Yamaha CPX1200II

Boasting a full 15mm extra width, the CPX has much more of a traditional acoustic guitar body size than its stablemate the APX1200II.

The thin gloss finish is particularly noticeable in this translucent black colour with the soundboard's grain being discernible to the eye and touch.

High-gloss black many not be everyone's idea of an acoustic but the mahogany trimmings give the guitar a very stylish look, augmented by the diamond-shaped mahogany fretboard inlays and large ebony tuner buttons. Close inspection reveals high standards of fretwork, build quality, finish and presentation.

Sounds

Unplugged, the CPX is the full-fat version of the APX. The overall timbre has more 'meat' to it and the lower registers have real fullness.

No doubt due to its body size, the CPX offers a good deal of sustain and responds to dynamics articulately - it offers a well-rounded, versatile sound. Plugged in, the CPX produces a warm tone: bright 'snap' and 'zing' are very present but softer, mellower tones are easy to dial in.

In short, the CPX it a show-stealing instrument that appears to have it all: good looks, high standards of craftsmanship and a versatile, capable amplified and acoustic output.

MusicRadar Rating

4.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Classy looks; build quality; both acoustic and amplified tone.

Cons

Nothing.

Verdict

Great looks, great tone, well-priced - what's not to like?

Country of Origin

China

Available Finish

Translucent black (as reviewed), vintage sunburst finish

Back Material

Solid rosewood

Body Style

Mini jumbo cutaway

Fingerboard Material

Ebony

Hardware

Die-cast enclosed

Left Handed Model Available

No

Neck Material

Mahogany

No. of Frets

20

Nut

43mm

Nut Material

Bone

Scale Length (mm)

650

Sides Material

Solid rosewood

Weight (kg)

2.1

Pickup

ART undersaddle pickup, System 62 SRT mic-modelling preamp with three-band EQ, three SRT mic presets, focus/wide select, pickup/mic blend rotary, AFR (Anti-Feedback Reduction), chromatic tuner

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