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The Yamaha Pacifica was my first guitar and is an absolutely fantastic guitar for a beginner. 12 Years (and quite a few guitars) later, i still find myself reaching for this guitar as it plays so nicely.
With a nicely balanced action and 22 fret rosewood finger board it is very easy on the fingers!
I listen to quite a diverse range of music and the Yamaha Pacifica can cope easily with most styles thanks to its clear, strong sound. So, whether your jamming along with Pink Flloyd, Jimmy Hendrix, Nirvana, Metallica, The Eagles or Avril Lavigne (my own secret shame), then this guitar will be able to keep up.
The humbucker pickup at the bridge position gives it a meatier sound than its competitors, namely the Fender Squire, and is great for soaring lead over distorted rhythm.
For the money, this really is an excellent guitar. It looks and sounds the business and in my opinion it is king of the sub 200 pound Strat copies. If your looking for your first guitar, i cant recommend it highly enough; if you are simply looking to add another guitar to your collection (particularly for home practice) then this is the guitar for you. Easily worth 4 stars out of 5!
The Yamaha Pacifica is, and also has a longstanding reputation of being, an excellent guitar for the money. I've had mine since I started playing electric about 7 years ago and until this year when one of the pickups went it has worked all that time without fault.
Sound wise its fairly standard Fender stratish tones and has worked for anything I've played; blues, rock even a cheeky bit of metal now and again. An added bonus of the new models (I believe) is the inclusion of a coil tap for the bridge humbucker pickup. This gives you the switchable option of a single coil or the full more meat tones of the humbucker to play with.
Other features wise its fairly basic with a 5 way selector for the pickups (giving you the combinations; neck, neck-middle, middle, middle-bridge and bridge) one volume and one tone pot. This does mean you don't have the option to combine pickups in varying proportions or with different tone on each. I've personally never found this a limitation though.
For a guitar of such moderate price, the Yahama Pacifica is a must for the more casual player. Whilst it is absolutely ideal for playing at home with a decent amp, it is actually pretty cool for gigs too. The pick-up switch, akin to your conventional Fender Stratocasters, provides some pretty cool sounds and can compliment a decent amp really nicely.
It has the standard humbucker pick-up for the more growly sounds, but is fairly versatile and some more 'Telecaster-y' sounds can be generated with a pick-up change.
One of the nicest things about this guitar (if this is what you prefer), is that it's as light as a feather. I thought i must have ordered the wrong thing when the parcel came for me, or supposed there may have been some serious mix-up with the post. But no, it was just a very light guitar and is fantastic for some swanky stage moves.
A really nice guitar.
I think this may have been my first non-budget guitar. Bought over 8 years ago I still have mine today and it still plays as well as it ever did. Out of the box the action is nice and the mixture of two single coil pickups and one humbucker gives good variance on the tonal front to make this guitar quite versitile. Recently I have changed the pickups as the humbucker has died but given the initial cost and age of the guitar this isnt too big a deal for me. Body is well balanced although the tuners could do with replacing as they arent the most reliable things in the world! Guitar has a good sound for the price with reasonable clean sounds and using the stock humbucker a decent distorted sound. Can sound quite thin for more heavier styles of music but that is to be expected with such a versitile instrument
This may not be the best looking guitar in the world, with its' standard, double cut away (a la Fender) design, but it certainly does the job.
I have had by pacifica for ten years now, and I've never had a problem with it. The whole thing is very comfortable to play and versatile enough to play a range of music on it, from the blues of BB King to the rock of Joe Satriani.
When plugged into an amplifier it can certainly hold its' own against the more expensive guitars, pumping out a great sound that's versatile and rich. I personally have been able to play a range of music on it, from the blues of Gary Moore to the electronic sound of Joe Satriani, with a bit of Metallica thrown in for good measure.
This guitar has been so good that I haven't bought another since I've had it, I find it serves more than its' purpose when playing the blues, or thrashing out a duel with a few friends, or even when playing in a band. Great build and sound, a guitar that will last and last. However, on the other hand, it is, at heart, more suited to the learner, as when you progress and inevitably buyer a more expensive guitar, you will notice a difference in the sound and playability quality. Also, I found that the actual look of the guitar was a bit dull and a shape (strat) that has been done to death.
I would firstly like to say that I did not buy this guitar, but instead my school gave it me as we recieve free music lessons. I have however had it for two years and I think it's great.
I have this guitar in black and as far as I know you can also get it in metallic red and electric blue (which is my personal favourite).
I love the fact that it has two single bridge pickups and one double set, I find it much better looking than the 3 single ones on most guitars that look similar to this.
If you don't get the miniture Yamaha amplifier with this guitar, I highly recommend that you go out and buy it. Although it is very, very small it still has all the sound of a big stage amp and whenever I play, I always get told to turn it down!
On the down side, it's the small things that let you down.
The guitar is very bulky and heavy, which puts strain on the weak strap and mine is now frequently detaching from the body.
On the plug for the amp lead, there is a small metal ring which came unscrewed one and was very hard to twist back on.