#1
Hi all.

I have a Yamaha Pacifica 112 that has been my primary (and really only) guitar for the past 10+ years. It has served its purpose very well, and is a good well rounded guitar for the various styles of music I play. I was in a SoCal style punk band, and that’s been the majority of what I play. But I also enjoy classic rock, country, 90s alternative, etc… Overall, I’m happy with my Pacifica and am content with it continuing to be my primary instrument.

Also, 10+ years ago, I went through a period where I got a little crazy on eBay and bought a bunch of crap that I really didn’t need, and in some cases, didn’t want that much either. One of the items I bought is a Yamaha EG112 signed in silver paint pen by one of my favorite country artists. It was $200, which at the time was roughly the cost of the guitar new, plus it was signed by someone I liked so I bought it. For a few years it hung on my wall as a decoration, and then at one point I started playing it a little and some of the signature wiped off. I covered it with some clear cling material to keep it from getting worse, but it didn’t really look nice enough to hang as a decoration any more. It’s been in a gig bag in the closet for the last several years.

So now I’m trying to figure out what to do with it. I’ve also been playing a lot of country lately and one of the things I noticed was that my Pacifica wasn’t really recreating a Tele sound very well (duh, right?). And that got me thinking about turning the EG112 into a little project (ideally a very cheap project) to give it a sound that’s different from the Pacific and maybe a little more suited to country. I want to add some twang to it.

I’ve already blocked the bridge and thrown a fresh set of EB Super Slinky’s on there. I was playing it last night and noticed it was noticeably quieter than my Pacifica. At this point, I’m not sure if it’s the cheaper pickups, pickup adjustment, or some other wiring issue. Tonight I’m hoping to find some time to play with the pick-up height to see if I can make the guitar any louder without causing any other issues.

Any thoughts or suggestions on things I should try or look into trying with the EG112 to make it a little twangier (and also solve the volume issue)? I’ve looked at the Twangbanger, but I’m not sure what I’d have to do to fit it in the space the humbucker currently occupies. Perhaps even just switching to a regular single coil pickup would be enough to give it a very different sound from my Pacifica.

Alternatively, if we leave out the “twangy” part, any other fun ideas for what to do with the EG112? To start with, I’d like to keep the budget in the $50-$100 range. Anything more than that and I’d be better off saving the money, selling the EG112 and just buying a Tele.

And, yes, I know if I want a Tele sound, the only way to get that is buy a Tele. One, that’s not an option right now. Two, part of the reason for me doing this is finding something fun to do with the EG112 I already have. And three, I don’t expect it to sound like a Tele when I’m done. I’d just like it to do something different enough to justify keeping it in addition to the Pacifica.

Thanks!
#2
not really a specialist on guitar but maybe some idea for your yammy:

http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Hot-Rod_Your_Electric_Tiny_Tone_Tweaks_Done_Dirt_Cheap

Check for #4, you might find this interesting if your searching for tele like twang.

also im not familiar with the EG112 model, but does it have coil-splitting on the bridge humbucker? if not that might be a good mod idea for splitting your bridge pickup to a ''single coil''.

one mod i did on my Pacifica 112v at home was replacing the original tremolo block made of zinc for a GuitarFetish steel full size tremolo block. HUGE difference in sound. in fact i swapped the whole tremolo assembly since GFS tremolo is quite cheap. if you want to do that just look for the MIM gfs tremolo with steel block. that the one who fit there.

swapping the whole tremolo was a great mod, the tremolo plate have a proper pivot point compared to the stock yamaha one wich help keeping tuning stability if ever you want to float the tremolo.
#3
Thanks for the reply gleesk1. I found some images of the Yamaha humbucker and based on its construction adding a plate and/or splitting won't work. I also found the mod to just unscew the poles on one coil, but my humbucker poles aren't threaded.

On a positive note, I checked the pup height and it was like half an inch from the strings! I raised it up a little and that fixed the volume issues.

I think I'm leaning toward buying a cheap Tele pickup and an adapter plate off eBay and swapping the Tele pickup for the humbucker.
#4
the plate mod was more intended for your neck single coil pickups, since with single coil you see the magnet underneat, at least i see them on my 112v

i think that you want too hard to try and find a way to turn this yamaha in a telecaster, sure a bridge single coil will surely work good but if i were you ill probably try to sell the EG112 and score a Squier affinity or classic vibe Telecaster.
Last edited by gleesk1 at May 3, 2016,
#5
Quote by gleesk1
the plate mod was more intended for your neck single coil pickups, since with single coil you see the magnet underneat, at least i see them on my 112v

i think that you want too hard to try and find a way to turn this yamaha in a telecaster, sure a bridge single coil will surely work good but if i were you ill probably try to sell the EG112 and score a Squier affinity or classic vibe Telecaster.


I agree, I need to keep reminding myself that no matter how crazy I get it's not gonna be a tele. A couple things have happened in the last 12 hrs that have me a little more excited about keeping the guitar and the potential of my project.

1. In all the research I've been doing on pickups, I've been reminded that even just a single coil in the bridge position (ie a traditional strat set up) would yield a different sound than what I get with the humbuckers. Now that I found $7 dollar adapter plate for the pickguard (for either tele or strat style bridge pups) and a plethora of tele and strat single coils on Amazon for $10 and up, I think it's worth a try.

2. I grabbed a sliver paint pen and was able to repair the smudged signature to my satisfaction. It sounds silly, but that got me excited enough to try to keep the guitar around and find a use for it. Even if it doesn't get me a tele.
#6
Update:

It's aliiiiiiiiive!

And everything works at least as good as it did before I started the project. I think I can hear a difference in tone when I try to switch quickly between my Pacifica and my new Pateleca. It seems a little brighter and possibly has more note clarity when strumming chords. I'd probably have to put fresh strings on both guitars at the same time and then record some so I can play them back right next to each other to really see if there's a difference. It could also be that, even though they are two different styles of pickups, they are the cheapest humbucker and tele pickups around and they are going to sound like generically cheap pickups. Future project could be buying nice pickups for both guitars ($$$) and then comparing. It would be fun to put a tele neck pickup in the Pateleca.

Here is shot before I polished the frets and put the strings back on:
Last edited by malibu43 at May 16, 2016,