Yamaha Pacifica Electric Guitar Series Review

Yamaha Pacifica Electric guitar review

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?

While there have been many different series models over the past couple decades, currently there are only 6 guitars in the Yamaha Pacifica Series – the PAC112V, the PAC112J, the PAC012, the PAC1611MS, the PAC212VFM and the PAC212VQM. Below we’re going to do a quick review of the series as a whole and then break down the differences between the individual guitars.

At the end, hopefully you’ll have a good idea which model in the series is a good fit for you.

The Yamaha Pacifica series of electric guitarsYamaha Pacifica Guitar Review

Originally developed in the 1990’s, the Yamaha Pacifica series has become one of the company’s best-selling entry-level electric guitars. They sound great, the price is excellent (many under $200) and they look awesome.

Although the guitars are constructed in Asia, a fact which is often considered a negative, the level of quality in production is amazing. It’s probably the main reason it’s such a popular guitar – they are consistently good no matter which one you pick up.

It’s obvious that Yamaha has put a lot of effort into the design and production of this guitar, leading me to believe that with the right amount of care this guitar could last you a lifetime.

Yamaha Pacifica vs the Fender (or Squier) Strat

Most of the Pacifica’s you’ll see are modeled after the Stratocaster body although there are quite a few differences that are worth pointing out. First, while the body is similar, if you look closely you’ll see that not only are the horns longer on the Pacifica but the contours are also not as pronounced. Instead of plugging the guitar in on the face as is common on the Strat, with the Pacifica the plug is on the side.

Finally, one of the biggest differences between the Stratocaster and the Pacifica is in the pickups. While Stratocasters are fitted with three single-coil pickups, the Pacifica works with two single-coils and one humbucking pickup (which can be configured to act as a single coil).

Differences between the Fender Stratocaster and the Yamaha Pacifica


It’s hard to say which guitar – the Squier Strat or the Yamaha Pacifica – would make a better entry-guitar purchase. Players have noted that they have their own unique tones and since some of the models are similarly priced, it’s really up to the individual player to decide which style he or she prefers.

Yamaha Pacifica Playability and Sound

If I were to describe the Yamaha Pacifica in a few words I would probably choose words like “versatile”, “bright” and “classy”. Because of the coil-split facility for the humbucker near the bridge, which you can change by pushing or pulling one of the knobs, you have the option of a brighter country sound or a deeper rock sound. Both have a character that is both surprising and nice.

The changes in tone when playing with the various pickup settings is often subtle, but the balance of mid-range, bass and highs doesn’t disappoint.

The Pacifica lends itself to more lead playing thanks to a slightly different fret radius.  It has a rounding at the top edge of the fingerboard and a satin finish. The neck is smooth and comfortable and feels incredibly stable.

Obviously the sound of each model within the Pacifica Series will vary.  But overall you can be confident that it is a well-constructed, well-sounding electric guitar.  It looks both modern and classy at the same time.

Yamaha Pacifica Series Comparison

Now we’re going to dive into exactly what differentiates the six different models in the Pacifica series of electric guitars. We’ll dive a bit deeper into the details below, but here’s a snapshot of the guitar specs.







Body:AgathisAlderSolid AlderAlder (Quilted Maple Top)Alder (Flamed Maple Top)
Pickups:Factory pickupsFactory pickupsAlnico-VAlnico-VAlnico-V
Switch:5-position5-position5-position w/ coil tap5-position w/ coil tap5-position w/ coil tap
Controls:Master Volume & ToneMaster Volume & ToneMaster Volume & ToneMaster Volume & ToneMaster Volume & Tone
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Yamaha Pacifica 012 Notes

The Pacifica 012 is differentiated from the rest of the pack primarily by its Agathis body and Sonokeling fingerboard. It’s not a bad option if your budget is severely limited.  But, if you’re able, it’s much better to start off with the 112 series.

A review of the Yamaha Pacifica 012 electric guitar (PAC012)Click for more details on the Pacifica 012

Yamaha Pacifica 112 Notes

The 112 is the next step up from the 012 and is generally a more popular electric guitar. Aside from sporting the standard Alder body and Rosewood fingerboard, the 112 also comes with more color options.

The difference between the Pacifica 112J and the Pacifica 112V is the use of the Alnico-V pickups.  They are a higher-quality piece of installed equipment. Aesthetically, there’s also a slight difference in the size of the pick guard.  As well as the use of plastic knobs (112J) over the classier metallic (112V).

