This is a 12-string version of APX700II. The 700 series guitars feature styling and specification driven by the 1000-series guitars but with the exclusive ART pickup system. Designed to capture the guitar’s full body resonance, ART’s ability to faithfully recreate natural tone and dynamics means that the subtle differences between APX and CPX guitars are perfectly recreated, allowing you to pick the guitar that suits your style and know that character will always shine through. A left-hand version of the APX700II is also available.
TAKE THE STAGE BY STORM
As an electric guitarist in the mid 1980s, if you wanted to play acoustic on stage there were few options for you that really worked - and certainly nothing that was designed with you in mind. After talking to guitarists playing gigs of all sizes about what they really needed for a stage acoustic, Yamaha decided to make the first acoustic guitar that could be taken from a guitar rack, plugged in and played at volume – problem free. And so APX was born – designed to meet the tonal needs of both the guitarist and the band as a whole. No more howling feedback, misplaced mics or the dreaded extended sound check….
And being designed for electric guitarists, it wasn’t just the sound that was the focus on the APX - every element was tweaked to be an easy switch on-stage, from the stylish finishes to the cutaway body and the slim, electric-guitar style neck.
In any electro-acoustic, the pickup is at the heart of the sound. The first APX guitars were loaded with basic undersaddle piezo pickups and over time, as new pickup technologies became available, APX has featured a variety of systems suited to different playing styles and tonal requirements, several of which are still available today. The latest APX500III still features an undersaddle piezo pickup, but things have moved on since those early models and now it’s Yamaha’s proprietary Pickup-R transducer – the same pickup as featured in the highly acclaimed A Series range and boasting incredible dynamic range, natural tone and the feedback rejection and mix-friendly sound that guitarists need and want. Yamaha’s legendary active preamp is still a big feature of APX, and being built by Yamaha’s audio-visual division, the sound quality is everything you’d expect from the world’s number one.
Styles have changed a little since 1897 and over the years the APX has continued to adapt to the needs of the guitarist. The essence of APX is the same as ever, but compared to the first models today’s APX guitars boast a more woody, natural look, 5mm deeper body for better bass response and greater volume and, under the hood, scalloped bracing for a responsive, dynamic tone.
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 : OVAL
The instantly recognizable APX soundhole thickens lower-mid response and gives a more strident, open low end.
ELECTRIC SYSTEM: SRT SYSTEM FOR APX1200II AND CPX1000
Using advanced Digital Signal Processing and real-world insight into audio technology and recording techniques, Yamaha have developed SRT – a pickup and preamp system capable of delivering an amazingly natural, studio-quality acoustic guitar tone.
Sounds that were, until now, only attainable by professional recording engineers using expensive vintage microphones in world-class acoustic spaces are now easily recreated by any player, on stage or in the studio.
SRT does not artificially create a guitar tone, rather it creates a faithful reproduction of the other elements that make up a great guitar sound – the subtle ambience of the real space between instrument and microphone, the characteristic EQ voicing of a great sounding vintage mic, the different resonances captured when you move a mic around a guitar.
And because SRT uses your guitar's natural tone as a basis for this process, the result is phenomenally realistic and full of the acoustic character of your guitar.
ELECTRIC SYSTEM : A.R.T. SYSTEM FOR APX700II
A.R.T. pickup is designed with a multilayer structure consisting of six layers of different materials.
Because the pickups are fitted directly beneath the top board, body resonance of the guitar is faithfully reproduced.
ELECTRIC SYSTEM : PIEZO PICKUP SYSTEM FOR APX500III
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, ribbon-type piezo pickup.