Yamaha Pacifica PAC112V (HSS) Solidbody Electric Guitar

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Street Price: 

$300
Yamaha PAC112V
Yamaha PAC112V

At publication time the was on our recommended list of Best Electric Guitars Under $500.

Yamaha continues to be the brand to beat when it comes to student friendly musical gear, including electric guitars where their Pacifica line continues to get good ratings. The PAC112V in particular is a true to form HSS (Humbucker-Single-Single) pickup configuration "super strat" at a very affordable price point.

For a beginner's guitar, this instrument has a wide array of voicings, thanks to its 5-way pickup selector and push-pull tone knob, which lets you utilize half of the humbucker for single-coil sounds in the bridge position.

While basswood is commonly used in this price range, Yamaha decided to up the ante by utilizing alder wood for the PAC112V's double cut-away body.

Other features include a 25.5" scale C-shape maple neck, a 13.75" radius rosewood fingerboard and 22 medium frets.

Specifications

  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Natural (Pictured) also comes in Black, Lake Blue, Natural, Old Violin Sunburst
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Tremolo
  • Pickups: 2 x Alnico V Single Coil, Alnico V Humbucker
  • Neck: Maple
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 13.75" (350 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.614"
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone with Push-Pull Coil Tap
  • Pickup Selector: 5-Position

Pros

For something so affordable, the build quality of this guitar gets quite a lot of praise. But most of the commendations still point to its value for money - thanks to its versatile HSS setup and push-pull humbucker splitting feature. Having once owned and played a Yamaha Pacifica, I can understand why many owners rate this guitar highly for its easy action.

Cons

There are a few reports of fret buzz right out of the box, thankfully, these are something that can be adjusted just as easily. There are also a few who noted that the strings it came with required immediate replacing, but this can be said with most electric guitars that have been in stock for a while.

Overall

When it comes to learning instruments, its hard to go wrong with Yamaha, especially with the PAC112V's sonic versatility and value for money.

At publication time the was on our recommended list of Best Electric Guitars Under $500.

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