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The Yamaha APX500 is the lowest-priced Yamaha APX model and has a spruce top with nato back and sides for articulate, crisp sound. A saddle-mounted piezo pickup with 3-band EQ and tuner keep your tone and tuning locked in.


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YamahaAPX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

apx 5a good first choice

I've had the guitar for about 3 years. I paid $499 and they've dropped the price and added a tuner. The better my playing gets the more I like it. If I had...Read complete review

I've had the guitar for about 3 years. I paid $499 and they've dropped the price and added a tuner. The better my playing gets the more I like it. If I had a choice now I'd say the Taylor Bib Baby sounds better acoustically, but has no pickup. Overall you'd be smart to have this as your first purchase. Immediately change the action (height of strings about the fret board) and replace the strings with super slinkies (softer to push them down). For a beginner, I had a tough time learning on this guitar right out of the box. It's like night and day after modifying the guitar. Don't be afraid to change it.

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Errrr....

This guitar isn't worth the price, I should rather have bought the black Ibanez AEG10E. The Yamaha APX500 is made of cheap wood, that's a first, which accounts for mediocre sound quality and...Read complete review

This guitar isn't worth the price, I should rather have bought the black Ibanez AEG10E. The Yamaha APX500 is made of cheap wood, that's a first, which accounts for mediocre sound quality and low durability. I had the guitar for two years now, and the bridge is pulling the face of the body up, causing the strings to untune itself halfway through each song and it can no longer sustain a note. I never exposed the APX500 to extreme temperatures or humidity levels. Also, the APX500 only has a 1/4 output, while the Ibanez AEG10E has both the 1/4 and XLR output. I like the quality of the wood on the fret, but the wood inside the guitar is disappointing. Also, the guitar attracts a lot of dust and fingerprints. The only good thing about the guitar is the fact that it has an onboard tuner and it's aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Other than this, it's not worth buying.

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(106 of 118 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

apx 5a good first choice

By Higgler

from Goleta Ca.

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I've had the guitar for about 3 years. I paid $499 and they've dropped the price and added a tuner. The better my playing gets the more I like it. If I had a choice now I'd say the Taylor Bib Baby sounds better acoustically, but has no pickup. Overall you'd be smart to have this as your first purchase. Immediately change the action (height of strings about the fret board) and replace the strings with super slinkies (softer to push them down). For a beginner, I had a tough time learning on this guitar right out of the box. It's like night and day after modifying the guitar. Don't be afraid to change it.

(52 of 109 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not too good

By Jables

from Oregon

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I was looking for a nice acoustic electric and I bought this guitar after playing it for a few minutes in the store. Once I got it home the excitement began to wear off as the tone was not all that great (very plinky), plus the action was set really high. I eventually traded it back in for another guitar. Thank the stars for the GC return policy.

(51 of 52 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Guitar

By John Vickers

from Escalera, Peru

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I purchased my APX 500 in Chiclayo Peru 3 weeks ago. I have 3 other Guitars including a Cordoba nylon, a Guild D40 and a Tacoma, all accoustic. I have had my Guild for around 25 years, the Cordoba and Tacoma for around 10 years and now I am believing the APX 500 will soon become my favorite. I have been playing for over 40 years now and have a good feel for accoustic necks. My 500 fits my hands like a glove. In the past I also had an HD35 Martin which did not like Peru so it found a home back in the states with a good friend of mine. A plus is that my hearing is not a good as it used to be and can̴��t hear the b string very well on the Guild and Cordoba. The Tacoma and the APX 500 are close with the Tacoma being a bit more in tonal quality on the bottom end but I can finally after many years truly hear the missing B. The cost here was 2 times that of Guitar Center because of import taxes. anyway, Thank you Yamaha and my wife Ana who really paid the bill.

(43 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Pete

from Noble, Oklahoma

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

This is a great guitar. It came set up perfect with a nice low action, is very smooth to play, and has a nice warm sound. I am very happy with it and would recommend to anyone. Another plus was very fast shipping. Looks great, sounds great, and a great price.

(40 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha APX500

By ttmnky

from Vancouver, BC

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

The Yamaha APX500 is a very nice guitar for those who are more petite in size, or prefer, as the name states, a thin guitar. Not only is the guitar very comfortable to hold and play, as teh action is quite low, but the tone of the guitar is also fantastic. Think of this guitar as having a tone similar to that of a Seagull S6+, but is thinner, more durable (due to the finish) and has a pick-up. Worth noting is that the Yamaha APX500 is thinner than normal guitars, and so also has a special case designed for it. It can still be placed in standard dreadnought guitar cases, but it will move around a bit.

(27 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Playing Guitar

By char-bear

from Cedar Park, TX

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

This guitar plays like an electric. The action is awesome! I'll confess the sound isn't the greatest, but it certainly isn't bad. The tuner is a bonus. Overall, you get a great guitar for the price. My stepson who insists he must have a high-end acoustic started playing it and i couldn't get him to put it down. As a female, I highly recommend since it is a little smaller. It's very comfortable to play.

