Yamaha Pacifica

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Manufacturer Yamaha
Period 1990s-Present
Body type Single or double-cutaway solid
Neck joint bolt-on or set
Body Agathis, Alder, or Swamp Ash
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood or Maple
Bridge Vintage vibrato,Floyd Rose type vibrato,Wilkinson vibrato, or hard tail Tele
Pickup(s) 1 humbucking and 2 single-coil pickups or 1 humbucking and 1 Hot Rails
Colors available
black, lake blue, metallic red, natural, old violin sunburst, and translucent green

Yamaha Pacifica is the name of a series of electric guitars manufactured by Yamaha. The line was originally designed in Yamaha's California custom-shop by Rich Lasner, working with guitar builder Leo Knapp. Initially intended by Lasner and Knapp as a test project, Yamaha Japan chose to produce the instruments.

Many variants of the Pacifica have been produced since the 1990s, including models styled like the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster, twelve string models, carved-top and set-neck versions.


Pacificas all have one of two basic body shapes: a Stratocaster inspired double cutaway shape, or a Telecaster-like single cutaway. Apart from these similarities, the models vary in materials, hardware, and electronics. As of December 2009, there were currently 5 models in production.

The best-selling and most recognisable models are the entry-level PAC012 and PAC112. The 112 has a solid Alder body and has always been available with a clear varnish finish, showing the grain of the wood. At the time of the original launch this was intended to contrast with some of Fender's budget models, which then used cheap plywood for the body. The entry level PAC012 has one Yamaha humbucker and two single coil pickups, an agathis body and a Strat-style vibrato bridge.

The early PAC1412 and PAC1421 models had set necks and carved tops with Floyd Rose locking vibrato bridges. These guitars were ultimately too costly to produce and hence too expensive for Yamaha's market. Other variations include the twelve-string PAC303 12, and the reversed headstock PAC721R.

The high-end PAC1511MS has a solid swamp ash body, with a Seymour Duncan humbucker neck pickup, and a Seymour Duncan "hot-rails" humbucker pickup in the bridge position, and a non-vibrato bridge with strings passing through the body. The entry level version of this Mike Stern signature model Pacifica is the PAC311MS. Both are Telecaster-style guitars similar in shape, but in the case of the PAC311MS controls are slanted rather than on a chrome plate parallel to the strings and the M stands for Maple (neck) and the S for Singlecut as there also was a PAC311S with a rosewood neck. While the production of the 311MS and 311S lasted only a couple of years at the beginning of the nineties, the 1511MS has remained in production. This illustrates how some Pacificas were lower or higher priced versions of conceptually similar guitars.

The 904 model featured a Warmoth produced neck with a compound radius, locking sperzel machineheads, and a push push tone control (like the 604W and 604V) that split the front dual single coil pickup into a single one. The Body was an ash slab top on an alder back and featured a highly engineered neck joint.

At the 2011 Frankfurt Musikmesse Yamaha announced the 611HFM, 510V and 311H models and the reintroduction of the 120H.[1] The 120H is similar to the 112V, but features a hardtail, instead of a tremolo bridge, and a pair of humbucker pickups.

Endorsers of the Pacifica guitars include Michael Lee Firkins and Mike Stern.The Mike Stern signature guitar is the PAC1511MS.

Model Numbers[edit]

E.G. PAC112V

PAC - Identifies the series the guitar belongs to: PAC = Pacifica
112 - Identifies how “high end” the guitar is: 1 indicates basic parts, but an alder body
112 - Identifies how many humbuckers the guitar has (one by the bridge)
112 - Identifies how many single coils the guitar has (one at the neck; one in the middle)
V - Indicates other features: V suggests a vibrato bridge

The first number loosely refers to the class/features of the guitar:
0 = Agathis
1 = Alder
2 = Alder, 2 Pc
3 = Alder, 2 Pc, Better Hardware
4 = Alder, 2 Pc, Better Hardware (Similar to 3?)
5 = Alder, 2 Pc, Better Hardware, Better Contours
6 = Alder, 2 Pc, Better Hardware, Better Contours, Aftermarket Pickups
7 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, Better Contours, Aftermarket Pickups
8 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, TANJ (Total Access Neck Joint), Aftermarket Pickups
9 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, TANJ, SD Pickups, MIA, Warmoth Neck
10 = N/A
11 = N/A
12 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, TANJ, SD Pickups, MIA, Set Neck
13 = N/A
14 = Alder, 1 Pc, Better Hardware, TANJ, SD Pickups, MIA, Neck-Thru
15 = (1511 Mike Stern Model)

Other Features:
J = Rosewood Fretboard (where Bubinga is also used)
V = Vibrato (2nd Generation Pacifica)
S = Tele Version
W = Strat Version (1st Generation)
H = Hardtail (2nd Generation)
D = Alternative Body Shape
FM = Flamed Maple
QM = Quilted Maple
CX = Fancy Pick-guard
X = Ltd. Edition Yellow Satin
CP = Ltd. Edition Mirror Pick-guard and Decals
L = Left Handed
R = Reverse Headstock
MS = Mike Stern Model
USA 1 = 1st line of MIA models
USA 2 = 2nd line of MIA models
-12 = 12 String

Numbering information from: [2]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Musikmesse 2011: Yamaha introduces new Pacifica guitars". MusicRadar. 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Yamaha Model Numbers". ultimate-guitar. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2015-11-05.