Yamaha is not all that popular in guitar community, at least not when it comes to electric guitars. That said, their Yamaha Pacifica 112V is by far one of the best and most capable beginner guitars one can get.
Body And Neck
One quick glance at this guitar will let you know what kind of aesthetic Yamaha was going for. The body shape they have used for the Pacifica collection of guitars is relatively unique, but similar to a Strat. Tonewood of selection is Alder. Interestingly enough, that is the same wood Fender uses for all their guitars. The neck is straightened and made from walnut.
This particular model has a rosewood fretboard, which is the only option for the Pacifica series. When you pick this up, it simply feels solid and well constructed.
The sort of electronics Pacifica 112V brings is probably the one thing that’s obviously different in the Strat. This is why this setup is actually great. Beginners often feel limited by single coil pickups, particularly if they would like to play heavier genres of music.
Having this one humbucker at the bridge provides additional versatility which is something you want in an entry level version. The standard of the pickups is decent, to say the least. These are in-house made pups but are unquestionably among the better in their own category. Pickups are wired to one Tone and Volume knob, together with a pickup select switch.
Hardware is another point where Yamaha clearly produced some options from Fender. These bridges are not something you truly want in an entry level guitar, so largely because they will need to be of a certain quality in order to work rather than mess up the intonation.
However, the one Yamaha installs on those Pacificas is rather decent. If you do not abuse it too much, it will work pretty well. Tuners fitted onto this guitar would be your ordinary die cast variety. They’re pretty exact, but you definitely don’t want to push them too far. In general, the hardware is on par or even better than that which most guitars in this price range need to offer you.
That humbucker in the bridge position is effective at dealing with gain-rich distortion only fine, and is rather clear. When it’s time to do some pore exact work on a clean station, you’ll observe that this guitar seems wholesome.
It is much less defined as a much more expensive model is, but it keeps up just fine. Middle and neck pickups are excellent when you need to muddy up the tone a little, especially with a wonderful coating of overdrive at the top. The overall theme of this guitar is flexibility and that is reflected through its tone too.
While Yamaha Pacifica 112V might not be the best guitar in the world, it’s one of the best beginner models you can grab. Not a great deal of people even know about this guitar, which is quite a shame. If you’re interested in finding a well-rounded entry level guitar, then make sure to check out the Pacifica line. You’re certain to find something that is right for you.