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Old March 9th, 2013, 12:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any Fans of the Yamaha Pacifica Strat?

I've seen many of the $119 variety in pawn shops and was not impressed. This week I came across one of their midline strats for $249 at GC and I liked it. I can only imagine what the high priced line is like since there are not too many available in the US.

Any fans here of the Pacificas?

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Old March 9th, 2013, 08:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think there were some early pacificas (Japan) that got a lot of love, like
the lawsuit Fenendes and Tokai
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Old March 9th, 2013, 09:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I had a nice, red 1990's 912 model, my daughter now enjoys it.
It's very well made, and very versatile.
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Two of my friends bought >£200 ones. Well made, well set up for a learner who doesn't get a setup!
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Old March 9th, 2013, 09:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've got a 97 or 98 Pacifica 112. It is the basic model in a natural finish. It was my first electric and picked it off the rack without knowing a thing about guitars. I loaned it out to a buddy for a few years. Recently got it back and can still enjoy some of the sounds it gets.
They are good quality basic guitars. The nicer ones come with a few nicer appointments but I think have the same pick ups and hardware.
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Old March 9th, 2013, 11:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I had one for a few years in the 90's and it was a great guitar for the money...$100. Sold it after a few years but I kinda wish I had kept it. Just a great bang for the buck axe.
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Old March 9th, 2013, 04:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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In my experience with Yamahas, once you get up to a 300 series, you've got a decent guitar, may need hardware changes, but the wood and build is solid.
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Old March 9th, 2013, 04:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My friend had one that he played for 10+ years, kept it all stock and it sounded great. Yamaha make some brilliant budget guitars. I still have an F310 acoustic that 15 odd years old, still sounds and plays lovely.
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Old March 9th, 2013, 06:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yamaha has always made decent to excellent musical instruments at various price points--that has always been one of their products. I have a Yamaha FG700S acoustic (solid top, sunburst) as a utility guitar and get compliments from people about its look and tone. It plays as well as my Martins and I've brought it to jams where people are playing really expensive stuff without giving it a second thought.

I am guessing that they own and control more of their factories than most other name brands, and make $20,000 grand pianos that are world class as well as some solid wood acoustics (think of Paul Simon's black Yamaha acoustic) that are as good as anything.

I have a pair of their nice PA speakers and for many years played a Yamaha G50-112 guitar amp--just gave it to a friend's son that was in hard times and needed an amp.

Again, if shopping at a price point, I would always look at Yamaha as a respectable and trustworthy brand name.

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I picked up a used one for about $100 just a few weeks ago. I can't remember the model number but they retailed for about $400. I really love it. Far more solid, and better pickups, pots, parts, fretting, etc. than I expected. That's what sold me on it. It's one that I keep coming back to when I'm playing at home. A nice, plain, no frills Strat-type that sounds really good.
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I had one. I worked in a music store that was a dealer. I picked a nice blue midline one and got it at cost +%. I changed the pickups at one point. Then I put the originals back in and sold it to Tim Armstrong. He used it until it was stolen from an open house in Denver.

I played it a lot in a band that played Dead and reggae music. Usually through a '66 Super Reverb. It played well, was light and comfortable. Overall a good guitar.
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