The Yamaha Pacifica is 21. But instead of going out, getting slaughtered and being sick in a taxi, this entry-level marque toasts its longevity by unveiling yet another no-nonsense doublecut that’s beyond reproach considering the price.
The 120H is cheap for its class and not very flamboyant. It’s a simplified take on the 112V and while we can see the all-humbucker format’s draw, why Yamaha are proud of ditching the vibrato is anyone’s guess.
It’s a very different beast to the JTR and this is a more solid, all-round playing experience that’s presumably meant to support you while you find your niche. It’s great for open chords and barres on the ‘C’-shape profile, the longer horns run a Strat close in the comfort stakes, while the scale gives a slightly ‘tighter’ feel that’s great for punchy single-note riffing.
Build-wise it’s a slugger too. Typically for Yamaha, there’s a coil-split, but the resulting singlecoil quack is a little bland. Really, you want both humbuckers selected, combining with the alder/maple timbers for a tone that’s funky and fruity, yet wide and warm enough to clean up at heavy rock.
Yes, it’s easy to get jaded with the Pacifica’s subtle evolution, but this is solid stuff for strapped players.
BUY: Yamaha Pacifica 120H currently available from Andertons Music Co. | Thomann | Soundslive | GuitarGuitar