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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / New acoustic day! Yamaha AC3R. Also with fender amp

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East Tennessee

Sep 24th, 2018 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been thinking about this combo for over a year but was a little weary buying online and couldn't find it anywhere local.

Looked the other day and the local GC, conveniently located right near work, had one in stock. After work yesterday went by just to "play it" to see if I liked the guitar with the plan to get one online due to it being more likely to be brand new, setup properly, etc.

Anyway the guitar played great so it came home with me, along with a Fender Acoustic 100.

I have two steel strings; a Seagull S6 I got in 7th grade, and a 1937 Marlin Star f-top that was my great-grandfathers. I love the little Marlin but I just feel bad playing it because I play a little too hard for it, bends, guitar shaking vibrato, etc. Bound to loosen something and have to have the neck reset if it kept up and anyway "needed" an acoustic-electric.

The Yamaha has the same wood specs as my concert classical: spruce top, solid rosewood back/sides, ebony fretboard, mahogany neck as well as the same scale and nearly the same nut as my strats.

It's a concert shape so doesn't project like a dreadnought, but I love the way it plays. It feels like an acoustic strat, which is nice because changing from 4 different nut widths results in some muffed tones, so trying to keep it simple. Has a bunch of fancy electronic wizardry too but the dials are nicely hidden.

Compared it with a few Taylors twice the price and liked the playability and tone of the yamaha more (nothing against taylors).

The amp suits it well and is a Fender. Anyway it's raining and wife is at work so good time to try it all out. :)

Yamaha AC3R and Fender Acoustic 100

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So, so you think you can tell?
Sep 24th, 2018 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice, enjoy!

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As old as the sun

with white teeth
Sep 24th, 2018 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice guitar! Yamaha is one of those rare companies that offers a range of products from affordable to custom-grade mucho expensive, and all of it is very good.

Taylors are not what they used to be. Starting around 2008-2009, they started making things differently and their quality slipped. I think they've been unable to get back to what they once were when they were a smaller operation.

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USA/Taos, NM

Sep 24th, 2018 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Yamaha is one of those rare companies that offers a range of products..."

Yeah. I frankly don't know how they do it. I mean from musical instruments (ALL kinds), to PA systems and speakers, hi-fi and home entertainment components, motorcycles, other motorized stuff, etc., it is all excellent. Back in the day, they even manufactured skis--and they were high quality. Most companies can't diversify like that and maintain the quality of what their core product is. Yamaha is rare, indeed. Honda comes close, but the diversity of their products is not as broad (mostly motorized stuff).

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Sep 25th, 2018 04:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a AC3R. A very nice guitar. I particularly like the microphone emulation of the Royer close-mic'd in about a 50% blend with the undersaddle pickup. A great guitar you can plug in direct and get mic'd tone.

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Idaho, USA

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Sep 25th, 2018 12:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice combo. I will always have a soft spot for Yamaha acoustics (and saxophones). My first acoustic was a Yamaha FG-180 and it has saddened me for years that I sold it when we left California. I have an FG-461s that I bought my first year hear but the 180 and I had history. The history I have with the 461s is not the same.

That is a strange looking pickguard though.

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East Tennessee

Sep 25th, 2018 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I strangely like the pickguard with the cutaway shape. I'm usually a classicist regarding guitar design and originally was looking at the LL16 series (similar price, fancier, less poly'd finish, etc) but the A-series won me over in the end because the whole point of the thing is a nice guitar that sounds good, stays in tune that I can leave around the house and play as hard as I want without worrying about messing it up.

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Idaho, USA

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Sep 25th, 2018 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

As good a bunch of reasons as any!

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