This is a lovely guitar - an excellent choice for a first electric and still holds it's own against my other guitars despite it's age.
Model Year: 1995
Price: $199.00 GBP (new)
Where Obtained: Gamlins Music, Cardiff, UK
Pretty much covered by the other reviews: Alder body (natural satin finish), maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. Trem bridge is vintage non-locking type.
This was my first guitar and from day one I found it very easy to play. I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a first electric.
It's only real downside is with the trem. Like most vintage trem systems, anything more than some light vibrato and you're not going to come back into tune. This could probably be mitigated with some work on the nut slots as this seems to be the cause of the problem. I tend to just remove the trem arm altogether and it's loaded with a full 5 springs to lock it flat.
Strummed acoustically the wood of this guitar gives a beautiful tone. Enough that I'm more than happy to play it without resorting to plugging it in.
Sustain is very nice.
Plugged in the cheapness of the pickups tends to show through however. Compared to my other guitars the humbucker feels a little underpowered (although quite clear in tone). The single coils are a bit of an interference magnet though and I do get buzzing now and again (although this is an inherent problem to most single coils).
That said however the amplified tones are very warm and usable with the 5-way selector giving a good tonal range. This is usually the guitar I use for acoustic type clean songs due to it's depth and sweet tone.
The guitar itself is pretty solid and I haven't had any problems in the 10 years I've owned it.
The strap buttons could do with being replaced with straplocks and I have dropped it a few times but it doesn't seem to have suffered any ill effects.
The pickup selector is a little noisy now but that's probably nothing a clean wouldn't fix.
It's only real wear is to some of the upper frets which bears the scars of years of playing it's had - a couple are worn a little flat and one or two now have grooves into which the string falls (making bending on and near those frets jerky). Not too bad for it's age though and considering it's been my main guitar for most of that time.
It's my beginner guitar and I'm happen to have it to begin with. This is a well-crafted guitar that is under-priced. It can compete with more expensive guitars in the $300-$400 range.
If you are a beginner, get it. You won't regret.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musiciansfriend.com
Very nicely crafted. Best bang for the buck.
I esp. like the thin neck design. The tremo bar works all right. It's definately a better-built guitar than the Mexican Fender Strat - I have compared them side by side.
Sounds OK. Sort of like Fender Strats.
Overall OK. But the fret bar metal seem a little bit soft. I have already made small notches on the metal bar within one year.
This is a cheap guitar, but like I said, relative to money, it is the best. It sounds strikingly good and the construction for its price range is solid.
Where Obtained: Abe's Music
Basically strat copy with exagerated cutaways s/s/h configuration. Came with tremelo but I took out the arm. Rosewood fingerboard.
Very manageable neck, unfortunately falls out of tune easily because of that crappy floating trem.
For such a cheap guitar, it sounds VERY good acoustically and people have turned heads when it's plugged in, not believing the sound of it.
It has held up quite well, although the tone knob fell off. I can attribute that to the last owner though.
Truth be told, i was pretty unselective with this one when i bought it, but i got lucky.. i've tried alot of others in it's range by now. I wouldn't buy this one again, because I have a better one. I think the only reasonable way it could have been better for the price was if it was a little better sheilded. Absolutely a great beginner guitar though... none of the others in its price range match up. I've grown very attatched to this guitar. best:sound worst:noise
Model Year: 2000
Price: $0.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: St. John's Music, Calgary AB
Features are already listed above. Mine is black with a rosewood fretboard. The bridge isn't all too good. I just kept it flush with the body. The neck is quite nice, Strat style, but a bit thinner. I bought it three years ago and am finally upgrading, so i finally felt qualified to review.
Very nice to play IMHO, but the action has to be a little higher than I might like, otherwise there is a bit of buzz. The neck is great, especially for those with small hands, or who like smaller necks, watch it though, cuz a les paul feels like a stump after learning on this, so it might lean you towards being a fender acolyte (gasp!) Frets are good but have slight flaws.
Used it with a peavey and marshall 15W amps, and a 130W Peavey. On a good amp, this guitar sounds suprisingly good, on the little peavey, nothing sounds good. Sound is much like a Strat, but maybe a bit smoother, minus a bit of that growl/grit that makes a strat great. Wasn't all that impressed by the Humbucker, other pickups are good for the price. Like a strat, its versatile. This one;s gonna stay a practise/backup guitar. There's alot of hum when you have the treble up. Without the hum, it would have got a 4, but it annoys me.
