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To play the guitar you don’t need to understand how it works or what makes it work, just that the guitar does as you want, especially if you are a beginner. The Yamaha Pacifica is perfect, if the opening statement is applicable to you. People just starting to learn to play the electric guitar may not want or need to know how the pick ups, or the various selective switches on a guitar, work or affect the sound that is coming out of the amplifier. And my oh my what a sound this particular specimen produces, let me try to enlighten you. Firstly the guitar’s design: The body and neck are based roughly on the Fender Stratocaster, with two cutaways, the lower one deeper than the top. The bottom of the guitar features a fade away effect in the structure to make it easier to play. The body itself is very light and thin, being only 5cm in width, and this could make more experienced players agitated if it does not suit their style of play. The neck has a nice feel to it, and it too, feels easy to play, again as it is not very wide. This is good if you are a beginner as your hand is not stretched, and you are able to let your fingers wander up and down the fret board with ease and precision. Selector Switches: On this model there is the one selector switch, with five possible sounds available. This too is helpful to new players as there is no need to fiddle around for hours trying to find the perfect sound. There is one volume control and one tone control, again so little effort has to be put in to find the correct sound you are searching for. Pick ups: There are four pick ups. One Bass pick up, located a little less than a centimetre away from the bottom of the neck; a medium pick up 3cm away from the bass, and a double treble pick up another 3cm away from that. I find the bass pick up to be too close to the neck, and this can be quite uncomfortable for playing long riffs, as there is a small cutaway above it meaning there is little room
to position your hand correctly. Sound: As this guitar is fairly cheap (around £100), the sound quality is not great. It is too crackly, and I don’t mean distorted, I MEAN crackly. The selector switches do not offer a great variety of sound differences, but give just enough to keep you entertained. When your amplifier is set up for a clean sound, and the guitar is likewise, there is little difference between each position on the selector switch, so it is advisable to rely on the pick ups to change your sound. There is a basic tremolo system that is easy to conquer, but the positioning of it is quite awkward. Playing action: Because of the size of the guitar, it does not allow for a style to be honed and developed, but is good for squeezing out any bad habits you may acquire whilst learning, because it does not allow you much room to manoeuvre your strumming arm. This is good in some ways as it allows you to get the basics right, but is negative because you cannot progress and experiment to play how you want. If the guitar is setup correctly, and the strings are at a good height, playing riffs is quite enjoyable. There is a good bend on the strings, even near the first three or four frets, and again this is perfect for beginners who will most probably want something that is not too hard on their fingers. The tremolo arm is quite irritating as it seems to always be in the way, however thankfully, you can take it off! Overall, I am quite satisfied that this guitar can be good to start off with and learn on if you are willing to spend around one hundred and fifty pounds on this piece of kit. It is simple yet effective for less experienced players, and a nice simple guitar. If however you prefer more of a challenge and would prefer to play something that is a little more sophisticated, this is not the guitar for you. If this is the case, I would recommend a Fender Squire or a Telecaster. Anyway, this is a good guitar to learn on, but yo
u will quickly find it boring and neglect it, once you crave for something a little more sophisticated and fun to play. Happy strumming!
I bought this guitar about 2 years ago, and it still sounds as good as ever. When I was looking for a guitar, I was presented with a number of 'budget' guitars, and the Yamaha Pacifica 112 was the one I chose. The guitar itself comes in a range of colours Metallic Red, Old Violin Sunburst, Lake Blue, Translucent Dark Green, Black, Brown Satin, Vintage White, Natural Satin. I chose the Natural Satin with a black scratch plate. The finger board has 22 frets and is very comfortable to hold and smooth when playing up and down the board. The action its great for playing any kind of music, as I play anything from Fear Factory to Radiohead. The guitar comes with three pickups, two singles and a double at the bridge. The bridge is not a floyd rose, its a vintage tremolo, but as I said, it is a budget guitar. The guitar holds its tuning very well and the machineheads are comfortable to use. The controls on the guitar consist of a 5 position pickup selector, master volume, master tone. This guitar feels so natural to play and just oozes comfort from day 1. I have seen many local bands using Pacificas at gigs, as opposed to using an expensive ESP or ibanez. Even my freind prefer my Pacifica to their Jackson Dinky. This guitar is an excellent first guitar, or even just for your collection. The price really shouldnt be that low, but it is, so go buy one!!