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 Post subject: Yamaha SRT System 63 preamp review (Yamaha AC3R)
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:15 pm 
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Hello everyone, hope you're having a great weekend!

I recently parted company with a 2012 Yamaha AC3R which I owned for about a year. For the price this is a superb example of what Yamaha is capable of doing - a stage-ready, mic-worthy all-solid acoustic guitar with excellent playability and very good tone. However what impressed me the most was the pickup/preamp system which incorporates their Studio Response Technology, basically mic modelling for guitars. Just as one would sample a Steinway grand when creating the Steinway preset on an electronic keyboard, Yamaha did this with these guitar models using two vintage and one modern microphone. They have also moved to a six-element piezo pickup, the same idea as Takamine's palathetic pickup, just 40 years later :P

Before I sold the guitar I made a video reviewing this preamp - with the mic modelling engaged I'd say this guitar sounds about as good plugged in as any of my Takamines, but in a different way. The Taks have more power, punch and authority, the Yamaha has a more realistic 'acoustic' sound but can sound thin at times. Both are good, depending on what you need.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JokCxbHO0M0

Hope this video is useful to anyone who's shopping for one of these in the secondary market.


Bruno Goh Luse
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