The Yamaha 2017 A5R ARE Electro Acoustic Guitar in Vintage Natural is a fine example of how an outstanding instrument with the finest appointments need not cost the earth. Whether you're an amateur or a professional, you'll find it difficult to fault this masterful model that boasts exceptional tonewoods, exemplary electronics, and Yamaha's peerless craftsmanship. If you're looking to take your acoustic performance to loftier heights, then the 2017 A5R ARE is the model for you.
Powerful dreadnought body
The A5R is crafted to the dreadnought body shape, a favourite amongst performers of all playing styles and abilities for a number of reasons. Firstly, the body size and depth is balanced nicely to establish a comfortable playing feel. Secondly, it is capable of generating a forceful energy to produce a confident output. Thirdly, it creates a balanced timbre that is adaptable to any musical style.
Yamaha has equipped the A5R with solid rosewood back and sides, which team up with the dreadnought body shape beautifully to produce a rich midrange timbre. Paired with the rosewood is a solid Sitka spruce top, which is reinforced with scalloped bracing to prevent unwanted buckling or warping over time. The spruce resonates freely to project a wondrous output that is infused with a sparkling clarity. The benefit of solid tonewoods throughout is that the more the guitar is played, the more mature the character that is developed over time. The body features a single cutaway carve, allowing the upper frets to be reached with ease.
Comfortable three-piece neck
Fitted to the body is an expertly executed three-piece African mahogany neck, which is shaped with a straight taper profile to maximise playing comfort. Married to the neck is a luxurious yet durable ebony fingerboard, which is home to 20 frets that are adorned with decorative position inlays to guide your way in style. The back of the neck has been treated to a matt finish, and combined with the hand-rolled fingerboard the A5R accommodates smooth transitions across each and every fret.
To guarantee that breadth and depth of the acoustic timbre is translated transparently when played through an amplifier, Yamaha has installed the A5R with their proprietary Studio Response Technology (SRT) System, along with an SRT Piezo pickup. Manipulating the system comes in the form of Volume/Mic Select, Treble, Bass, SRT-Piezo Blend and AFR controls, giving you everything you need to attenuating and shape your guitar's output to suit your playing environment, playing style, and musical style. This versatile setup makes the A5R a vital instrument whether at home, in the studio or live onstage.
The headstock is home to Gotoh's open gear tuning machines in chrome, which uphold tuning integrity dutifully throughout your performance. Passing over the Tusq nut, and feeding down to the ebony bridge and Tusq saddle partnership, the A5R is setup to optimise intonation and sustain. You can rest assured that once you tune up, your strings will remain faithful with minimal need for adjustment.
The vintage natural finish of the body has been complemented by a tortoise pattern pickguard, which aids in protecting the body from unwanted nicks and scrapes. The soundhole is encircled by a rosewood/mahogany/black/white inlay. Completing the high-end finish is a mahogany and cream body binding. To ensure such a beautiful instrument is well protected at home and on the move, Yamaha has supplied each 2017 A5R ARE Electro Acoustic Guitar in Vintage Natural with its very own hardshell case.
Manufacturer Yamaha Model 2017 A5R ARE Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Solid Sitka Spruce A.R.E. Back & Side Material Solid Rosewood Neck Material 3-Ply African Mahogany Fingerboard Material Ebony Body Shape Dreadnought Cutaway Colour Vintage Natural Finish Gloss Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Bridge/Saddle Ebony/TUSQ Body Depth 100 - 118 mm Body Binding Mahogany and Cream Nut Width 43 mm Scale Length 650 mm Tuners Gotoh Open Gear Chrome Pickguard Tortoise Pattern Pickups SYSTEM71(SRT2 System) + SRT Piezo Pickup Controls Vol/Mic Select(2types)/Treble/Bass/SRT Piezo Blend/AFR Included Accessories Hardshell Case
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