APX1200II Nut, Bridge, and Hardware.

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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APX1200II Nut, Bridge, and Hardware.

Unread post by TVal2112 » Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:56 pm

Hi all.

Having recently bought an APX1200II for a good discount, and having had an APX4-12 12 string for many years, I pulled the trigger on the "1200", because I wanted a top quality 6 string acoustic, which is something I've never had before.

I took a bit of a risk because I couldn't see the guitar up close before I bought it (although I could have sent it back within the first 14 days, if there was anything wrong, so that helped), but it's superb and I'm pleased.

However, the Yamaha site doesn't specify certain things on the website that I would have liked to have known beforehand.

Considering this guitar is around £1200 RRP here in the UK, I would of expected it to have a bone nut and saddle, at least. It doesn't. It looks like some sort of white synthetic. It's not Tusq because that's a synthetic ivory, and is more of a cream/yellowish colour. It again can't be the "urea resin" material that is on my 12 string, because again that is yellow in colour.

Can anybody tell me what it is they put on these APX guitars. Could it possibly be the stuff that Tusq make, called "nu bone"? It surprises me because on this particular guitar, nearly all the binding is either wood or abalone shell. I think it is a good idea to get as much plastic off of a guitar, especially an acoustic made from fine tone woods such as this, so it seems a bit silly.

I've already replaced both the tuner buttons and bridge pins with real ebony ones, because I hate unnecessary plastic on guitars, and it looks better.

One more thing, why is the endpin/jack socket plated with what looks like black nickel, when the tuners and top strap button are gold plated? It might be a little thing, but why couldn't the endpin be plated gold to match the other hardware?
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Re: APX1200II Nut, Bridge, and Hardware.

Unread post by Buzzard » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:22 pm

Hi Tony.

Already modding the APX ? :?: :D

.... cool, will you show some pics :?:

A golden strapknob/plug will look nice to match the other fittings.

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Re: APX1200II Nut, Bridge, and Hardware.

Unread post by TVal2112 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:11 pm

Hi Peter,

Yes, I always change what I don't like when I get a new guitar!!! :D

I'll post some pictures when I get around to it. I already had the ebony buttons, and the ebony pins have abalone dots on them, with a brass "ring" around them, so they match the abalone on the guitar nicely.

I really wish they'd made the endpin in a gold finish. I don't know where I'd be able to get a replacement in gold, because it is an oval shape and has 2 screws, so it doesn't look like any one I've ever seen. If they were going to do this then they should have put black nickel tuners and matching strap buttons on it (if it's gotoh hardware then it has to be "cosmo black" I believe).

Like I said the other mods were easy but the end pin is going to be very difficult to change unless I can get one direct from yamaha, the same shape, and in gold. On my APX 12 string the lower strap button is separate from the jack socket, which is a better arrangement, because I like to use strap locks on my guitars, and I can''t do this because of the all in one arrangement!!!

I wouldn't say I'm fussy, but I am particular, and this non matching hardware seems to me to be illogical, at best!
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