Review Yamaha Pacifica Series PAC012 Electric Guitar Black
Yamaha is well known for their drums, bass guitars, electric pianos and their keyboard. One area where they are definitely not in the pole position is the field of electric guitars. With that said, it just so happens that they make one of the best beginner guitars out there, and just a handful of people even know about it. Yamaha Pacifica PAC012 is a physical representation of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ type of ideology.It’s among the best options you have, and here’s why.
If I were to describe the Yamaha Pacifica in a few words I would probably choose words like “versatile”, “bright” and “classy”. Because of the coil-split facility for the humbucker near the bridge, which you can change by pushing or pulling one of the knobs, you have the option of a brighter country sound or a deeper rock sound. Both have a character that is both surprising and nice.
The changes in tone when playing with the various pickup settings is often subtle, but the balance of mid-range, bass and highs doesn’t disappoint.
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The Pacifica lends itself to more lead playing thanks to a slightly different fret radius. It has a rounding at the top edge of the fingerboard and a satin finish. The neck is smooth and comfortable and feels incredibly stable.
Obviously the sound of each model within the Pacifica Series will vary. But overall you can be confident that it is a well-constructed, well-sounding electric guitar. It looks both modern and classy at the same time.
Body and Neck
The body shape of the Pacifica PAC012 can be described as a more aggressiveStratocaster. It even features the same design with the large pickguard, trimmed out lower bout and all. Tonewood Yamaha used for this model is Agathis, which is a great middle of the road solution. The neck comes in form of a bolt-on maple piece, and features a sonokeling fretboard. It’s definitely different from your usual rosewood, but works just as well. Overall, the design is obviously heavily ‘inspired’ by Fender’s Stratocaster, and that is perfectly fine.
Following what we just said, you get a vintage tremolo bridge that looks a lot like the synced Trem unit found on Squires. At the headstock, Yamaha installed a set of die-cast tuners which work pretty decently all things considered. Overall, you can expect the hardware to hold intonation and tuning well as long as you don’t go nuts on the fretboard. More aggressive string bends will probably result in a drop of tuning. Same goes for the tremolo bridge. A fixed model would have probably been better, but hey, it worked out alright.
This is one area where Yamaha took a different path from Fender/Squire. Instead of installing three single coil pickups, they’ve chosen to replace the bridge single coil with a humbucker. While it isn’t exactly unheard of, Pacifica is one of the rare few guitars which sport such a configuration. Pups are wired to a single tone knob, a single volume knob, and a pickup select switch. Pots are pretty average for this price range, but are satisfactory nonetheless.
- Solid agathis body
- Maple neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- One humbucker/2 single-coil pickups
- Chrome tuners
- White pickguard
- Vintage-style chrome tremolo
- Case sold separately
- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Pick Up
- Good Tone
- Solid Electronics
If the choice came down between the PAC012, a Squier, and your averagetwin-humbucker beginner guitar, PAC012 is an obvious choice. This model is not that widely known, so if you’re a beginner looking for their first guitar, we definitely recommend you check it out.
I picked up one of these for a donation. Having a number of guitars myself, and checking out various ones while donating, I have to say I was pretty impressed with the quality…
This guitar is totally worth buying if you’re starting out. It’s so much better than a squier. It has great tone. Unlike a regular squier, this guitar has a humbucker (2 pickups joined together) and 2 single coil pickups. The problem with a squier is that kids will lose interest, because of the sound. They might not like it. With this guitar, it sounds different, and you get the tone you want. If the kid doesn’t know if he wants to play or not, then this is a good guitar to get. There’s no point to buying a really expensive guitar that the kid’s not gonna touch. This is a cheap guitar that really works. Squier’s cost a little bit more.
I bought this guitar for my wife has her first electric guitar. She was able to just pick it up and play it with out adjustment what so ever, ok she tuned but that was it for adjustments. Now she can’t put it down, she says playing relaxes her, her playing does the same for me. This is one of those guitars you just pick up and play.
I got this guitar for chrismas a couple years ago. It is a great guitar for biginners. If you are looking a good quality easy to play inexpensive guitar this is the one to get. With a plastic top and a stratocaster body with the cutout in the back for comfort you will never need a new guitar. I like this guitar a lot.