This thing's like a brick, although I broke the jack imput cover (is that what it's called. Came with a weircd bend in the scratchplate, which was easily replaced. Pretty stable. Paint scratches a bit, but that is to be expected. No complaints
I looked at Squier copies but they sounded very tinny on the same amp as the Pacifica ,its a great looking guitar well finished with good features for the money its pretty hard to fault, certainly replace it if it was stolen. Guitars are such a personal thing its not always sensible to say you must have this or that model ,but if your looking for a good quality budget priced electric at least try a Pacifica my guess is you wont be disappointed
Model Year: 2002
Price: $169.00 uk pounds (new)
Where Obtained: Back Alley Music Chester UK
Made in Taiwan alder body lovely matt finish neck.
Strat look-a-like but much better quality than a Squier copy. Great black finish on body it looks a a whole lot more expensive than it is ,it just looks the business sounds pretty damn good as well.
I'm a novice but it seems very easy to get on with ,strings are very light which helps make progress easier but slightly compromises the depth of sound ,but you can always go to heavier strings later. People say its good enough to gig with and you can upgrade the pickups.
Use it with a Sound-king 20watt practice amp good range of sounds and controls and I can get most of the effects my guitar heros use which is just great.
Its brand new so no problems yet, it looks very well made and finished no rough edges .
It's my first electric, and a lot of people told me this guitar was the best for my budget... It's indeed a great instrument for its price, I would surely buy it again if it was stolen.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $10000.00 BEF (new)
Where Obtained: Lemca (Brussels)
Alder body, maple neck, maple fingerboard, natural finish, 22 frets, S/S/H pickups, 5-way selector, volume and tone controls, non-locking tuners, vintage style vibrato.
The neck is brilliant, very sweet and fast. The maple fingerboard is great too, but the frets are a bit too high.
I use it through a little Yamaha VA10 amp, and play mostly pop/rock. The clean sound is great, distortion rocks too, not noisy at all... Can't say much more as it's my first electric, but it sounds really good.
It looks like very sturdy, except the whammy bar which is more like a toy...
Just an all around good guitar.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: A music store
Made in Japan, good guitar, i like it some may not but its good.
Good palying but the strings are a little to high off the neck.
Good sound quality, but not enough umph... if you know what i mean
If you haven't got much money and you want an electric guitar get this one.
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: Gamlin's Music Centre, Cardiff, Wales, Uk
For the price that i picked this up it's definitely value for money. It's better than most.
This guitar is great, it's easy to play and i'd definitely recommend this to any beginners out there.
The sound quality for the price i got it for is great. Distortion works well with it too.
I've had this guitar for about 2 years now and it has barely any scratches on it and i haven't had to have it adjusted yet either.
If I was starting out I would get a Pacifica over any of the Squire Strat or Epiphone "starter" guitars for sure. Yamaha offers what Fender and Gibson offer for about 1/2 the price.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: GuitarCenter
Very good alternative to a Squire anything or a Epiphone anything! I got this to mount my GK2A Midi pickup on.
Solid wood body with a dark natural chocolate brown finish. Very nice flame on the neck.
Standard Strat style S/S/H.
Since I got this for the Midi pickup getting the action set just right and everything this was the perfect guitar for that. Also the pickguard can be replaced easily to cover the holes I made to mount the GK2A in case I decided to sell it or something. The neck and fretboard are awesome.
Since it has the GK2A on it I use it thru my
GR-30 and GigaStudio to trigger MIDI.
For analog sounds I run thru a Pod Pro.
It has the standard strat-esque range of tones.
But I don't play much analog on this guitar now that I have my Acrylic Mockingbird!
This is a solid body guitar and all the pots and tuners are very sturdy. This thing should last a long time. I have had it almost two years and it looks like new still, except for the minor regular dings from a studio that is way to small :-(
In my opinion it is difficult to find better guitars in this price class. Highly recommended.
Quite good guitar to play afterall. Not as fast playability as in expensive metal guitars but on the other hand a little more suitable for non-technical music. Compared to the price class this is very good guitar to play.
The sound is not bad at all but it does lack something that more expensive guitars have. However compared to the price class the sound is actually very good.
For $200 you can't go wrong with a Yamaha Pacifica 112. It sounds like a much more expensive guitar than it is.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars: The Musicians Planet
Well for $200 this guitar deserves the 5 on features. It lets you go from quiet-super charged in a second and is very easy to get the hang of.
As i said before, it is very easy guitar to get the hang of. It doesn't take long to find out all of its features.
I tried it on 3 amps and on all 3 it sounded very good. The distortion simply rocks too. Elixer strings really bring out the best in the guitar, so make sure to use them.
Im not one to beat the hell out of my guitar, but in the time I've had it, it has barely a nic on it.