I have been on the lookout for a 120s for some time, and as I have two 102’s and a 302s thought about using the body as a template and making one myself. I have come by a slab of sapele (3 piece) and have a neck from a pacifica that is as good as mint. however it appears the 120 body is slightly bigger than the 102/302 and so i’m in need of some kind soul that can draw me or do a template (inc pickup routs if poss?) and send me pictures of the 120s body.
Hi Adrian, thanks for visiting the site! You could buy this for £8, the 120 service manual which will give you a lot of specification info. http://www.cqout.com/item.asp?id=17305368 You’re right about the 120 body being bigger, it’s much more like a Fender. Loads of pics on the net but I can send more of mine if it helps.
Thanks for the reply, will follow the link… and keep you posted on progress.
Have fun! If I had a bit of body wood I’d be inclined to do something a bit more crazy than a 120 body, I must admit. An offset body or something more unique to you. At least you can do it a custom colour. Yes, please keep us posted with lots of pics of your progress, would be a great addition to the site. Cheers
Back in the 80’s I bought a Yamaha SJ550 and over the years played the neck off the dang thing. I had to replace rusty sweat crusted bridge and replace the neck with a Warmoth equivalent. Every one always complimented me on the how sweet the guitar sounded. Recently I came across a used white Pacifica 120s under $200 and had to buy it. Great neck, nice feel, even sounded decent enough but I gave it the full electronic upgrade. Duncan hot rod pickup set, upgraded pots including a push pull coil tap. Incredible how much quality Yamaha has in these inexpensive guitars. Guitar covers everything I need to play in spades. Thinking about how I can dress up the plain exterior to make it look extra cool to match it’s sound……. Any suggestions?
It’s a common story! People buy one one a whim or as a spare and end up loving it. I’m sure you’ve had a look at the pics on the site of how people have customised the look of their Pacificas. I tend to see other guitars eg on Pinterest and think “Wow, a Pacifica would like great finished like that!” I like ‘reliced’ guitars, too, ie ones made to look older and more battered than they are. Have a look at the stuff on here about me refinishing and relicing a Tele style Pacifica. Naturally a white guitar is a great blank slate for cosmetic changes. There are some great guitar on YouTube that people have decorated with Sharpies, for example. Thanks for visiting my site, cheers!
Hiya, great site! Love the yellow; some Kenny Roberts speed block stripes would really set it off ;o) I’m planning a build similar to this with my black 120. Considering going even further down the Cabronita route though, with a custom pickguard to blank off the selector switch and replacing the tone pot with a 3-way toggle. Looks like you have the Artec Filtertron-a-likes which I can get in the UK, but where did you get the chrome surrounds?
Hi Gary, thanks for coming to the site and sorry about the slow reply. For some reason the site hasn’t been sending me messages so I will look into this. I’m afraid I can’t remember where I got the chrome surrounds! Most likely eBay but if not, there are number of people I get parts from, such as Guitars Electric who are particularly good for Pacifica stuff. Northwest Guitars are also excellent and they have some on eBay as I write. Chrome surrounds Flat! You need to get the flat ones though, not ones contoured for a Les Paul etc. Send us a pic when you’re finished! Cheers
Thanks mate, I like the look of those surrounds but my build has changed direction a bit and I’m planning on mounting the pickups to a custom pickguard. Unless I change my mind again… Will send a pic when I’m finally done!
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