(22 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bought This Great Guitar on Saturday and am Loving It

By Scott Rainwater

from Greensboro, North Carolina

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I bought this guitar from my local guitar center and I love this guitar. It sounds great and the hight action is perfect. I had been trying to learn guitar on a ventura guitar and had a tough time changing chords on this guitar, plus the ventura was a bit hard to hold. Then I learned about the Yamaha APX500 and fell in love with the guitar. Since playing this guitar my chord changes and strumming has inproved greatly and I have only had the guitar for two days now. If you are looking for a guitar that is easy on your wallet, easy and fun to play, and sounds great plugged or unplugged then this is your guitar. I am very happy with this guitar and you will be too.

(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Price, Good Quality

By Paul Gongaware

from Charlottesville, VA

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I bought the dark red burst apx500 and it sounds great. No problems at all. I wish it came with a case or gave a website for a recommended case; however, the product itself will not disappoint.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE THIS GUITAR!!!

By Neena

from Wanaque, NJ

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I've been playing for 45 years, and been searching the whole time for an affordable, 3/4 size guitar since I am a petite woman with small hands. It isn't 3/4 size, but it fits the bill just as well, for me! It is beautiful, sounds awesome and full even unplugged, and I can finally do barre chords (guitar is not only smaller, but has LOW action)! EVERYBODY compliments me on this guitar, and believes it is much more expensive. Thank You Yamaha, for this affordable, wonderful instrument.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it

By T

from Branford, Florida

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I've had this guitar for a little over 7 months and still love it. This is actually my first guitar and the difference in it and the cheap acoustic I first learned on is like night and day. The only thing I miss with this is the shallow body doesn't have as deep or full a sound as most, but plugged in it is fine. The neck is slim and easy to play. I ordered it over the phone from Guitar Center and must say the experience was outstanding. I cannot say enough about the salesman or the company themselves. Thanks Yamaha and Guitar Center!

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the Apx500!

By Dan'l

from Redding California

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I personaly bought this guitar back in early june and have been loving it ever scince. This guitar even came with me to an entire summer of working at boy scout camp, and it's still in pristene condition! Feels great, has beutiful tone and plays like a dream.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tone for size

By Jeff 0wns All

from New Hampshire

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I got this guitar a couple days ago, and I love it. The ONLY complaint I have is that the stock strings had to be wiped down - and I will probably change them soon - because they go out of tune faster than I would like. If you were to get this guitar I would highly suggest a setup plus new strings. Other than that, this guitar is great. I'm not a very big guy, so playing this is more comfortable than some other, bigger guitars. Even for its size, though, it produces great tone. It also has a built in tuner, which makes tuning a breeze. And of course, almost all of Yamaha's electronics are great. This guitar is definitely worth it!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect First Guitar!!

By Nicole

from Kentucky

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

Ive been playing for about 4 months, and this guitar was my first and what im still playing right now. I had never played before, and Im a small woman so I knew I wanted a smaller body and lower action strings because it would be a lot easier for me to learn on. Everyone compliments my guitar and it looks like a way more expensive guitar than it really is. its very classy and has a very crisp clean sound to it. obviously its not very loud because it has a small body but its definitely loud enough for my style and when i put new elixir strings on it it completely changed the cound of my guitar and it sounds beauutiful. I would recommend this to anyone who is just starting out and doesnt want to spend a whole lot in case they dont keep playing!!!! I LOVE ITTTT!!!

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

APX500 first acoustic

By lazyrocker23

from Fullerton, CA

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

This was my first acoustic/electric guitar and I love it. I got this guitar after playing it for a couple minutes about two months ago and its good. I like that they put a tuner in it and it has a good clean sound. I personally like thinner guitars so this was a good one for me and its easy to hold and play either standing or sitting and for a good price. After awhile though the tone gets a little plinky and it got dirty quicker than I thought it would. Overall its a good buy for any level guitar player.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice

By Brandon

from Monroe, Washington

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

The Yamaha APX500 won't kill your budget, and it certainly won't kill your expectaions. This guitar doesn't have the vibe a true jumbo-sized acoustic. However, it stays in tune, sounds great, is amazingly playable, is a convenient size, and best of all has a built in tuner! It also has a equalizer and sounds nice on an amp. The only con is the strings, replace them. But for money, you won't be dissapointed. If you have never played before, this guitar is great to learn on. If you play actively, then you will enjoy its features and find it a pleasure to play.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha APX500 Acoustic Guitar

By Raindog

from Willimantic, CT

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

Two words. Great Guitar. I just got this guitar after a trade in with my old ibanez guitar and the difference is huge. The built in tuner and pre-amp are decent and makes a great sound plugged in or not. With the great violin Sunburst design, it ranks up in the top 5 guitars i had ever used.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar, cheap, perfect for beginner/intermediate

By ChrisC

from Chicago,IL

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I bought this as my first acoustic electric after having a fender strat and a tekamine acoustic. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this guitar. I've had it for about a year now and it's just friggin awesome. I'm not a hardcore guitarist but I do do some performances and it gets the job done. Great for beginner/intermediate players

