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Excellent craftsmanship, handsome appointments, sonic quality, and easy action are the hallmarks of the new Yamaha APX500FM, CPX500 and CPX500FM acoustic-electric guitars. These three new guitar entries, a perfect fit for beginners through professionals, are ideal choices for rock, blues, roots or country styles alike.

The new models feature standout sound quality and craftsmanship that is virtually untouchable at these price points — largely due to the fact that they are manufactured in Yamaha owned and operated facilities that adhere to many of the same standards and practices as the company's high end handcrafted line.

"These are rich-sounding guitars for a variety of players, from the intermediate to experienced musicians, regardless of the musical style," said Dennis Webster, marketing manager, Yamaha Guitars.

The APX500FM, a thin-line acoustic-electric, is a flamed maple top version of the successful Yamaha APX500. It also features eastern mahogany back and sides, die-cast tuners, and the proprietary System55T preamp which includes our workhorse 1-way piezo pickup, 3-band EQ, adjustable midrange control and onboard tuner.

The CPX500 is a Yamaha Compass (medium jumbo) model with a Spruce top, eastern mahogany back and sides, die-cast tuners and System55T preamp, and is the full bodied "big brother" to the APX500 model. The CPX500FM features a flamed maple top.

"The APX thin-line acoustic electric series has always been a successful line for Yamaha Guitars and now, due to popular demand, we are offering new APX and Compass 500 models featuring beautiful flame maple tops, exceptional craftsmanship, and super-comfortable neck profiles at unbelievable prices," said Armando Vega, product manager, Yamaha Guitars.

The CPX500, CPX500FM, and APX500FM performance electric acoustic guitars retail for $549.99.

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