Review of the Yamaha Pacifica 112J PAC112J)

Click for more details on the Pacifica 112J

Review of the Yamaha Pacifica 112V PAC112V

Click for more details on the Pacifica 112V

Yamaha Pacifica 212 Notes

The 212 series uses the same high-quality Alnico-V pickups, hence the “V” in the name.  But, it then adds two very unique visual elements to the body. While the “VQM” sports a beautiful quilted maple top, the “VFM” is a more subtle flaming maple top.

Both are excellent guitars that improve upon what makes the original 112 so desirable.

Review of the Yamaha Pacifica 212VQM Quilted Maple electric guitarClick for more details on the Pacifica 212VQM

Review of the Yamaha Pacifica 212VFM flaming maple electric guitar

Click for more details on the Pacifica 212VFM

Yamaha Pacifica 1611MS Notes

You’ll notice this particular guitar missing from the table above. The reason is that it’s just a completely different guitar.  I’m not even sure why they put it in this series. Not only are there differences in the construction, Yamaha uses Ash in the body.  But there is an incredible gap in pricing: the PAC1611MS starts at $1,799!

Yamaha crafted this guitar for legendary jazz guitarist Mike Stern (hence the “MS” in the name).  The PAC1611MS is a beautiful-sounding guitar that utilizes the absolute best materials and production technology available.

Review of the Yamaha Pacifica 1611MS electric guitar

Click here for more details on the Pacifica 1611MS

Concluding Thoughts

While Yamaha isn’t well-known for their lineup of electric guitars, the Pacifica is one excellent exception to that rule. They are well-made and have endured almost three decades of scrutiny and use.

For those who are looking to buy their first guitar and don’t have a lot of money to spend, the Pacifica 012 is an excellent option that you won’t be disappointed with (comes in black, dark blue and dark red). If you can manage to squeak out a bit more in your budget, however, upgrading to the 112 will be a better investment in the long run. Colors offered include Black, Lake Blue, Metallic Red, Natural, Old Violin Sunburst, and Translucent Green.

As for the Pacifica 212, if you’re drawn to the beauty of Quilted Maple or Flamed Maple you’ll love the VQM and the VFM – both quality guitars.

73 thoughts on “Yamaha Pacifica Electric Guitar Series Review

    1. Well, you see most of my thoughts above! It’s a great guitar, but it really depends on what you’re looking to buy. What additional feedback were you looking for?

      1. I ordered the 112v then the store rang back and said they have the 212vqm in stock and they would sell it to me for the same price. Not sure which is the better guitar of the two? And reading the 212 can be uncomfortable for small hands??

      2. thanks for the info. my friends and i started playing a few months ago and they got fender strats and were both saying that theirs are by far better. I like both guitars and told them that my yamaha pacifica has its perks too. This article proves it. The main difference i noticed is that the Yamaha’s Trem bar is has much more room to move and alter the sound because its further away from the base of the guitar and therefore you can push down further.

    2. I bought one 112 V a long time and did several changes, like pickups, bridge and tuners. It’s an excellent option for mods and mine today is a pro guitar… The solid construction and quality woods made the difference…

      1. Thinking of getting the 112V. Could you please share any information/feedback about the factory pickups – how bad are they compared to Alnico-V? Many thanks!

  1. bonjour josh merci pour ton examen de la serie pacifica
    je suis debutant est recherche une guitare polyvalente
    j ai voulu acheter une sqier affinity hss mes le vendeur ma
    dit que les pacifica ete de bien meilleur guitare
    mes je ne sais pas la quelle prendre jaime beaucoup la 112v mes jador la 212v jai vue aux dessue quelle ete vu estetique plus
    mieux que la 112v mes je voudrai savoir josh si poind de vue musique elle son les meme ? je pence aller on acheter une dan les prochain jours mes la quelle lol 112v ou 212v jatten que tu me dise pour prendre ma decission merci josh a bien tot

  2. Hello, Josh. Great review, keep up the good work 🙂
    I’m thinking of buying YP 112V. I’m a beginner and everybody says that YP 112V is a great guitar for beginners.I have two questions:
    1. Is this guitar good for pop-rock?
    2. Between two classical guitars, Yamaha C70 and Washburn C80s “Madrid”, which one would you recomend? Thank you. Greetings to you.

