This is a great started guitar. I still use it to goof around on at home, but never take play it on stage anymore.
Where Obtained: 4 scratch and dent ones from Ebay
I think it was made in Japan. It has a rosewood fretboard with a maple neck. The body is made of solid wood which was suprising, although I don't know what kind. It has one volume and one tone knob with S/S/H pickup configurations.
I set up this guitar with fairly low action. It was very easy to get it innotaded as well if you know what you are doing. It compares with a Squire and much better than my very first guitar which was a Lotus. The pot as dirty on the one I play and I don't feel like cleaning them.
The sound isn't the greatest, but what do you expect from Yamaha. I used to play it for my church worship team, but have since gotten several better guitars. The range of sounds on this guitar if pretty broad. The 5-way selector switch allows you for many possibilities.
The guitar that I kept for myself has been though so much including a fall off stage. Even through all the dings and dents it still plays the same. I adjusted everything on it about a year ago and recently checked everything again and all was well.
Not a better guitar for the money. I'm not saying this will be my last guitar purchase, but It would be hard to beat this one pound for pound.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $200.00 (new)
I did a lot of research on electrics that would give me the best bang for the buck. I read and heard many good things about this guitar and also the Pacifica 112. This model is the same as a Pacifica but with a basswood body instead of alder. It's got a great neck that fits well for begining guitarists and I've found the durability to be exceptional.
Great neck size. I found it really easy to practice for hours with.
I think its got a really good strat sound. I may change the pickups to get a little warmer tone, but that's personal preference.
Very durable with a bolt on neck. I take care of my instruments though. If you're going to be swinging if around, who knows.
This was the only one I could choose because it was given to me. I wouldnt buy this one because it sucks. It needs better sound quality and better durability. This guitar is a bad one.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $400.00 (new)
Body looks like a stratocaster, has 22 frets instead of 24. 6 light strings. one volume and one tone dial. pickup switch. 3 pickups. active electronics. natural finish.
Cant get preferred sound. Neck is thin, makes it easy to play. Ibanez is much better. only flaws are a totally screwed up pickup switch and pickups, and no tuning bolt for the 1st string. These flaws are in regards to loaning it to a friend.
Sound is good. i play acoustic type stuff mostly. when plugged in to amp with distortion it sounds horrible. it is quite noisy sometimes. better for studio playing.
It is reliable. never needed to be adjusted, never use a strap, it sux in climate changes.
It is a really nice guitar for the price, I guess it's the better guitar for begginers. If you want to start playing guitar or a second guitar you might want this one.
Where Obtained: musicgoround
It has a volume and tone, also a 5 pickup switcher. 5 pickups. It is a stratocaster style that looks pretty cool.
I know this is a beginner guitar but, I guess this guitar is better than that. It really rocks. Pretty fast and easy.
Has a decent sound. I used to play rock and punk with a distortion pedal and it responds very good.
It just get some scratches easily.
I love my guitar,
it was nice and cheap and works great, i was gunna get a squire strat but the yam had a humbucker and looked better than a strat. + the squire amp sounded crap.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $200.00 aud (new)
Where Obtained: guitar world
I got a gloss black one, srat style but with slightly wilder horns and curves which i think rules. white scratch plate, basswood alder body with dark fretboard. 1 humbucker for grunt, plays well for a cheapy only one tone control, adeuuate coz ya dont need 2 anyway, pick up switch tends to crackle abit when moving, tiny crack in middle pickup has formed, dunno why. looks real nice.
Nice thin neck, i perfer low action, plays well and has pretty good tone humbucker deffinantly adds more grunt to the fuzz, tremolos not bad. if set to pull notes it tends to make a clunking sound with the springs bunching up.
I use mashall 10 watta + zoom gfx707 effects, not bad, would like a more powerful amp but dont realy need it. im using $3 cables which probably isnt good but can get good tone out of it. i play tons of hendriix and it good for that, i spose it sounds bright and warm when unplugged.
Stays in tune for months and i use the tremolo hard, i only adjust it if i vwant to try something differant, its been in a packing container which would have reached over 50c and it came back to me fine, (we moved), ts also been on a plane it fine.
i do look after it like a baby so its still like new only 1.5 year old. i clean it and put wd-40 in the metal bits nown a gen.
IF you are willing to put some time into this guitar, you can make it a keeper...but then I'm the type that like to set everything up just right.
Great guitar for the money with a good feeling neck. A cheap way to get started playing or to build a monster ( like me..)
Remember, my ratings are (3, 4, 5 etc..) "for the money". Obviously, there are tons of other guitars that beat this one, but at way higher prices.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $99.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Skips Music
Fat Strat copy. S/S/H
Black w/ white pickguard. 1 tone, 1 volume, 5 way, whammy (Vintage style), Passive electronics, string thru, non-locking tuners, plastic nut.
All the features of a Strat except no 2nd tone pot.
I changed the strings/guage on this guitar almost immediately to Ernie Ball Hybrids 9-46. May not have been the wisest choice for this axe due to the increase in tension. I had to do several hours of tweaking the truss, string height and intonation but I finally got it into a playable condition. This guitar would be best with regular lights or super lights, but it plays great now.
I'm using it through my 70s Fender Princeton Reverb, via a Digitech RP 300.
I play punk/rock/metal/grunge/blues/Garage/Noise - 20 years of playing, and I've owned a Gibson RD Custom and an American Strat Plus Deluxe for years at a time. I've bought another Fender Fat Strat, but will keep this as my backup.
The stock sound (after extensive set-up, and re-setting the neck) is EXCELLENT for the money. Cheap pickups and all... When chorded, this thing rings nicely. My only real gripe is that the neck pickup is way too muddy for my tastes.
Very little to no hum or noise. Sounds OK recorded.
I plan to put a Tex Special Humbucker at the neck, a Fender Fat Noiseless single in the middle, and a Seymour Holy Grail Humbucker at the Bridge. I'll change the nut to bone or LSR, and add a genuine Fender Vintage Trem and locking tuners. I plan to get all this stuff used and pay as little as possible. Then I'll have a screaming CHEAPO Yamanstien Strat and a great back-up guitar that I can REALLY beat on. FUN!
Very light guitar. I don't know what the body wood is (neck is Maple w/rosewoog board) but who cares?
It's light, and it plays well.
I basically chose this guitar because it was the cheapest thing I could find for starting out and I much prefer playing it to a Fender or Squire. The only problem I have with it is that it is just a strat copy and has no character.
Price: $179.00 GB (new)
Where Obtained: Argos
22 frets, 1 volume, 1 tone, 5 way pickup selector (S/S/H setup)
Nice thin neck which is great for me as I only have small hands. The action is about right except the bottom string can buzz sometimes if you drop it to D and play hard.
Surprisingly the different pickup settings do actually give a good range of sounds even on my measly 10W yamaha amp (that came bundled with it). On a 400W PA system it's a little more impressive. In my opinon it has the best sound you'll get from a cheap guitar.
It seems to be solid enough, but i try not to knock it around cos it would probably break a little too wasily for my liking. Over use of the tremelo does tend to put it out of tune a bit quick though.