Got a Yamaha Pacifica you’d like to show the world? Send it to me and I’ll post it here.
Henk in South Africa has gone to town on his 112, adding very nice white Graphtech bridge saddles, a pearl scratchplate, (very expensive) Fishman active pickups that give you a traditional Strat sound plus a bit of Texas Specials style grit via a push pull on the tone pot, with the battery sitting in the tremelo cavity, held by the blocked off tremelo springs.
Here’s a superb refinish/upgrade job on a 502V from Davy Maguire in Ireland. Here’s what he says: “I filled the tremolo cavity with a mahogany block & put a Callaham hardtail bridge on it, bone nut, locking Schaller tuners, kept the Seymour Duncan SP90s (because they’re amazing) but changed the covers to nickel that I sourced from Crox guitars! I had a guy called Colin Gillese from Northern Ireland refinish the guitar in a pearlescent gunmetal grey & the pickguard was made by a local luthier Ernie McMillen!! I have a bit of a love affair with this one!”
To prove that our influence is spreading worldwide, here’s an unusual 604w sent by Bill McM in Australia. I’ve never seen a natural one before. Bill says: “I found out that it was one of the first 604w guitars made, the 604w was only available in Black, Cherry Sunburst or Translucent Blue, so I wondered whether my guitar had been refinished. But after removing the neck and hardware it was obvious that the guitar had never been any other colour. I emailed Yamaha and asked them about my ‘Natural Finished’ 604w, and they eventually replied and informed me that when the 604w was initially released they made a small number of them with a ‘Natural Finish’, mystery solved.”
John Ze from one of the Pacifica Facebook groups has done a great job on this 112 to make it highly unique-looking. He says: “It’s been upgraded with a Lollartron in the bridge and two area 59 Dimarzios. The bridge and tuners were changed to generic gold ones. We basically knocked it up with tools, haha, scissors and a screwdriver. My wife helped me draw the feathers (not leaves as Simon from Yampac.com thought) on the pickguard after it was sprayed black.”
Here’s what he says
Joel Lolin, also from Facebook’s Yamaha Pacific Lovers page, has done some nice work on his guitars. Top one is not strictly a Pacifica, it’s an SC700 but the distressed 120 tele shape is and it’s a great-looking guitar.
Philip in the US is a big fan of Yamaha Pacifica 12Os, he has three. He’s sent us this pic of an original big logo 120 that he’s customised beautifully.
Here’s what he says “When I purchased this Yamaha 120sd, it was originally a natural wood color but quite rough. The electronics were DOA. The neck and fretboard were near perfect. (go figure!) I sanded and steel-wooled the body down to smooth raw wood. Wanting a 2-tone body, I first finished the sides in clear varnish. Then stained the top and back a walnut brown. (used a water based stain so it couldn’t bleed into the already varnished sides. Leaves a nice clean line between the top/bottom and sides) Finished with 4-5 coats of hand rubbed satin varnish. The pick-ups are from a MIM Fender Stratocaster. The pick-guard is a generic Strat-type tortoise-shell. The body required quite a bit of routing to accommodate the three single coils pickups and controls. The tortoise-shell pick-guard also had to be re-shaped to fit the 120sd.”
Pacifica 112 gets some lurrrrve
A warm welcome to our new friend Omar Khan who has been doing some very inspiring work on his 112VMX as these pictures testify…
Here are the specs:
Love this Pacifica with soft edges…
How about this: a Pacifica with Yamaha mis-spelled?
Meanwhile, here’s a really mysterious Pacifica 904 from Sergio. The Yamaha is spelt YaHaMa on the headstock!!!! How on earth did this happen? Anyone got any ideas? Is this a one-off prototype or what? Surely these logos are just transfers?
My first thought that it was a counterfeit but it has everything else present, Warmoth neck etc. Does anyone know where the serial number is on a 904?
And talking of odd headstocks, Henk in the Netherlands sent this pic of his 712. Very old-style fat lettering on the Pacifica logo compared with most of the 90s models.
New friend of the site and new Pacifica fan is Tapsa from Sweden. Here’s his superb 502V.
And, bitten by the bug, he’s now got a Tele-style 311 too!
How to plan your next modifications…
Now, bit of an unusual one. Neill in the UK has been musing on his ideal Pacifica…over to Neil to talk us through….
“I saw a Fret King Superhybrid for sale and, although they are great guitars, I can’t stand their Batwing headsocks and Wave scratchplates; they just seem to be trying too hard to NOT be Fenders when that is what they clearly are. So I thought, ‘how could I do a better job?’. In the corner of my room stood my Pacifica 112 and I soon realised that the body shape would be right, the new smaller scratchplate would be right too. It was time to photoshop my ultimate Pacifica.
The great thing about the Fret King Superhybrid was the addition of a Wilkinson Acoustabridge with under saddle piezos which would give me acoustic sounds like Pete Townsend’s Strat.
A coil splitting ‘bucker in roughly the Tele’s bridge position could be good too though, in retrospect, I may stick with a Tele pickup there.
And a P90 at the neck. Always wanted a P90 at the neck.
Scratchplate? Stick to Pacifica or freshly make a Tele-shaped one…or combine the two!
All of the knobs could be moved from their original Pacifica positions to new ones without leaving ugly scars except for one but, joy of joys, that could be covered if I moved the jack socket to the body front with a Strat ‘boat’ plate. This has always been my least favourite thing about the Pacifica, when sitting down on the sofa, the cable catches on cushions and so on. Clearly the big-bellied, fat-forearmed Telecaster testers who helped Leo design the Strat had the same complaint here too. And if I swivelled that boat socket to the horizontal it would mean the cable was heading in the right direction to go over the strap pin when strapped on.”
So here are Neill’s ideas in pics. What do we think?
Pacifica collections to be jealous of!
This sensational collection is owned by Kieran Dargan. Sneaked a non-Pacifica in there but as it’s a Yamaha we’ll let it go!
Great shot of a collection of high end models just in from Rob in the Netherlands…
Pacifica fan Rob in Atlanta, USA, sent these three lovely 112s for the gallery.
This one’s a mystery! Anyone know whether this is a rare custom model or a home-made custom job? Thanks to Rafa for sharing.