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One of the world's most popular performance nylon string acoustic-electrics!
The body design is sleek and lightweight. It sports a cool oval soundhole. The neck is fast, the action smooth, and the electronics are state-of-the-art. Spruce top, nato back and sides, nato neck with rosewood fingerboard. Uses a System 46 preamp with piezo pickup.
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I got this guitar 1 year ago and ever since I loved it!! The wide body suits cassical players needs to sit upright. I play classical to get better at metal and rock so the extra electric amplifier built in it kicks butt!!! The nylon strings goes amazingly on the wide neck and lets me reach hard positions comfortabley. This guitar is a must to any classicalists or metalists in the guitar world.
This guitar is beautiful. The finish is flawless and the design is aesthetically pleasing. The tone when played through a good acoustical amp is very good (I use a Marshall 50-watt acoustic amp). Playing without an amplifier though is frustrating because the volume and resonance are inadequate. The one big problem I have is that I cannot get my APX5NA properly tuned. This disappoints me because I am very persnickety about guitars being perfectly tuned and this one, for whatever reason, just can't be. It makes me reluctant to use this for any public performance.
Ordered this great little classical hybrid in San Marcos CA where I used to live. By a strange "coincidence" they had an APX5na lying around as a result of a cancelled order. I purchased it with an extra discount to play with my worship team as an alternative to the usual electric and steel string acoustic sound. Teamed up with a Fender Acoustasonic Junior it is a sweet sounding instrument with excellent playability and no noticeable feedback which is unusual for an acoustic. It does not quite have the bell-like tones of a fine Classical on the 3 all-nylon strings but I suspect it may have something to do with the factory strings as the lower three metal strings do sound good with excellent sustain. I purchased some higher tension Classical strings and will see how they improve the sound in due course. The build quality of the guitar is excellent and it does seem that Yahama keeps a tight rein on QC despite the instrument having been made in Taiwan. The finish is close to flawless. The action is extremely good and feels natural to a player who is used to Martins, Strats and LPs. I find the usual wide-necked Classicals awkward but became familiar with the Yamaha almost immediately. Overall, I would give this guitar a highly recommended score. If the high end sound improves with better quality strings it will be the buy of the century!
I just recently purchased this guitar to use with the praise & worship music that I lead. I wanted a nylon sound to compliment some of the songs that I use, but needed to be budget-minded. So far, I am very pleased with this guitar. For an inexpensive instrument, this guitar really gets a nice tone and, as previous reviewers have said, nice sustain. Unplugged, it does sound somewhat empty, but it is a thin bodied guitar. Plugged in, it does a great job and I've gotten out of it exactly what I'd hoped for. This is a real worthwhile investment if you're looking for a good, complimentary, ambient sound. Great job, Yamaha, with this one! The only minor issue is tuning; it will stay for a while, but you'll need to be mindful of it for longer sets.
I've been playing for 13 years and I've never heard such substain out of a acoustic unplugged. Has such a beautiful sound it make you drool in amazement. I play alot of church music and a little lead with it and I always get comments from other player about the sound. This guitar also real easy playablity. As far the sound your not getting a better guitar unless you get a Taylor. Check the price difference on that!!!
I am a professional gigging musician who was looking for a new sound and approach to the material I was performing in my duo. Nylon strings were calling me and with the advice of Sting guitarist Dominic Miller I chose a Yamaha model. Dominic believes that Yamaha offers the best value per dollar with their nylon strings and he was right. I thought I would do a dozen tunes per gig on it but I play it all night add have been inspired by it's sound, feel, and overall quality. I have tried similar models by other makers, some costing much more and couldn't really justify the price. This Yamaha is great and I would reccommend one to any player. I run it through a Lexicon verb and a Bose PAS and it sounds superb.
Excellent sound when recording and performing live.
I just bought my Yamaha about two weeks ago and it was love at first touch.I love the slim body design and the cut away gives access to the higher frets...........Beautiful tone...Good Looks........Fantastic Instrument....