Handmade in Japan with select tonewoods, Yamaha’s A5R acoustic-electric guitar offers a vintage look with enhanced volume in the low-mid ranges, due to new scalloped bracing for the top and shorter bracing on the dreadnought’s back. With a solid Sitka spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides, this guitar sounds fantastic. The Yamaha A5R also benefits from Yamaha’s A.R.E. wood torrefaction, a high-heat treatment that imbues the guitar top with greater stability and an aged, vintage hue. The A5R also takes full advantage of Yamaha’s acclaimed SRT2 pickup system for recording and stage performance. You get volume, treble, and bass controls (with auto feedback reduction), and blend control allows you to balance between the piezo and SRT2 preamp, for your own distinctive tone.
Modern audio engineering with vintage style
While the Yamaha A5R 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 A5R into the twenty-first century — and the Sweetwater showroom!
Quality woods plus innovation equal brilliant sound
Sitka spruce is highly valued for guitar tops — and for good reason. This select grade of stiff but elastic softwood is equally suited to aggressive strumming, flatpicking, and even fingerpicking styles of play. The Yamaha A5R features a solid Sitka top treated at high heat to remove moisture and volatiles (the A.R.E. process), resulting in greater stability and a beautiful aged color. The A5R solid rosewood back and sides also produce warm, balanced tones from low to high, and the ebony fingerboard and bridge provide additional responsiveness. This is a guitar that looks, plays, and sounds great!