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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-stage use with bright, clear mids, balanced highs an... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

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 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (19)
  • Fun to play (18)
  • Stays in tune (16)
  • Consistent (13)
  • Good audio (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (13)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (6)

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(39 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than many high-end guitars

By Mary Pat

from Crestwood, KY

Site Member

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I'm a professional player and purchased the black APX500III as a back-up to my Taylor 314CE which was getting a little tired from gigging. Have to say it quickly moved into the starting line-up. Changed to Martin light (10's) strings and this guitar plays like an electric. The sound is a blow-away surprise from this thin bodied instrument and it is more fun and mobile to play due to it's size. The sound is better than my Taylor and the playability is better as well. I saw a reference of the APX500III as a good beginner guitar and this is an injustice to make a statement like this. I've played since I was 8 years old and this guitar is great for professional use. May still use the Taylor in the studio but the Yamaha is my gig guitar. I've hear that Yamaha is selling a ton of these and I can see why.

(35 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Old Farmer Lady

By OTTIS

from Waco, Texas

Site Member

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I love the APX500III. I choose the Dusk Sun Red, since that is a trend color with my guitars, but the Oriental Blue Burst is absolutely beautiful. This guitar is just the right size for a smaller statured person. The sound is well balanced with good bass response and good resonance for the slim line design. No it is not a booming dreadnought, but that is also why I like it. The width of the fret board is easier to play for those of us with smaller hands, the cutaway not only adds style, but ease of reach in the lower frets. The shape of the guitar nestles comfortably in the lap and allows an intimate clutch regardless of upper body part sizes for women. I play mostly sitting down, and this guitar is very comfortable doing that. I haven't plugged the guitar into an amp as yet, but I mostly play unplugged in intimate settings anyway. The tuner seems to work really well. With a little time (I know this from past experience with new guitars) the wood will open up and the 'unplugged' sound will be even better! If anyone out there is contemplating a concert sized guitar, or even just a guitar period, I would highly recommend the APX500III. I've being playing guitar for over 40 years, and mainly played big bodied 12 strings. But due to arthritis I've had to switch back to 6 strings in the last 3-4 years just to keep playing; so it is not like I am a novice guitar enthusiast! I researched guitars for over a year, went to the stores more time than the staff would really appreciate, and tried many models and sizes. I kept bounding back and comparing everything to the APX. It just fit well and played easily. The new one was set up ready to play right out of the box with just a little tuning (I had to order my color.) With any new instrument there are always adjustments you have to make getting used to playing it. My other two concert size guitars were the same. Service from the store was exceptional, shipping quick. I had a printout from another store and they matched the bundle price offering. The APX is a beautiful piece of workmanship, with a great sound, even unplugged. An absolutely beautiful instrument! If I had one criticism or rather suggestion, it would be for Yamaha to offer an open pore finish option with this model in addition to the high gloss finish. I look forward to playing this instrument for years to come.

(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far so fantastic

By Alan

from Beaumont TX

Site Member

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for a couple months. Right out of the box it sounded pretty good, but once the strings warmed up it sounded great. When plugged in, it sounds exactly like an expensive Martin, and I've actually compared the two. It's also a beautiful guitar, I have it in the natural color and it's a bit darker than a normal natural toned and looks great. Very satisfied

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big sound in a small package

By Night strummer

from Virginia

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I've been plying electric guitar for nearly two years and decided it was time to get an acoustic. I bought a yamaha FG700 but took it back because it was too large for my body type. I tried the FS700 but it was still a little too big, although it sounded very good. I finally picked up thinline in black and couldn't be happier. The sound is amazing, especially considering its size. The build quality is flawless and the fretboard is smooth. The action was near perfect out of the box, much better than I expected at this price point. It sounds even better plugged and the EQ is very effective in getting a nice variety of sounds. I played a few more expensive guitars and ended up picking this one at the end because of the size, tone and playability. It feels more like a hollow body electric but sounds like any full size acoustics out there. I would buy it again without question.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dynamite comes in small packages!

