Yamaha Pacifica PAC112V (HSS) 6 String Solidbody Electric Guitar


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Yamaha PAC112V
Yamaha PAC112V

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Our rating of 91/100 is based on analysis of 150+ 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.

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.


  • 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


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.


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.


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.


I Have had a Pacifica 112V on

I Have had a Pacifica 112V on order since 31st. August 2020.I understand that these guitars are made in Indonesia and that there have been delays in the supply chain due to Covid -19. Can you shed any light on this as being part of your experience?. My email address is as follows: