaha AC3M Concert into the twenty-first century — and the Sweetwater showroom!

Quality wood plus innovation equals brilliant sound

Sitka spruce is highly valued for guitar tops — and for good reason. This select grade of stiff but elastic softwood is gorgeous and is equally suited to aggressive strumming, flatpicking, and even fingerpicking styles of play. The Yamaha AC3M Concert features a solid Sitka top treated at high heat to remove moisture and volatiles (the A.R.E. process), resulting in greater stability and beautiful aged color. Its solid mahogany back and sides also produce warm, balanced tones from low to high. The Yamaha AC3M Concert is a guitar that looks, plays, and sounds great.

Studio sound onstage

Normally you can best hear a guitar's subtle nuances in the studio while miked, but the Yamaha AC3M Concert has Yamaha's SRT2 pickup system, which brings those wonderful acoustic sounds to the stage. With blend control, you can balance the output from the under-bridge piezo pickup with the modeling of either a Neumann KM 56 small-diaphragm condenser mic or a Royer R-122 active ribbon mic, creating your own unique tone with natural clarity.

Yamaha AC3M Concert Features:

  • 6-string acoustic-electric with traditional western cutaway
  • Solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides for bright, warm tone
  • A.R.E. wood torrefaction provides greater stability and attractive aged color
  • SRT2 system allows you to blend between piezo and SRT2 preamp signals for a personalized sound

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Concert
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Vintage Natural
Finish A.R.E. treated top
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Mahogany
Body Bracing Scalloped bracing
Binding Mahogany
Neck Wood 3-piece Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.5"
Tuning Machines Die-cast chrome
Bridge Material Ebony
Nut Width 1.692"
Electronics SRT2 preamp with saddle pickup
Case Included Hard bag
Manufacturer Part Number AC3M VN

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Very Nice for the Price!!!

My 12 year old son purchased this guitar with his hard earned lawn mowing money and he received it yesterday. As of yet, the 2017 model of this guitar has no user reviews on any sites that I can find, so I wanted to give my initial thoughts. The guitar is very pretty and the A.R.E. treatment on the top gives it a beautiful color. The Mahogany back and sides are darker than I was expecting, and that is a good thing. The finish is well done and the build quality appears up to par with more expensive guitars from more expensive brands. The acoustic sound from the guitar is well rounded and very nice. We plugged it into a Yamaha THR5a amp to get a feel of the electronics. I like the 4 knob approach, and could tell a real difference between the 2 mic types. I do think the knobs could be a little more sturdy feeling and a little more substantial in size. I am not sure why Yamaha switched to a hard gig bag vs. the hard case that used to come with this model, but the bag is nice and plenty protective, and is lighter than a hard case. I had been eyeing the A series guitars for some time now, and definitely steered my son in that direction. We are both, 1 day in, very happy he chose this guitar.
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