Yamaha CPX5
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Yamaha CPX5

CPX5, Acoustic-electric Folk/Western guitar from Yamaha in the CPX series.

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w.m 01/02/2014

Yamaha CPX5 : w.m's user review

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Mine is black and it's been 14 years since I have it.
Spruce top
C-shaped Nato neck with 20 frets. Rosewood fingerboard.
Rosewood bridge
Lubricated machine heads.
Acoustic-electric system: piezo pickup placed under the bridge nut. Preamp with volume control, 3-band equalizer, mid-frequency control, mid switch

UTILIZATION

Comfortable neck
Ergonomic design
I glued a fret, added screws to hold the preamp, changed the battery compartment and fastened the input jack. I must say it has gotten around quite a bit. But it ages rather good and sounds better with time.

SOUNDS

It's fine for blues, rock and even jazz manouche. It sounds well unplugged, the sound is brilliant, percussive and, depending on the attack, smooth. Plugged: The electronics are average, it has no tuner and the pickup is relatively fragile.

OVERALL OPINION

Besides some minor work on the electronics, especially on the pickup, it's been 14 years and it is still hanging in there and has aged well. In the end, it's a good choice as an entry-level acoustic-electric.