- Inspection and Set-up
- Humidity Care
*These are stock photos. Actual color and pattern may vary.
As an electric guitarist in the '80s, if you wanted to play acoustic on stage there were few options available. In 1987, Yamaha made the first acoustic guitar that could be taken from a guitar rack, plugged in and played at volume, problem free; no more howling feedback, misplaced mics or dreaded extended sound checks.
The APX600 and APX600FM models feature a unique undersaddle piezo pickup, the Yamaha proprietary SRT transducer featured in the highly-acclaimed A Series range, a natural tone and the feedback rejection and mix-friendly sound guitarists crave.
- Thinline Cutaway Body design for exceptional playability
- 25" Scale Length and Narrower String Spacing for enhanced comfort
- New Bracing Pattern for increased bass response
- Abalone Sound Hole Rosette
- Stage-Focused Pickup System for shaping your sound in the mix
Although its style has evolved, the essence of the APX remains the same. Today, it boasts a more natural look, a deeper body for better bass response and greater volume and a scalloped bracing pattern for responsive, dynamic tone.
Combines all the attributes that made its predecessor, the APX500, one of the worldâ€™s best-selling acoustic-electric guitars, along with a few comfort and cosmetic upgrades.
Body Depth and Bracing Pattern
The APX thinline body offers incredible comfort, top-fret access and a sound perfect for the stage. Specially-designed, non-scalloped X-type bracing maximizes body resonance for full, natural tone.
APX Sound Hole: Oval
The instantly recognizable APX sound hole thickens lower-mid response and gives a more strident, open low end.
Electric System: Piezo Pickup System for APX600 and APX600FM
This pickup uses individual elements for each string to give an ultra-clear, ultra-wide bandwidth signal with far better dynamic response and tonal accuracy than a regular piezo pickup.
Electric System: A.R.T. System for APX700II
The A.R.T. pickup was designed with a multi-layer structure consisting of various materials. Because the pickups are fitted directly beneath the top board and capture sound from both the guitarâ€™s top and the air inside the body, its natural resonance is preserved.
- Body Shape Thinline Cutaway
- Scale Length 634 mm (25")
- Body Length 490 mm (19 5/16")
- Total Length 1022 mm (40 1/4")
- Body Width 384 mm (15 1/8")
- Body Depth 80-90 mm (3 1/8" - 3 9/16")
- Nut Width 43 mm (1 11/16â€)
- String Spacing 10 mm 10 mm
- Top Material Spruce
- Back Material Locally-Sourced Tonewood **
- Side Material Locally-Sourced Tonewood **
- Neck Material Locally-Sourced Tonewood **
- Fingerboard Material Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius R400 mm (15 3/4")
- Bridge Material Rosewood Rosewood
- Nut Material Urea
- Saddle Material Urea
- Bridge Pins Black ABS with White Dot
- Tuners Die-Cast Chrome (TM29T)
- Body Binding Ivory + Black
- Sound Hole Inlay ABS + Abalone
- Pickguard None
- Body Finish Gloss
- Neck Finish Matte (Gloss for BL, VW Color Variations)
- Electronics SYSTEM65 + SRT Piezo Pickup
- Controls Vol/3-Band EQ/Tuner/Mid FQ
- Connections LINE OUT
- Strings .012/.016/.024/.032/.042/.053
- Accessories Hex Wrench, 2 x AA Batteries
- Case None
** To minimize waste and support sustainable procurement, various species of tonewoods are used based on availability.
At Easy Music Center, we care for our instruments from the moment they arrive to when they ship to your door. All instruments are stored in a climate controlled environment and put through a 12-point inspection checklist before being shipped.
First, we check the finish of the instrument, carefully inspecting any blemishes on the surface. Next, we check the playability and setup by inspecting and adjusting the truss rod (if available), bridge, nut, and frets to manufacturer factory specifications. Any request made outside of manufacturer factory specifications can incur additional charges for parts and labor. If the instrument has electronics, we test all of the electronic components to make sure they are functioning properly.
After a thorough inspection, we then move on to maintenance. We start by lubricating any moving parts on the instrument, such as tuning machines. We then move on to cleaning and oiling the fretboard along with the frets.
Once maintenance is done, we stretch and tune the strings and play test the instrument. After this, we do a final inspection and clean/detail the instrument before packing it up for shipment.
We’re excited to be a part of your instrument buying experience.
Acoustic guitars and ukulele are made of wood, and wood is sensitive to changes in climate. Shifts in temperature or relative humidity can affect your instrument in multiple ways, some of which can lead to costly repairs if you’re not careful. Solid woods in particular are especially prone to the effects of climate fluctuation. For example, extended exposure to low relative humidity (below 40% RH) can dry out the wood, causing it to shrink and run the risk of cracking. Similarly, excessive humidity can cause the wood to absorb moisture and swell, potentially causing other problems. Without adequate humidity control (especially in drier local climates), acoustic instruments can crack and their necks can warp, causing problems with fretting, intonation and playability.
So how do you prevent this kind of damage? Easy: by keeping your guitars and ukulele properly humidified (ideally between 40-60% RH). The easiest way to do this is by storing your instruments in a case with a case two-way humidifier inside. A two-way humidifier will slowly absorb or release moisture inside your case, maintaining humidity to help ensure your instrument doesn’t suffer damage. Using a digital hygrometer can help you monitor humidity levels around your instrument.
Symptoms of a dry acoustic instrument:
- Low action. Strings are very close to the fretboard.
- Hump on the fretboard where the neck joins the body.
- Sunken top across the soundboard between bridge and fingerboard.
- The back of instrument looks very flat when it is dried out.
- Sharp fret ends extend beyond the edge of the fretboard.
- The plane of the neck angle on a dry instrument hits above the top of the bridge.
Symptoms of a wet acoustic instrument:
- High action. Strings that are unusually high off the fretboard, making it difficult to play.
- Unusually swollen top
- Unusual warp on the top, back or both at the end-block
- Improper neck angle. Sighting the neck to the bridge, the frets will appear to hit below the bridge.
Using patented technology, the D’Addario Two-Way Humidification System features disposable, moisture-filled packets with a breathable membrane that provides two-way humidity control, meaning it can either release or absorb moisture to consistently maintain a predetermined relative humidity (RH) level of 45-50 percent.
Music Nomad the leader in equipment care products, has developed an easy to use, no mess, and low maintenance Ukulele humidifier. The Humilele rests securely on top of the strings to safely and evenly hydrate your Ukulele to avoid these problems.
Final Notes on Humidity Control
To monitor the amount of humidity your instrument is receiving, we recommend the purchase of a digital hygrometer, a device that gauges and provides a read-out of humidity levels. It can be kept in the room where you store your instruments, or, better yet, in a central location inside the instrument case, preferably Velcro’d to the outside of the accessories compartment (facing the heel). The optimal range for your guitars and ukulele is 45-55% RH.