If you’re in the market for a good but budget electric guitar, then chances are you have come across the name Yamaha Pacifica more than a few times. And truth be told, Yamaha Pacifica guitars stand alongside the Fender Squier series guitars even though it is excellently priced compared to the latter. Other than that, Yamaha Pacifica guitars are also characterized by their superb playability and high value within an affordable price range. And ever since it was developed in the 90s, the Yamaha Pacifica series has retained the company’s entry-level, entry-level electric guitars under $200. In fact, their stylish design, great sound gives an impression of an over $600 high-end electric guitar.
Manufacturing and build-quality
While it is no secret that the Yamaha Pacifica electric guitars are made in Asia ( some may take this negatively) the sound produced by these instruments in nothing short of amazing. The company claims that each of their guitars is hand-crafted and auto-tuned separately despite the massive production levels, so meaning that the guitars are consistently good no matter which one you pick up.
Most of the guitars in this series are modeled and inspired by the Stratocaster body, even though they are quite a few distinctive differences worth noting.
For starters, the Pacifica works using two single-coil pickups while the Stratocasters work using three single-coil pickups. Additionally, in place of the extra pickup, the Yamaha Pacifica utilizes one humbucking pickup, which, of course, can be configured to act/sound as a single coil. Besides, a Stratocaster’s horns are longer than a Yamaha Pacifica’s.
Sound and playability
The Yamaha Pacifica gives the impression of a classy, bright, versatile, all-around instrument. In fact, the humbucker’s coil-split facility near the bridge can easily be adjusted using pushing and pulling one of the knobs. This way, you’ll have the option and luxury of switching from a deep rock sound to a brighter country sound.
On that note, the changes in the tone, when changing/shifting the knob, are often subtle and the balance of the mids, lows and highs is above average.
As far as playability goes, the Yamaha proves that it can tread toe-to-toe with some of the best in this industry thanks to the somewhat different fret radius, a satin finish and a rounding top-edge of the fingerboard. Otherwise, the neck is elegantly smooth, comfortable and feels substantially stable.
That said, there is no denying that the sound of every Yamaha Pacifica will vary ( though not by a large margin) but overall, you can rest assured that each piece you pick up will be incredibly well-sounding and well-constructed and the same time looking modern and classy.
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