I also looked at the Ovation Elite(used) and for the money this thinline stole the show. Although the Ovation's sound was also great, the handleing and performance comfort was better on this APX5A. I'll tell you all for the price and for the quality I am totally happy with my choice. Yes if for any reason this guitar was lost or stolen..I would buy a new one with no question.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $499.00 (new)
Where Obtained: The Guitar Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Made in Taiwan, Oval Soundhole, Black, Cutaway, 6 strings, 22 frets, volome control, range controls, Piezo pickup
Everything about the guitar I love. I looked around for quite sometime for the one I really liked. Iv'e always played a Yamaha(30 years) and I think for the money you can't beat it.I love the action, fast and sweet.
I use a SWF Strawberry Blonde amp. The combination, tone, value, acoustics...I love it. I am extremely happy with my choices. I play smooth Jazz, Pop, Rock the sound is full, rich, sweet.
I have had it now for several weeks...so far so good.
I compared Ovation, Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Seagull, and Epiphone models. There was no comparison for playability. As soon as I picked up and played "Wish You Were Here" on the Yamaha, I knew I had to have it. The more expensive models above clearly have a deeper sound, but the necks are considerably more bulky. If you need a 12 string and have smaller hands, this is a wonderful guitar.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $550.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Absolute Music, Fairborn OH
This is a Hong Kong made Yamaha APX 5A-12(string). It is a cutaway with onboard Yamaha electronics. It has a beautiful natural sunburst finish with a solid Spruce top. The back and sides are Nato, with a rosewood fingerboard. It comes with standard controls, volume, and a mini eq (bass, mid and treble).
The reason I bought this guitar was its playability. The neck is the narrowest I've seen for a 12 string, but you are not cramped at all, it really is amazing. The action I play is middle range, but there is no buzzing and the neck itself is very fast. The thin body design of the APX series makes the guitar very easy to hold and play, both while standing or sitting.
I've played this on both my Marshall AVT 50 and Roland cube30 through the Boss Loop Station and it sounds very good. Without amplification, you can definitely tell you are playing a thinner body guitar. The sound is not as deep as they Taylor or Martin 12 string models, but it is considerably cheaper. I play this mainly at home and at church, where I plug into the PA system and it sounds wonderful. Yamaha really makes top notch electronics.
I play live with it 2-3 times per month. No problems so far. A chink in the armor though, my bridge separated after only ~6 months. Yamaha was outstanding with the repair, I sent it to the local expert and he billed Yamaha directly and they paid, no problem. Since the repair, it sounds and plays like or better than new. I store and travel with it in the Yamaha APX hard shell case, very solid.