The Best, Only Smaller: Yamaha APXT2 3/4 Size Acoustic Electric Guitar

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Yamaha makes the world’s “best-selling acoustic-electric guitar”, the APX500III. This APXT2 3/4 size model is its little brother (or sister, if you prefer).

You get virtually everything there is in the larger guitar only in a more compact size that makes it easier to carry around.

Let’s take a quick look at what makes up the Yamaha APXT2, so you can see if it’s the one you’ve been looking for.

If you’re in a hurry (maybe you already know about the APX500III) and just want to check the pricing and availability at Amazon, you can click (or tap) the link just below.

The Electronics of the APXT2

This Yamaha guitar features an ART-based pickup system. ART stands for Acoustic Resonance Transducer. Yeah, I don’t know either. What I do know is that it works well for what it’s supposed to do.

Yamaha APXT2 controls
Yamaha APXT2 controls

The tuner is a Yamaha proprietary model that (according to the manufacturer) has “great sensitivity and accuracy for quick tuning.” I agree with that statement. Having a built-in tuner is one of the nicest features in modern acoustic electrics.

Finally, you get a mid-boost EQ on the side for shaping those tones just how you like them from song to song.

The Acoustics of the APXT2

You can get the APXT2 in several colors and finishes.

  • Natural
  • Black
  • Dark red burst
  • Old violin sunburst
Yamaha APXT2 body
Yamaha APXT2 body

It’s also available as an Exotic Wood model (APXT2EW). The difference between the EW and the standard model is that the EW is made of “locally sourced tonewood”, instead of the more common spruce, meranti, and other woods.

Here are the size specifications for all of these models.

Scale Length (in.)22 13/16
Body Length (in.)15 3/16
Total Length (in.)34 1/8
Body Width (in.)11 13/16
Body Depth (in.)2 9/16 to 2 15/16
Nut Width (in.)1 11/16
String Spacing (mm)10
Fingerboard Radius (in.)15 3/4

And here is what the various pieces are made of and/or how they are finished.

Back MaterialMeranti
Side MaterialMeranti
Neck MaterialNato or Mahogany
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Bridge MaterialRosewood
Nut MaterialUrea
Saddle MaterialUrea
Bridge PinsBlack ABS
TunersCovered Chrome
Body BindingCream and black
Soundhole InlayBlack or White
Body FinishGloss
Neck FinishMatte

Note that there is no pickguard on the APXT2. (This is something I tend to forget to look for until it’s too late.)

It may depend on whom you purchase this guitar from, but you should get a gig bag in the package. Most owners seem to want a hard shell case anyway. Many elect to go with the SKB 300 Baby Taylor / Baby Martin case because it fits the APXT2 perfectly as well.

Conclusions about the Yamaha APXT2

Take a listen to the APXT2 and I think you’ll agree that it’s an awesome-sounding guitar, especially for its size and price.

It’s no wonder this guitar is nearly as popular as its larger sibling. For more info on the APX500III (and others), click here.

Get your own Yamaha APXT2 Acoustic Electric at Amazon today.

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Author: Gary Sonnenberg

Gary has been playing keyboards since he was very young. He started on a chord organ because that's what his father liked. He's played guitar since he was a teenager, and he recently learned he could keep the beat on a drum set.