Yamaha Pacifica 712

As a frequent visitor to Music Warehouse, Colchester, I often head straight to their excellent second hand section to check out new stock and kept being drawn to this Yamaha Pacifica 712. It played really nicely and was keenly priced but being made in Taiwan was putting me off (silly snobbery!).

Eventually, I was offered such a great deal that I had to have it and am now so pleased I did. Having got it home, cleaned, tweaked and re strung it I just couldn’t put it down and it became my favourite guitar for months. It has a thin, beautifully comfortable neck with big frets and a low action. If you like Ibanez RG series guitars, it’s similar to them in feel but a little more like a Fender Strat.

Yamaha Pacifica 712

I later found out that like a few other short lived Pacifica models, the 712 was only made for a few years (between 1989 and 1992) and was built to a very high spec to compete with Japanese Ibanez and USA Fenders. I’m told it retailed new in the USA for $599 – which in 1989 made it an expensive guitar!

Nowadays, not being made in Japan and not being a particularly fashionable style of guitar, 712’s when they do come up for sale can be had for silly money – often under £200. If you see one around this price buy it immediately, you won’t regret it 🙂

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