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Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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.

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

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
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Stays in tune (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Glad I bought the full size thinline

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from Orange Beach ,AL

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

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 !

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    5.0

    yes

    By 

    from Trosper, Kentucky

    About Me Professional Musician

    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 !

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      5.0

      Great guitar - and beautiful too!

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      from Crofton, MD

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice looking guitar, but needed set up

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        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.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fun guitar, excellent

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        from Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By 

          from Texas

          About Me Novice

          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.

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          (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Another Excellent Addition

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          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.

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