Yamaha APX500III Thinline Guitar Review


The Yamaha APX series is designed for hassle-free, on-stage use for acoustic guitarists. By combining the sound properties of an acoustic guitar and the convenience of the plug-and-play ability of electric guitars, there’s no longer a need for extended sound checks and mic set-ups.

With the Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar, carrying and playing an electro-acoustic guitar is made easier with its thinner and lighter design.

The Yamaha APX500III comes in different color choices: Oriental Blue Burst, Dusk Sun Red, Vintage Sunburst, Classy Black and Natural (Wood) Finish. Whether you’re into jazz or rock, flashy or simple, the small selection is enough to suit whatever style you want to go for.

Yamaha APX500III Thinline Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar,...
  • The APX's thin-line body offers incredible comfort, top-fret access,...
  • Specially designed non-scalloped X-type bracing maximizes body...
  • Under-saddle piezo pickup with 3-band equalizer, adjustable mid-range...

Yamaha APX500III Features

Easy Playing

For comfort, the Yamaha APX500III Thinline offers less bulk due to being thinner than conventional acoustic guitars with only 80-90mm (3 1/8″ – 3 9/16″) bodydepth. Its single cutaway allows easy access to higher frets. It also has a scale length of 25.6” with the rosewood fretboard having a total of 22 frets.

Pickup System

The Yamaha APX500III Thinline features the System 66 pickup system. It is an undersaddle piezo pickup that’s easy to manage with its simple controls for volume, 3-band equalizer (low, mid and high), a built-in chromatic digital tuner, and a mid-range frequency controller. This preamp is powered by simple AA batteries.


Easily recognizable is the APX sound hole that thickens lower-mid response,giving a more open low end. It may sound a bit more bass but is still considered to be well-balanced.

The APX also has a specifically designed X-type, non-scalloped bracing that maximizes resonance within the body for a full sound.


The price tag for the Yamaha APX500III Thinline is considered to be low for professionals and a bit pricey for beginners. But everyone can agree that it’s affordable. So, whether it’s for professional or novice players, users can guarantee that the price is well-suited for the quality.

Customers Review and Feedback

In separate product review, Musician’s Friend and Sweetwater Sound, Inc. gives Yamaha APX500III 4.5 out of 5 stars while Guitar Center gives 5 out of 5 stars including 5 pros and 0 cons.

Many have commended the Yamaha APX500III’s well-balanced and clear sound. Its thin design makes playing the guitar easier and less uncomfortable. It has a built-in tuner but stays in tune for a considerable amount of time. Most users are so pleased with the fact that they can just plug the Yamaha APX500II and start playing without much fuss.

Some have commented that string action can get high, but according to one reviewer, this is easily managed by adjusting the neck.

Another factor to consider is the volume. While the Yamaha APX500III is splendid when plugged into an amplifier, some note that its volume is not made for unplugged performances. But some professionals have said that the “unplugged” sound will be better with time as the wood opens up.

Guitar Fella has written a thorough review of the product giving it 4.3 stars for the Body and Neck, 4.6 stars for the Hardware, 4.6 for the Sound and 4.9 for Value, with an overall average rating of 4.6 stars.


Musician’s Friend, Guitar Center, and Sweetwater Sound have included Pros and Cons for the Yamaha APX500III and feedback from professionals who have bought the item.


  • Good value for the money
  • Stays in tune
  • Rich Sound
  • Fun to Play
  • Comfortable, thin design
  • Great for both beginners and professionals
  • Strings are included in the purchase
  • Offers a limited 1-year warranty for parts and labor
  • Offers lifetime warranty Top, Neck, Back & Sides


  • High string action (may be bothersome for some people)
  • Some have commented the bridge being too high
  • Some have commented that the scales were made for small hands
  • ‘unplugged’ sound is not as loud as conventional acoustic guitars
  • Does not come with its own case
  • Color selection is small


The Yamaha APX500III Thinline is an electro-acoustic guitar with a thin sleek design that makes it easier to handle and play than traditional acoustic guitars. It comes in a limited but beautiful color selection that can fit many styles of users.

Its cutaway design allows easy access to the high frets and the scale length is similar to most electric guitars. The Yamaha’s System 66 is an undersaddle piezo pickup that is of high quality and the preamp comes with easy to manipulate controls for volume and the like.

The body design features a non-scalloped X-style bracing for a fuller low end. This makes it produce a well-balanced sound. It can even be adjusted to suit your needs.

This product is great for beginners and has the capacity to be one of the best performing guitars in the hands of skilled professionals,all for a very affordable price.

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