Yamaha A3R A-Series Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar Review

Brand/Model: Yamaha A3RYamaha_A3R_Guitar_Close_Up

Number of Strings: 6

Hand Orientation: Right

Body Material: Rosewood/Spruce top

Neck Material: Mahogany

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Price Range:/ Under $1000

Our Rating: 8.8/10

Yamaha A3R A-Series Guitar Review

Yamaha A3r A series guitarYou mightn’t have heard of the A series yet. That’s because it’s new and dedicated to high quality and fine guitars. When Yamaha’s great minds came together, they created a line that offers functional and beautiful instruments that offers the best of everything.

What you’re left with is the top of the line of the A series, the Yamaha AR3.

Both the A1 and A3 series offers acoustic electric guitars with cutaways in dreadnought or concert bodies. To top it off, each series also offers mahogany and rosewood bodies. But, the A3R has something the A1 guitars don’t – Yamaha’s System 63 SRT Preamp.

The SRT preamp is especially fascinating to note. During testing, Yamaha recorded the acoustics of the guitar at several studios with classic microphones.

The sonic signature recorded helped to create the modeling algorithms for the preamp system.

While it’s beyond awesome sauce, we’ll get into more in the Q&A. As for the body, it has a dreadnought shape with a Venetian cutaway. Solid rosewood guitars are hard to come by because they can be heavy.

But, when Yamaha is trying to recreate life, not just tone, incredible personality and resonance is expected with solid tone woods that give it the breath of life.

Beginner players or newbies will find handling this guitar a breeze.

It’s pre-strung with low action. Despite some occasional fret buzz, you can still slip and slide on the mahogany neck with perfect intonation, so the action isn’t “that” low.

If you’re seriously considering spending close to under 1000 bucks, then keep on strumming through this review! We’ve got more!

Main Advantages:

  • Price
  • Solid rosewood body
  • System 63 SRT Preamp
  • Semi-open Pore Finish
  • Low action

Main Drawbacks:

  • Price

Buyer’s Feedback

Yamaha A3r Guitar in sunburst colorThe Yamaha A3R  Acoustic Electric Guitar is loved by all. Sure, there have been some defective products out there, but when it comes to a perfect guitar with perfect setup, the performance is above par.

The best thing about the price of this guitar is that you can buy it as a guitar-only purchase, with a case, or as an entire bundle.

For under 1000 bucks, it’s worth the hype.

The buyers really love the sustain and full sound of this guitar.

There’s not a single, valid complaint when it comes to intonation and audio impact from a well-playing musician.

While some have said in a non-direct manner that it’s not the best instrument for beginners, we disagree.

Any challenges you’ll find will certainly be overcome with learning to play on this Yamaha – guaranteed!

Alternatives to Consider

If you’re spending this kind of money, you’re going to want to know all of the Yamaha’s competing options. For one, you have the Martin Road Series DRS1 guitar.

The name Martin should say everything for you. It’s made out of Sapele and richlite tonewoods with Fishman Sonitone electronics. Martin even throws in a hardshell case too. For the latest strum on this guitar, check out our full review here!

When you’re looking to drop a grand on a guitar, you can’t help but come across Taylor. While our recommendation here isn’t the Taylor 414ce Grand Auditorium that we wrote about here, it is the more affordable Taylor, the 200 series 214CE Grand Auditorium.

It has solid spruce back and sides. It’s a beauty to behold with its genuine African ebony neck. For a few hundred bucks more, the Taylor 214CE Deluxe Grand Auditorium is a sight and a sound! However, the extra dollar signs come in with the Deluxe upgrades. Care to find out what they are? Click here!

Yamaha A3R A-Series Q&A

What does SRT stand for?

How does the SRT System work?

What is the Focus and Wide Controls?

Does the SRT System still have a Pickup Shaping System?

Does the Yamaha A3R have a Built-in Tuner?

What is the ARF Feature?

What are the Color Options of the Yamaha Guitar?

What's Included in the Yamaha A3R Bundle?

Hardware/Electronics You’ll Need:

If you buy the guitar solo, you’re going to need to start from square one with everything you’ll need to get amplified, stay protected, and be prepared. However, if you opt for the entire bundle, you’ll be set. But, if you think you can get the extra equipment for less than the bundle price, be our guest. Check out our “Must-Have Necessities Guide” to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Standout Features:

  • High quality
  • Perfect intonation
  • Top of the line

Our Verdict

To strum it up, the Yamaha A3R A-Series Guitar has been said to be as good as a Taylor and a Martin. The sound is pure and authentic with options galore. Fittingly, options seem to be the name of the game for the A Series guitars! Are you ready to choose?