    1. Hey Randy, thanks for the comment! I’ll try to answer both your questions as best I can:

      1) The Pacifica 112V would certainly work for pop-rock. It all depends on the kind of sound you want, although I would say that the ability to split up the humbucker pickup does add to the versatility of the guitar.

      2) I like the solid Cedar top on the Washburn C80 – a feature that will project well. Unfortunately the Yamaha C70 has been discontinued (unless you’re thinking of buying used) so I would consider looking into the Yamaha CG series which can range in price based on various specs.

      1. Thank you very much for answering me. You helped me a lot. I’m from Europe and here you can buy new Yamaha C70 II (Indonesian made) for aproximatelly 150-170 euros (I believe that is around 200$). Price varies from store to store. I have looked for CG series that you recommended and it’s a good guitar-thanx.
        Regarding electric guitar-I would like to play mostly pop-rock of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I have only one more question if you can help me-
        Comparing Pacifica 112V, Cort G254/G260 and Blade Player Delta PDE-1 and Dayton PDA1, which one you would recommend? Those are my options (for my budget):) Thank you.

  3. Hi Josh,

    Thanks for the great review. I play guitar in a rock band, and we’re starting to gig a lot now. The 112V is something I have been eyeing for some time now as my next upgrade (from a squier tele). I have a limited budget. Would you recommend the 112V over some of the epiphone guitars around the same price range? And also, I hear talk about how the 112V is as good as or better than MIM Fender Strat. Is there some truth to this in your opionion? Thanks again.

  4. This is a really good article. I just tried my 3rd Fender Squier and it let me down once again because of the poor finish and construction. So 3 strikes and your out as far as the squiers go. So now I am getting the Yamaha PAC112J in black. The reason, overall better construction. I am sure the higher end Fenders are great, but their low entry level stuff is hit and miss.

  5. hi josh,i just bought a pac112v in sonic blue and wanted to know which amp to pick with it,would yamaha 25 watt amp be ok

  6. Hi Josh,

    I’m looking for an beginner’s electric left handed guitar. I’m interested in the Yamaha PAC 112V. Is this model available for left-handers?


    Mike Lee

    1. Hey Mike, as far as I can tell there isn’t a left-handed version of the PAC 112V, although I could very well be wrong about that. I know for certain that Squier by Fender has left-handed versions of their electric guitars like the Stratocaster, which makes for an excellent beginner guitar. Check it out!

      1. Hi Josh,

        First of all, I apologize for not granting you the courtesy of a thank you for your reply. I must have been immersed in a sea of enquiries regarding which guitar to buy.
        In the end, I bought a Fender Squier, as I could not find a Yamaha left-handed over here. Learning from Justinguitar.com website, which is great, but not easy at my advanced age.

      2. Yes pac comes in left yamaha make just about every model in both left and right and bless them cause they about only company that do.

        I am luther and lefty. Yamaha make best lefties bang for $. Think it must jyst come down to quality control.

        I love mine. Cedar stain finish and if i ever see them cheep i grab the necks and make jazzmaster etc out of them.

  7. I have a Yamaha RGX112P Strat copy (pre the Pacifica range) with a bridge humbucker. it has a Strat type tremolo, and it always stays in tune despite whammy bar use, unlike a Mexican Fender Strat that I used to own. I also have a Pacifica Telecaster copy. I have had both these guitars from new, and I think they are excellent for a home player like me.The Pacifica Tele copy is now hard to find on ebay, so I will definitely be keeping mine !
    I have recently purchased a Pacifica 611HFM. Only had it a few days, but I’m sure that I am going to love it.

  8. Thanks for this article Josh. I am a self-diagnosed Yamaholic! I started on a Yamaha FG-335 acoustic and years later bought a Pacifica 612v. My favorite guitar by far. Now the Yamaha collection has grown with the addition of a FS650MS acoustic, C70 classical, EG112 modded, RGX121S satin black, Pacifica 120SJ natural modded, and have been looking for an RGZ112P in black or white (pre Pacifica series). This last model has got me going crazy but they are hard to find now. I am thinking of buying and modding a Pacifica 112J and replacing the tuners to locking grover or sperzel, tusq/graphtec nut, wilkinson 2 point bridge, vintage rails neck, and SH-5 Custom for the bridge. A black 112J with a black pickguard to mimic the black RGZ112P I am looking for. Or white with black pickguard… man I love these guitars!!!

