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Yamaha APX700 Thinline Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar
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The Yamaha APX700 Thinline Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar is outfitted with the breakthrough 1-Way Pickup System for superb amplified performance. ...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Yamaha APX700 Thinline Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar is outfitted with the breakthrough 1-Way Pickup System for superb amplified performance. The thin-profile body features a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Gorgeous cosmetics include an abalone sound hole inlay, ivory/black body binding, maple bottom inlay, plus mother-of-pearl APX and Yamaha headstock logos and position markers on the rosewood fingerboard. The APX700's stylish, thin profile fits the player's body easily and has undeniable visual appeal.
The APX700's sophisticated onboard electronics feature the newly developed A.R.T. (Acoustic Resonance Transducer) 1-way preamplifier system. It uses two contact pickups to dramatically reduce feedback while achieving rich, beautiful, natural tones. The preamp also features an onboard tuner and 3-band EQ.
Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.
- Top: solid spruce
- Back & Sides: mahogany
- Neck: nato
- Fingerboard: rosewood
- Bridge : rosewood
- Electronics: System56 (A.R.T.) 1-Way pickup system with on board tuner, 3-band EQ and silver colored control panel
- Tuners: die-cast chrome
- Warranty: limited lifetime
Reviewed by 15 customers
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For those thinking that this guitar isn't worth the money, think again! This is one beautiful instrument, and it plays and sounds great. Not many acoustics in this price range offer what Yamaha does. Solid Spruce top as well as Mahogany Back and sides. 22 frets, MOP inlay, abalone inlay on rosette and the finish is outstanding!Where this guitar REALLY shines is when you plug it in. I was so amazed at the quality of tone with this new A.R.T. pickup system. The 3 band eq along with the AMF mids control make this guitar what it is. This guitar has 2 contact mic's in front of the bridge not under the bridge like most piezo's and this is where this amazing sound comes from.ANother nice feature is Yamaha re designed the APX series and the pre amp battery compartment is on the outside of the guitar, so no more trying to change a battery in through the soundhole. It has tons of low end and tons of high, the amf mids control allows you to dial in whatever tone you want from dark to bright. My only complaint about this guitar was , the action was set a little too high for my liking being a lead player. This is an easy fix though and doesn't require too much effort to get the action up around the 10th fret playable. This guitar is very very playable and very enjoyable to play in the standard positions for chording. The action here is as low as it should be.I bought the Sandburst finish and let me tell you Yamaha is a winner in my book. Don't overlook Yamaha instruments of any kind , they have been around linger then most companies and really know what they are doing.
I bought an APX500 as a cheap guitar that I could keep at my girlfriends house and eventually pass along to my daughter. It was shipped to me in the wrong color. I took the opportunity to play it for a couple of hours before I boxed it back up. It was....well, pretty thin sounding. The piezo pickup was metallic and harsh and took some EQ'ng to balance it out. With my excellent negotiation skills and my Jedi mind tricks, I talked my way into a great deal on the 700 for the inconvenience. Way better than the 500. The guitar actually resonates and has a much better mid range and way more sustain. The 700 also has the satin neck (on the natural) which I like...much smoother in my palm. The ART 1 system is miles above the piezo system in the 500. Great sounding (especially plugged in), but perfectly acceptable unplugged. The fit of the APX line makes them a blast to play....easy to go from my Strat to this. Get one. You'll thank yourself.
I just bought this guitar. I got the Sand Burst which I wasn't sure about, but it is gorgeous! The Rosewood neck and bridge give it such a warm deep tone. It plays beautifully even w/ the factor strings. I'll be putting some Elixirs on this week, but I can't say enough about this guitar. Plus Musicians Friend made this so easy to buy as they comp'd the price for me! Get this guitar!
This guitar is amazing! Especially when i have to play every week for my Worship Band, the sound is wonderful and warm. Unplugged it sounds great, giving a nice warm and bright sound. Plugged in, it sounds just as good, an excellent buy.
