02-17-2013 12:50 PM
I think the pickup system on these guitars sounds better than the Taylor 314 I tried today, and at 60% of the price the slight loss in acoustic tone is fine in my book. Anyone have any experience with these two guitars or a preference between them? I'm thinking of picking one up soon, and haven't found anything in the same price range that compares at this point. I'm looking to play fingerstyle but also strum chords. I like the Taylor sound but need low end for gigs with the band. Can the low end just be beefed up on the AC3R?
02-17-2013 01:44 PM
I'm sure it can. Just buy one and get those crappy Yamaha strings off of it and put some decent ones on. PB lights would be my choice......that should make it sound better. I know you didn't ask, but in case you do, I like Yamaha guitars, but I DO NOT like the strings they put on 'em at the factory. Maybe someone does......not me.
02-17-2013 03:01 PM - edited 02-18-2013 07:09 AM
PB Lights interesting, on acoustic that's a 12-53 set? I did feel they were a hindrance at the store. Thank you for your help.
You got it. Try a set of Martin MSP4100s on it. Less than $6 at Musician's Friend. The only strings I use since I tried them a couple of years ago. Actually, they're all about the same........just about any PB light set is gonna make the Yamaha sound good.
02-18-2013 06:45 AM
02-22-2013 11:11 AM
And which did you go for? I played the A3M today again and really found it hard to put down, great feeling guitar. I'm now very tempted to go for the A3R instead of the CR. Or even the A3M, although I think the rosewood will give a perfect gap for singing *mix-wise*
02-23-2013 07:09 AM
02-27-2013 08:02 AM - edited 02-27-2013 08:03 AM
A year now with my A3R and the unplugged sound definitely changed, for the better ^ ^
More bass, more volume.
And i tried many different saddles, just to go back to the original Yamaha resin saddle because it's what gives the best string balance when plugged.
The only small plus was to put a Bob Colosi bone saddle, but the 3rd and 4th string were weaker when using the SRT pickup.
Love this guitar, mainly fingerpicker but the dread shape is not a problem.
04-23-2013 03:39 PM
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