Yamaha APX500III - Black

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Nato Body, Nato Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, Piezo Pickup System, and Onboard Tuner - Black
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Get Yourself Ready to Play Out Onstage!

The Yamaha APX500 is about three things: great sound, a smooth playing feel, and an eye-catching style! This thinline acoustic-electric guitar features a built-in tuner and a piezo pickup system, so you can plug it in at the coffeehouse and get natural acoustic sound through the PA speakers. The spruce top and nato body help the Yamaha APX500 pump out great tone even when you're playing unplugged too. There are multiple color options available, so you can find the Yamaha APX500 that best fits you.

Yamaha APX500 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • A stylish, thin body so it fits right up close to your body
  • The piezo pickup system means you can plug in and record or play onstage

A stylish, thin body so it fits right up close to your body
The Yamaha APX500 is considered a "thinline" acoustic-electric guitar. The thinline descriptions means the APX500's body has a thinner profile that fits up close to your body, so it's easy and comfortable to play. A thinner body, though, doesn't mean the APX500 isn't thick on great sound. It features a spruce top, a nato body and neck, and a rosewood fingerboard and bridge — this one sounds great unplugged.

The piezo pickup system means you can plug in and record or play onstage
Of course, when you do want to plug in your Yamaha APX500, you'll be ready. It has a piezo pickup system, which helps to give it a truly realistic, natural acoustic voice when it's pumping through a PA system. Another cool touch: you've got an onboard tuner, so you can always get your APX500 right in tune.

Yamaha APX500 6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • Finish: Black
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Nato
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Tuners: Die-cast Chrome
  • Electronics: System55T with 1-way pieze pickup, onboard tuner, and 3-band EQ
The Yamaha APX500 is a great first acoustic guitar for anyone interested in playing out onstage!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape APX Thinline
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Black
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Nato
Binding White/Black
Neck Wood Nato, Set
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dot
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25"
Tuning Machines Diecast
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut Width 1.6875"
Body Depth 3.1"-3.5"
Electronics System 55T 1-way, Onboard tuner, 3-band EQ
Strings (.012-.053)
Manufacturer Part Number APX500III BL

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Love my New guitar

The guitar not only sounds great ( out of the box was tuned and ready to play) but the service from Sweatwater is excellent.
Music background: New to guitar

Yamaha APX500III

Great guitar-- sounds great and stays in tune. Came ready to play from Sweetwater-- they have the best servicebefore and after sale of anybody out there.


my son absolutely loves this Yamaha guitar. Says it was the best Christmas present he has ever received!

Outstanding Instrument

Setup was as good as it gets. It tuned up fast and playable right out of the box, and the intonation was perfect. Delivered in two business days with free shipping. Packing was sound and not a fingerprint on it. Plugged in or not it's well worth the price.
Music background: Been playing 51 yrs. Just like to play


I LOVE THE GUITAR! It was what I wanted and sweetwater provides excellent service. They keep in touch and inform/update customers. I was beyond pleased with this product and would definitely order again with them.
Music background: Hobbyist and performer
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