800-ZZOUNDS (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 1ZZ-122C
close [x]
Available Hours (EST):
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM
  • Sat, Sun 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Email Print
 

Yamaha APX500III Thinline Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Black

A true performer, the Yamaha APX500III features a comfy thinline body, a distinctive oval soundhole, great high fret access, and a System 66 preamp system. (5) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
Ships to: Can ship to United States Can ship to Canada Can ship to Puerto Rico Can ship to APO/FPO
close [x]
zZounds.com 800-ZZOUNDS (800-996-8637)
Free 2-Day Shipping
Yamaha APX500III Thinline Black

5 Models to Choose From:

List: $463.00
Savings: $163.01 (35%)
$299.99
or 6 payments of
$50.00 details
In Stock Will Ship Sep 26
add to wish list
FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING! Free delivery by Wed, Sep 28, if you order within 23 hrs. 1 min.
Seen It For Less? Request Lower Price
Questions? Call a guitar expert now!
800-460-8089
Own this item for
$50.00 PER MONTH

An Acoustic Guitar for the Electric Guitarist

Yamaha's APX500III thinline acoustic-electric guitar is an acoustic guitar made for the electric guitarist. This baby sounds great though an amp or unplugged, and its System55T electronics utilize a piezo pickup system to capture the full-bodied and dynamic sound produced by each string. The APX500III boasts a spruce-topped body with nato back and sides, 22 frets over a smooth rosewood fingerboard, a nato neck, a sturdy rosewood bridge, and three-band EQ controls along with a midrange frequency fader. Whether you're at a show, at rehearsal, at a campfire, or in your room, this acoustic-electric will deliver biting and resonant tone on demand.

Spruce and Nato Body

Not many acoustic-electric guitars utilize nato and spruce, so the APX500III's output will have a somewhat singular sonic character to it. Nato yields a slight emphasis on the lows and mids in a similar fashion to mahogany, and spruce provides a somewhat crisper articulation that responds well to the aggressiveness of your picking style. Spruce is also a resilient wood that holds up well to dings, scratches, and the overall tests of time. Although this body features a thinline shape, the output gets as big as you want it to when you hit this axe hard.

Nato Neck and Rosewood Fingerboard

The Yamaha APX500III's nato neck makes playing an addicting breeze. Your fingers won't be able to get enough of how smoothly and seamlessly they'll travel up and down all 22 frets. A slick rosewood fingerboard is inviting to the touch, and modest dot position inlays mark your fret in a classy unassuming manner. Nato will give you the sustain you want when you need it while providing just enough body for a warm and well-balanced sound.

System55T Electronics

When you fire up this acoustic-electric guitar, its System55T electronics employ a piezo pickup system to capture every sonic dimension of your APX500III's nato and spruce body. To help you craft the right sound, the APX500III includes a three-band EQ control system, and there's an onboard tuner so you don't lose your footing.

Dedicated Control Over the Midrange

One feature that sets this baby apart from other acoustic-electric guitars is its control over the critical midrange. Just below the three-band EQ controls is a midrange frequency fader, giving you access to boost or cut the middle frequencies of your playing and help the guitar cut through, or sit back in the mix. This is a must-have if you're playing with another guitarist on stage, or if you're singing and playing -- the mids fader can help keep your mix well-balanced. The oval-shaped soundhole also assists in emphasizing the middle frequencies as your playing flows through it.

Features:

- APX thinline body shape
- Spruce top
- Nato back and sides
- Oval shaped soundhole for mid range frequency emphasis
- 22 frets over a rosewood fingerboard
- Dot fingerboard position inlays
- Scale length of 25"
- Piezo pickup system featuring System55T electronics
- Master volume control and 3-band EQ controls
- Adjustable midrange frequency fader
- Onboard tuner
- Secure rosewood bridge
- Die-cast chrome tuners

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Yamaha products.
- Top: Spruce
- Back: Nato / Okume
- Side: Nato / Okume
- Neck: Nato
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Body Depth: 80-90mm (3 1/8" - 3 9/16")
- Nut Width: 43mm (1 11/16")
- String Length: 650mm (25 9/16")
- Tuners: Die-Cast Chrome
- Preamp: System 66
- Bridge: Rosewood
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Black
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 20 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): APX500III BL
Blue Burst
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 20 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): APX500III OBB
Dusk Sun Red
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 21 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): APX500III DSR
Natural
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 20 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): APX500III NA
Violin Burst
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 20 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): APX500III VS
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011

Yamaha APX500III Acoustic-Electric

The world's best-selling acoustic electric guitar, the 500-series embodies the pure spirit of Yamaha guitars -- the perfect balance of performance, value and dependability. The 500III models feature pickup systems with a more powerful, dynamic tone and upgraded cosmetics that combine on-stage attitude with refined, timeless good looks.

