Yamaha AC3R Review: A Faithful And Affordable Guitar

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Our Yamaha AC3R Review

The last couple of decades or so has caused an enormous shift in modern acoustic electric guitar techniques and uses and as such, guitar manufacturers have had to refine their designs to meet the ever-evolving demands of the contemporary acoustic-electric guitar player.

To meet these demands, Yamaha has recently come out with a new line of guitars that seeks to proclaim a new direction for the company – the ‘A-series.’

The acoustic-electric guitars in the A-series offer a different, more modern, approach to their ease of play, combined with the tone and quality of construction that Yamaha is well known for.

Because of this, we decided to do a Yamaha AC3R assessment to see if it can live up to the Yamaha reputation.

Yamaha is one of my favorite affordable brands of acoustic-electric guitars.

I love their natural, dynamic plugged-in tone and stage-ready simplicity from the SRT2 pickups.

Plus they are easy to play out of the box thanks to hand-rolled fingerboard edges.

Moreover, of course, Yamaha’s legendary road-ready construction, the A-Series is the guitar to take your playing to the next level.

Pro Guitarist Dave Goodman demonstrates the A-Series electro-acoustic guitar models from Yamaha. You will find this video very interesting and understand why Yamaha is one of the most popular acoustic-electric guitars on the market.

Bottom Line

The AC3R has a lot to offer, not only regarding construction quality and its beautiful tone but also in ease of play. What Yamaha has done here is with the AC3R is to design and build a guitar for today’s music environment.

It’s a serious guitar well suited to a hard life as a live performance instrument but not so delicate and expensive that you would be afraid to take it out of the studio or away from your home.

It’s also well suited to modern playing styles and sounds. It will immediately feel comfortable to players more used to electric guitars. Get out there and try one, you may very well love it!

Just take a moment to listen to this guitar.


Yamaha 6 String Series AC3R Small Body Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Yamaha 6 String Series AC3R Small Body Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top with scalloped bracing for a louder, richer acoustic sound
  • Yamaha's new SRT2 system allows you to blend between microphone models and the piezo pickup to find your perfect tone
  • High comfort satin mahogany neck with a slim taper profile
  • Concert cutaway body with solid back and sides
  • Soft case included
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  • The AC3R has a crisp attack and sustain, with beautiful mid-range clarity and separation, and a very enjoyable picking-friendly articulation.
  • It comes equipped with Yamaha’s SRT (Studio Response Technology) System 63 Modeling Preamp and SRT under-saddle pickup.
  • Another feature for this model is the addition of a solid mahogany wood body binding, the kind of which you’d expect to find on much higher priced models.
  • The A-Series’ neck configuration and string spacings are intended to attract the electric guitar player more overtly.
  • You also get Yamaha’s AFR feedback reduction, which works very well, as well as an onboard tuner.  The tuner usefully mutes the system and can also be calibrated between 438Hz and 445Hz for accompanying instruments that are a little off concert pitch.
  • The Yamaha LJ-style headstock design is another feature for the AC3R, and the tuners are die-cast chrome.
  • The slim neck profile allows for a comfortable experience while playing this guitar.


Body ShapeConcert Cutaway
Top WoodSitka Spruce
Body WoodSolid Rosewood
Neck WoodAfrican Mahogany
HardwareDie-Cast Chrome
PickupsSYSTEM71(SRT2 System) + SRT Piezo Pickup
ControlsVol/Mic Type Select(2 types)/Treble/Bass/SRT-Piezo Blend/AFR
Number Of Strings6


  • New modern technology.
  • Onboard Tuner
  • Solid hardwood construction.
  • Dreadnought style cutaway design.


  • Higher action than expected. You may need to adjust the string height.
  • If traveling, you will need to purchase a hard shell case.

We hope our Yamaha AC3R review has been helpful.

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