#1
hey all.

Unfortunately for me, with exams and the like in school, I've been told that I can't get an electric guitar just yet, and that my sole focus should be on school. I'm obviously going to negotiate, because I can't wait at least 10 months. At the moment though, I'm doing as much research and looking around as possible, so that when I get my first electric and amp, I'll be making the right decision.

Anyway, on to my question.

I've heard a lot of people talking about the Yamaha Pacificas and their quality, but the focus has usually been on the lower end (112J) Pacificas. What I'm wondering is: Compared to a Mexican Strat, are the higher end Pacificas worth looking at? Will the 612V or 812V rival a MIM Strat?

Also, feel free to throw in some other Strat-style suggestions.

I understand that some of you might say "Get a MIA Strat". That's cool, but the MIA Strats are going to be out of my price range. As a general rule of thumb, I don't want the guitar to exceed about $1000 Australian, about 930 USD.

That is all, thankyou.
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#2
I would go with a MIM Strat. You can customize em more and change out parts much easier and cheaper than on the Pacifica. And MIM Strats are incredibly versatile.
#3
To me at least, the order is roughly like this:

USA/Jap Fender > Pacifica 612/812 > MIM Fender/Pacifica 412 > Pacifica 112J > Squier Standard

The 812V is comparable in quality to a USA Strat...amazing, considering how cheap it is.
#4
i have a pacifica and it's a very good start guitar. i got a new SG, so i installed a killswitch in it. it's still reliable, and i've had it for like 2 years
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Pacificas are nice guitars, especially the higher end models
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#6
Keeping in mind that I'm not going to be purchasing another guitar after this one for god knows how long, are you saying that the Pacifica is worth a look?
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Absolutely. To me they feel much more 'pro' than the equivalent Fenders, and are ideal for pickup upgrades. I really wish they did some tele-style guitars other than the Mike Stern.

In fact, I've got about 10 or 12 guitars now and I still get out my first axe, a Pacifica 012, quite often. Granted, it's been modified a bit over the years...
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Pacificas are nice guitars, especially the higher end models


agreed. i haven't tried a 612, but i'd say an 812 would annihilate an MIM standard fender.
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#9
Pacificas are great guitars for the money. IMO they are very comfortable to play. I really like the neck of the 112.

Most Pacifica users I've met or read are pleasantly surprised by the quality of their budget guitar. A Pacifica fat strat is extremely versatile due to its hss configuration, so you could be happy with it for some time.

My biggest beef is the vintage whammy bar -- anything more than subtle use will throw your guitar out of tune. But fenders without floyd roses have the same problem ...

You can customize [strats] more and change out parts much easier and cheaper than on the Pacifica.


What are you talking about? Which parts are easier and cheaper? Are you speaking from experience?

From what I have seen the Pacificas are great platforms for mods. I'm very pleased with how my Pacifica 112 plays, so I'm planning to swap in some new pickups. There have been several posts here and at Harmony Central on the range of mods made to Pacificas.

Fenders might keep their resale value better, if you care about that. I think the Yamaha guitars tend to be overlooked/under-rated because they don't have the marketing image of name brands like Fender or Gibson.
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To me at least, the order is roughly like this:

USA/Jap Fender > Pacifica 612/812 > MIM Fender/Pacifica 412 > Pacifica 112J > Squier Standard

The 812V is comparable in quality to a USA Strat...amazing, considering how cheap it is.


I would Tend to agree althought the last two are subjective due to the inconsitancy of Squier. Some Standard strats will be alot better, wheras others may not. But for value for money Pacificas all the way.

The 612v is v.good i've owned one but never gelled with it. It didn't make me want to play it, i can't really explain it, but i was never inspired by it.
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pacifica's are all around great guitars..and plus i think the 612 and 812 are stocked with seymour duncans
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pacifica's are all around great guitars..and plus i think the 612 and 812 are stocked with seymour duncans


612v only has SD humbucker
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