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Features a solid alder body and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, making it a guitar that sounds great and is easy to play. Single-coil pickups in the neck and center position combine with a bridg... Click To Read More About This Product

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Features a solid alder body and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, making it a guitar that sounds great and is easy to play. Single-coil pickups in the neck and center position combine with a bridge humbucker to give you a vast array of tonal possibilities. Vintage-style chrome tremolo, die-cast chrome tuners, and white pickguard. Case sold separately.

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  • Solid alder body
  • Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge humbucker, single-coil neck and center pickups
  • Die-cast chrome tuners
  • Vintage-style chrome tremolo
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Case sold separately
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YamahaPAC112J Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 91 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pull the trigger!

I've been looking to get a Pacifica for quite a long time &, for whatever reason, never pulled the trigger. What a mistake! I got the PAC112J simply because, for the...Read complete review

I've been looking to get a Pacifica for quite a long time &, for whatever reason, never pulled the trigger. What a mistake! I got the PAC112J simply because, for the cost, I thought it would be a good platform for modding & I couldn't see spending more money for things that I would change out anyway. I was pleasantly suprised when I received the Pacifica. The quality easily surpassed my Fender American Series Strat which had several buzzes on the fretboard & needed some fret work to bring it up to my standards. The Pacifica's neck & fretboard were flawless, comfortable & had an outstanding feel with no buzz on any notes what so ever. The body, paint, bridge & tuners were all high quality &, in the case of the tuners, kept the ax in tune quite nicely after stretching the new strings. The big suprise for me was the electronics. The SSH setup is incredibly versatile & gives me access to whatever style that I want to play from hi-gain rock to SRV to finger-picked clean to some almost jazz-acceptable tones. I've been playing for 40 years & I'm primarily a classic rock & blues player having had many guitars, some very expensive & sought after & some not so expensive, but, very nice instruments, over the years. The tone of the Pacifica is outstanding & I actually like the single coil sound a bit better than my American Strat. The single coils have a bit more mid range & less brittleness than traditional Strats. A plus in my view. The humbucker is very versatile although I have had to roll off the tone control a bit to suit my tonal taste. It has a very good sound, clean or distorted & sounds especially good when palm-muting. This brings me to the pots & switch. The switch is a 5-way switch & seems to be of good quality. The pots are outstanding having some of the best taper, in both volume & tone, that I have seen in any guitar costing under $2000. You can roll off the volume, even using digital amp modelling, & get that nice distortion roll-off that is so useful. The tone pot will actually change the tone gradually instead of making things muddy. All in all, I have found the Pacifica to be much greater than the sum of its parts & much more than a starter's guitar. I will not hesitate to gig with this ax with no worries. Having played for 4 decades, I long ago lost my brand snobbery. I evaluate a guitar by the quality of the materials used, the workmanship & feel of the ax & the tone, not the name on the headstock. If I can get the tone that I & my audience are after & it's a quality instument, then I'll gig with it & enjoy playing it. The Pacifica is such an instrument & one that I find myself playing constantly. My advice for anyone seeking this type of guitar is don't wait, pull the trigger. You will be pleasantly suprised as I was!

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decent starter

Its a pretty good guitar for a beginner. This was my first guitar and I've been playing with it for about a year and I still do instead of my Epiphone Les Paul. It...Read complete review

Its a pretty good guitar for a beginner. This was my first guitar and I've been playing with it for about a year and I still do instead of my Epiphone Les Paul. It only has two knobs, one for volume and one for tone but despite that fact, it still plays well. It has a nice sound when I play metal or rock but sometimes it's a little scratchy. It's really light which is one of the things I like most about it. Overall, it's a nice guitar. It doesn't look all great but its really sweet. I'd recommend it to anyone even if you're a beginner or an expert at guitars.

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5.0

Superb quality and value that deserves more love!

By Big Steve K

from Coeur d"Alene, ID

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent finish
  • Highly versatile
  • Smooth fret ends
  • Solid Electronics
  • Straight neck

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wherever you would play a Strat

    Comments about Yamaha PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    Yamaha makes excellent guitars, not because they use better parts, but because their attention to detail and quality control is far superior to most other guitars in its class. They use good quality materials (alder, rosewood, decent electronics), and they pay attention to their manufacturing. Have you picked up a Squier lately? How about and Epiphone. Most of their guitars in this price class have poorly finished necks, uneven fretboards, and fret ends that are so rough and sharp we call them "cheese graters." Even the finish on the Pacifica line is a notch above. The neck is a joy to play, and the slightly smaller body size makes playing a joy.

