Yamaha APX600 Thin-line Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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Yamaha APX600 Thin-line Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Gearank High Notes

Yamaha APX600: Highest Rated Acoustic-Electric Guitar Under $300 - 2021.04

Gearank Recommendation

The APX600 first appeared on our recommended list for Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $300 in April 2021.

Then in January 2022 it was moved to the Under $500 price category due to a price increase.

Finally in August 2022 it came off the list when it was out-ranked by the Yamaha FGX800C.


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.

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


  • Body Shape: APX Thinline
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Black, Natural, Vintage White, Old Violin Burst, Oriental Blue Burst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 15.75"
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • Electronics: System 65A Preamp with Built-in Tuner (Active - requires 2 x AA batteries)
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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