  9. Hi Josh, This is a great summary.
    I can only vouch for the Yamaha Pacifica 112JL series because I’m left handed and sadly Yamaha have not updated their left handed 112JL to use Alnico 5 pickups, coil spliting, body mounted bridge humbucker and metal knobs like the right handed 112V range. Whilst this is frustrating, the PAC 112 is a very well made, high quality solid alder body and neck construction that makes an excellent platform to upgrade and customise to the spec I want.

    I bought my first Pacifica in the early 90’s based on industry insider information that Yamaha UK were only charging just £200 GBP for a guitar that should cost £350 GBP. I got a left handed model for £219 GBP before Yamaha realised they had put the wrong price label on it. The shop even set it up for me. Straight out of the box the tone from the ceramic pickups is bright with fairly open sounding cleans, good strat in-between chime sounds for positions 2 and 4. Today I can buy 3 Pacifica 112JL’s for the price of one Mexican Fender Strat and yet I preferred the tone, look, versatility, feel and build quality of a single Pacifica against the Mexican Strat. The Pacifica is very underrated in terms of tone and build quality, often regarded as an entry level guitar based on its price, yet it definitely punches well above its weight. Personally I cannot justify spending £470 GBP for the Mexican Strat that is probably only 120% better in terms of tone, tuning stability, intonation accuracy and build quality over the more versatile, more playable £155 GBP Pacifica PAC112JL.

    Compared to the Squire Affinity range, in my experience the PAC112 with it’s H-S-S configuration is far superior and versatile tone wise thanks to the humbucker. Installing some Ironstone Gold single coil pickups and an Axesrus Classic 50’s Deluxe humbucker has opened up the tone and clarity even more, along with my own custom rewiring so that the ‘Tone’ pot now blends the middle coil in series with the neck coil to give a wide humbucker sound for a fuller sounding neck tone. I also wired the pickup selector switch middle position to select the Bridge and Neck pickups together instead of the Middle pickup.

    Today I have 2 Pacificas, one stock 112JL made in Taiwan, the other a more recent 112JL made in Indonesia that I have upgraded and customised to a higher spec. Swapping the pickups for Alnico 5 alternatives, replacing the electronics with CTS pots, Oak Grigsby switch, Q-Parts knobs, Graphtech string tree, Schaller locking left handed tuners has significantly improved the tone and tuning stability over the already excellent rock solid stock model.

    1. This is a very interesting rewiring mod. I’ve done similar with a Frankenstrat that I put together so that anybody else who picks it up can understand what is switched on!

      So, are you saying that you have no TONE control at all now but just rely on blending in the middle to warm things up/reduce the brightness. Where does this leave you with the bridge ‘bucker for tonal changes? Just doing the split?

      I really wish I hadn’t read your post because my Pac 112 VMX is about the only guitar that I have that I’ve not tinkered with under the hood – it sounds so good straight as it came to me (admittedly Yamaha had forgotten to crown the frets but that was just a great excuse to haggle the price down and get busy with the marker pen and files). But now you’ve told me you’re BLENDING your middle and neck in SERIES?! How am I to resist this sound of Lucifer? I love a blend pot on my strats but this is the work of the Devil (have you got any diagrams/site links?!!!). You are a bad man.

      1. My belated reply for Neill Dodd
        I found another use for the traditional ‘Tone’ pot control, because I always had the tone control fully open for the sparkle and clarity. Now both my Pacificas use the ‘Tone’ pot to blend the bridge pickup in switch positions 4 (middle+neck) and 5 (neck). I mostly prefer clean sounds so like a bright open sounding pickup, which is why I went with the Ironstone Gold single coils and an Alan Entwistle HV 58 low output Alnico 2 humbucker to get a better loudness balance betweem the single coils and the bridge humbucker. I have experimented with switcing options for humbuckers over the years and prefer Series/Parallel over Coil Splitting or Phase.

        I recently completed the makeover for my Black Pacifica 112JL. Installed Super-Vee Bladerunner trem, Schaller locking M6 tuners, Bourns 82 series Blue 500K and 250K pots, chrome Telecaster knobs, CRL 5 way switch, Graphtech string tree, screened the cavities and pick guard with copper foil. I also designed my own custom pick guard with S-S-F (Firebird Minihumbucker in the Neck) config and got Martin Simms to cut it in White Pearl. Installed Kinman SCn bridge, Kinman Impersonator Fat 50 middle and Oil City Winterizer Firebird minihumbucker neck pickups, as my personal twist on a reverse H-S-S superstrat format.

