Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway  

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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 ton... Click To Read More About This Product

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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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  • Lowest-priced APX model Spruce top
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  • Saddle-mounted piezo pickup
  • 3-band EQ
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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar well worth the price

By logan

from florida

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I got this guitar a little over a year ago wanting a middle line acoustic, for 300$ was amazing deal the thin body gives great tone and quality, there was no problems with the frets or anything, it plays smooth and sounds that way, neck is great to work around, its always in tune and the harmonics sound clear unlike lots of other guitars, the cutaway lets you reach up pretty far and still get great sound. 5/5 if you dont wanna spend a lot but want a great acoustic get this i got blue burst apparently but its a gorgeous greenish tint.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Errrr....

By Lee

from College Point, NY

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Playability with great sound!

By David Cromer

from Ellaville,GA

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I bought this guitar based on its five star rating, and now I see why its five star rated. I have never played a guitar in this price range that has the sound this guitar puts out when amplified. Its body is actually smaller than a full size but larger than a 3/4. It plays slightly quieter than a full size when not amplified but still allows for a very nice sound. The only problem I have with this guitar is that when you put new strings on, the tuner doesn't want to pick up the sound unless you finger pick, but after about 10 min worth of playing it started working fine. This guitar is great and well worth the money and will work wonders for someone that feels crowded by a full size or just wants to something they can be in full control of. The action was set up perfect for playing bar chords or high notes. Overall great value and this is one guitar I will definatley keep around for a long time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By Grumpy

from Beavercreek, Ohio

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

Having owned an Ovation electro-acoustic for almost 20 years, it was time for a change. I looked at most everything available, but really wanted a thin bodied guitar. I was a little embarrassed to pick an "economy" guitar, but have no regrets whatsoever. The guys at Guitar Center put a set of Elixer extra light strings on it and lowered the action just a bit. This thin plays well, and sounds great amplified or not. The built in tuner and preamp are a real plus. I like everything about it. Great guitar at a low price. Recommend to anyone!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a sweet guitar!

By susan

from hopkinton.ma

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I have an acoustic limited addition "The Gibson" that's a 3/4 body. Have had it for years and love it but the action is high and though I've played for years, I'm no Segovia! But I do love to play and this year bit the bullet and went in search of an acoustic/electric...having owned a Guild years ago and recently been reintroduced to the electric by my son who recently bought a Ibanez. As a woman, I was looking for something that would be comfortable -easily held and worked. I was, at first, thrown off by the make having grown up to think of Yamaha as more second rate -but, truth be told, this guitar is simply wonderful! The action is low allowing me to bar chords that have always been difficult for me. It is sweet to play and the tone is lovely and rich! I read one of the reviews that had a negative comment on the strings but I have had no problem - if fact, not only is it easy to tune but living in a home heated with a wood stove, it stays in tune with only minor adjustments needed. I really love this guitar...from its looks to its sound quality. -A final note (no pun intended!) -my son is an accomplished guitarist/musician. He showed up the other day and played my guitar. He was as impressed as I have been on the quality of this instrument...to the point of seriously considering purchasing one as well!

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

ehh

By Matthew Blevins

from OKC, OK

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I bought this yamaha version about 3 years ago. I liked it because it had low action and a crisp sound. Apparently it is has warped now because all the frets around 12 are dying. For the last year I havent been able to get a very annoying buzzing sound to stop when I hit low E. I have taken good care of it, so I know it's not me (on the stand at all times other than in my hands.) I would definitely spend the extra money on a taylor or martin, etc.

 
5.0

Good quality guitar!

By Tomy

from Hamilton, Ohio

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

I just recently got this for Christmas and I have to say I'm very pleased with it. The sound is pretty good. Nice and smooth to play. I'm almost 17 and I have been playing for about 6 years and I'll have to say that this guitar adds up to some of the higher end guitars. I highly recommend this.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

real nice guitar

By crus torres

from baker NV

Comments about Yamaha APX500 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway:

this is a really nice guitar. i was really glad to find out it was that this guitar was easy to play. the strings dont rattel at all it has a great sound for being thin when pluged in there are so many sounds you can make it sound like for many different styles of music the tunner on the guitar is pretty good one thing that has happened to this guitar was that where the neck attches to the body of the guitar cracked but other then that the giutar is great

(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!

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