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Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar

 
4.7

(37 reviews)

SKU: YAPX53XXX-P

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The Yamaha APX500III's thin-line body offers incredible comfort, top-fret access, and a sound perfect for on-stage use with bright, clear mids, balanced highs and controlled lows.

The world's best-selling acoustic electric guitar, the APX 500-series embodies the pure spirit of Yamaha guitars - the perfect balance of performance, value and dependability. The Yamaha APX500III feature an all-new pickup system with a more powerful, dynamic tone and upgraded cosmetics that combine on-stage attitude with refined, timeless good looks.

The System66 S.R.T. pickup features an under-saddle piezo 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 Length : 490mm (19 5/16")
  • Body Width: 384mm (15 1/8")
  • Body Depth: 80-90mm (3 1/8"-3 9/16")
  • Scale Length: 650mm (25 9/16")
  • Nut Width: 43mm (1 11/16")
  • String Spacing: 11mm
  • Top Material: Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Nato
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Tuning Machines: Die-cast Chrome
  • Electronics: Yamaha System66 S.R.T.
  • Case: Not Included

Get your Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

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    Acoustic Electric Guitar

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YamahaAPX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 37 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (4)
  • Tone (3)

Cons

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4.0

Comfortable, good sounding.

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from Windber, Pa

Verified Buyer

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The guitar is very comfortable. The sound unplugged is as expected, kind of like a parlor guitar which I don't mind. Sound plugged in is very good. Action high, had to trim the saddle to medium height. I have tons of Yamaha stuff, consider it the best for the average weekend warrior.

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5.0

A lot of guitar for the price

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from Woodville, Texas

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Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The model I bought was a bargain - it was a Sam Ash open box mint condition for $95 off, and for that price I couldn't pass it up.

I had several must haves for my acoustic guitar to-buy list: It had to be black, it had to have a single cutaway and not be a full size dreadnaught shape, and I wanted it to be a slimline (or thinline) model, and most importantly, it had to be both in the range of $300 AND better build quality that my last acoustic, which was an Oscar Washburn 12 string.

Everything physically out of the box was flawless. It sounded a little dull and flat even after I tuned it up - I put it on a guitar hangar in my bedroom closet, and when I took it out a night later, it had apparently acclimatized itself to the environment here, and it sounded so much better.

I swapped out the plastic bridge pins for a set of chromed brass bridge pins - I do this on all my acoustics. The brass bridge pins improve sustain and projection, and they just look a lot nicer than the plastic pins.

Everything about this guitar made me happy. My list of must haves strictly limited my selection (particularly my need to have a thinner body), and even though I didn't have a large group of guitars to pick from, I'm happy that I bought this one.

There is on teeny tiny flaw - a mildly pointy fret at about halfway down the neck, but that's nothing I can't fix myself. I would imagine that I will replace the tuners on this with my preferred brand and model of tuners. The stock tuners feel just a tad loose when it comes to holding a tune. Again, that's a minor flaw, and to be fair, I ALWAYS replace stock tuners on every guitar I own to my favorite tuners.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this guitar to a friend or a stranger.

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5.0

Best thinline guitar electric/acoustic ever owned

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from Birmingham, AL

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Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have gin through probably 10 smaller sized guitars looking for one that wa a comfortable fit but still sounded beautiful. This guitar is perfect. It has consistently been ranked one of the best thinline acoustic/electric guitars on the market and it does not disappoint!

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5.0

Excellent!

By 

from Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Very nice guitar. All fine.

 
5.0

I would buy again

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from St. Petersburg, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am a beginner and this guitar was recommended to me by my guitar instructor. I am glad he did. It is a better size for me and the sound is excellent. Blue color is fantastic. It arrived in excellent condition and the customer service at Sam Ash has been responsive and knowledgeable.

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4.0

I would buy this guitar a thousands time over.

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from Washington

Verified Buyer

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This yamaha apx500iii is in great condition and it plays and sounds beautifully. I am so glad that I made this purchase. I highly recommend it to anyone from beginner to advanced.

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5.0

Balanced, Beautiful and Not-Too-Big!

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from Edison, NJ

Staff Reviewer

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar by Yamaha allows for greater comfort for the smaller-framed musician without having to sacrifice tone or volume. The newly improved pickup system has a more powerful and wide-ranging tone, allowing to have a more slimmed body and no sacrificing of tonality or dynamics. The on-board tuner is always a welcomed feature, too! Playability aside, this guitar really is aesthetically pleasing. Being available in multiple colors, it is a guitar that will meet any musician's preferences.

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5.0

Classic Performance Acoustic

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from Cincinnati, OH

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The Yamaha APX series has been an extremely popular guitar for longer than I can remember. The body is small and comfortable. The EQ produces a great tone for live performance. The APC500III is the latest incarnation of this series. With upgraded electronics, along with being powered by 2 AA batteries for longer life, this is the perfect guitar for those wanting an inexpensive performance guitar.

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5.0

Great guitar loaded with features

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from Edison, NJ

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The Yamaha APX500 III Thinline Acoustic guitar is a great little instrument. It's made to the very high Yamaha standards with a sleek, comfortable design and a cutaway for maximum playability. The neck is easy to play and feels good, and the tone is great, whether plugged in or not. The pickup sounds good and the controls are easy to get used to, allowing you to dial in your particular tone with ease. This is just another one of the many fantastic guitars that Yamaha has to offer.

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5.0

Great feel and sound

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from Edison, NJ

Staff Reviewer

Comments about Yamaha APX500III Thin-line Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am a huge fan of Yamaha's APX Thinline series. The body shape has always felt very comfortable and once you plug into an amp you get a surprisingly good sound for the price you pay. Comes into different colors like red, blue, and the classic sunburst so you have the ability to add a new layer of uniqueness to your guitar.

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The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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