Yamaha is one guitar company that a lot of beginners seek to buy their guitars from. For one, their guitars are cheap. For another, they provide just the right guitar quality to suit a beginner player. While they are more known for their acoustic guitars, their Pacifica Series hints that we should look more into their electric guitars. We have chosen the Pacifica 112V from their series to review and see if it’s really worth it.
To start from the very basics, the Pacifica 112V is made of alder body, which may remind you of Fender, as almost all of their guitars are alder bodies. What makes alder a good choice is that it preserves well without being heavy and, at the same time, is efficient. This is preferable, particularity for beginners, since it’s more comfortable to practice with. The neck is maple wood, which grants a brighter sound. As for the fretboard, Yamaha picked the rosewood tone, which gives a better and smoother feel.
The Pacifica 112V uses a different pickup configuration this time. Instead of three single coil pickups, Yamaha equipped this guitar with 2 single coils and 1 double coil, commonly referred to as hambucker. Hambucker pickups grant a guitar a “heavier” sound with a louder tone. This kind of configuration gives more a twangy sound, along with the ability to play dense genres like heavy metal, which is great for beginners who want to experiment their affinity toward such genres.
As far as the vibrato system is concerned, Yamaha used vintage-style tremolo for this guitar. Some may think that a modern tremolo bridge would have been a better choice for a beginner guitar like this one, since you won’t have to fiddle with the mechanics as much as the modern style. Vintage tremolos are prone to go out of tune more often than the modern tremolo bridges, but if you take extra care of the rest of the hardware, it won’t be much of a hassle.
Some may have noticed that the setup of the Pacifica 112V is quite similar to what you would expect from Fender. You are not the only one. In a way, Yamaha did use some ideas from Fender, but that’s just to further make this guitar beginner-friendly and low in price.
Is It Really Fit For Beginners?
We can’t speak for every starter out there. However, generally speaking, yes, this guitar does fit into the beginner-friendly category. Whether or not you should buy it stands with you. The best way to know for sure if the Pacifica 112V (or any guitar, for that matter) is right for you is by trying it out. Not all guitarists feel comfortable with the same guitar, and this guitar may not be what you are looking for.
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