“ Brand: Yamaha / Guitar Type: Electric Guitar „
Pacifica is a series of electric guitars manufactured by Yamaha. Many different styles of Pacifica have been introduced since the 1990's, all of which have one of two basic shapes. They either have a double cutaway shape, similar to a Stratocaster, or a single cutaway shape like a Telecaster. The first guitar that I bought, about 5 years ago was a black and white double cutaway Yamaha Pacifica, and it really is a great guitar.
They tend to vary in price from very cheap to reasonably expensive, and I bought mine from a local music shop - Allegro Music - for about £200, and considering the quality of the guitar is a very good price. They are very well made, and are strong, durable guitars wth an attractive professional appearance.
The design is very straightforward, but they look good, and they are perfectly weighted and proportioned. The sound quality of the strings is excellent, and in my opinion sounds just as good as guitars such as Fenders which are generally considered better. However I do find that a Pacifica has to be tuned more frequently than many other guitars.
A very reliable model, and proof that good guitars are not always the most expensive ones.
My mum and dad bought me my Pacifica when I was about 14 years old. It was to be a stepping stone for me. My teenage delusions of being a rock star were in full swing at this point and I told my parents that I would hone my skills on the Pacifica before saving up for a Les Paul so I could sound like Slash and Jimmy Page. That was almost 15 years ago. Those teenage dreams have long since died a death, as has my desire for a Les Paul guitar, although not for the same reasons. I'm not a rock star because I'm not good enough (that Heartbreaker solo really finished me off!), I don't want a Les Paul because I have everything a bedroom guitarist needs in my Pacifica.
If you're looking to buy your first electric guitar or are a parent looking to buy one for your son/daughter then look no further. The Pacifica provides a novice guitarist with everything they need to get to grips with the world of the electric guitar.
The fret board is a total of 22 frets with markings on both the fret board itself and the neck of the guitar denoting fret numbers. There is a total of three pickups, two single coil and one humbucker with a switch allowing for five positions. There are volume and control knobs on the face as well as a tremolo bar fitted. One of the best features of the guitar is the weight. Compared to guitars such as Les Paul's this is very light indeed which makes it an excellent choice of guitar for younger children who are first starting out. The changing of strings is very easy and can be done very quickly with no problems at all.
The most important thing of course is the sound. For me it's given me everything I've wanted. Whether played though just an amplifier or through an effects peddle the sound has always been first class whether it be subtle clean tones or crunchy distortion.
Now 28 year old I can't bring myself to part with this guitar. I play it more now than ever and its durability is amazing. Sure it's got a few bumps and bruises over the years but the sound is as good as ever, the only thing that's changed since my teenage dreams of being a rock god are my hair line and the strings.
My parents picked it up for less than £200 and after 15 years of heavy use it's still as good today as it was when first purchased. You not going to get a better guitar for that sort of money anywhere else.
These are incredibly well made guitars, tight neck joints and a professional finish. They are a development of the most famous of guitars, the Fender Stratocaster. Designed in California by guitarists for guitarists at the Yamaha design HQ, they are an absolute bargain whichever model you go for. I like them so much that i currently have six of them! Ranging from the cheaper models to the best and most expensive, i intend to add to the collection very soon. I have gone through many other makes of guitars, i still have a couple of Strats and a Gibson SG and while i like those too, i find myself drawn back to the Pacifica's because of their no nonsense approach and straight forward design. They sound just as good as the Fenders in my opinion and being an original design are not just a cheap copy like many other (student) guitars. These are professional tools of the trade, even the starter models. I know you don't see them on TV much, i am a little disappointed about this. It seems that people expect to see a famous guitarist playing either a Fender, Gibson or one of the other popular brands like Ibanez or Paul Reed Smith. Make no mistake, these are every bit as good if you lavish as much care and attention on them. Such as a decent set up and possibly a pickup change for something a bit more bluesy or crunchy as you commonly find with all the famous guitars i mentioned earlier.
Not that the standard pickups are in need of upgrading, it's just that when you get into your tone, develop your ear, you may feel the need to try something better like Seymour Duncan's or as i have in one of mine, Bare Knuckle's. The most expensive model, the 812v which is now discontinued! does have Seymour Duncan's already installed as standard.
I'v owned this guitar for a very long time now, and its been bumped, knocked over, used at gigs, taken to umpteen band practices and left lying around.
