Yamaha APX600 Thin-line Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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Yamaha APX600 Thin-line Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Black

Thanks to its thinline cutaway body, the APX600 makes for a comfortable instrument for beginners, and having been made by Yamaha, this guitar looks more premium than it actually is.

This one comes with cost-effective laminate wood, the top being specified as Spruce. And given its thinline body, don't expect its acoustic projection to be as loud and full sounding as dreadnoughts.

It makes up for its lack of acoustic projection by having good sounding electronics, featuring Yamaha's System 65A preamp and piezo system with 3-band EQ and built-in tuner.

The neck is crafted from Nato and topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, both of which meet the quality standards that make Yamaha world renowned.


  • String Type: Steel String
  • Body Shape:Thinline Cutaway
  • Top: Sitka Spruce (Laminate)
  • Body: Tonewood Back & Sides
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • Electronics: System 65A Preamp & Pickup with built-in Tuner (Active)


The most common theme among reviewers is that the APX600 is a great buy, stating that it has a surprisingly good combination of good playability and build quality. Users are happy with how easy it is to carry around and play, while others are impressed at Yamaha's attention to detail, given its price tag. Many are also impressed enough with its amplified sound that they often use the APX600 over their more expensive yet bulky main acoustic-electric guitar. Finally, it also helps that this guitar looks good, and comments about its aesthetics are all over many different reviews.


Some report that the sound is a little too thin for their taste, but this is expected given its thinline body. There are a few who had to make adjustments related to string action right out of the box.


If you're looking for a comfortable stage-ready acoustic electric guitar, then definitely check out the APX600 from Yamaha.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available in our guide to The Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars.

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