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Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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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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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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Review Snapshot

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YamahaAPX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (20)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Stays in tune (17)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Consistent (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (16)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (7)

Reviewed by 27 customers

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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.

     
    4.0

    Great value for the money

    By Joyce

    from Lakeland, FL

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Practice and learning

         
        4.0

        maybe

        By lan

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        good guitar

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great GUI for the price

        By Mr. Red

        from Montreal Quebec

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Action is a little high but it's easy to adjust.

        Best Uses

          Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I use it for practice and jamming. Great guitar for anyone doesn't want a dreadnought guitar. Very comfortable and easy to play and hold.The neck kinds of feels like an electric guitar neck.Very clear and loud. Its a very good looking guitar.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar for the price

          By Jhopkii

          from California

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • School Bands

            Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I recently purchased 2 more of these for my guitar class for middle school. These guitars are a perfect size and fit for beginners and students of middle school age. The neck and body are perfectly scaled for smaller hands and make it easy for beginners to learn chords.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome guitar!!

            By BigSki

            from Youngstown,Ohio

            About Me Novice

            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!!

              (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.

                (6 of 6 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.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  What a great Axe!!

                  By The Traveling Troubadour

                  from Carson City ,NV

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Love satin neck & onboard electronics with tuner
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                  • Action was too high so I replaced the bridge.

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I already have the APX 100 and the recently released APXT2 both are 3/4 size versions of this amazing guitar! Due to their size, their sound falls short of this beauty but they make great travel guitars. The APX 500III is for the stage with die-cast tuners and smaller body size than a bulky Dreadnaught. I bought it as a level 3 open box item: there was a chunk off the top like someone had scraped a ceiling. I took a black Sharpie and covered it up saving over 1/3 off the price of the guitar: my Moana Bleu-burst beauty!!!!!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I love this guitar

                  By Guitarist

                  from cairo Egypt

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      it's a great guitar i recommend it strongly....for intermediate platers or who's more experienced very good pure sound and comfortable neck.

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