And it still sounds great!!!
This is an awesome guitar. Its ideal for beginners and intermedieate players, and there are a few professionals who own it as well. for the money, there is no alternative.
Granted, there are a few shortfalls but you really cant expect more for a guitar in its price range. Yes, there are a lot of better guitars, but not for less than £200.
Lets have a look at it then...
Not the best, but it does look good with the transparent paintwork. Mine is transparent green, with a white scratchplate which does yellow slightly with time and use. The paint is tough and durable and resists dents and scratches well. It still shines up nicely and I'v had it for about 6 years. The headstock is refined and not bulky like a lot of the other starter guitars. It looks professional.
Marvellous. The neck is bolt on with four bolts holding it in place, and remains solid. The neck is thin and comfortable, machined to tiny tolerances and the fingerboard is made of very high quality wood. the frets wear quite fast but theis doesnt seem to be affecting its playability at all. The pickups are solid and hold up to many many hits and bumps. Layout and design or switches and knobs is acceptable, however I know some players have a tendancy to knock teh volume control while playing so perhaps this could have been better positioned. I personally dont have this problem.
This is where the Pacifica excells. It sounds like a much more expensive guitar. The humbucker at the bridge gives good distortion and a nice crunchy sound, while the two single coils give wonderfully crisp clean sounds. you can play death metal, or blues with this guitar! its extremely versatile and suits all styles of music and playing. The tone control ranges from light and dry to deep and warm, and the 5 way selector switch lets you us either the humbucker, humbucker and middle, middle, middle and neck, or neck pickups.
the neck of this guitar is fantastic, and hitting high notes is effortles. Harmonicsc come flying out with ease and bending is a walk in teh park. I love playing this guitar, as its so effortless. Dont get me wrong, it wont make you Jimi Hendrix if you cant already play, but it also provides a stable platform for a beginner to learn on. The strings are close to the neck which makes fast runs easily acheivable or lets beginners press easily on the strings. The guitar is light and comfortable whether played on the knee or with a strap. The stock strap is a bit uncomfortable though so I would reccommend getting an alternative.
My only gripe with this guitar would be the bridge. Had they included a high level bridge, even for a slight price markup, there would be no faults at all. Its a bit stiff, and comes set up with only the ability to bend down but can be adjusted to provide a hell of a lot of pull! Theres no locking nut though so expect some crazy tuning afterwards. For the price band though, its perfectly acceptable and does the job.
I play this guitar with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings, a Line 6 Spider II amp and Planet Waves leads, which is a very stable rig for gigging with or practicing at home. I love this guitar, and 6 years on I'm still happy with it. Although its not the best guitar in the world, its the best you can buy in its price category and it definatley belongs in a much higher category!
When I first showed an interest in learning to play guitar about nine years ago my parents were keen to get me my own guitar to learn on, (primarily so I'd stop pinching my dad's), without spending an absolute fortune for it. My guitar-playing brother was given instructions to find me a reasonable quality guitar that didn't cost a bomb. The Yamaha Pacifica 112 is the guitar I was given.
The Pacifica is a double-cut away electric, similar in style to the classic Stratocaster. It is solid-bodied and comes with three pick-ups, a five-way selector, volume and tone controls and a floating bridge, (Don't worry non-guitarists, I'll go into these in more detail later in the review).
The Pacifica is a common enough guitar that could be found in any major music shop, (Dawson's is a good example), but most smaller shops are also likely to have some in stock. Failing all else, if you were to ask the assistants they could perhaps order one in specifically for you, or at least guide you in the right direction.
Despite being 'mass-produced', the build quality is excellent. The neck is fixed in place well and there are no gaps between the neck and the body, the finishing of the fretboard is of a high quality with no sharp edges to any of the frets or anything similar.
I've not had any technical reconfiguration of my guitar, but I've never found the need to. I know of some Pacifica's that do need to be set-up by a professional, but this varies from guitar to guitar anyway, as well as personal preference. I've never had to adjust the truss-rod (a piece of metal that runs through the guitar
The only modification I've ever had to make was to file down a sharp edge on the piece of plastic that holds the string in place at the headstock end. I'd had a problem with my bass E-string snapping, but I'd owned the guitar for a few years when this began happening, so I suspect it occurred because of rubbing from a previous set of strings. I doubt this was actually down to the build of the guitar and also doubt it is a problem across all Pacifica's.
