Yamaha has a strong reputation for great build quality and reliability. So if you are looking for either a first starter electric guitar or an upgrade from your first electric guitar, this is one of the very best student guitars money can buy.
Where the Yamaha scores points over the equivalent “better known brand” guitar is the build quality. Yamaha’s quality control is truly outstanding. You know that every one that arrives from the factory will be as good as the last.
This consistency stems from Yamaha establishing their own dedicated factory to make these guitars. A lot of the issues other brands have comes from them using a third party source to make their products.
The Pacifica 112 range have the basic “Stratocaster” design and style but with some unique features. Although they may seem like small points, it’s what gives the Pacifica a unque character and sets it apart from many other copies.
The jack cable socket is on the edge of the body (not the top) so you can use any shape of cable to connect to an amplifier. This also means you can secure the cable under the strap easier. This will prevent it pulling out and damaging the socket & internal electronics.
You get 3 pickups on the Pacifica, one of which is a double coil (or Humbucker pickup). The difference is the quality of the Alnico pickups, Yamaha Alnico V pickups have a clearer sound & higher output than a lot of competitors. Get a great sound really easily.
The 3 pickups are selectable using a 5 position switch as you would expect. For ease of use, there are only 2 controls for the entire pickup set. One for tone, one for volume. Less is more.
The Yamaha Pacifica has 22 frets rather than many copies which have 21. The Yamaha with its one extra fret gives the player more scope to reach two full octaves within the same space. If you don’t play that won’t mean much, but the Pacifica can basically play more notes than other copies.
In keeping with the original strat design by Leo Fender, the Yamaha has a “contoured body”. This means the guitar body fits the human body shape better than those guitars that dont have it. Many people who try Yamaha’s say that it feels more comfortable, so we recommend you try one for size. The body shape also has a bit more of a cut-away to allow easier access to all parts of the neck – making it more playable by design.
The tremelo system that yamaha uses is definately better than other copies, even at slightly higher price points. Its holds its tuning better and you get 6 independenty adjustable string saddles.
On this model, the Alder body & neck are finished in a superb satin finish. The neck is particularly user friendly due to the thinner profile and satin finish. Although neck finish is a personal thing, most people say a satin finish makes the guitar easier to play as it feels the hand glides over a satin finish more easily than certain gloss finishes.
For ore information about the Yamaha Pacifica112, visit the Yamaha Europe website here
Like all electric guitars, you’ll need an amplifier. Take a look at the range here
Includes gig bag and strap