Take the stage by storm
As an electric guitarist in the 1980s, if you wanted to play acoustic on stage there were few options for you that really worked. In 1987, Yamaha made the first acoustic guitar that could be taken from a guitar rack, plugged in and played at volume, problem free; no more howling feedback, misplaced mics or the dreaded extended sound check….
The APX series didn’t just focus on sound – every element was tweaked to be an easy switch for an electric player on-stage, from the stylish finishes to the cutaway body and the slim, electric-guitar style neck.
In any electro-acoustic, the combination of the guitar’s acoustic sound and its pickup is the heart of the sound. The latest APX600 features a unique undersaddle piezo pickup, Yamaha’s proprietary Pickup-R transducer – the same pickup as featured in the highly acclaimed A Series range and boasting incredible dynamic range, natural tone and the feedback rejection and mix-friendly sound that guitarists need and want. Yamaha’s legendary active preamp is still a big feature of APX, and being built by Yamaha’s audio-visual division, the sound quality is everything you’d expect from the world’s number one.
Styles have changed a little since 1987, but the essence of APX is the same as ever. Today’s APX guitars boast a more natural look, 5mm deeper body for better bass response and greater volume and, under the hood, a new non-scalloped bracing pattern for a responsive, dynamic tone.
The archetypal APX, the 600 series combines the outstanding comfort and perfect on-stage tone of the APX500 with
- Thin Body and Cutaway For Excellent Playability
- 634mm Scale Length for Enhanced Comfort
- Narrower String Spacing Makes Stretching for Chords Easier
- New Bracing Pattern For More Powerful Bass Response
- Stage-focused Pickup Sound to Cut Through a Mix
- Inlaid Soundhole Rosette
Body Shape APX Shape APX Shape Scale Length 634mm (25”) 634mm (25”) Body Length 490mm (19 5/16″) 490mm (19 5/16″) Total Length 1022mm (40 1/4″) 1022mm (40 1/4″) Body Width 384mm (15 1/8″) 384mm (15 1/8″) Body Depth 80-90mm (3 1/8″ – 3 9/16″) 80-90mm (3 1/8″ – 3 9/16″) Nut Width 43mm (1 11/16”) 43mm (1 11/16”) String Spacing * 10.0mm 10.0mm Top Material Spruce Flamed Maple Back Material Locally Sourced Tonewood ** Locally Sourced Tonewood ** Side Material Locally Sourced Tonewood ** Locally Sourced Tonewood ** Neck Material Locally Sourced Tonewood ** Locally Sourced Tonewood ** Fingerboard Material Rosewood Rosewood Fingerboard Radius R400mm (15 3/4″) R400mm (15 3/4″) Bridge Material Rosewood Rosewood Nut Material Urea Urea Saddle Material Urea Urea Bridge Pins Black ABS with White Dot Black ABS with White Dot Tuners Die-cast Chrome(TM29T) Die-cast Chrome(TM29T) Body Binding Ivory + Black Ivory + Black Soundhole Inlay ABS + Abalone ABS + Abalone Pickguard None None Body Finish Gloss Gloss Neck Finish Matt (Gloss for BL, VW color variation) Matt Electronics SYSTEM65 + SRT Piezo Pickup SYSTEM65 + SRT Piezo Pickup Controls Vol/3-band EQ/Tuner/Mid FQ Vol/3-band EQ/Tuner/Mid FQ Connections LINE OUT LINE OUT Strings .012/.016/.024/.032/.042/.053 .012/.016/.024/.032/.042/.053 Accessories Hex Wrench, 2 x AA Batteries Hex Wrench, 2 x AA Batteries Case None None