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Yamaha AE500 Semi-Hollow Single Cutaway Dot Neck Electric Guitar  

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Check out the AE500, a very affordable semi-hollow archtop with a maple body, set mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard from Yamaha. 2 open-coil humb...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get the versatility of archtop tone with great looks at a great price.

Check out the AE500, a very affordable semi-hollow archtop with a maple body, set mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard from Yamaha. 2 open-coil humbuckers feature a 3-position toggle and each have their own volume and tone controls. The AE500 utilizes the tradition of the classic AES1500 but adds a modern twist with Yamaha's signature tailpieces, original "F" hole design, and contemporary finishes creating a unique blend of classic tradition and modern invention.

Archtop guitars are boundless in time and tradition. There's just something about the classic look and that electric-acoustic sound that has appealed to all genres of musicians from country and rock to rockabilly and jazz. Yamaha crafts some of the finest archtops in the world ” their artists have known this secret for years.

  • Construction: Set Neck
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4" = 628mm
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Radius: 13-3/4" = 350mm
  • Frets: 22
  • Body: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Bridge: Yamaha Original, AES Bridge
  • Pickups: Yamaha Humbuckers
  • Pickup Switch: 3-Position
  • Controls: Front/Rear Volume, Front/Rear Tone

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Excellent value; a fine playing guitar.

By RichCI

from Lambertville, NJ

I picked up this guitar on a whim at a clearance sale knowing nothing about it beforehand so I had no expectations about it before buying. I own some very nice gear that I'm comparing the AE500 to so keep that in mind while reading my review.Some of the cosmetic details are a bit sloppy, the pickup switch and tuners feel cheap, and the guitar is nothing to get excited about unplugged (very boxy), but it plays great and sounds sweet through an amp - particularly through a clean Fender amp. I've played the AE500 through my 66' Fender Champ, Fender Blues Junior and Mesa Stiletto and the brighter Fender amps definitely compliment the guitar best.If you're looking for a hollow body guitar that sounds good through an overdriven amp (a la Ted Nugent), this ain't it. The AE500 sounds best clean or with just a little bit of overdrive, past that it sounds muddy and sloppy. The pickups seem to be a bit microphonic which helps bring the sound of guitar through as well as the strings and that's probably why it falters through overdrive. I suppose you could swap in different pickups if you play mostly dirty, but I think that would be a mistake with this guitar as I really like the sound of the stock ones; they have certain "funk" about them that stands out from the rest of the guitars I own (various Gibson and Fender solid bodies). For dirty sounds, pick up a different guitar.The AE500 is a great guitar if you're looking for a big box hollow body for jazz, rockabilly or country and you want it cheap. Don't expect Gibson-style details and quality parts but do expect a fine playing guitar for *any* price point.


great guitar - fat sound

By Jazz53

from amarillo, TX

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I bought the tobacco sunburst version of this product. I've been wanting a sunburst Gibson es-137 for several years but just could never reach the price. I decided the asking price of the Yamaha ae500 might be worth the risk as I currently own a really fine Yamaha classical guitar. I was expecting a light-weight "copy of a copy" at this price and was very surprised with the excellent quality and sound of ae500. The finish is deep and the materials are excellent. I replaced the factory tuners with a locking Gotoh set but the factory tuners were really just fine. I also replaced the top-hat knobs with black Gibson speed knobs. I adjusted the bridge using an electronic tuner and lowered the pickups into the body a little to extend the acoustic sound of the guitar higher into its volume range. I do a lot of recording and find this guitar ideal. It also sounds great through vintage-style tube amps and tube pre-amps. The neck on the guitar is fat and is a perfect match for my hands, reminds me of my '52 Epiphone Century Spanish guitar (the guitar the Gibson es137 was supposed to replace). This guitar is really hard to put away and I find myself practicing far more than usual. It just simply sounds too good to put down. I own several fine guitars but would buy this instrument again in a heartbeat. Thanks to Yamaha for another great product and a great price.


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By joe v.-ORuJj

from tidewater,va

I just recieved this axe last night and after having spent some time playing it will say that Yamaha has produced an excellent value as well as a beautiful instrument. It is worth way more than the asking price and rivals early manufactured Gibsons in quality and acoustically(non amped) it is very nice. Harmonics are spot on and the guitar is very comfortable to hold and play. The sunburst is georgeous and the fit and finish is excellent. I have ownd Gibsons, Fenders, Martins,Kramers,Epiphones,some Hand mades and will say that nothing is lacking with this instument. Great value for the money and scap one up before someone gets smart in the sales department.

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