Pacifica 112J review by Yamaha

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.5 (61 votes)
Yamaha: Pacifica 112J
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Price paid: $ 299.99

Purchased from: Yamaha

Sound — 10
The guitar is made for any rock genre but works best for classic rock with its strings. The strings can also sound best for fast hard rock solos depending on the pickup. The amps I'm currently using are Marshalls which are top-of-the-line and work best with Yamahas and Gibsons. The sound of the guitar depends on how play it really. It's basically like it adjusts and senses your your style. You play it fast, and it sounds like Yngwie Malmsteen. You play it slow, and it sounds like Eric Clapton. You have to feel the guitar and connect to it I guess. Tell it what noise to make. And it'll sound amazing to anyone.

Overall Impression — 9
Like I said, it depends on how you play the guitar. The sound changes depending on the genre or style. If the guitar was stolen, or I lost it, I'd definitely buy it again. Out of all the guitars I've played, this is my favourite. The only way I'd buy another guitar is if it's discontinued or I'd like to try something new.

Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar doesn't seem to damage at all even when being smashed. The strap buttons seriously grab the holes on any strap. The quality is amazing and definitely does not need a backup at any gig. The finish doesn't need to be repainted unless you want to change it, which is crazy because the shininess is something you just stare at, unless you're think of putting on ghost flames. This guitar will definitely last a long time.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was built with a lot of care. It's light, but tough. Sometimes, we all bang our guitars by accident. The paint didn't even chip and there are absolutely no dents at all. The guitar contained no flaws and was actually perfect.

Features — 8
The Pacifica is one of the best North American guitars to be created. The guitar is well known for great tone and outstanding playability at an low price compared to Gibsons. The guitar is good for anyone. The thin neck contains a bit less than average sized frets so kids can play and adults don't get frustrated. The 112J has many finishes from solid to flame. Stock finishes include: Black, Blue, Metallic Red, and Maple Wood. The Alder-body guitar has comfort-contoured bodies, bolt-on neck designs, vintage-style vibratos, 5-way switching of the H-S-S pickup configuration, Seymour Duncan pickups, and locking Sperzel tuners. The controls given are Tone and Volume, but work best with advanced computer amps, Marshalls, or advanced sound pedals to give the guitar the best effects. Depending on where the Pacifica is bought, optional accessories can include straps, picks, cases, and cables. The Pacifica is my favourite guitar due to its amazing features and sound for such a low cost.

