unusual yamaha APX6 pickups , HELP

APX series guitars are designed with a focus on playability. Their thin bodies and cutaways that provide greater access to the upper frets, offer smoother switching between electric and acoustic instruments.

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unusual yamaha APX6 pickups , HELP

Unread post by jimfish42 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:44 am

Hi there all .
Im so glad i found thius site , I own a yamaha APX 6 , now the pick ups are different to any ive seen , They are not aftermarket , I have been to images and have still NEVER came across these , i bought this second hand some 15 years ago ,
There are bassicly 4 knobs , 3 on the top edge and one round near the neck , they all push in so they are flat and out the way , there is volume bass treble on top , and the knob near the neck seems to ballance the pickup which i think is twin one on treble side and one on bass side ,,, I have never seen these on an APX what type are they does anyone know PLEASE are they as good as the normal APX pickups ? should i use an aftermarket fishman ? also you have to take the strings of to get to the battery ,,
Any heads up on this would be so appreciated ,,, kind regards ,, jim
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Re: unusual yamaha APX6 pickups , HELP

Unread post by Saul » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:33 am

Hi Jim. Welcome to the forum.

The APX 6, if it's the one I am thinking of, does indeed have the controls you mentioned which sit flat when pressed in.
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Here's the service manual in case you may need it:
APX6 n-SYSTEM20_20L_21_SM.pdf
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I tend not to use on-board preamps/pickups built into most acoustic guitars and instead use the IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic Stage which simply clips onto the sound hole in a matter of seconds and sounds much better than the original pickup. Definitely worth checking out I think.
http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigacousticstage/
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Re: unusual yamaha APX6 pickups , HELP

Unread post by Buzzard » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:15 pm

Hi Jim, welcome to the forum and the string section. :D

Your APX-6 is the discreet model having push in buttons instead of the larger and gaudy preamps on newer models.

I'm sure your pickups sound alright, but sound is a matter of personal taste.
If you're not happy with the sound consider getting another model.
Modding this guitar with another preamp and pickup is costly, and only worth it if REALLY want to do it.

Even it the battery is only reachable through the soundhole, you only have to loosen the strings,
then use a piece of thin rope or yarn tied under the guitar to pull the strings away to give full access.

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Re: unusual yamaha APX6 pickups , HELP

Unread post by Saul » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:11 pm

Was a completely daft idea to stick the battery inside the guitar. What on earth were Yamaha thinking?

Anyway, like I said, stick an iRig Acoustic pickup on there. Only takes a few seconds to clip on and it's miles better than any piezo pickup.
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