While the Yamaha A3R 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 A3R into the twenty-first century.
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 A3R features a solid Sitka top with solid rosewood back and sides, producing warm, balanced tones from low to high. This guitar looks, plays, and sounds great.
Normally you can best hear a guitar's subtle nuances in the studio while it's miked, but the A3R 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 signal from the SRT preamp, creating your own unique tone with studio-crisp clarity and natural tone. Guitarists at Sweetwater love it!