New Gear Review: Yamaha APXT2 Acoustic

YamahaAPXT2The APXT2 is a smaller version of the world’s best-selling acoustic-electric guitar, the APX500II. The APXT2’s compact size is perfect for travel, practice, busking or on the gig. The body depth is 65-75-mm, width at the nut is 43-mm (1 1/16-inches) and the string length is 580-mm.

This 3/4-sized model includes Yamaha’s proprietary Acoustic Resonance Transducer (A.R.T.) System68 pickup system with built-in chromatic tuner. The guitar has a spruce top, meranti for the back and sides, a mahogany bridge and neck with a rosewood fingerboard.

The System68 A. R. T. active preamp works with a transducer/contact pickup system and has a mid-boost EQ for tone shaping. It is interesting that the transducer system delivers an acoustic tone by achieving a balance between picking up some of the small resonances and also dampening excessive vibrations from the soundboard.

It is available in different Dark Red Burst, Natural, Old Violin Sunburst (pictured), and Black finishes. With a sturdy, padded gig bag, the APXT2 sells for $315 MSRP. Check out http://4wrd.it/apxt2 for more information.

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com