Yamaha APX500 : What is All The Fuss About?
The Yamaha APX500 is a hugely popular electro-acoustic guitar with enduring demand - but what makes it so great? Matt from Music Junkie offers his review!
Now the Yamaha APX500 is one of our most popular guitars so I thought I would share with you why I think this is.
When you first pick up the APX the initial thought is wow it’s thin! Now this proves popular for a variety of reasons firstly the thin body is incredibly comfortable to play. Now I predominantly play electric so when I pick up an acoustic the body tends to feel huge but the APX size defiantly feels more comfortable to play than bigger bodied instruments.
Furthermore the build of the guitar is great! Yamaha have chosen to use Spruce for the soundboard and Nato for the back and sides of the Guitar and it feels nice and solid.
Tonally the instrument is quite bright and although you would initially think that it might be quiet when not plugged in due to the slim body, I think it’s got plenty of volume for all you singer songwriters to sing along while playing.
Now moving onto the pickup… this is something that Yamaha are really good at and the APX500 is no exception. When plugged in the guitar has this certain sparkle that is really appealing. You have plenty of tone control with independent low, mid and treble controls as well as a volume so you can really perfect your sound live. Another godsend is the built in tuner in the pre-amp, which also mutes the output so that your audience don’t have to listen to your tuning song.
While we're on the subject Yamaha use great quality tuners on the APX500 and there isn't any unwanted slack when your tuning up and they hold their tune really well.
Now they come an awesome variety of colours from the classic Natural to the more Vibrant Metallic Red, which is great unless you are of the indecisive kind. An interesting thing to note is that the Natural and burst finishes such as the Oriental Blue Burst and Dark Red Burst actually have a satin neck while the solid finishes such as the Vintage white and Black have the gloss neck. Although admittedly they all do the same job it’s nice to know that if you prefer the gloss neck you now know which to go for.
So all in all they are a great guitar - that's why they're popular - but if you want to make up your own mind then come and get your hands on one in Music Junkie's flagship music store in Leicester.