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Yamaha APXT2 Review

 

The guitar sports a smooth nato neck that’s very comfortable for smaller hands, along with a rosewood fretboard and 21 frets. The tuners are decent and it comes with a padded gig bag, which also makes it a good choice for a travel guitar.

The fantastic thinking APX500II is Yamaha’s best-selling electro-acoustic guitar, so it makes sense that they would produce a smaller scaled version for players with smaller hands. Enter, the APXT2, which more than earns its place in our chart of the best acoustic guitars for small hands. This streamlined steel-string electro-acoustic retains the stylish looks, slimline texture and quality electronics that made the original so popular, with an equally wallet-friendly price tag.

Body And Neck
The APXT2 is certainly cut from the same fabric as Yamaha’s APX500II, albeit smaller. It sports a single-cutaway thinline body shape with a 3/4 scale, a top made of spruce (laminated of course — this is a sub-$200 guitar after all), along with the familiar oval soundhole. The back and sides are made from meranti, which is a dark wood that is essentially a cheaper mahogany. In addition to the organic model — that nicely shows off the grain of the woods — the APXT2 comes in both glossy black and’old violin sunburst’ finishes. The small hand-friendly neck joins the body at the 14th fret and is crafted from NATO, with a fully-accessible rosewood fretboard, 21 frets and dot inlays. Its size is perfect for beginners, kids and adults with smaller hands, though every guitarist would find some use from it as a travel guitar — it feels pretty robust, so taking it on the road wouldn’t be out of the question.

Hardware
The APXT2 is an electro-acoustic that’s fitted with an ART-based preamp, with a System 68 contact pickup. The preamp features a control panel which experienced guitarists may get a little basic, although beginners will benefit from its simplicity — just a master volume and tone control knob along with a built-in electronic tuner. Electronics aside, the APXT2 features a set of adequate vintage-style covered tuners on the headstock, a rosewood bridge, and a plastic nut and saddle. It also comes with a very convenient padded gig bag for easy transportation and storage.

Sound
For such a small guitar, it actually sounds very good. It’s not comparable to a full size dreadnought in terms of projection or tone, but the APXT2 supplies more than enough volume for practice and home performance, while the glowing sound stays natural when amplified thanks to the ART system. Due to the limited controls it’s not the most flexible of systems when compared to some other acoustic preamps, but for travel and practice this is sufficient.

But it offers a whole lot in the way of playability, style and sound. Having a small scale and beautiful neck feel, it really is perfect for beginners and people with smaller hands, although’full-size’ players could find loads of use with it as a travel guitar. In general, pretty great!

  • Spruce Top
  • Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
  • System 68 Pick-Up
  • Gig bag Included

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