This guitar sets a value challenge for other makers offering microphone-imaging technology.
The APX1000's maple element contributes to a bright, taut tone, and projection is fairly vigorous. The unplugged sound is up to par for the body size, with reasonable dynamics and sustain, a smooth, fluid tone, commendable poise and balance. It gives a degree of lower-end warmth and sweet-edged highs.
While powered up, with the new undersaddle pickup admirably taking care of the piezo side of things, the guitar's SRT aspects knock the socks off onboard real-mic blender systems.
"Yamaha has unequivocally moved things along nicely with the APX1000. It's a definite hit, not just as a fingerstyle-accommodating, stage all-rounder, but also for its high-quality powered versatility at a price that other manufacturers offering mic-imaging blender systems have yet to achieve."45 Stars