The neck is very comfortable and because of the thickness of the neck beginner guitarists should find it relatively easy to play chords. The neck size is ideal for children of most ages; however for very young children it's perhaps a better idea to invest in a nylon strung acoustic guitar as the metal strings on electrics can be a little too painful to begin with.
For more experienced guitarists, the neck size is quite small, but whether this is a good or a bad thing very much depends on your own personal preference.
I've played several Pacifica's owned by friends over the years and have always found them easy to play and moving around the neck feels very natural and unforced.
The floating bridge allows you to perform 'dive-bombs' (a favourite of guitarists like Vai and Satriani), or add subtle vibrato to your playing (used often by Hank Marvin, Eric Johnson). I've been able to drop it as far as I possibly can without affecting tuning, though if you do go over-the-top with it you will eventually knock one or two strings out of tune.
The tuning stability is very good, despite the floating bridge. The main issue comes in sudden changes of temperature. If the guitar hasn't been left to acclimatise to where it will be played I have experienced some tuning difficulties. However, once the guitar is at 'room-temperature' and in tune I've rarely had to retune during or after a song.
Restringing the guitar can be a little hit and miss. On the whole it's not a difficult guitar to restring, but I have had a couple of problems when a string breaks and leaves the anchor-end of the string lodged in the bridge. Normally, poking it through with another string is sufficient, but I have occasionally had to remove the back to access the anchor. That aside I've never had any problems restringing my Pacifica and with practise most people would be able to restring and retune the guitar in a matter of minutes, not hours.
Because of the solid body the guitar can be quite weighty at first. Most people will find they eventually get used to this and in my experience, the Pacifica is lighter than, for example, most Gibson Les Paul's I've played. The weight is well distributed by the strap and I've never really found that my shoulder's become sore or tired whilst playing; however, young children, (I would say under tens) would probably struggle because of the weight - though this obviously depends on the size of the child.
The tone is produced by a combination of the solid body and the pick-up(s) used. There is a single-coil pick-up both at the neck and in the middle, with a humbucker at the bridge. When using the middle pick-up, the tone is quite warm, with a reasonable balance between bass and treble, whilst the neck pick-up provides a slightly brighter tone, higher in treble. The humbucker gives you a 'meatier' sound and I normally use the humbucker when playing with distortion.
The five-way selector allows you to use either one or two pick-ups at a time, again providing you with different tones. I've found that certain combinations do give quite a lot of hum which is very noticeable when you're not playing; however this is not so much of an issue once you actually start playing a song.
This guitar is a bit of a "Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None". The overall versatility is very impressive and using this guitar I've been in a pop/rock cover band, (doing things such as The Beatles, The Eagles, Green Day, Nirvana) to a metal band to a country band. The Pacifica has a very broad range of tones and, whilst perhaps not perfect for every situation, is certainly able to perform credibly and rarely sounds completely out of place, regardless of the situation you throw at it.
This guitar is a definite workhorse and over the years has been used by me for many gigs. In its time it has be knocked, dropped, rained on, (though only lightly I have to admit) and various other detrimental things you shouldn't do to your guitar, but it's always soldiered on regardless. The only part I've ever had to replace is the plastic piece that holds the jack connection because my strap once failed during a gig and the guitar dropped directly onto the plug, pushing the jack through the plastic fixture. Despite this, my guitar actually still works and no really damage was caused.
I think this guitar has appeal to a wide range of guitarists of all experience. As a first guitar it is relatively inexpensive, being about £170 or so, but has very good longevity. For parents purchasing a guitar for their children, this won't cost them the Earth should their child's interest prove to be a passing phase after, fortunately, unlikely many other products, guitar's tend to hold their value quite well, so you would be able to recover the vast majority of your expenses should your child give up after a while; equally, if they do take up the guitar as a serious hobby it will make an excellent guitar to learn on and will see them through for many years after they've 'mastered' the art of playing.
For more experienced guitarists, the Pacifica offers great versatility and as a gigging guitar is ideal for the vast majority of situations. If you have a dedicated style, then perhaps a more expensive guitar is worth investing in, but as something that can turn its hands to most styles, there are few guitars with such scope, especially in the price range.