31 comments sorted by best / new / date

    NHECOS
    This is THE BEST beginner guitar EVER!!! It's sure hell beats all those squier's that everyone seem to love without trying the Pacifica, this axe is realllyyyy underrated. At least try it out. It rocks.
    Fender Dane.
    It sounds like someone put an ad in Japanese through google translate. It's funny how the Yamaha fan boys attack people for slamming the review even though hardly anyone have said a single bad word about the guitar.
    Symphonica
    inb4 pretentious know-it-all jumps on bandwagon!
    MaggaraMarine wrote: Seems like a wannabe pro guy who thinks he knows everything about guitars. And those Marshall amps he is talking about must be MGs.
    Whoops, I guess I'm not quick enough. Sorry, you're just too pro dude.
    Vitor_vdp
    eSdaze wrote: The ignorance of some people is mind boggling, people that complain about this guitar are generally people who spent too much on a guitar and are now jealous. If it sounds ok, has good action, doesn't fall apart or goes out of tune within an hour it is a good guitar period. Some people just love to be ripped off. Lesson kids: invest in a good amp and some pedals you like to hear not in a guitar with a certain label on it that costs 500$ more just so you could be a snob like the rest. Music is about being creative, not about buying an overpriced Les Paul and thinking you rock the world and being a sheep.
    Wat
    adamajid9
    I've been reading the comments and have noticed there are people that think they're pros and don't seem to know shit about a guitar or what this review. People that hate on this guitar are probably stuck with a rip-off Givson.
    Fallen Seraph
    ben_halen wrote: This guitar is actually a peace of crap sold for far more then its actually worth.
    u played one??
    ben_halen
    This guitar is actually a peace of crap sold for far more then its actually worth.
    barden1069
    I don't understand why he's comparing it to Gibsons... wouldn't Fender be a better comparison since it looks like it's based on a Strat?
    Fallen Seraph
    Fender Dane. wrote: It sounds like someone put an ad in Japanese through google translate. It's funny how the Yamaha fan boys attack people for slamming the review even though hardly anyone have said a single bad word about the guitar.
    i admit i am a yamaha fan boy, but people are slamming the review as if its not true and the chances yamaha have got someone to write this are slim.....this guitar is amazing no doubt about it...it just seems it is underated becuz of the price which i dont really get with guitars :/
    Fallen Seraph
    Vitor_vdp wrote: Fallen Seraph wrote: coming from a guy who hasnt played the guitar like the rest of you?? Yerp, u lot obviously havent played one otherwise you wouldnt be complaining.....this guitar is amazing bit i admit the review is amateur Assumptions much?
    Vitor_vdp
    Fallen Seraph wrote: coming from a guy who hasnt played the guitar like the rest of you??
    Assumptions much?
    Fallen Seraph
    RetroGunslinger wrote: lol if this is an advertisement, and thats exactly what it looks like, Yamaha must have hired a toddler with down syndrome to write this
    coming from a guy who hasnt played the guitar like the rest of you??
    RetroGunslinger
    lol if this is an advertisement, and thats exactly what it looks like, Yamaha must have hired a toddler with down syndrome to write this
    Fallen Seraph
    Philly080 wrote: This isn't a review, it's an advertisement. That's why there's 10 pictures of this guitar in different colors, angles, and all.
    Who cares?? If it was me id buy this guitar even if this was an advertisent cuz i know my stuff and Yamaha make beast guitars.....easily better than alot of the higher priced brands.
    Philly080
    This isn't a review, it's an advertisement. That's why there's 10 pictures of this guitar in different colors, angles, and all.
    Fallen Seraph
    Ive been playing for 3-4 years. Im grade 8 and play local gigs. I have a Fender American Strat that i use to use and guess what.....i have the Pacifica 112 and i prefer it to my Strat! After a few years wear, it has become the best sounding guitar ive ever heard! I play through a peavey Vypr and i can get my guitar to sound exactly how i want and when i want. Synster Gates sound, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Tremonti...u name em. It has a pair of alnico 5 pickups and it sounds amazing. IN MY OPINION (notice i put that in caps) my pacifica is the best guitar in the world and ive played lots of guitars nuff said.
    Almightynikita
    (sorry for double post) But where does the North American part come in? Mine's an older model made in Indonesia and if anything they'd be moving their factories to China
    eSdaze
    The ignorance of some people is mind boggling, people that complain about this guitar are generally people who spent too much on a guitar and are now jealous. If it sounds ok, has good action, doesn't fall apart or goes out of tune within an hour it is a good guitar period. Some people just love to be ripped off. Lesson kids: invest in a good amp and some pedals you like to hear not in a guitar with a certain label on it that costs 500$ more just so you could be a snob like the rest. Music is about being creative, not about buying an overpriced Les Paul and thinking you rock the world and being a sheep.
    Almightynikita
    It's a great entry-level guitar, and really excels if you compare it to entry level squiers for example. I still use mine after 6 years of owning it, with some new DiMarzios and pots (needed replacing). However this review is...dodgy, it just feels wrong =P
    Woffelz
    Bad review. Top of line Marshall? Do elaborate. Strings sound great for classic rock? Is this some sort of joke? :p Doesn't break when smashed? Must be God's guitar.
    Epirechaun694
    Kingnichendrix wrote: You guys are ass holes, when you first started what would you guys have honestly said if you had this guitar? exactly, so please stop unleashing your ego's on these reviews, besides read it dont just look at the rating.
    I played this guitar when I was a beginner. My friend has one and I honestly thought it sucked. My friend thought it was good, not great. I started with an Ibanez GSA-60, and that is miles ahead of this Yamaha. My Ibanez still kicks ass, but not as much as my Epiphone SG. At least that's what I think. It's all about opinion, everyone is right here (except the reviewer because that was just a terrible review).
    Vitor_vdp
    Kingnichendrix wrote: You guys are ass holes, when you first started what would you guys have honestly said if you had this guitar? exactly, so please stop unleashing your ego's on these reviews, besides read it dont just look at the rating.
    It gets worse after you read it.
    MaggaraMarine
    I read it and I'm not a "pro" but the things I said are what I'm thinking. I mean that he's talking only about Gibsons, Yamahas and Marshalls. The thing I don't like in the review is the first part.
    Kingnichendrix
    You guys are ass holes, when you first started what would you guys have honestly said if you had this guitar? exactly, so please stop unleashing your ego's on these reviews, besides read it dont just look at the rating.
    MaggaraMarine
    The controls given are Tone and Volume, but work best with advanced computer amps, Marshalls, or advanced sound pedals to give the guitar the best effects.
    The amps I'm currently using are Marshalls which are top-of-the-line and work best with Yamahas and Gibsons.
    Seems like a wannabe pro guy who thinks he knows everything about guitars. And those Marshall amps he is talking about must be MGs.
    Icarus Lives
    Damn good entry level guitar. And if you're on a budget, it'll do for much more too. And when you wanna upgrade just slap on some high quality pups. Bad review though. Sorry but experience and perspective is required to make a good review, and a beginner reviewing a beginner guitar...well there you go.
    shwilly
    Decent guitar, one of the better entry-level models imho Don't go all "conspiracy theory" on the dude, how many mindblowing reviews have you guys seen on starter(pack) guitars on UG (or at all, lol)? Most if not all experienced players on this site aren't interested in reviewing $300 guitars anyways. At least he didn't give all 10's
    w77yyz
    Was this ghost written by Yamaha to sound like a 14 year-old newbie? Full catalog of pix for an entry level guitar...wtf?
    MaggaraMarine
    w77yyz wrote: Was this ghost written by Yamaha to sound like a 14 year-old newbie? Full catalog of pix for an entry level guitar...wtf?
    The review was actually written by a 12-year-old guy. He owns a Gibson LP and this guitar so that's why he says that Gibsons and Yamahas work the best with Marshalls (the amp he is using) and he also says that Marshalls and some "advanced computer amps are top-of-the-line". I think he has only played with two guitars and one amp. Maybe that's why this review feels wrong. He talks about things that he might not know. I'm not trying to bash the reviewer but this is just what I'm thinking. And I'm not a pro but I'm allowed to criticize the review. And I'm not a Yamaha hater or a Yamaha fanboy, I know nothing about this guitar but the thing I know is that the review sucks. Sorry.