Yamaha APXT2 Acoustic Guitar Review

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The Yamaha APXT2 is the brand’s best mini travel guitar. If you must know, it’s based on the “used-to-be” famous Yamaha APX500.

Used to be because this guitar isn’t that new anymore. In fact, this review is technically years late, but hey,  it’s better late than never. Am I right? 

Here’s the deal:

When it was released, it was one of the best mini guitars out there. And today, 5+ years later? That’s actually still true!

Without further ado, let’s see if this guitar is a good fit for you.

Sound Quality

9 out of 10

Price

8 out of 10

Playability

9 out of 10

Aesthetics

8 out of 10

Electronics

9 out of 10

Yamaha APXT2

Pros

  • Midrange budget
  • Small, perfect as a travel guitar or for kids
  • Cutaway
  • Comfortable neck
  • Excellent high tones
  • Sounds awesome when plugged in
  • Inclues a gig bag

Cons

  • Not a recent product
  • Not ideal for people with large hands
  • Boxy sound, yet loud projection

The Yamaha APXT2 is a 3/4 small-scale guitar of the brand’s “former” best-selling acoustic-electric guitar, Yamaha APX500. With its off-the-charts ART pickup, it can even be used for live gigs. When plugged in, the APXT2 has an exceptional full sound contrary to compact guitars’ usual boxy quality.

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Surprisingly so, the Yamaha APXT2 is for anyone. Whether you’re on a budget or not, this may just work for you. 

However, considering that it’s a small-scale guitar, it’s not exactly ideal for someone who has big hands. If that’s the case, you may want to consider full-size guitars such as Yamaha FG800, Yamaha F325D, or Martin D13e.

On the flip side, let’s see if this guitar will be perfect for you.

Yamaha APXT2 Guitar Review

For an adult, it may look a bit awkward and cute (somewhere in between). This is because it’s a small guitar.

Here’s the deal:

Compact guitars have their own share of pros and cons. For instance, they are excellent for travel, great for kids or beginners. The disadvantage, however, is the sound.

Yamaha APXT2 review

Luckily for us, the Yamaha APXT2 is not like the rest. I’ll talk more about it in the sound quality section. For now, let’s talk about the looks.

There are four finishes, namely, Natural, Black, Dark Red Burst, and Old Violin Burst. Moreover, the white binding around the body emphasizes the color, making it aesthetically pleasing. There’s also the unique oval soundhole of Yamaha, adding extra points to the looks.

Personally, I like the natural look on this acoustic-electric guitar. 

That’s not even the best part:

There’s also an excellent variant: Yamaha APXT2EW. These guitars use uncommon woods that makes them sound oddly incredible and look astonishing.

To top it all off:

The build quality of this guitar is top-notch. I mean, it’s Yamaha we’re talking about. So, compared to cheap guitars, this will last you a lot longer, and it’ll be a money-well-spent.

Sound Quality

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t expecting much from a small guitar. The Yamaha APXT2, on the other hand, subdued that expectation. 

Here’s the thing:

It may not be as crisp as its full-size cousins such as Yamaha FG-TA—but for a small-scale guitar? It sounds magnificent. To put it into perspective, it features a loud projection with an emphasis on highs.

For the best part?

It sounds a lot better when it’s plugged in—good enough that you can even use it for live sessions.

Simply put, it will have a round-er and more precise sound. Furthermore, with the ART Pickup, your guitar will further be responsive and expressive. Also, you can customize the volume and tone, giving you more tonal options.

Playability

For kids, this small-size will be a perfect fit. In fact, it looks like a toy which will probably encourage them more to pick up the guitar and practice.

Luckily for adults, the neck will be just as comfortable. The frets are just the suitable distances that make chording a lot easy. 

Yamaha APXT2 headstock

The neck size and its matte finish also add up to the playability. Basically, the overall neck design makes it easy to switch from fret to fret, chord to chord—whether you’re a beginner or not.

Moreover, it has a built-in tuner. By having so, you don’t have to buy a separate one. Talk about a great deal, right? Just kidding, that’s not really the point. The actual benefit of this is you can easily tune your guitar whenever and wherever.

Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specs

Body TypeAPXT Small Shape
TopSpruce
Back & SidesLocally Sourced Tonewood
FinishGloss
NeckLocally Sourced Tonewood
Neck FinishMatte
FingerboardRosewood
Frets21 frets joined at 14th
Scale Length22 13/16 inches (580mm)
Nut Width1 11/16 inches (43mm)
ElectronicsSYSTEM68 + ART 1way Pickup
Hand OrientationRight-handed

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a small guitar with excellent quality, Yamaha APXT2 should be on your shortlist. I mean, it’s one of the few that didn’t sacrifice sound quality over comfort.

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