     
    5.0

    Love this guitar.

    By Joe

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    The guitar is awesome. Just starting to play again and this is just what was needed. Good tone and set up out of box was perfect.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Guitar at a awesome price!

    By Bradley

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Yamaha PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    For the money this is one of the best guitars for starters and experienced players . Very well made as with all Yamaha products! Qaulity for a small price

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing quality for price

    By FunkRocker97

    from CT

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Yamaha PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    For this much money, this guitar is worth EVERY PENNY. In fact, I would expect this quality from a Fender. It sounds amazing, and the build quality is near flawless. The frets are even, the tuning heads are great, The neck is fast and smooth, and there are no blemishes that i could find.

    In comparison, I have a more expensive Vintage Modified Squier Stratocaster HSS, and the Pacifica blows it out of the water. The Ssquier's frets aren't leveled (they hang off the fretboard a little bit and scratch against my fingers when i play the lower strings), it goes out of tune constantly, the tuning pegs are junk, the tremolo is unusable as it make the guitar go horribly out of tune, AND its a basswood body (I prefer alder for strats). I'm considering selling it to get another Pacifica.

    The only thing that i have to get fixed is the strings sit up too high in the nut, to the point where i could easily pull the low E string out if i wanted to. There's also some fret buzz on the lower 3 strings. However, these are easy and cheap fixes that don't affect my overall experience with the guitar.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not Just For Beginners

    By ramon godines

    from Laredo Texas

    Comments about Yamaha PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    I had two of these when I was a kid. I moved on to several other guitars for gigging and recording. (Fender, Gibson, Carvin, Ibanez to name a few) I picked up one of these used at Guitar Center recently for $85 and bought it for outdoor gigs and jam sessions. (to give my fancy guitars a rest) I was shocked at how well the neck played and the overall tuning stability. Once the strings are stretched properly, this guitar is a champ. I put some stainless steel bridge saddles and pickups from a parts company, and it is now my main guitar. In fact, I bought three more and sold most of my other guitars. I am a firm believer in the 112j. It is the most consistent well made guitar in this price range, and several hundred dollars above this price range.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good for beginers

    By yamahaguy

    from Paso Robles, CA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

    • Bad Strigs

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Yamaha PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    its a good beginner guitar. I've had it since Febuary. i mainly have used it for playing in our youth group band, and messing around with my cousin. it was my "first" guitar. i would recomend it to a beginner.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    cheap workhorse

    By sethro85

    from columbus, nj

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands

    Comments about Yamaha PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    Received this guitar YEARS ago as a Christmas present. It was my first guitar...still have it and it has served me and many others very well. For the price paid this has earned it's stripes triple fold. I finally decided to upgrade to an Ibanez a few months ago, and the Yamaha has already proven more durable. As mentioned the the pick-ups are nothing to brag about, but do very well for the price (and you have 3 of them). Again, as mentioned the toggle switch can be fussy, but it's a cheap upgrade. When I look at this thing, I can't help but think this would be a great guitar to mod out like EVH did with his 'Frankenstrat'. All in all I think this is prob the industry standard for a beginner's guitar.

    (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pull the trigger!

    By Old Dude Still Rockin!

    from Erie,PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Suprising Quality