I for one wouldn't trade my Pacifica for anything. Additional guitars have been and will continue to be added to my collection, but the Pacifica is always a firm favourite and one I always pick up from time to time just to enjoy playing. I'd personally highly recommend this guitar to guitarists of any and all levels.
The pacifica range is an old ,reliant,easy to play guitar. Although inexpensive the Yamaha Pacifica range offers beginners and intermediate players comfort and joy with it's extensive range of features from the light Alder body to the two single coil pick ups. The neck is made of either maple or rosewood which makes your arm slide with ease up and down it . The varnished fret board also helps tremendisly with bends ,hammer ons and solos.
I would recommend this guitar for beginners as it gives you so much more pleasure to play than other guitars of the same price.
WORD OF WARNING: think carefully before purchasing a cheap guitar from an inferior make as they tend to be of a heavey and of a low quailty.
0ooooooo - Yamaha Pacifica - ooooooo0
::: How i got the guitar ::::
I love music. When i was 8 i got a keyboard for my birthday, and i still have the same one and still play it nearly every day 7 years on.
I love seeing bands play their music - i recently saw System of a Down at Brixton (read my op. on it if you like!) and in November im seeing Franz Ferdinand. I have always been amazed at the way their fingers just dance over the fretboard so fast and make a great sound.
So i wanted to learn how to play! I checked out online shops such as www.musicstore.com - a German site, very cheap as it is all minus 16% due to the German VAT. But even on their the guitars where a bit out of my price range. I saw a nice one in my local music shop, Allegro Music, for £199, a "Yamaha Pacifica". I knew it was the cheapest i was going to get but i didnt have the money so i left it.
I was talking to a mate later and he told me he had a guitar! He went on to tell me it had been in his cupboard for about 2 years because he had never been bothered to play it. He offered to sell me it, with a Marshall amplifier, for £120! So i bought it!
::::: History of the Electric Guitar :::::
The electric guitar is a very interesting instrument and has a very interesting history, which i looked up on the internet.
The developement of the electric guitar owes a great amount to Hawaiian music in the 20s and 30s. Hawaiian guitars were solo instruments played with a metal slide. Electric Hawaiian guitars were the first instruments that depended entirely on their sound being amplified electrically not just acoustically.
A key figure in Electric guitars was Adolph Rickenbacker who originally was to make metal components for Dopera Brothers' National Resonator Guitars. Rickenbacker later met George Beauchamp and Paul Barth who had been working together on the principle of the magnetic pick-up. Together they formed the Electro String Company and in 1931 produced their first Hawaiian guitars. Their success made now famous "Gibson" and others to start producing electric guitars,
In the 40s Gibson new electric models became firmly established. People began to work on ways of applying the solid body of the Hawaiian and steel guitars to regular instruments. In 1944, Leo Fender, who then ran a radio repair shop, teamed up with Doc Kaufman, a former Rickenbacker employee, started K & F Company and produced a series of steel guitars and amplifiers. Fender felt the large pick-up magnets in use at the time need not be so large. He incorporated a new pick-up which he wanted to try out into a solid body guitar based on the shape Hawaiian but, with a regular properly fretted fingerboard. Though only meant to demonstrate the pick-up the guitar was soon in demand. 1946 saw the formation of Fender Electric Instrument Company and the introduction of the Broadcaster.
At the same time [Gibson] Les Paul was working in the same direction. Paul experimented with pick ups throughout the 1930s but, had experienced feedback and resonance problems and began to think about a solid body guitar after hearing about a solid body violin by Thomas Edison.. Paul was convinced the only way to avoid body feedback was to reduce pick up movement and the only way to do that was to mount it in a solid body.
Paul persuaded Epiphone to let him use workshop on Sundays, where in 1941 he built the historic "log" guitar
In 1947 Paul Bigsby in consultation with Merle Travis built a solid body electric guitar that shared certain design features with the Broadcaster that Fender introduced in 1948. Bigsby wasn't far from Fender operation in Fullerton and there is some question who was looking over whose shoulder
Fender was more concerned with utility and practicality rather then looks and wanted a regular guitar with the clear sound of a electric Hawaiian but, without the feedback problems. The result was the the Broadcaster which he began producing in 1948 later renamed the Telecaster.
In 1954, Fender began producing the Stratocaster. Along with the Telecaster and the guitars Les Paul was designing for Gibson, they set the standard for solid body guitars.
