I like to take a perfectly good old Yamaha Pacifica and ruin it. By making it into something completely different. Like turning a knackered old natural wood Pacifica 112 into a John Lennon-style Rickenbacker 325 lookalike. Or taking a PAC120 Telecaster deluxe style one and turning it into a Gretsch 6120 lookalike, complete with Bigsby tremolo and fake F-hole. Except I didn’t get on with this so it became a bright yellow Les Paul Special look-alike with Rickenbacker style jangley pickups. The Specialcaster.
Just added a different scratchplate. Had a white pearl lying around from a 112 so attacked it with the coping saw and Dremel to create a Cabronita vibe instead of the Gibson vibe…
Or building a tribute to Wilko Johnson’s legendary Telecaster using a PAC102. Which Wilko himself signed for me at his comeback gig in Cambridge on 6th March last year! This replicates his own 62 Fender Telecaster which has Bo Diddley’s signature on the back of the headstock in green Sharpie too.
Or using the original maple neck off the Rickenbacker lookalike to turn another PAC102 into a would-be fifties black-guard Broadcaster which has now morphed into a fantastic Esquire-alike with home-made pickguard and Sonic Monkey 50s Esquire flat pole pickup: my favourite guitar. All artificially aged, or ‘relic’d’ as they say.
But I’m not touching my 604W which is perfect as it is.
Then there’s the Snowcaster. A 112 that I got off eBay as a total wreck (complete with wooden pickguard) and converted into a white beauty with an Artec boost/overdrive circuit built in–a bit like Eric Clapton’s strats, therefore. A bit.
Then there was the Danocaster, a 102 tele painted to look like a 50s Danelectro – inspired by E from the Eels. But this is now becoming a metallic red Esquire. See the How To Customise page…