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Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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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... Read More

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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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YamahaAPX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Stays in tune (7)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (5)

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(2 of 2 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!!

    (1 of 1 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.

      (2 of 2 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.

        (6 of 6 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 9 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.

            (3 of 3 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.

              (5 of 5 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!

              (3 of 3 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.

                (5 of 5 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.

                  (7 of 8 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!

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