Yamaha APX600 Improves Upon Number One Acoustic Electric Guitar in U.S.

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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Yamaha APX600 Improves Upon Number One Acoustic Electric Guitar in U.S.

Unread post by Saul » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:53 pm

Yamaha today announced the APX600 and CPX600 acoustic electric guitars, instruments that build and improve on the excellent craftsmanship, handsome design, rich tones and easy playability of the top selling APX500II and CPX500III.

These guitars are a great fit for country, rock and blues and suited to players ranging from beginners to professionals. Acoustic electric guitars have surpassed conventional acoustic guitars in popularity and the upgraded APX and CPX models address the trend towards smaller-body and shorter-scale instruments.

The new guitars are successors to the top-selling APX500III and its companion CPX500III; the APX600 continues the company’s thin-body line of guitars, while the CPX600 offers a medium-jumbo profile. While the new models maintain the scalloped bracing and premium electronics of the 500III generation, key new features include fresh finishes for both models and an upgrade to a genuine abalone rosette in the APX600 for a superior acoustic tone. In addition, the scale length of the APX model has been shortened from 25 9/16" to 25” for greater playability.

Because the guitars are built in Yamaha owned and operated facilities, they adhere to the same standards and practices as the company’s higher-end handcrafted guitars, at a price point competitors can’t match.

The thin-body APX600 features a spruce top, eastern mahogany back and sides, die-cast tuners and the Yamaha exclusive System55T preamp, a 1-way piezo pickup with 3-band EQ with an adjustable midrange, and an onboard tuner. The medium-jumbo (Compass) profile CPX600 is the full-bodied sibling of the APX600, and also offers a spruce top; eastern mahogany back and sides; die-cast tuners, and System55T preamp.

“Guitarists today favor acoustic electric instruments that carry a smaller profile to make them more portable and versatile in both amateur and pro settings,” said Dennis Webster, product marketing manager, Yamaha Guitars. “The APX600 and CPX600 are the perfect answer, and these latest models are built to suit the needs of discerning players.”

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Yamaha APX600 (MSRP: $470) and CPX600 (MSRP: $575) acoustic electric guitars will ship in January 2018. Both models are available in Old Violin Sunburst and Black; the APX600 is also available in Vintage White and Oriental Blue Burst, and the CPX600 in Root Beer and Vintage Tint.

Doesn't seem to be listed on Yamaha's US site yet but here's the link anyway. It will likely be updated before NAMM 2018
https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical ... index.html
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Re: Yamaha APX600 Improves Upon Number One Acoustic Electric Guitar in U.S.

Unread post by NYGeorge » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:59 pm

The APX and CPX series are great guitars. If I didn't already have an older 20D and a couple others I would probably go for one. My arthritis prevents me from playing acoustics for long periods though.
Don't know if anyone is familiar with the APX predecessor the FN series. I have a couple of these and they are nice thin bodied guitars but why they stuck the batteries inside the sound hole is beyond me. A complete PITA !!!!!
One thing I noted in the press release about the new guitars was the statement that the real abalone trim added to the APX 600 gave superior tone. Hmm what do we think of that ?
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Re: Yamaha APX600 Improves Upon Number One Acoustic Electric Guitar in U.S.

Unread post by Saul » Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:53 pm

NYGeorge wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:59 pm
One thing I noted in the press release about the new guitars was the statement that the real abalone trim added to the APX 600 gave superior tone. Hmm what do we think of that ?
I can't see how that is even possible. The trim is not going to add anything other than aesthetics and a little strength around the edges of the guitar. Apart from that I think it's just media spin. Unless of course Yamaha know something about acoustic guitar design that I have missed over the last 40 years!
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Re: Yamaha APX600 Improves Upon Number One Acoustic Electric Guitar in U.S.

Unread post by Buzzard » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:14 pm

Saul wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:53 pm
NYGeorge wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:59 pm
One thing I noted in the press release about the new guitars was the statement that the real abalone trim added to the APX 600 gave superior tone. Hmm what do we think of that ?
I can't see how that is even possible. The trim is not going to add anything other than aesthetics and a little strength around the edges of the guitar. Apart from that I think it's just media spin. Unless of course Yamaha know something about acoustic guitar design that I have missed over the last 40 years!
:lol: :lol: Nope, I don't believe abalone does anything for the sound what so ever, but it usually looks beautiful. ((i))

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