Yamaha Pacifica PAC012DLX (HSS) 6 String Electric Guitar


89 out of 100. Incorporating 375+ ratings and reviews.

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Yamaha Pacifica PAC012DLX

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Our rating of 89/100 is based on analysis of 375+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Designed in the US back in the 90's, and manufactured in Japan, the Pacifica Series is Yamaha's take on Fender's two main designs - the Telecaster and the Stratocaster.

The Yamaha Pacifica PAC012DLX is sought after because of its very accessible price tag, especially when considering that it sports a Superstrat HSS configuration, along with Yamaha's brand of student friendly playability and quality.


  • Body: Agathis
  • Finish: Black, Old Violin Burst, Metallic Blue, Raspberry Red,
  • Bridge: Vintage Tremolo
  • Pickups:2 x Yamaha Ceramic Single Coil, Yamaha ceramic Humbucker
  • Neck: Maple
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 13.75"
  • Number of Frets: 22 Medium
  • Nut Width: 1.614"
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Selector: 5-Position Blade


Market opinion continues to be positive, thanks to owners rating this guitar highly because of its overall quality. Most users comment that the PAC012DLX gives you more quality per dollar, while others describe it as a very student friendly instrument. It gets a lot of kudos for its nice sounding single-coil tones, while the humbucker impresses even experienced players.


The usual pitfalls of budget electric guitars are represented in reviews, from minor aesthetic issues, to tuning problems. Thankfully, many users report improved playability and overall experience after setting up the guitar properly.


The Yamaha Pacifica PAC012DLX is highly recommended if you want a good quality HSS guitar while squeezing as much as possible out your budget.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Cheap Beginner Electric Guitars Under $200.

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