My very first full-size guitar was an FG series acoustic guitar similar to the Yamaha FG700S, a guitar that my dad handed down to me. There wasn’t anything particularly special about the guitar and it certainly wasn’t an extremely expensive guitar aside from the sentimental value.
But I cut my teeth for almost 10 years on that Yamaha guitar. I’ve since moved on and am currently the proud owner of my Taylor 310ce, but I still have that Yamaha acoustic guitar sitting in a closet, waiting for the time I can perhaps hand it down to my own son.
You see, the Yamaha FG700S isn’t a visually exciting guitar – it sports one of the most basic guitar designs on the market. However, it is a great value guitar that delivers where it matters – sound and quality.
A close friend called me the other day asking about beginner guitars. Apparently his oldest son, now 12, had decided that he wanted a guitar for Christmas.
“I don’t want to spend too much money” he said. “I’m afraid this is just a fad and he’ll just end up giving up on the guitar like he did with the piano.“
So if you’ve been looking for some good budget electric guitar options you’ve probably run across the Yamaha Pacifica name a few times. It stands alongside the Fender Squier series of guitars as some of the most popular in the price range due to its high value and excellent playability.
But what’s the difference between the Pacifica 012 and the Pacifica 112? Should you consider the PAC112J or the PAC112V?