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Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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The Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar combines incredible comfort, easy top-fret access and a sound perfectly suited to on-s...Read More

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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 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Stays in tune (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would recommend to a friend

By Don

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice guitar for the cost.

By Musicman

from Georgia

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

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.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Glad I bought the full size thinline

    By kellyannan

    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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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      yes

      By Red H.

      from Barbourville, Ky.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar - and beautiful too!

        By Nini

        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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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice looking guitar, but needed set up

          By Fat Fritoman

          from Clintonville, Ohio

          About Me Novice

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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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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fun guitar, excellent

          By tlang

          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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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By ErikM

            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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            (8 of 10 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.

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