    By Country Roads

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I was not interested in buying another guitar when I went to my local music store where I frequent for my music supply needs. As usual I took the opportunity to play a few models they had on display. The APX500III was the 3rd guitar I picked up. It's the second time I had seen it at the store but the first time playing it. I have to admit I was put off by the thin body design as I enjoy larger, deeper, dreadnought acoustics. My first impression when picking it up was the light weight, again leading me to think I shouldn't expect much out of this weird looking oval sound hole. Man was I wrong. Way wrong. The sound that this guitar produces had me hooked immediately. And more than that was the ease of play and the comfortable feel. I spent the drive home rethinking everything I had learned and researched about guitars. I told my wife about the experience and she insisted I drive back and purchase it. I didn't hesitate. I have owned this guitar for about a year now and it is still my favorite go to guitar. My family can tell when I'm playing this guitar versus my other models from another room. It really screams on the mids and highs but I'm most impressed with the low end from such a thin body lightweight guitar. Don't get me wrong, it's not in the same league as your solid body Martins or Taylor's, but for the price and feel I like it more than any other I've played in its class. This guitar has made me a better guitar player simply because I can't put the dang thing down. Yamaha really found something special in this design. Very proud owner. Highly recommend for beginners on up.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pleasantly Surprised

      By Jeff B

      from Spokane, WA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I have owned and played a lot of different acoustic and electric guitars over the past 30 years, but have never owned an acoustic-electric. All the other A-E models that I've played have a cheap "plinky" sound when not going through an amp, so I was highly reluctant to pay money for one. Furthermore, I've never been a fan of Yamaha. Based on the reviews of this model, as well as a handsome price tag, I thought it might be worth the gamble. Behold, even with the factory strings, I was impressed with the sonorous tones and feel of this guitar.

        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Updating my earlier review

        By Alan H

        from Beaumont, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I LOVE this guitar. It's thinline body is great for teaching beginner guitarist, and makes an easy as pie play-ability to an experienced guitarist. CHANGE THE STRINGS. New strings always make a guitar sound better,but I put Elixers on this guitar and wow whatta difference. I've already taught 4 or 5 people how to play guitar with this guitar, and this guitar taught me!

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome guitar!!

        By Big Ski

        from Youngstown, Ohio

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • 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 haven't even picked up a guitar in over thirty years. As I get a little older, I realized that I wanted to really learn to play. I did a lot of research online looking for the "perfect" acoustic-electric guitar for the inexperienced/novice player on a budget. The Yamaha always had great reviews so I went to my local store to sit down and play this guitar, as well as a few others in this price range. Nothing else I tried that day even came close to the sound and playability of this guitar. It has a deep, rich tone for such a thin bodied guitar. The neck is superb, and the frets feel polished and smooth. I made my purchase and immediately had a set up done and changed the strings to Elixir's based on a friend's recommendation. WOW!! The new strings made it sound even richer!! I am having a blast learning, and I look forward to practicing every chance I get. Thank you, Yamaha, for giving an older guy the gift of music again!!

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Easy to play and tote around. Great sound too!

          By aromagal

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

          • No pick guard

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I've had my eye on this guitar for a while because of it's thin body. I have small hands so playing acoustic is sometimes a challenge and doesn't flow as easily as playing electric so having a thin bodied acoustic is making it easier to play acoustic more often. I play for fun but could see using it for small scale performances. I love how light weight and easy to carry around it is!

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          New favorite guitar!!

          By Lauren

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Being only 5 feet tall, I had thought it would be difficult to find my first guitar that would be comfortable in my hands. This was this the first guitar I looked at and I feel in love with the black color along with the size. Ever since I got it it has been so easy to wrap my hands around it including staying in tune. I have also bummed it into many things and it is still in perfect condition. This really encouraged me to start playing the guitar and I will hopefully will be getting a full electric guitar soon.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great purchase you won't regret

            By EBlaze

            from NYC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              The Yamaha Apxiii is not only stunning in its appearance, it also sounds rich in sound, & comes with a built in Tuner along with a 3-band eq to adjust your sound in anyway preferred. Great acoustic electric guitar.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent product from Yamaha!