- Most of this information is sourced from http://www.there1.com/browse_articles.php?action=view_record&idnum=54
::::: Detailed Description of the Yamaha Pacifica ::::
Starting from the very top bit, or to people who know guitars, the headstock, here is a description of the looks of the guitar:
Headstock & Machine heads - The headstock is a pine/beech colour, and is very smooth. It has "Pacifica Yamaha" written on it, the headstock being where the majority of manufacturers write the brand of guitar. Also, at the very end of the headstock there is the Yamaha logo, which seems to be 3 tuning forks inside a circle. The machine heads (the 6 knobs used for tuning) are a shiny smooth chrome,and are all on one side of the headstock.
Neck: The Pacifica comes in a choice of 2 necks: Beech and Maplewood. Maplewood is supposed to be better, but the real difference is just the colour - Maplewood is a dark brown, beech a light. The frets are just small silver dots, as is on most "Beginner" guitars. The back of the neck is beech.
Body: The body is beech, or "natural" like the headstock and back of the neck. The body cover near the lower bout is white, matching with the Volume and Tone knobs, and the pickup selector [The pickip selector changes the sound of the guitar - it is used to switch between the 2 pickups on a Pacifica - Treble and Bass)
Overall, its a very nice guitar for looks, not the nicest i have ever seen (Unfortunatley the nicest guitar i have seen, the one i want when im really good, costs 7500 euros!) but it is still a very smooth looking guitar!
:::: Is it any good? ::::
The Yamaha Pacifica is a great instrument to play. I have been playing nearly a year now - my friend has been playing 7 years and he still has his Pacifica. The strings are typical nickel-wound strings, but after around a month or 2 they will deteriorate and should be replaced with whatever strings you see to be within your price range and preference - you can buy coloured strings, Fender strings, Encore strings, or Super Slinky strings. I use Super slinky.
Unplugged, the Pacifica is very acoustically alive, and produces a sound loud enough to practice with. When plugged into my Marshall amp, the sound is great, very smooth yet sharp. This can obviously be altered using the distortion on the amplifier, and when this is done a great range of different sounds can be produced, but, on its own, the sound of the guitar is very good.
My only fault with the guitar is the strap buttons - 2 sticky-out metal bits that you press your guitar strap onto - i dont know if its the strap buttons or the 3 straps i have owned but the straps have fallen off more than a few times!
Apart from that its all good, i am very lucky - the Barker family is inherently clumsy, and my guitar has survived some right batterings, including one where i was perched on the edge of a wheeled office chair practising. I leant forward to grab a pen to tab out some music, and the chair slid out from under me, i went flying back through the study doorway, guitar still strapped on, which of course was too wide to fit through the doorway and just slammed against the frame! Luckily it survived!
It is amazingly easy to buy "accessories" for this guitar, as most are universal. Plectrums obviously can be bought for any guitar for any price in between 10p and £15. Distortion pedals are universal and just require a jack lead which is also universal for every single Electric guitar i have seen.
The £120 i paid for the Pacifica was great value, especially seeing as i got my Marshall amp with it [Marshall is a very good name in music]. But £199 wouldnt be an unfair price to pay, its a very good guitar and i dont think ill be wanting to buy a new one for a few years yet!
This is a great guitar and i would recomend it to anyone who wants to learn how to play - as long as they stick at it! Guitar is not an easy instrument to play.
Thanks for reading!!
The Yamaha Pacifica takes everything that you would come to expect from a Fender Strat', and it's own style to things. The design is a lot more sleek, less chunky and more stylish. The body is smaller than most guitars, but it's well designed and feels a lot more light and comfortable than the Strat. The neck is quite thin, and slightly shorter than usual, but the action is great and the smaller space between the strings can make for some great solo's when you get used to it. The sound is not unique, it's very typical for this time of guitar. But it's high quality, you can tell yamaha were very serious to make this guitar as high quality as the Strat. Although one major difference is that you only have one tone control, but if you're used to two you wont miss one of them because it soon becomes apparent that one tone control is all thats really needed. The five way switch is great, it really makes a differnce to the contor. I've had mine for years now and I've played many gigs with it.... apart from the odd problem (most caused by me beating it around on stage too much) its been very durable and still sounds, plays and looks great.