I got this guitar as a Christmas gift and i absolutely loved it, the specs are great and its thin, great for girls like me. The action it great, adn just the whole guitar looks beautiful. i have the natural one, the tone is soft and it's great for playing at gigs or at church. :)
Among the many guitars in this price range that I've owned or played, this Yamaha is probably overall the best all around guitar for the money. Although you do give up some volume for the thinner body, you more that make up for it with the comfort and playability that the APX offers; it's a pleasure to sit with for fairly long periods of time without the fatigue that comes with a standard dread. Admittedly, you also give up a bit of low end with the thinline, as the tone is on the bright side, but I tend to prefer this over the unmusical boom or mush which is what you tend to get with most cheaper guitars with standard body widths (Fender, Ibanez, etc.). The fingerboard and neck binding are a somewhat cheap looking and the fret work is just slightly above average for an assembly line guitar; still, this instrument looks and plays far above what you would expect for the price. Plugged in with a tasteful smattering of effects this thing sounds like something that sells for much more; run through the right rig this is where the real surprise is. It's shockingly good. Just be sure to re-hydrate the guitar with a case humifier for a day or two before rendering a final verdict; it will be dry as a bone when it ships and sound hallow and thin as a result. Don't dispair or be quick to send it back. Once hydrated, the APX sounds better that it should. You'll be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.
I've had this guitar for about 4 years now and I love it!! The pickup sounds great and the thin body is great for a female or anyone who prefers not to be too overwhelmed by a guitar when performing.
I own this guitar. It is lightweight, comfortable to hold, easy to play and sounds great. The build quality is excellent. I have the Cobalt blue version and it looks very nice. It has amazing sound plugged in. Unplugged it sounds surprisingly good too. Plugged in, the unique equalizer provides many different sound options. I can compare it to two Ovation acoustic/electric guitars that I also own - one shallow body and one mid body. Each of the Ovations has a wonderful tone of its own. But the sound of this Yamaha seems a little more clear and defined, probably due to the new dual point pickup system, the unique equalizer, and the all wood body. The Yamaha's onboard tuner works OK but does not seem as sensitive or accurate as the Ovation on board tuners. This is my second Yamaha is a keeper be with me for awhile.
I needed a good sounding and playable A/E guitar for the studio and the road and I wasn't about to spend a small fortune just to have this years most trendy guitar. I've owned this model in the Sand finish for over a year now and I'm still pleased with it's performance. I tried this model out along with a Breedlove C25/SR and a Martin DCXE X, all at the same sitting and the Yamaha played just as well as the others and I had more control over the tone with the Yamaha. It also sounds just as good if not a tad better than the other two when in plain old acoustic mode. If something happened to this one I would go right back and buy another one.
This is the best guitar I had owned so far. I got a the dusk sun red last week and when play, i just could not put it down. It sounds superb without plugging in and just as good when you plug it into an amp. The body and neck size is just perfect for me.
This guitar has a powerful combination of looks and sound. A Definite buy for such a cheap price.
The Yamaha APX700 handles like an instrument two or three times the price.To the reviewer Clayton Schmidt: if you find the strings a trifle high in the upper octave, you may want to have the instrument fine-adjusted by a competent luthier. Instruments from any manufacturer and in all price ranges will vary slightly in sound and initial set-up. It really is worth it to have a guitar adjusted to the player's personal taste and playing style.This instrument is perfect for me, as I am primarily an electric player and who likes a fairly low action and an instrument that is easy to play. The APX700 sounds quite good acoustically in spite of the relatively small body, but of course it can't match the tone and projection of a top-of-the-line Martin or similar brand with a larger body. It really shines when plugged into a good board or amplifier where it sounds like a significantly more expensive instrument.
I have owned this guitar a couple of years and I absolutely love it. I have a really nice Breedlove but I always play the Yamaha. I am a woman and I am small and have small hands. This guitar is perfect for someone like me. A smaller person playing a much larger guitar is at a great disadvantage. It makes it much harder and is not even very enjoyable a lot of times. This guitar is a dream to me. I have the blue and I love the looks as well as the feel and the playing. I use a set of Elixir Nanoweb Extra Light and love both the sound and the action.The only negative I have to say about it is that the on-board tuner is not great. I usually plug in a tuner. But this is by no means a deal breaker for me. It is just that it would be perfect for me if the tuner worked well. But again, it is minor for me based on my love for the guitar. I plan to buried with it ;)
The title of my review says it all. I play in a church where we rotate musicians from week to week. I have the "cheapest" guitar among all of the musicians, but without exception, every member of the band, every sound engineer, etc. all agree that my Yamaha kicks all of the other guitar's rear ends. Unplugged, it's decent. Plugged in, it rivals guitars 5 times its price. If you want an incredible sounding guitar at a price that's accessible to the masses, you just cannot go wrong with this one.I've owned mine for 7 years now, and I haven't even considered upgrading.
I have been playing this guitar for about 4 years now and it still serves me well. It has great sound, especially with a new set of strings, and it's bright tone stays clear even through an amp or PA. Some minor draw backs are the high action near the sound hole, and its not very loud unless plugged in. This guitar is still a great one, and is perfect for someone who knows what they are doing, but is still learning.