        I’m already planning my third and fourth PAC 112JLs. If Yamaha don’t make the Pacifica model I would like, then I’ll happily take their stock PAC 112JL and re-design the pickguard to get what I want and even go beyond Pacifica 600 series specs in terms of harware/electronics componentry. I am a member of the Yamaha Pacifica Modifiers group on Facebook and have pics of my guitars there along with many inspiring customisation jobs from other Pacifica users.

      1. Hi Josh, I bought my 112 in the mid 90s the only problem I’ve had is the bridge. I had to replace the saddles and they need replaced again due to the rust and corrosion. Is there a better bridge Yamaha makes that will fit this guitar.

    1. Hey Philip, I’m not entirely sure but based on what their website says, the only difference between the Pacific 112V and the VMX is the addition of a “black tri-ply pick-guard and maple fretboard”.

  10. Hi, I have just bought a Yamaha pacifica 112 vmx with alder body, maple neck and maple fretboard, the finish is what they call satin, but it feels dry and looks more like bare wood, what if anything should I use to clean and protect the body, neck and fretboard, someone suggested teak or tung oil what do you think?

  11. Hi. I’m a beginner looking to buy my first electric guitar. The thing is that I’m a lefty. My budget is $500ish. A fried is giving me his Marshall amp so that’s covered. My preferred genre is rock (acdc, vai, satriani, etc).

    Can you please make a recommendation as almost no blogs talk about a good beginner lefty guitar. Thx!

  12. Hey Josh,

    I really like your article, it is very informative. But if I am a beginner and would like to play jazz what guitar would you suggest? Would a Yamaha Pac be good? If so which one? Thanks.

  13. Hi,
    I’ve had a 612v, 311h, 112v in a recent past, and i’ve bought a 112jcx (black with head and back neck black toi…beautiful !). I bought this 112j thinking to mod it, but the ceramic pickups are not bad at all and i’m waiting to change them (while i already have good pickups…SD and Fender…)
    Like said Pete M Obie, the tone of the 112j is really great and bright, i’ve had during 20 years more than 20 good strat’ (USA and Mexicains), but i sold these guitars (too much money for not very much compared to my squier classic vibe upgraded with custom shop 69…), but now i compare my beautiful CV 50 to the 112jcx and feel the same, the tone wood ils better on the pacifica, brighter, more “straty”… The CS 69′ of course are clearer than the ceramic ones on the 112jcx, but i can be sure to have better results with modding the pacifica !!! The neck of the pacifica is better for me, the flatter radius helps to have no buzzing strings (the CV still have a little buzz on some notes, even after a good set up…). The CV 50 is really a beautiful guitar but i prefer the feeling of the pacifica neck and the tone wood too !!! (Reminds me the best strats USA i had, very clear sound unplugged).
    So now, price/quality ? I paid about 70$ (60€) for thr 112jcx like new…while i can sell my cv 50 upgraded for 380$ (350€), son i will sell the squier…the CV isn’t as good as my 112jcx and cost 6x the price…!!! And you know what ? I’ve found a 2nde 112j for the same price…!!!
    I really like the pacifica forme sure, it isn’t an entry level for me but a real good guitare that can ne professional usés if little upgraded (pickups), the guitare stay in tunes very well, the neck feeling is great and the tone wood excellent ! (But dont tell it to lood, Yamaha could sell at higher prices… 🙂 !!!)

  14. I have read the comparisons of Squier Strats v Pacificas with interest and they have helped me in reaching a decision of what to buy as an “electric beginner”, but I wonder what you think of the Washburn RX10 series as a comparison?

  15. One very important aspect of this guitar series seems to have been left out of this review entirely – the width of the neck at the nut.

    As someone with larger hands, this is a concern, as the Pacifica neck width appears to be considerably narrower than a strat neck, and my fingers already have a hard time playing chords in the first or second fret on a strat and letting the open strings ring out.

