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NAMM: Yamaha Guitars and Basses Unveiled – Reviewed

January 16, 2011 by  



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NAMM 2011 — Launched in 1987, Yamaha’s APX range was designed to be the ultimate performance electro-acoustic guitar – combining great on-stage tone thanks to a unique body design and the latest pickup and preamp technology with incredible on-stage comfort.

Joined later by the bigger bodied CPX series, designed to give a fuller, louder unplugged tone and a different look and voice, the combined ranges have defined the benchmark for electro-acoustic for over 20 years.

For 2011, the APX and CPX ranges get a full overhaul with new electronics and updated cosmetics while remaining true to the original design brief – an acoustic guitar that’s born to be on-stage.

Yamaha Guitars

Classic Tone. Onstage or Backstage.

Yamaha APX500II

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New piezo pickup – improved clarity and dynamic response

New preamp
Yamaha-made
Improved ergonomics
Improved tuner performance
AA battery powered for longer life and better dynamic response

Updated cosmetics
Ivory binding
New black headstock

New truss rod (adjustment from soundhole)

New finishes
Black
Natural
Old Violin Sunburst
Oriental Blue Burst
Dark Red Burst
Vintage White (new)
Red Metallic (new)

Yamaha APX700II

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1-way ART pickupNew preamp (as APX500)

Updated cosmetics
New wood soundhole inlay
New Translucent Black headstock finish

New truss rod (as APX500)

New finishes
Natural
Black
Sandburst
Brown Sunburst (new)
Vintage Sunburst (new)
LH model (Natural)
12-string model (Natural or Black)

Yamaha APX1000

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SRT pickup and preamp

Updated cosmetics
New wood soundhole inlay
New Translucent Black headstock finish
Gold hardware

New trussrod (as APX500/700)

New finishes
Natural
Mocha Black
Crimson Red Burst
Pearl Snow White (new)

Yamaha CPX500II

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New piezo pickup – improved clarity and dynamic response

New preamp
Yamaha-made
Improved ergonomics
Improved tuner performance

AA battery powered for longer life and better dynamic response

Updated cosmetics
Ivory binding
New black headstock

New truss rod (adjustment from soundhole)

New finishes
Black
Natural
Old Violin Sunburst
Oriental Blue Burst
Dark Red Burst
Vintage White (new)
Red Metallic (new)

Yamaha CPX700II

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1-way ART pickupNew preamp (as APX500)

Updated cosmetics
New wood soundhole inlay
New Translucent Black headstock finish

New truss rod (as APX500)

New finishes
Natural
Black
Sandburst
Brown Sunburst (new)
Vintage Sunburst (new)

LH model (Natural)

12-string model (Natural or Black)

Yamaha CPX1000

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SRT pickup and preamp

Updated cosmetics
New wood soundhole inlay
New Translucent Black headstock finish
Gold hardware

New trussrod (as APX500/700)

New finishes
Natural
Mocha Black
Crimson Red Burst
Pearl Snow White (new)

Yamaha NCX700

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When the NX range was launched in 2009, it heralded a new era in nylon-string electro-acoustic guitars combining the most dynamic and natural sounding pickup system available with a choice of body shapes – either NTX, featuring the playability and accessibility of a steel-string acoustic guitar, with the tone of a traditional nylon-string guitar, or NCX; featuring a traditional classical guitar neck profile and body shape.

For 2011, Yamaha are launching the NCX700, making the incredible performance and traditional playability of the NCX guitars available at a more accessible price-point than ever before.

Solid spruce topNato back & sides12th fret neck joint Traditional classical neckCG body shape2-way ART pickup system

Yamaha SG1820LTD

Yamaha SG1820LTD

Following in the footsteps of the classic SG2000, the SG1820 is the Yamaha SG for the 21st century. Redesigned for today’s music and today’s players, the new SGs feature new body construction designed to give the heavy sounds that today’s players demand together with new finishes and totally upgraded, pro-spec hardware.

The new SG1820LTD takes the road-ready spec of the SG1820 and adds a stunning AAAA flame maple top to make a guitar that has knock-out looks to go with its devastating tone and playability.

Limited to 2011 production

Made in Japan

African Mahogany body and neck

AAAA flame maple top

Set-in neck

Rosewood fretboard

Locking Grover machineheads

Tusq nut

Tonepros bridge and tailpiece

Duncan ’59 nickel-covered pickups

SKB case

New finishes
Honey Burst
Charcoal Grey

Yamaha BB424/5X

Yamaha BB424/5X

The latest generation of Yamaha BB basses offers something special – the classic look and vibe of the legendary Yamaha BB mated with the latest construction technology to craft a bass that performs like no other. The BB400 series basses offer the core features of the Super-BB basses, including the new 5-ply laminate neck and 45-degree through-body stringing to make the best-ever BB’s more accessible than ever.

New for 2011, BB424X and BB425X models add the new BB scratch-plate design to these models making the incredible looks of the Super-BB models available at BB400-series price-points.

Solid alder body

Yamaha custom pickups

5-ply laminated neck

45-degree through-body stringing

Black scratchplate

Metal knobs and control-plate

New finishes
Black
Vintage White
Red Metallic
Old Violin Sunburst

Yamaha Attitude Limited 3

Yamaha Attitude Limited 3

With Mr Big launching a new album and going back on the road in 2011, Billy Sheehan’s incredible Attitude signature bass sees its 21st anniversary, its third major version, and the first major update in 17 years. Built to Billy’s exacting requirements, the Attitude Limited 3 features construction details first launched on the incredible Super-BB basses melded together with all-new details to make this the hardest-hitting, highest-performance Yamaha bass to date.

Made in Japan

3-piece spline-jointed body

ARE and IRA Yamaha processes

New 45-degree 5-bolt neck joint

New pickups

New finishes
Black
Baby Blue (new)

Yamaha BBNE2LTD

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Celebrating 30 years of the partnership between Yamaha and bass legend Nathan East, the BBNE2LTD is a limited-edition version of Nathan’s signature bass featuring a new finish and an exclusive accessory kit.

Made in Japan

Yamaha BBNE2 Features:
5-string
through-neck

Exclusive color
Pewter/black nickel hardware

Limited Edition Accessory kit
Leather strap
Photo book
Picks
Signed Nathan East ‘hand stamp’
Hand-signed back-panel
Limited to 50pcs worldwide

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