Review Yamaha APXT2 3/4-Size Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Gig Bag

The Yamaha APXT2 3/4 Thinline Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar is a 3/4 size version of Yamaha’s best-selling acoustic- electric guitar, the APX500II. This fun, yet well-constructed compact guitar makes great company when you’re on a road. The APXT2 features an ART-based pickup system and a proprietary tuner with great sensitivity and accuracy for quick tuning. This
compact guitar comes with gig bag.

Packed with features, the Yamaha APXT2 includes Yamaha’s proprietary Acoustic Resonance Transducer (A.R.T.) System68 pickup system with built-in tuner, Spruce top, Meranti back and sides, Mahogany neck and a Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. It also comes with a sturdy, padded gig bag.

The System68 A. R. T. includes a one-way active preamp and transducer contact pickup system that features mid-boost EQ for tone shaping and a precision chromatic tuner. The transducer system delivers a natural acoustic tone by dampening excessive vibration from the soundboard while picking up small resonances to achieve ideal sensitivity and outstanding dynamic balance.

And what travel guitar would be complete without a gig bag included? The Yamaha APXT2 includes a proprietary gig bag that ensures that it will be able to accompany you on the beach, around campfires or anywhere else your journeys may bring you.


Product Specification:

  • String Type: Steel
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Body Shape: APX Thinline
  • Body Style: Single Cutaway
  • Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Top Wood: Spruce
  • Back & Sides Wood: Meranti
  • Binding: Plastic
  • Neck Wood: Nato or Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Standard
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Dots
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Scale Length: 22.835″
  • Tuning Machines: Covered
  • Bridge Material: Rosewood
  • Nut/Saddle Material: Plastic
  • Nut Width: 1.6875″
  • Electronics: ART-based preamp with System 68 contact pickup
  • Strings:(.012-.053)
  • Case Included: Gig bag

Product Features:

  • Spruce top
  • Meranti back & sides
  • Nato neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge
  • 65-75 mm body depth
  • 43 mm (1-11/16″) nut width
  • 580 mm string length
  • Covered tuners tuners
  • System 68 (contact pickup) preamp


  • 3/4 size
  • ART-based preamp
  • System 68 pickup
  • Gig bag included


  • Laminate
  • Sounds like a ukulele

Final Conclusion:
Great guitar it looks brand new. No scratches or blemishes. It has a great feel and produces a really nice tone with no noticeable fret buzz. I don’t think you could find a better guitar for the price.

This is a great little guitar. I always wanted to learn to play guitar. I am a retired Music Educator and Professional Drummer. I am a large size man and regular sized acoustic guitars have always seemed bulky and hard for me to handle. I also have large hands and that was a problem for me as well. I had almost gave up on playing the guitar until I found the Yamaha APXT2. This guitar is very easy for me to handle and the neck fits my hand perfectly. I actually enjoy practicing and playing this little guitar. Unplugged this guitar is great for practice. But, this guitar needs to be plugged in for performance. When plugged in this little guitar sounds as great as any full size acoustic guitar. The only drawback is that Yamaha does not make a hardshell case for this guitar. It comes with a padded gig bag. I was very lucky, that after searching high and low, I fould a very affordable hard shell case that actually fit this guitar. The SKB Baby Martin Case (SKB-300) is a perfect fit for my Yamaha APXT2. I am attaching a photo of my Yamaha APXT2 Guitar in my SKB Baby Martin Hard Shell Case. I’m very pleased with both.


If you’re looking for an inexpensive thinline mini for stage, this guitar has very little competition. Unplugged, it won’t sound as full as larger bodied guitars made of solid tonewoods, such as the Taylor GS Mini. But plugged in, it is hard to hear the difference, and the Yamaha costs less than half the Taylor and is easier to take care of. Also, the thinline design makes it less prone to feedback. The short scale and lower string tension make it easier to play than a full size, nice if you have small hands or joint pain. Awesome carry-on guitar if you have to fly to a gig. The sunburst finish puts me in mind of a 1930s parlor guitar, even if the shape isn’t quite right, and indeed this makes an awesome fingerstyle guitar for ragtime, blues, and old-time Americana. There’s a SE Asian guy on Youtube who plays with one of these. Check him out. He’s fantastic, and the guitar sounds awesome. Four stars doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with it, just that it’s a good player that’s somewhat lacking in luxury appointments. At this price, that’s as good as it gets!


This is, quite simply, the most comfortable acoustic guitar I have ever played. I’m a small woman with short arms and have never found an acoustic that fit me well. I didn’t want a child’s toy guitar so when I first saw this little beauty, I was skeptical. And then I held it and played it. I’m a believer!! Beautiful full sound. Light and easy to hold. A thin body so I can easily reach around and an incredibly smooth neck and fret board that is a dream to play. Great action right out of the box. I don’t think I’ve sacrificed anything acoustically from such a small guitar. This little beauty can play with the big boys, and plugged in, it sounds ever better. It doesn’t have a fancy equalizer but it does have an on-board tuner and volume/tone controls. I’ll let my amp handle any other sound tweaking I may want. I really love this guitar and can’t say enough good things about it. The size is a dream come true for smaller hands and arms but the neck is not so narrow that folks with chunkier hands couldn’t play it. After much research, I am beyond happy that I finally found this guitar. Love it. Love it. Love it.

Ayan Ayan

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