Before i bought a Yammaha Pacifica i didn't have much knowledge about the guitar, i knew how it worked and what ti did (obviously) lol. But i couldn't really play and everytime i picked a guitar up, i only ever seemed to make the most disgusting sounds ever. But i was becomign very interested in the guitar as i have been getting into rock music more and more lately then i ever had been. So i thought 'hey lets have a stab at playing', as i thought it would be somehting to do in my spare time and would be something to relax me. And guess what i was right, i love sitting with my Pacifica when im depressed and bummed out. I can't play very well as i haven't been playing long, but im getting there. I bouth this guitar as part of a package that came with all the stuff i needed, amp, strap, pics, tuner, gig bag, and so on. The guitars body is a copy of the Fender Strat shape. I chose the Pacifica Double Cut away (112J) as i thought that the 112 would be the best option for me, as i didn't want a crappy encore, but i wanted something not to expensive and of hight quality. And for begginers and for around the £200 price range the Pacifica seemed to be the best, everywhere was directing me to the pacifica. So i checked it out, and thought it not only did it look nice, but it came in a range of exciting colours. I opted for the natural satin finish as it didn't look to flash, but it wasn't plain. As i ddin't want a guitar in plain black or red. To play this guitar its great, its not the greatest guitar you could play, for for the price its a dream. It ideal for a new budding guitarist who his learning too play the instrument. The neck is beutifully smooth and makes going up and down the fingerboard nice and easy. The action isn't to high and its not to low, its juts right when you are starting out, it lets you get a feel for the chords you are playing. The strings can be very painful at first they are
quite harsh on your fingers but obviusly if you are a beginner then this will happen and your finger will get harder. The amchine heads on the guitar are very good, they aren;t to loose and aren't too tight, they are just right, they can't be knocked easily. The guitar has a maple neck which feels brilliant, very smooth and its a pleasure to slide up and down the fingerboard. The body is alder which is quite rare for a guitar in the pacifica's price range. You can get the guitar with a maple or a rosewood fingerboard, i chose rosewood, although maple looks better, i was informed that it can rather dirty and nasty looking after a while. The pick up set up is a Single coil, single cloil, bridge humbucker se t up, which can provide some great sounds. The guitar so far seems to be quite good for the many different types of rock out there. One of the only bad things about this guitar is that it comes with a Vintage Tremelo, which isn;t really drastic, but its not the best tremelo you can get, its quite the cheap one. The guitar has a 5 way pick up selector, and 1 master tone dial and 1 master volume dial. The guitar only weighs around 3kg and is very nice to hold. The body feels smooth the neck is smooth, damn the whole guitar is smooth and for around £180 you can't moan. For less than £200 this is probably the best guitar you can get, if you are a begginer and don't quite fancy the encore and the crappy reputation that comes with it, then get a Pacifica. And if you are a pro, check out the higher ranged pacifica's, there plenty of them around, incudling the telecaster single cut away look alikes. If you are looking for a good value guitar look no further, and the best thing is there a whole range of them out there, go check em out.
I never wanted to be the next Eric Clapton, but after 20 years of dabbling on and off with guitars, frustration almost set in. Then I bought a Pacifica... I've heard some guitar teachers and music experts offer many statements to would be learners - "You must start with an accoustic", "You need big strong hands/long fingers etc". Ignore them. The Pacifica is the ideal choice for a novice. An important consideration to take into account is a guitars' "action". This is the distance between the strings and the fretboard. A low action means a short distance and less effort needed to hold down a chord. Just what you need if you are new to the instrument and need to build up strength in your fingers in the early stages of learning. Pacificas are blessed with an easy low action without compromising on sound. Comfort in essential. The Pacifica has the lightest, smoothest neck you are likely to come accross on an electric and its general design and shape will keep you playing for long periods. There are 3 pickups and a combination of 5 different pickup settings. They really do make a difference, so experiment away. Presentation of this guitar is spot on and full marks must go to Yamaha for providing a model that played straight out of the box without the need for re-tuning. Very unusual ! Many Pacifica players cite the humbucker as being ideal for rock. Whilst this is the case, don't pass it off as just for this style of music. The Pacifica will also serve as great jazz/country/pop tool. This is an excellent all rounder guitar, a professional guitar at a beginners price. The Pacifica was responsible for rekindling my enthuisiasm for playing again. However, I don't think Eric has anything to worry about....
