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Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Easy to play and easy to own with stage-ready electronics.

The Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar combines incredible comfort, easy top-fret access and a sound perfectly suited to on-stage use with bright, clear mids, balanced highs and controlled lows. Specially designed non-scalloped X-type bracing allows the guitar's top to sing and maximizes the resonance of the unique body shape for a full, natural tone. With dynamics, sensitivity and clarity built into the design from day one, APX is a guitar not to be underestimated.

Body depth and Bracing pattern
The APX's thin-line body offers incredible comfort, top-fret access, and a sound perfect for on-stage use. Specially designed non-scalloped X-type bracing maximizes body resonance for full, natural tone. Their wide dynamic range, excellent sensitivity, and outstanding clarity make them impressive performers.

APX Soundhole: Oval
The instantly recognizable APX soundhole thickens lower-mid response and gives a more strident, open low end.

Electric System: System 66
System 66 features an under-saddle piezo pickup developed by Yamaha. Controls include a 3-band equalizer, an adjustable mid-range frequency control, and a precision chromatic tuner for optimum sound tailoring. The system is powered by easy to obtain AA-size batteries that provide a stable power supply for improved sound quality.

FEATURES
Body
Body type: Other
Cutaway: Single cutaway
Top wood: Spruce
Back & sides: Nato/okume
Bracing pattern: Non scalloped X-type
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Not specified
Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Nato
Scale length: 25.6"
Number of frets: 22
Neck finish: Gloss
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: Yes
Brand: Yamaha
Configuration: Undersaddle piezo
Preamp EQ: 3-band
Feedback filter: No
Tuner: Yes
Other
Headstock overlay: Rosewood
Tuning machines: Die-cast
Bridge: Rosewood
Saddle & nut: Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Thinline body
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

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YamahaAPX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (12)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Stays in tune (10)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

bright and full sound

By Scootinfool

from Lancaster, PA, USA

Pros

  • Beautiful color options
  • Bright Sound
  • Electronics Work Well
  • Light and easy to carry
  • Slim Design
  • Sounds Almost Full Bodied

Cons

  • Pickup Port Placement
  • Two Piece Top

Best Uses

  • Great For Church Worship

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I play primarily for church. This replaces my previous slim body acoustic /electric. The first thing people notice is the color (mine is a lovely blue), the next thing they notice is the sound which is amazing for a slimline. It's very easy to play and i can play it for hours without discomfort. A minor issue for me is that I usually play while seated and since I originally learned to play classical guitar, it sits on my left knee. This is a problem if it's plugged in since the pickup is right in the grommet for the strap. This means the chord hits my right leg. I've adjusted some, so it's not so bad now, but that was one of the few good things about my old guitar. Aside from that minor issue (which only classically trained guitarists are likely to have), this is a brilliant instrument and I highly recommend it. At the price point, it is excellent value.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun guitar, excellent

By Tom L

from Florida

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune
  • What A Fun Guitar

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Never had an acoustic so decided to try one that would not break the bank. I have been a Fender and Gibson guy for a lot of years but the comments about the Fender acoustics were not great so I decided to try this bad boy.
    It is not a concert instrument but I can't put it down, it is fun to play has a very good sound and tone both with and without the amp. For the price Yamaha hit it out of the park.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice looking guitar, but needed set up

    By Fat Fritoman

    from Clintonville, Ohio

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Nice handy size
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Bridge height

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This is the first new acoustic guitar I have ever purchased. I own mostly electrics (Gibsons and one Fender) so I am accustomed to fast action and perfect string height. When this one arrived two days ago the bridge was way too high.
    Is this normal? I had to detach the strings from the body, remove that plastic strip that supports the strings, file off about 1/8 inch and then put it all back together. I almost filed off too much. But the string height is now just right and it has the playability of an expensive guitar.
    I am not a very good guitarist and never will be, so that is why a fancy guitar is out of the question. I feel the Yamaha APX 500 gives me great value. The satin neck is slick and smooth. The finish is just amazing. I love the shape and size of this box. Slim. Best of all, the built in tuner is handy and very accurate. I am a tuning fanatic and have never found a tuner this good.
    I was not expecting the sound and tone of a high priced guitar, and did not get it either. Played through my very versatile Vox tube amp, the sound is ok. But for me I made the perfect choice for the money. I recommend it for casual players like me.