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Practice To Gigs

    Comments about Yamaha PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    I've been looking to get a Pacifica for quite a long time &, for whatever reason, never pulled the trigger. What a mistake! I got the PAC112J simply because, for the cost, I thought it would be a good platform for modding & I couldn't see spending more money for things that I would change out anyway. I was pleasantly suprised when I received the Pacifica. The quality easily surpassed my Fender American Series Strat which had several buzzes on the fretboard & needed some fret work to bring it up to my standards. The Pacifica's neck & fretboard were flawless, comfortable & had an outstanding feel with no buzz on any notes what so ever. The body, paint, bridge & tuners were all high quality &, in the case of the tuners, kept the ax in tune quite nicely after stretching the new strings. The big suprise for me was the electronics. The SSH setup is incredibly versatile & gives me access to whatever style that I want to play from hi-gain rock to SRV to finger-picked clean to some almost jazz-acceptable tones. I've been playing for 40 years & I'm primarily a classic rock & blues player having had many guitars, some very expensive & sought after & some not so expensive, but, very nice instruments, over the years. The tone of the Pacifica is outstanding & I actually like the single coil sound a bit better than my American Strat. The single coils have a bit more mid range & less brittleness than traditional Strats. A plus in my view. The humbucker is very versatile although I have had to roll off the tone control a bit to suit my tonal taste. It has a very good sound, clean or distorted & sounds especially good when palm-muting. This brings me to the pots & switch. The switch is a 5-way switch & seems to be of good quality. The pots are outstanding having some of the best taper, in both volume & tone, that I have seen in any guitar costing under $2000. You can roll off the volume, even using digital amp modelling, & get that nice distortion roll-off that is so useful. The tone pot will actually change the tone gradually instead of making things muddy. All in all, I have found the Pacifica to be much greater than the sum of its parts & much more than a starter's guitar. I will not hesitate to gig with this ax with no worries. Having played for 4 decades, I long ago lost my brand snobbery. I evaluate a guitar by the quality of the materials used, the workmanship & feel of the ax & the tone, not the name on the headstock. If I can get the tone that I & my audience are after & it's a quality instument, then I'll gig with it & enjoy playing it. The Pacifica is such an instrument & one that I find myself playing constantly. My advice for anyone seeking this type of guitar is don't wait, pull the trigger. You will be pleasantly suprised as I was!

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Yamaha Pacifica has Always Been a Best Buy!

    By richard eilers

    from Colorado

    Comments about Yamaha PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    No unhappy endings here, buy it--try it, see/hear for yourself. This is not my first Pacifica and not my last, I have always been impressed with Yamaha's attention to detail and the materials used, Is the PAC112J for every one, probably not, but it certainly will fit the needs of the vast majority of newbies and intermediate players. Do not think of it as a cheap entry level beater, it is far better than that! These guitars will do the blues, country, rock and even gospel very well indeed. Heavy metal? Not so much. Jazz? Maybe a fake! The short of it, the Pacifica really is versatile and covers most of the musical genres you might want to play.
    The short of it! Buy a Yamaha Pacifica PAC112! Why? Value, Quality, Fit/Finish, Playability, Tone and other stuff like that. It truly is a best buy for the money amd compares with other brands at over twice the price. This latest run is from Indonesia and I gotta tell ya, thoe guys have got there act together for now, have seen many other Indonesia build guitars and the workmanship is pretty dang good for the price point. No lie, the Indo line quality approaches the Korean line that builds many big names we will not drop here! Since there are no 10's at this price point, the PAC112 is truly worth of a 9 rating!
    As stated already, the quailty is there, you will not be disappointed, great feel, especially the PAC112 neck, it has a very different taper and radius, it is flat and fast, quite comfortable, it will surprise you. The alder body is always a plus at $200 bucks and the contour/weight ratio seem to fit very well, the big names do not do it any better. The pickups are middle road, BUT, do not replace until you have had a real pro setup and adjusted the pickups to their proper height for tonal balance; expect a warm/fat tone similar to the Fender Strat, the G&L Legacy etc. The bridge humbucker has lotsa punch and a very proper timbre, leave it alone, it mixes well with the singles! The stock pickups do render those notch positions that we all love and enjoy, they are pretty lively and cheeky, not so dry as many others we have heard. The enclosed machine tuners are more than adequate, why spend more? I have the Lake Blue model and it is a very fine finish indeed, the usual body section ghosts do not appear thru the finish, good job Yamaha! In recent years the big boys have gotten very careless in this regard, mismatched pieces of wood just thrown together, the surface of the body shows these anomalies thru the finish, ugh, you should expect and demand much more from name brands selling at $500-800 bucks, send 'em back!
    In a few words, the value of the current Yamaha PAC 112J is undeniable and will give every guitar at the $200 price point a kick in the butt! It truly is a standout at this price point!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    all right

    By ayden

    from VT

    Comments about Yamaha PAC112J Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for about 2 months, i'm pretty good at guitar and i feel this would be better for more startting on. the stock pick ups are pretty good for what they are and the neck is all right, i get a little buzzing but i have the strings lowered so if they were higher that mite fix that. all in all a good guitar for the price, or for starters.

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