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Old 06-25-2011, 12:38 PM   #1
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Yamaha Model Numbers

Yamaha Model Numbers

Similar to Woffelz’ Ibanez Model Numbers, this thread is designed to
- Find a Yamaha with the specs you want
- Find out what Yamaha you already have

First, I will focus on the Pacifica series of guitars.

E.G.
PAC112V:

PAC - Identifies the series the guitar belongs to: PAC = Pacifica
112 - Identifies how “high end” the guitar is: 1 indicates basic parts, but an alder body
112 - Identifies how many humbuckers the guitar has (one by the bridge)
112 - Identifies how many single coils the guitar has (one at the neck; one in the middle)
V - Indicates other features: V suggests a newer Pacifica

The first number loosely refers to the class/features of the guitar:
0 = Agathis
1 = Alder
2 = Alder, 2 Pc
3 = Alder, 2 Pc, Better Hardware
4 = Alder, 2 Pc, Better Hardware (Similar to 3?)
5 = Alder, 2 Pc, Better Hardware, Better Contours
6 = Alder, 2 Pc, Better Hardware, Better Contours, Aftermarket Pickups
7 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, Better Contours, Aftermarket Pickups
8 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, TANJ (Total Access Neck Joint), Aftermarket Pickups
9 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, TANJ, SD Pickups, MIA, Warmoth Neck
10 = N/A
11 = N/A
12 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, TANJ, SD Pickups, MIA, Set Neck
13 = N/A
14 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, TANJ, SD Pickups, MIA, Neck-Thru
15 = (1511 Mike Stern Model)

Other Features:
J = Rosewood Fretboard (where Bubinga is also used)
V = 2nd Generation Pacifica
S = Tele Version
W = Strat Version (1st Generation)
H = Strat Version (2nd Generation)
D = Alternate Body Shape
FM = Flamed Maple
QM = Quilted Maple
CX = Fancy Pick-guard
X = Ltd. Edition Yellow Satin
CP = Ltd. Edition Mirror Pick-guard and Decals
L = Left Handed
R = Reverse Headstock
MS = Mike Stern Model
USA 1 = 1st line of MIA models
USA 2 = 2nd line of MIA models
-12 = 12 String

Will add/change as needed.
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:39 PM   #2
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List of Pacifica Models:

Pacifica 012
Pacifica 102
Pacifica 102S
Pacifica 112
Pacifica 112CPJ
Pacifica 112J
Pacifica 112JCX
Pacifica 112L
Pacifica 112M
Pacifica 112MX
Pacifica 112SX
Pacifica 112V
Pacifica 112X
Pacifica 112XC
Pacifica 120
Pacifica 120S
Pacifica 120SD
Pacifica 120SJ
Pacifica 1212
Pacifica 1221
Pacifica 1221M
Pacifica 122L
Pacifica 1230S
Pacifica 1412
Pacifica 1421
Pacifica 1511 MS
Pacifica 212VFM
Pacifica 212VQM
Pacifica 302S
Pacifica 303-12
Pacifica 311 MS
Pacifica 312
Pacifica 402S
Pacifica 412
Pacifica 512
Pacifica 521
Pacifica 604
Pacifica 604W
Pacifica 612V
Pacifica 712
Pacifica 721
Pacifica 812S - I want one of these
Pacifica 812V
Pacifica 812W
Pacifica 821D
Pacifica 821DX
Pacifica 821R
Pacifica 904
Pacifica 912
Pacifica 921
Pacifica USA 1
Pacifica USA 2

Let me know if any are missing. Already added some not on the wiki list.
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:02 PM   #3
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Is that to say my 604w doesn't have a bumhucker at all but the bumhucker is in fact a double single?

Edit: the Yam site confirms that is the case.

I thought the PUs in mine were fairly crappy but I was told that they'd been upgraded to Kent Armstrongs when I bought it. There is still a coil split but the two combined don't sound that beefy really.
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Old 06-25-2011, 02:04 PM   #4
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:37 PM   #5
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This is actually pretty interesting. I am going to check my Pacifica when I get home so see exactly what it says.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:59 PM   #6
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:06 PM   #7
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this very cool. i'd be interested in the RGZ series info.
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:08 PM   #8
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Will probs do the RGX series next. Then RGZ
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:14 PM   #9
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cool. my son has an early '90s RGZ321P that i bought for him to learn on. i know next to nothing about it. i bought it for him simply because i know Yamaha builds a quality instrument, it has a floyd, and the price was right.
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The RGX Series
Similar to the Ibanez RG series

In the RGX series:
The second number indicates the number of humbuckers
The third number indicates the number of single coils

1st Generation Models (87-93):
RGX 110
RGX 112
RGX 211
RGX 310
RGX 312
RGX 312 II (satin neck finish)

With 1st Generation models, the first number indicates the type of bridge:
1 = Strat-style tremolo
2 = Floyd Rose II?
3 = Rockin’ Magic II
The second number indicates the number of humbuckers
The third number indicates the number of single coils

All 1st Generation models have Alder bodies and Maple necks with Bubinga fretboards. They also boast 24 fret necks and contours along the horns.

2nd Generation Models (87-90):
RGX 603 A
RGX 603 S
RGX 610 M
RGX 611 M
RGX 612 S

M = Satin Maple Neck
A = Active Pick-Ups
S = ?

3rd Generation Models (93-98):
RGX 120 D
RGX 121 D
RGX 420 DZ
RGX 421 D
RGX 621 D
RGX 820 R
RGX 821 D

4th Generation (2000-Present):
RGX 121 S
RGX 420 S
RGX 420 SD6 (Drop 6)
RGX 320FZ
RGX 520FZ
RGX-TT
RGX-TTD6 (Drop 6)
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Old 06-25-2011, 05:26 PM   #11
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i didn't.

but i hope the SGs get in here somewheres...
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Well RGZs are similar to the Pacificas, so I'd imagine it's got similar specs to a 112 but with the floyd (Alder body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard)
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SG (and S) series will likely come after RGZ
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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Pacifica 712 or 721

Did these have compound radius necks??

people are trying to say and sell that they are.


Aes 720
821
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621
AEX-500

More to come

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Hmm, haven't heard about that one before but if any Yamahas have a compound radius neck it would be the Warmoth necks. On the other hand, the TANJ necks might have different fretboards
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This thread will be only be win if you can do any of this with my Yamaha SE112
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