APX's thin-line body combines incredible comfort, easy top-fret access and a sound perfectly suited to on-stage use with bright, clear mids, balanced highs and controlled lows. Specially designed non-scalloped X-type bracing allows the guitar's top to sing and maximizes the resonance of the unique body shape for a full, natural tone. With dynamics, sensitivity and clarity built into the design from day one, APX is a guitar not to be underestimated.

Features:

- Body depth and Bracing pattern: The APX's thin-line body offers incredible comfort, top-fret access, and a sound perfect for on-stage use. Specially designed non-scalloped X-type bracing maximizes body resonance for full, natural tone. Their wide dynamic range, excellent sensitivity, and outstanding clarity make them impressive performers.
- APX Soundhole: The instantly recognizable Oval APX soundhole thickens lower-mid response and gives a more strident, open low end.
- Electric System: System 66 features an under-saddle piezo pickup developed by Yamaha. Controls include a 3-band equalizer, an adjustable mid-range frequency control, and a precision chromatic tuner for optimum sound tailoring. The system is powered by easy to obtain AA-size batteries that provide a stable power supply for improved sound quality.
Customer Reviews
5 out of 5 (5 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Yamaha apx500 lll"
Overall: Extremely beautiful guitar. Arrived quickly in perfect condition. Only had to tune it, and add a little relief to prevent buzz when strumming strongly Only minor negative was the quality of the inlaid pearl dots on fretboard. Most are shiny and a few are dark. Sound is surpurb acoustically or amplified. Very comfortably to play many hours
Style of Music: Classic Rock, Blues, Surf
31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great value"
Overall: I sought out a second acoustic electric to compliment my larger Fender dreadnought, looking for something smaller and thinner for long practice sessions. It came down to either a parlor guitar (of which there are many excellent choices) or a mini-jumbo like the Yamahas or Washburns at this price point. I opted for the APX500iii in the natural finish, opting for the full scale neck. To start, it came out of the box with a subtle and beautiful flame to the back and sides (pictures don't do it justice). The intonation and action were also spot-on -- I had several unplayable lemon acoustics on delivery in the past, so I was delighted that I didn't even have to touch the truss rod. Like other reviews that you might read, it's not super deep in the bass department. However, the APX500iii has a sound character all its own: it's bright, great on mid-range and treble, and projects fairly loud for its slim profile. It really shines when plugged in. I'm having great fun running it through my Vox StompLab and working through some of the acoustic/ballad programs. Wow, the shimmery Bowie tones that come out with some slight chorus and phaser! This is a great guitar choice for beginners or anyone who needs some extra comfort... it's becoming my go-to for all learning and practicing.
Style of Music: Rock, country, folk
22 of 23 people (95.65%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

Our extended 45-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee applies on this product Buy it, and if it isn't just right for you, return it!
What Our Customers Are Saying About zZounds "I have shopped at other stores and was disappointed with the customer service and lack of items in stock. zZounds, on the other hand had what I wanted in stock and the customer service was excellent. I will continue using Zzounds for all my guitar needs!" Customer on August 24, 2016
BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 1ZZ-122C. Llame Gratis en Español: 800-460-7976
Lunes-Viernes de 2AM a 3AM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Follow zZounds on:
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2016, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
 
close [x] Faster Shipping Options
2 Day Air $27.99
Overnight $56.99
close [x]

Get Your Gear Fast — Without Paying More!

With 3 warehouses across the United States, zZounds' ground shipping reaches most locations within 2 days! Enter your shipping ZIP code at checkout to confirm that your items qualify. Learn more about zZounds shipping.

close [x]
1 item added to your cart
View Cart Continue Shopping
close [x]
Please select a product:
add to cart
close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
no minimum

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. Nobody Beats zZounds‘ Fast & Free Shipping

At zZounds, we know you want your gear fast, and shipped to you free of charge. That‘s why we have absolutely free ground shipping on every single order shipped within the continental United States. This includes heavy and oversized items. No minimum purchase required. No exclusions. We also ship over 90% of our orders with FREE 2-day shipping. We pull it all off with our strategically placed, coast-to-coast warehouses.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
no minimum

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!