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Yamaha Pacifica – The Extreme Test

Published: Mon April 27, 2009  News Feed

Yamaha left a Pacifica 112V on the roof for a whole month, to see if the popular electric guitar would withstand the vagaries of weather. How did it fare?

Yamaha Pacifica 112V on the roof

“The class-leading Pacifica 112V combines player-focused, stage-ready spec with no-compromise construction and set-up to create the best value player’s guitar on the market…”

That’s what our website says about the Pacifica 112V – the guitar which has helped thousands of people learn their first chords and been on-hand for many a gig. But how does it really fair under pressure? Is this guitar really as road ready and hard wearing as we say it is?

Forget taking the guitar to a gig – that’s easy, we wanted to know how the Pacifica 112V faired against something way more arduous - ‘Mother Nature’ herself.

After causing a disbelieving stir around the Yamaha office, and more than a few raised eyebrows, we grabbed a stock Pacifica 112V in cool sonic blue off the racks in the warehouse and took it to the roof.

Yes… you read it right, we took the guitar to the roof!

The guitar was then placed on an Ultimate GS-100 guitar stand and left there for a month to contend with wind, hail, rain and anything else nature decided to throw at Milton Keynes during the month of March.

Yamaha Pacifica

So, what happened?

Well - not much. Check out the pics above (this really is the guitar, fresh from the roof) - the strings are rusty and could do with a change, but the guitar still plays pretty much perfectly, the neck hasn’t warped, the pickups still work and the selector switch isn’t even crackling. Result!

In fact, the only thing which has happened is a minor surface lacquer crack at the base of the neck, which if you can make out, you’re doing very well – oh, and there were also a few rusty screws. Not bad for a month under the stars…

It might sound like a frivolous thing to do, but there is a serious point here.
When we say that our guitars are built to withstand anything you can throw at them, we really mean it. Our testing procedures during design and production are unfeasibly thorough and go into incredible depth to make sure that our guitars will really perform and can handle a tough life on the road. We know first-hand what this means, but having the confidence to really throw down the gauntlet and put the claim to the test is something else. Yes, we really did put a guitar on the roof for a month, and no, we didn’t know exactly what it was going to come out looking like. We were pretty confident, but not having the results of this kind of thing on record, we couldn’t really be sure…
But, like we thought, the Pacifica stood up just fine.

So next time you’re looking around for a new guitar, and if it being able to cope with the battering that you’ll give it on the road matters (and it should!), just ask one question: ‘Can it survive a month outside and live to tell the tale?’

The Pacifica 112V says yes.

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