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Speechless

By Paul

from Baltimore, Maryland

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I've been playing guitar for 3 years and I just received the Yamaha APX500 in the Natural Finish. I LOVE THIS GUITAR !!! For starters I'm 5'5" with small hands and the thinness and small size of this guitar fits me perfectly. This would be a great guitar for a child to learn on as it will not overpower them. I wish I had this guitar for my 1st guitar. Features: I really like the built-in tuner and auto shut down. Buy this guitar and you don't have to buy a tuner. I thought I would not like the fact the APX500 does not come with a pick guard, but the oval sound hole allows for a little over strumming without the pick hitting and scratching the soundboard. Sound: Okay, the guitar is on the small side but the engineers at Yamaha have designed a full (unplugged) sound. It is incredible really. I own dreadnoughts and love the sound, but the APX (unplugged) sounds great. Now I will admit the APX500 lacks the "Boom" of a dreadnought, but this negative becomes a positive because this allows you to sing along while playing and you do not have to sing loud to be heard over the guitar. Of course if you want a louder sound, and sometimes you will, just plug it in! Action, Fit, & Finish: I like "low" action (strings close to the fretboard) on my guitars. On my dreadnoughts I had to take them to a guitar tech to have the action lowered. Not on my APX500. The action was perfect right out of the box. The finish is beautiful and you won't be disappointed by the looks of any of the models. Tuners and Strings: The Tuners are very smooth. The strings that come on the guitar are great. I just don't know the size of the strings. I think they are medium acoustics. Overall: What a great guitar. Again, perfect for someone with small hands. The sound (plugged or unplugged) is magnificent and the built-in tuner and piezo amp system is flawless. The fact I had to wait 2 months for a back order on this guitar speaks volumes on how popular the APX500 is. The people can't be wrong.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Strongly Suggest Buying!

By Jason

from Chicago Illinois

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

This Guitar is a great instrument. I bought it as my first guitar ever and have never regretted it once. It sounds great when it is plugged into an amp or is played without it. The built in tuner is a very handy piece of equipment for begginners or lazy people like me until you can tune by ear. I really enjoy the sound that it makes and it can hardly be recognized as a acoustic-electric without the amp. I really reccomend buying it, but if you're unsure head down to guitar center and test it out for yourself. A great guitar for beginners and experienced players. Buy It!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty Sweet Guitar!

By Alex Klavens

from Newton, MA

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

This an amazing guitar. I got it about 2 years ago and I have been playing guitars for about 4 years before that. It was my first acoustic electric guitar, but don't let that scare someone that is reading this. I searched around for 3-4 months and I think that this is by far the best one in its price range, and above. I think that this, and the other guitars in the Yamaha Apx series are the best of the under $1000 range. This is no taylor, but it sounds great. Depending on how you play it, you can make a ton of various sounds. The tuner is a great feature on it, especially for performing, but something like a TC polytune or any standard headstock vibration tuner would be better. Another feature that is a huge part is the electric part. The guitar has a standard guitar/instrument jack on the strap knobs. The onboard Equalizer is nice, but it really doesn't do very much. It is great for if you are recording right from the insturment jack to an audio interface, but if you are playing live through an amp, just use the amps EQ board. I love that it is a thinline guitar, because it is lighter and better to bring on the road. The action in OUTSTANDING! I have never had a problem with it, in all types of weather conditions. The pickup in it isn't even that bad! I have always liked miking acoustic guitars, even if they are acoustic-electric. I recommend the Sure Sm57 for miking it. There are very few cons to this guitar, and none of them will stop someone from purchasing this. They are all very minor. One is that the tuning machines for the D and G string are a little to close to the headstock, and results in a very small amount of uncomfortness. One more is that you need a 9 volt battery for the tuner, EQ and pickups to work. You will find this on most acoustic-electric guitars, so don't worry. One last thing is that on the electronics panel there is a slider (similar looking to those on the eq board) that I have no idea what it does. It says 80K-100k and also says AMF going vertically next to it. Whatever. All in all this is an Amazing guitar, and anybody questoning whether to get this, or a dean, or any other relatively lower end gutiar, BUY THIS! If you have the money, go for the Taylor 814CE. I have tried out all taylors that i see, and the 814ce was the best. It is $3000 though, and if you still want the name taylor on your guitar, then there are cheeper ones like the 214, 212, 314, etc. The yamaha Apx series is the best "lower end" acoustic electric guitars. They are not lower end, so don't be scared by the price. I would recomend this to any player at any level on a budget, and even if you aren't on a low budget and Dave Mathews or someone is reading this, it is still a great practice guitar and very portable. Perfect for anybody of any style, except for classical musicinans. As for the strings, the strings that they come with aren't bad, but the best, and the only strings that I will ever put on an acoustic guitar are Martin SP phosphor strings. The Apx 500 likes gages 9-12, or at least mine does. Thanks for reading, sorry that this review is so long.

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