Yamaha Pacifica PAC612VIIFMX review

With more letters after its name than the dean of an Ivy League College, this Pacifica is more than qualified to rock our world

Yamaha Pacifica PAC612VIIFMX
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

A consummate build from Yamaha, carefully appointed with a grown-up spec, this smart-looking, eminently playable electric will serve you onstage or in the studio.


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    The neck profile is very comfortable.

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    Top-quality pickups and hardware.

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    Versatile range of tones.

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    Excellent value.


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    PAC612VIIFMX is a mouthful to ask for.

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Electric guitars tend to fall into one of two main camps. In one corner there’s the infinitely cool. In the other, there’s the perfectly functional. 

If a hotrodded mojo machine is the guitar equivalent of the weathered drifter who hangs around the bar at your local, encourages you to take up smoking and shows you how to cheat at sweep picking, then a Yamaha Pacifica is the respectable guitar teacher in your town. 

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.