Outwardly, and taken as a broad viewing, theres little to differentiate the new APXs from the previous ones, but closer inspection reveals cosmetic upgrades when weighed against each models closest comparable predecessor. The APX700 is the same price as the old APX5 yet the specifi cation is noticeably more upmarket. The spruce/nato construction now includes a solid top, the raised soundhole ring is inlaid with abalone, and the cream binding encompasses not only the body but also the fi ngerboard and the rosewoodoverlaid headstock. The Yamaha logo and leafy motif here are inlaid motherof- pearl, rather than transfers. The collective result is like an amalgam of the APX5 and APX7.