Featuring built-in electronics with both a piezo pickup and internal microphone, the DW-3 offers pro features and performance for an entry-level price.
Like most acoustic guitars these days, the DW-3 is built with the standard acoustic tonewood configuration: solid Sitka spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard. The guitar has a traditional dreadnought body shape and a 25 1/2–inch scale neck with 20 frets. Peavey preserved traditional aesthetics by laser etching a rosette pattern around the soundhole. Maple binding surrounds the top, back, fingerboard and headstock, giving the guitar upscale appearance that maintains the look of natural wood materials.
The electronic system is impressively comprehensive, especially for a guitar in the DW-3’s price range. It offers bass, middle, treble and notch knobs, and the knobs pop up for easy adjustment and recess into the control panel when you want them out of the way. The control panel also features a blend control for the internal microphone, a volume control, phase switch and a chromatic tuner with a large display.
The DW-3’s unplugged acoustic tone is everything a guitarist could want from a dreadnought. The bass is tight but full, the midrange is sweet, and the treble sparkles. It projects assertively when chords are strummed hard, and single-note picked lines or fingerpicked melodies also come through loud and clear. The built-in electronics are impressive, providing warm, natural tone, particularly when the internal mic is blended in more toward the max setting. The neck’s slim C-shaped profile, medium frets and 1.69-inch (43mm) nut width provide a very comfortable and fast playing action that makes it easy for guitarists to play chords or pick single notes cleanly.
Players seeking a low-cost acoustic-electric guitar will be amazed at the value the Peavey DW-3 offers.