Pacifica 012 review by Yamaha

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7 Good
  • Users' score: 8.1 (200 votes)
Yamaha: Pacifica 012

Price paid: $ 200

Purchased from: Yamaha Music Center, Sri Lanka

Sound — 7
I play everything from blues to metal, etc... This guitar is not the best match for metal and any other genres of music that demands high gain, but it makes a very decent blues/jazz guitar. I play it through my DigiTech RP100, through to my Fender 20W amp. The sound for blues on light over-Drive and boost, with medium gain is very decent, and I could get a professional sounding tone... But when I kick in distortion, and add more gain, the sound tends to get muddy and upset sounding, but still not too bad. In the case of the pick-ups, the neck and middle pickups are really good IMO, for a guitar of this value. But the bridge humbucker is SHIT... It sounds all treble'y and cartoon-like... I plan to Switch it out with a budget GFS pickup with higher gain soon...

Overall Impression — 8
I've only been playing for 2-3 years now, and this guitar has been my ol' reliable one throughout 2 years of it... So I'm very impressed with it, and I never will give it away, or sell it (well, if it were stolen, time to move onto something better... I'm planning on buying a new guitar soon, hopefully a Ibanez RG Prestige, to handle the Live gigs and studio recordings.) For the money, this guitar was totally worth it. And I would recommend this to anyone starting out...

Reliability & Durability — 7
Being my first electric guitar... It's been through a lot for the past 2 years... I played a 4, 5 small gigs and 2 big gigs (like with 1000-2000 people, on rhythm guitar, for bluesy stuff) and this held on well. It's not going to last for too long... Most of the guitar's original hardware is succumbing to rust, like the gears in the tuning peg and the bridge saddles. And the fret-wires are REALLY beaten up. And the f**king strap buttons are not reliable at all. I'm glad that I switched them out. But being the Korean made piece of shit it's supposed to be... I'm surprised it lasted this long. So kudos to Yamaha...

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
It was well set up when I first took it out of the box. (or it seemed so, since this was my first guitar, and I was a total noob... ) All of the guitar's hardware, etc... Was in good condition when I bought it. No finish flaws, etc... I wasn't a guitar pro when I bought this guitar, so I won't comment too much, and give it a rating of...

Features — 7
Please bear with me. This is my first review, ever... So cut me some slack, and please comment and drop some suggestions on how to review gear better... ;) -Korean made -Agathis body -22 frets -Solid-body Electric Guitar -Vintage style tremolo -H/S/S pickup config -1 volume and 1 tone knob -5 way pick-up selector -Passive Electronics This guitar is just a budget guitar for a beginner. But however, for that kind of money, it's really not that bad. And compared to Squiers, and other budget guitars running on the same price range, this beats them by a long-run (well, maybe not the Ibanez GIO guitars)

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    I bought this guitar at a garage sale for $150 without even plugging it in. Didnt see much point after all I just assumed it was junk and for $150 dollars thats normally what you get. I hadnt played in a long while and the last guitar I strapped on was my Gibson L6S, rest her soul. I dont know if the strings on the 012 were factory but they had to go and were replaced with Markley 10s. tremelo arm went in the garbage as I could never understand why you would need one on a system with no rollers, nut lock or fine tuners. Other than that I have to say I was very impressed with this guitar. The action is extremely fast, the humbucker sounds pretty good and with the five way switch volume and tone controls its very versitile, although the volume control is in the way. I dont gig anymore but have to say I probably wouldnt use the 012 if I did as it feels a little delicate. Overall though an excellent practice unit or a perfect first guitar.