Yamaha Pacifica 112V review

Does this veteran of the beginner electric world deserve a bit more respect? Absolutely...

Yamaha Pacifica 112V review
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Guitar World Verdict

There are plenty of reasons why the Yamaha Pacifica 112V is still one of the best options for beginners. Look past that learner image, however, and you’ll find a versatile, well-made guitar that will bring something extra to any player’s roster.


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    Still looks great in 2021

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    H/S/S pickups offer a broad tonal base

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    Incredible value


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    Unless you have a bigger budget to play with, there’s nothing to fault here

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Yamaha’s Pacifica line of beginner electric guitars has been around since the ’90s, giving guitarists starting their playing career an amazing tool on which to begin their journey. The simple combination of a solid alder body, versatile pickups and high-quality construction meant it stood out a mile above some of its peers in the entry-level bracket. Back then, ‘starter’ guitars were often a battle to play, with poor build quality and cheap parts, causing many beginners to give up before they’d really got going. With the Yamaha Pacifica 112V, however, there was a guitar that would not only give you the best chance of developing your skills but would last long enough to be a partner for life. 

There was always a view that the Pacifica 112 was the guitar your teacher would recommend, over the more recognizable models you’d seen your favorites players using. That was then, however, and this is now. So does the Yamaha Pacifica 112V still stand up to scrutiny? 

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.