    (11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Another Excellent Addition

    By EB

    from WV

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I originally bought the first iteration of the APX500 and fell in love immediately. Great sound, feel, look, etc. When I upgraded to the APX500 II, all of its classic qualities carried over beautifully. After it got damaged via natural causes, I knew exactly what I wanted to replace it - the APX500 III.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Glad I bought the full size thinline

      By kellyannan

      from Orange Beach ,AL

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I'm learning to play guitar and I was looking for a thinline ( I'm small so I like the fact that it's thinner than other guitars ) and came across this one , which I love ! I love that it had a built in tuner and a pick up in it . I got this in a vintage sunburst and it looks amazing ! There is another similar to this that's a little smaller in size but this one was the bigger of the two and I wanted a full size guitar . I get so many compliments on it . I'm so happy with my guitar !

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By ErikM

        from Texas

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Bought this from a local store (not MusiciansFriend), and it is a great guitar. I sold a dreadnaught to get this one as it was not comfortable to play. The APX500III is a very comfortable guitar to play. I have a hard time deciding whether to play it or my Strat. It stays in tune well, and sounds great to me either unplugged or playing through a Peavey Vypyr 3 VIP acoustic amp model. I would definitely buy this guitar again.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing & Affordable Price! Perfect for All Skill Levels

        By CAS

        from Napa, CA

        Pros

        • Affordable Price
        • Comfortable neck
        • Easy action
        • excellent electronics
        • Quality build

        Cons

        • No gig bag

        Best Uses

        • Jam Sessions
        • Learning
        • Travel

        Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Bought for a learning teenager. Will be played in church. Sounds great with and without the electronics. Made a few easy adjustments (personal preference) to the action and it is so easy to play! The workmanship is excellent! The tuners hold tune well. The intonation is perfect! This guitar would work on stage for any venue, I have no negative e comments especially at this price range!

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I would recommend to a friend

        By Donner

        from Broken Arrow USA

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        Comments about APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Not a bad guitar, would be great for sitting around the campfire and playing. The electronics on this guitar are really good. It sounds good on an amp and the tuner is easy to use. Well made and looks good. Would be a good student or beginners guitar.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a great Axe!!

        By The Travelling Troubadour

        from Carson City, NV

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Love satin neck & onboard electronics with tuner
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Action was too high so I replaced the bridge.

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I already have the APX 100 and the recently released APXT2 both are 3/4 size versions of this amazing guitar! Due to their size, their sound falls short of this beauty but they make great travel guitars. The APX 500III is for the stage with die-cast tuners and smaller body size than a bulky Dreadnaught. I bought it as a level 3 open box item: there was a chunk off the top like someone had scraped a ceiling. I took a black Sharpie and covered it up saving over 1/3 off the price of the guitar: my Moana Bleu-burst beauty!!!!!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        yes

        By Red H.

        from Barbourville, Ky.

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Deep full Sound
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I love the feel and the sound of this Guitar when playing it through a good Acoustic Amp !! I also like the smaller body and lighter weight than a Dreadnaught Guitar . I've never heard a Guitar with this good of sound and this Quality of Construction for less than 300.00 !

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar - and beautiful too!

          By Nini

          from Crofton, MD

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I've had one of these Thinlines before - very easy and comfortable to play, especially for someone with short arms, fingers, etc. The blue finish is gorgeous!

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar for the price

            By Jhopkii

            from California

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • School Bands

              Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              I recently purchased 2 more of these for my guitar class for middle school. These guitars are a perfect size and fit for beginners and students of middle school age. The neck and body are perfectly scaled for smaller hands and make it easy for beginners to learn chords.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good guitar for beginners, needs work.

              By Mudrock3t

              from New Phila, OH

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Poor Construction

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              It's beautiful but small, needs a good setup right away.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this guitar

              By Guitarist

              from cairo Egypt

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  it's a great guitar i recommend it strongly....for intermediate platers or who's more experienced very good pure sound and comfortable neck.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very nice guitar for the cost.

                  By Musicman

                  from Georgia

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                  Pros

                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All gigs
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    Guitar has a nice bright clean sound and easy fingering. It does require a few adjustments as far as string height from the fretboard but not that big of a deal. Has a very nice clean sound for recording or performance.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great GUI for the price

                    By Mr. Red

                    from Montreal Quebec

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                    • Action is a little high but it's easy to adjust.

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      I use it for practice and jamming. Great guitar for anyone doesn't want a dreadnought guitar. Very comfortable and easy to play and hold.The neck kinds of feels like an electric guitar neck.Very clear and loud. Its a very good looking guitar.

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