Pacifica 112V review by Yamaha

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.6 Good
  • Users' score: 9.2 (53 votes)
Yamaha: Pacifica 112V

Sound — 8
This is mainly used for prog metal sounds with a wee bit of electro music breaking through, hence the single pickup and bare bones style. The EMG gives the output it needs to blister through all of the layered effects and drones it's being played with. It is a tad noisy, but that may be the amateurly soldered wiring. It can Drive any amp, squeals harmonics and chugs tightly.

Overall Impression — 8
As listed above, electronic and metal is what this guitar is used for. This guitar covers them well, though all you need for these genres is a HOT pickup in the bridge and you're sorted. Been playing for 10 years, played loads of high output guitars and this is up there with some of the best of them. Not saying that customised cheap guitars are as good as pricey ESP's, of course they're not, but they can get a good sound out of them and aren't so devastating if they fall or drop or something. Wish it had a better nut, let the strings slide a bit better, no amount of filing or shavings of graphite will do it.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This thing has always been bulletproof, but that is the way of the Pacifica. Tunings stable, necks straight as a die, strap buttons are still in place in the 5 years it's been around, hardware is solid and the finish on the bridge and tuners and such are well protected by whatever they used to coat them because there's no scratches or nicks from watches, rings or anything. This guitar has been used live and didn't have any mishaps, just worked fine. Still does.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
As far as I remember being told, it was set up well out of the box and only took a quick tuning and was good to go. When he installed the emg, just went with the recomended height of "as close to the strings as you can get it without rubbing". It is as all Strats are, comfy necks but needed better edges so he had it sanded down. The finish doesn't matter anymore because he sanded the whole thing down to bare bones and refinished it. It was gloss black and had nickel hardware which is all gone now.

Features — 7
I don't know if I should do this review but ei'll put it out there anyways. This is a heavily modified version based on the 122V, a friend of mine owns this and loaned it to me for a while so I would like to review it and it's components. Finish: Dipped swirl Blue and Silver Neck: Sanded down on the back to a more comfortable grip, but we never measured it's actual thickness so we don't know what it is. Fingerboard: A nice rosewood fingerboard, extra jumbo fretwire. Body: It's a fat Strat shape. Pick-ups: This is the fun bit, one humbucker in the bridge, an EMG 85 active bucker, crunchy as hell but still has the basic characteristics of an EMG, doesn't sound really different from any other EMG equipped guitar, pricey or not. Tuners: Grover bean heads. Bridge: Black Vintage style Wilkinson trem bridge.

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    rv_phoenix wrote: Amateurs, amateurs, amateurs... Pacifica 112 is a great cheap guitar, but when you play it through toys like IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 or Fender G-Dec, there aren't many chances for someone to take you seriously. (An 8 for the sound, while playing he axe through this crap?) I've had a Pacifica 112 for quite a few years. It's a good guitar, it can do most of the things you would expect from a Fat Strat... but after a while an experienced player feels its limitations: cheap tuning pegs (with insufficient tuning stability), saddles rusting like tin-cans on a beach, cheap electronics, pots with little dynamics etc. A 7,5 would be a much closer rating. Better than a Squier Affinity Strat, but much worse than a Vintage V6, whose hardware is top-notch.
    Quick comment to add to rv_phoenix's observations. The 112 is a great starting guitar that is more than capable of taking you far beyond that initial learning stage. It's also worth mentioning that many of the shortcoming he referred to can be addressed through the occasional prudent upgrades: Better pickups. locking tuners, better electronics. None of these changes would break the bank, and be honest - would you rather gig an SG Standard or US Strat in a bar, or a guitar that won't leave a gaping hole in your wallet if/when someone steals it/accidentally steps on its neck. I have one 112 - I plan to own another for exactly this reason. They sound good, they work as gigging guitars, they sound good, and you can depend on them. Cheers.
    COREYTAYLOR721 wrote: 14 inch neck radius then, so it is a typical pos strat copy. real strat would be significantly easier to play, i hate these necks. beginners can't even make these crap guitars sound decent. just sayin' get a prs custom, fret spacing and friendly neck will help you learn chords etc easier.
    some of us can't afford a PRS Custom and besides if they could ,bought one and started learning and suddenly decide it's not for them then they've just wasted 1000's , BUT if they buy a nice little solid guitar like the pacifica they will have lost nothing in comparison to the PRS! I've tried the yamaha pac12 and I love the neck's fret's , the setup is amazing and the tonal ranges are very good but better than what you'd expect on a guitar this price (I'm sure the pickups are anico v, the same on the 60's classic vibe which is 100 more!) overall I like this guitar.
    The neck on this pacifica is thinner and smoother than a squier! Great for a first guitar!