    Gibson necks are a bit wider than strat necks, and I have no trouble playing Gibsons at all. Ibanez are a little narrower than a Gibson, but still playable for me with open chords and leads allowing open strings to ring out in the first position (Pink Floyd stuff, for example). Strat necks are narrower still, and make playing in the first position very difficult. While the Yamaha Pacifica’s necks appear to be even narrower, and I’m afraid are just too narrow for my fingers.

    So, it would have been nice had the specs for the neck width been included in the review.

    This concern has been the main reason for my not picking up a Pacifica for many years now, as no one in my area stocks pacificas, and everyone I’ve come across being sold used is one of the lower quality 012 models with Agatha rather than alder for the body wood, which is a duller sounding tone wood which I don’t care for. Essentially, it seems I’d have to purchase one sight unseen from some place like eBay. So, without knowing just how much narrower the neck on a Pacifica is compared to a strat, the risk that the neck will be too narrow for me to play on is a risk I’ve simply been unwilling to take, as tempting as it’s been to pick one of these up (a 212 or 312 specifically).

    1. Good point. It’s very hard to find a side by side comparison of Pacifica vs Fender/Squier neck width.

    2. Hi! Thanks for your post! Any new findings in this concern? Did you manage to get to play one pacifica at least? Thanks for an update!

  16. So the only difference between 112 and 212 are their visual appeals? As I am thinking of getting a 212 if the manufacturing is better or the wood gives a better sound acoustically or plugged in ._.

  17. Hi I am a beginner and I am between yamaha pacifica 112v or the squier by fender standard startocaster hss which one you think is better overall?

    1. Hello Arman. That depends on whether you want it to sound and feel like a Fender. If the answer is yes, then go for the Squier. It will sound more like a Fender in regards to the single coil pickups and the neck radius is more like a fender 9.5 radius. The Yamaha will not sound like a Fender and will not feel like one either – they have thinner necks and a 13.75 radius (flatter, better if you play heavier music and shred solos.)

      1. Hi JA I am just more concerned about quality and also I want to be able to play hard and metal so will the HSS compensate for that? Thanks for the reply.

      2. I have both and the quality is excellent on both Squier and Yamaha. Remember that they are both HSS guitars, but if you want to play hard and heavy, I highly suggest getting the 112v instead due to its slimmer neck and flatter radius. Playing metal on a Squier never felt good in my hands, and I always go for the Yamahas! But try them both, see what sounds and feels best to you!

      3. Oh ok also is epiphone les lp 100 any better than these I just saw it.My budget is like below 300 pounds so is the Yamaha the best quality guitar and the best guitar at this price that is suitable for my playstyle?. Also what amp is good for a beginner like me? Thanks for the reply once again.

      4. I can tell you that the Yamaha will be much more versatile than the Lp 100. The Yamaha is much better quality as well. You can’t go wrong with the Pacifica 112v. Even though you are a beginner, you still want a variety of tone, I suggest you get a small solid state amp with some type of amp modeling and effects, I highly suggest the Vox Mini5 Rhythm, it is more than enough and you will have plenty of options to play with. Have fun!

      5. Right!! Thank you so much you have helped so much. I have been researching for the past 3 days and I was scared that the guitars will be cheap and not a good quality. Thanks man have a great day!!

      6. Hi again JA. It seems that I can’t find any left handed yamaha pacifica 112v. Do they even manufacture left handed 112v?

      7. Hi JA. I live in the UK. I have searched the stores in here (not all of them the ones near me ) and I could find a left handed one generally there are low quantities of left handed guitars. Also is the 112L different or the same?

      8. Andertons carries the left hand version which some stores carry as the 112L. Better off asking for the left handed version of the 112v though, as the 112L is little known and might cause confusion. Please show us your new guitar once you acquire it!

  18. Hi JA. I sent an email to the Yamaha in London. They said there isn’t a left handed pacifica 112V. So isn’t there another way to get left handed 112v or do I have to start looking for an alternative such as the ESP LTD EC-50?

    1. Sounds to me like you’re looking for a brand new one, which in this case is seemingly not available – have you considered the used market? I have 6 or 7 Yamaha guitars, both acoustic and electric, and only one of them I bought new (an acoustic FS650MS model), the rest of them are all used. Buying used has its advantages: 1. There are plenty of options to choose from 2. They are extremely affordable, as Yamaha is not popular with brand name snobs, so everyone regards them as cheap beginners instruments (what people don’t know as they are excellent quality and much better than guitars costing twice or three times as much!). Don’t give up so easily, looked for used first, if you can’t find any, then consider another make and model. Good luck.