I've owned my Yamaha Pacifica for nearly two years now...and I'm still crap at playing it. Not that it's anything to do with the guitar, though. It's beyond reproach. Ah yes...a nice sunny day in 1999. I walk into Gamlins music store in Cardiff and a half hour later walk out with a Yamaha Pacifica and a Peavey amp for under two hundred groats. A very low price indeed. Not that the cheap price is an indication of poor quality. Not at all. I recently tried a friends Fender Stratocaster which he parted four hundred notes for. In my opinion my Yamaha was even better than the Strat, the only thing letting it down being the absence of a tremelo. But it had much better sustain and a greater versatility than the Fender. The Pacifica is set up with two single coil pick ups (which'll give it a Fender-style sound) and a twincoil pickup near the bridge which does a good job of mimicking the sound of a traditional Gibson 'humbucker'. For those who don't know much about guitars, the Fender sound has slightly better tone and sounds clearer whilst the humbucker is more raw and powerful and has a nice 'crunchy' sound to it. You can select which pickup by moving the five-way selector switch which is located by the volume an tone knobs. I picked a pine coloured guitar with black scratchplate and I must say it looks pretty damn good. Not as good as a Gibson Les Paul in sunburst but good nonetheless. It's an extremely playable instrument (despite my inane fumblings) and I'd recommend it to any beginners as it's low price and versatility makes it a good starting point.
The Yamaha Pacifica 112 plays like a dream. It probably won't appeal right out of the box to those who like wafer-thin strings and hardly any action, but if, like me, you like to really be able to get your fingers round some big frets and big strings and really feel what you are playing - the 112 feels great as soon as you pic it up - no extra set-up required. Of course, all these things can be tinkered around with later, but what you can't change in a guitar is the sound. Fortunately then, the 112 also sounds great - with some very Strat-like sounds to some more flexible ones, depending on where you position the 5-way toggle. And all this for only £200! I've never seen such a bargin, and it's not even a sale. Obviously, the guitar isn't perfect at that price, but as long as you are willing to take care of it, the 112 is the best way to get guitar equivalent to most £600 guitars, for only one third of that price! If this is type of guitar you want, your money couldn't be better spent.
Yamaha have come up trumps again. The quality of everything never ceases to amaze. They have totally excelled themseles this time. The Yamaha Pacifica range is brilliant. I am the proud owner of a Yamaha Pacifica 112 that cost me £200. It plays like a dream and it sounds absolutely great. For £200, this is an absolute giveaway. For the sound quality, build quality and ease of playing, it is a steal. It is a great alternative to the highly common squier stratocaster which is not half as good. There are many more guitars in the range but the 112 is the cheapest. However it still plays absolutely brilliantly If you want a good guitar, get a pacifica 112!!!!
12 string guitars are a pain in the backside at the best of times and Yamaha's Pacifica 303 is no exception. Okay, not many of you have 12 string electric guitars so the choice is somewhat narrow, especially at the "cheaper" end of the market. whilst not epecting it to be as good as a 'real' Fender Strat or a Rickie, if the hardware on this particular model was a bit better, then yamaha would be onto a winner. The gold plating on the fittings has more or less turned to rust, obviously badly plated. Sometimes an "old" look suits a guitar - but not one with a brilliant white and pearl scratch plate. Pick ups are a bit on the naff side but when played "acousticly", the guitar sounds really good. A light-weight body is a plus however, I'm not a fan of the flat headstock, it should be angled at 15 degrees like some of Aria's efforts. The main problem I have with this guitar is string breakage - often when tuning up after replacing a snapped string - always on the octave g-string (which is an e-string with considerable more pressure on it). Poor quality machine heads is the main problem for this, although you do expect some strings to snap. Only two colour schems, which is disappointing. A pity Yamaha didn't take Henry Ford's stance:- "You can have any colour, as long as it's black".
I have recently boght myself a Yamaha APX 10A electro acoustic. It is one of the best stage guitars around for a relatively decent price. They were recommended to me by several friends, and after trying one out I got it. To start with I was totally dissappointed, it sounded awful. Now it has mellowed out and sounds beautiful!!!! I look forward to many happy years with my APX, so if you are looking for a guitar for about £800 get an APX!!!!! You may think you regret it to start with, but boy, does it pay off!! If it means anything to you, it is played by Martin Smith of delirious?.