              By drummerboy2005

              from Oregon

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I went to my local store and spent a few hours playing on a plethora of electric-acoustic guitars (both plugged and unplugged) and I came across this little thinline and immediately loved the sound. It has more bass response than my old e-a and sounds great when plugged into a bass amp. i also discovered that it fits into a classical guitar hardshell case so i didn't have to special order a thinline specific one.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                For price.Would buy again.Not a pro but sounds good to me

                By Mike

                from Las Vegas

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to handle
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Looks good ,finish etc
                • sounds good in both modes
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  use for messing around by me , grandkids play too and like it . nice sound , easy action on the neck.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love this guitar!

                  By jam

                  from Richmond, VA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I love the thin body on this guitar. It is very easy for me to hold and play. Great sound, also.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Tone

                    By Andy6string

                    from Holliston, Ma.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • 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 purchased this guitar because the wide bodied acoustic guitars hurt my wrist after playing for a while. The angle of my wrist playing this thinner bodied guitar is very similar to playing an electric guitar so I can play it all day with no pain. The APX sounds much better than any other thin bodied acoustic I have played. They are all lifeless. This guitar amazes me. It is bright, but with good balance and resonance. The build quality is superb. I have the natural finish. It is a beautiful guitar. I highly recommend it, especially for the price. You can not beat the value.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great service!

                      By James

                      from undisclosed

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      I was first pleased with Jill who was extremely helpful with this transaction. She did a great job!
                      The guitar was promptly shipped, in great condition and I have been pleased with its performance.

                       
                      5.0

                      Wow!

                      By DrMikeS

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts

                        Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        I played this guitar a few times in the store before buying. I wanted an acoustic electric that wasn't going to break the bank. The APX500lll is it! Clean sound, great action, exception electronics, but most of all it has really good sound when not plugged into an amp. I found most acoustic electric guitars only sound good plugged in, but sometimes I play in places with no electricity and it's awesome having a guitar that can sing.

                         
                        5.0

                        Black beauty with class and attitude

                        By Old Jimmy

                        from Salt Lake City, UT

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • 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 got this guitar to back up my other acoustic-electric, and I'm impressed: this little guitar has big presence and sound, so it will be in regular rotation. The sound is clean, clear, balanced. Don't be misled by the slender body - this thing sounds a lot bigger than its size. The smaller body size is perfect for us smaller guitarists with shorter arms. The onboard tuner and electronics are top shelf and easy to use. Then, when you plug it in, it comes alive. Perfect for solo work, or for jamming with your local folkies at the coffee shop or brew pub. I love the classy black finish; reminds me of my brother's old Steinway piano.

                           
                          5.0

                          It feels good to play,very comfortable

                          By Dimbag Darrell

                          from Deathvalley

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                          • Flat Sound

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Rock Concerts
                          • School Bands
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                          Guitar is not loud but it feels good

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome

                          By Timbo

                          from Baltimore,Md

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Rich Sound
                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            Bought this yesterday and haven't put it down yet. I'm an electric player looking to start writing on an acoustic so i had specific needs. 1st and foremost was a cutaway and a preference for a thinner body. I played every acoustic with a cut they had on the wall and this was the best all around guitar they had for my needs. Play mostly in c#, it was tuned to standard so i turned the on board tuner on and dropped it on down. Went right into tune and stayed there after a strong 10 minutes of jamming. Nothing more than a minor sharp here or there after jamming on it heavily all day. Quiet if you want or loud if you dig into it. Played it through a fishman amp while i was there and it sounded awesome. On board mid/resonance eq can give your sound any voice you need to cut through.

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