      1. Sure!! However I have seen an ESP EC-50 and also Epiphone Les Paul Standard which is 280 here. If I can’t find any yamahas are these good which one of them are better just in case.

    2. Hi. I am selling a left handed 112j if you’re interested. Just search on gumtree for left handed Pacifica. I’m from the U.K. Cheers

  19. hello there, although im not from UK (singapore instead), i would like to leave an honest review of the yamaha pacifica. i first bought mine in my country for only a hundred fifty british pound back in 2002 (brand new), was my first guitar, and would like to tell you all its STILL working fine until TODAY, no repair and maintenance ever done too. mine was made in taiwan, 112 m, but slightly different than the pic above as it has a maple fingerboard instead of rosewood, thats all. to think back 14 years, its hella worth it. my second guitar was a gibson LP studio and the first thing i noticed different is the edge of the fret wires. budget guitars have sharper ends but aside from that, couldnt find other faults with it. i wouldnt know if squier would be more durable but i definitely would recommend a first guitar buyer the pacifica.

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  20. I am just learning guitar at 62. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of work. I have a PAC 112V and like it. How do you split the humbuckers? And what will that do for the tone?

    1. Hi,

      I’m learning guitar at 67. Are you learning through the internet?

      I use the site Justinguitar.com. A fantastic website.

      I’m finding it very difficult, I have fat fingers and it’s a real struggle

      to ‘press’ only a single string.

      I’m left-handed, and so the choice of guitars is very limited for me where

      I live.

      I wanted to buy a Yamaha Pacific, in the end I got a Fender Squier.

      A lot of work as you mentioned.

      Best of Luck to you

  21. I got a yamaha 120SD I can’t find nothing about it it started playing again but a couple other guitars but that was wondering what my old Yamaha is worth. I bought it for 300 dollars like 10 years or 15 years ago.

  22. I picked up the 012 with a hard case tuner, 20 picks, an amp cord, 2 boxes of chords from my friend for $200 so I got a fair deal

  23. From the Pacifica Series, this Yamaha PAC112V Electric Guitar really steps it up, offering a solid alder body with pro-level hardware and electronics.

  24. Hi
    I saw these two Yamaha Pacificas for sale locally and don’t see them listed here.Which one would you recommend as a second guitar.
    Are they even real or just replicas.
    YAMAHA Pacifica 112V QY23167
    Yamaha Pacifica SE 112

    Thank you

  25. I have a pac313 I bought in 1996 on the fly due to my guitar taking a dive Right before a gig. I still have this ax. I installed so cheap locking tuners, a Babicz 6 pint bridge (which is awesome) and just put emg pickups in. Two Sa’s and an 81. These guitar’s are labeled beginner but if you take care of them you can upgrade as needed. Oh yeah, when I was still gigging, I used the Pacifica stock. No upgrades playing stuff like Alice in chains, STP, ETC. It’s the neck. They are awesome.

  26. I bought one, Pacifica 112 VM. I looks nice, and seem to be of good build quality. BUT, the hardware sucks. I changed strings, and I can’t get it to hold tune. I intonated it (done that many times) but it will not hold the tuning. The machine heads feels sloppy, and the bridge, sigh.This is the worst guitar I ever bought. I will never buy a cheap Yamaha again.To bad. I have a Yamaha bass, and that is perfect.

  27. I’m looking for an beginner’s electric left handed guitar. I’m interested in the Yamaha PAC 112V. Is this model available for left-handers?


  28. Hey Josh,

    What do you think would be the better of the two, Yamaha Pacifica 112v or Squier Affinity Telecaster.

    Also does the maple fretboard on a 112vm give a different feel of play?

  29. Thank you very much for this nice teview and thank you everyone for instructive discussion

    I got a Pacifica Pac 312II, adler body, marble neck, rosewood fretboard, H-S-S pickups, ect
    It was brought by my fadher 20 years ago, in the summer of 2000, for 700 tunisian dinars, let’s say 400$ (based on a then average exchange rate of 1.5)

    I began leaning guitar on it during the containment and I would like know if I got a good piece or juste a rubbish

    Can anyone place this model among yamaha models range of that era? Is it rather an entry or a mid range model ? Does it has any value among today’s yamaha models ?

    Thank you very much for help

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