Anyone know about early high end Yamaha Pacificas?

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  1. warmachine

    warmachine Senior Member

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    I feel like I’m missing the boat when I see these early 1990’s to 2000’s Pacificas on Craigslist for like $100-$300. I always dismiss them as just another Strat or Tele copy.

    But are there a few higher end models that I should keep on my radar??? Any traits to identify the better ones based on crappy Craigslist pics alone?
     
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    fett Double Platinum Supporter

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    I have one those early ones somewhere. It was loaded with active EMG's. It's a good guitar and snag one on the cheap.
     
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    Belvedere Senior Member

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    I love yamahas a lot, mij are incredible instruments. If you're looking '90-'00 pac 904 is the deal!
     
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    Kingdom of Nye Senior Member

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    I remember playing one of those that they had on display at Service Merchandise back about 22 years ago. It played great, I remember that much. I was impressed.
     
  5. warmachine

    warmachine Senior Member

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    I read some early Pacificas made in Japan and assembled in Taiwan? Or does that depend on the model lineup where they are built and assembled?

    I swear Ive probably ignored a hundred Pacificas over the years locally just assuming they were to Yamaha what Squire is to Fender.

    I probably missed killer deals I’m sure.
     
  6. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I've never heard of high-end Pacificas, but if there are any, and if their low-end Pacificas are any indication, those top-of-the-line models are probably great.
     
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    cousingrandpa Senior Member

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    My understanding is that the 900 series Pacifica's necks were made by Warmoth. Pretty high quality there & I remember them playing pretty good.
     
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    coupe89 Senior Member

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    Had one like this in the 90s wish I never sold it.
     
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    Lungo Silver Supporter

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    I don't know what model Michael Lee Firkins used to play but those were awesome guitars.
     
  10. Robotechnology

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    This is my Pacifica 921. It is stamped made in Taiwan (assembled would probably be more accurate as all the parts are USA and Japanese). I am not sure if Yamaha still has the Taiwan factory anymore Firkins played the equivalent model with an SSH pickup configuration. In the 9xx models, necks were from Warmoth and pickups were from DiMarzio. Yamaha designed the innovative neck joint and the locking bridge. The bridge came with a height adjustable nut as well as intonation able to be adjusted at pitch (Floyd’s and Edge’s need a separate tool in order to do that). 8xx models are also high quality.

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  11. warmachine

    warmachine Senior Member

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    If I see that neck join can I assume its always a higher end model?
     
  12. Belvedere

    Belvedere Senior Member

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    This is a great infographic:

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    As I wrote, I have a 904 and I love it, great instrument.
     
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    Robotechnology V.I.P. Member

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    Yes. Also the high end Yamaha models were all made in Japan, Taiwan and later on the USA. Korean ones can be cool too.
     
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    kherman Senior Member

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    I would love to own one of these.
     
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    Robotechnology V.I.P. Member

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    Yeah love those inlays and carved tops are my fave. Those are more expensive now than when they were new I think.
     
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    kherman Senior Member

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    Yep, they're not cheap.
    With as big a scene metal and shred have gotten again these days , I'm suprised Yamaha hasn't reissued the 24 fret Pacifica guitars.
     
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    scott 351 wins Senior Member

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    I had bought a later 1980's Yamaha RGX from a buddy of mine back in late 80's he bought it new and gave up pretty quick. He sold it to me. It was a pretty decent guitar. I used it as trade on a Gibson Explorer.
     

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