Yamaha Expands Pacifica Electric Guitar Line in the US - NAMM 2015

Yamaha's entire Pacifica line of guitars is now available in the US with three additional models: the 611, 510 and 311.

Yamaha Pacifica 611HFM
Yamaha Pacifica 611HFM

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The Yamaha Pacifica line have Strat-like features at very affordable price points, and like most of Yamaha's instruments, the Pacifica is ideal for students, beginners and budget conscious players.

This expansion of the Pacifica line is said to be based on custom requests, and according to the company, this is the first time that they will be marketing the entire Pacifica lineup in the US. The new models, 311, 510 and 611, will be joining three other models that are already being sold in the US, the 012, 112 and 212.

As expected, the additional Pacifica guitars come with nice features at lower price points, thanks to Yamaha's years of guitar building and marketing experience. The company is undeniably a force to reckon with when it comes to budget friendly and student friendly guitars that come with teacher-approved quality.

The three new Pacifica models are all crafted using solid tonewood construction, featuring the traditional combination of alder bodies, maple necks and rosewood fingerboards. Having been based on the Strat, flexibility and playability is a given, without excessively compromising the quality of the instruments.

The most highly anticipate of the three additional Pacificas is the top-of-the-line model PAC611HFM, which will now be available for US players. It comes with improved aesthetics, thanks to the Flamed Maple top. It also comes with other premium features that include Graph Tech String-Saver saddle, color-matched headstock, and Grover locking tuners. Note that this super strat style guitar comes with dual humbuckers - Seymour Duncan SP90-1 and Custom 5 with coil tap. With all these features, it's surprising how this particular model stays way below the one grand price range.

Yamaha Pacifica 510V
Yamaha Pacifica 510V

The single pickup PAC510V takes the straight ahead rock and roll route without compromising quality. It has one Seymour Duncan Trembucker P-Rails pickup that interestingly offers three distinct tonal setting options, you can set it to have a full humbucker sound, a soapbar single coil or P90 sound and a traditional single coil sound. Again, an impressive feat from Yamaha for something that seems so simplistic. The guitar even comes with a Wilkinson bridge and Grover tuners, which normally are found on instruments at much higher price points.

Yamaha Pacifica 311H
Yamaha Pacifica 311H

Finally, the PAC311H is the most affordable model of the three new additions and offer a unique combination of P90 and humbucker pickups. It is also built with an Alder body and Maple neck, but differs in the pickup department carrying custom-wound P90/AlnicoV and Humbucker/AlnicoV pickups.

Yamaha marketing manager Armando Vega said, "For years, our dealer base has been clamoring for more Pacifica guitars, which are highly regarded in most countries. Finally, the time is right to introduce the entire Pacifica lineup to American guitarists."

The three new Yamaha Pacifica electric guitars are expected to have MSRPs that fall within the $630 to $930 price range. These instruments are expected to start shipping within January of 2015. For more information and the complete specifications of each guitar, head over to Yamaha.

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The Yamaha Pacifica was

The Yamaha Pacifica was always a quality guitar. Intonation, action, neck feel, and pickups were pretty for this ultra cheap model. I like the Strat style guitars and this is a good one. Even, the older ones are pretty good at the price point.

Hell yeah

Bring US the PAC502 too please!

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