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Yamaha know a few things about making very affordable instruments without skimping on quality. And this complete starter set contains literally everything you need to start playing and jamming.
The star of this Gigmaker package is the Pacifica PAC012, which is Yamaha’s entry-level electric guitar. It’s an attractive axe with some solid features. Sporting the classic Strat-inspired looks, there’s a glossy black double cutaway basswood body with a 25.5” scale length. The bolt-on neck is made from maple, and is comfortable and very playable. Finally there’s a sonokeling rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, and classic white dot inlays.
As for the sound, you’re getting three passive pickups – two single-coils at the neck and middle positions, and a humbucker at the bridge. There’s a five-way pickup selector switch, along with a master volume and master tone control, so there’s plenty of control and versatility with this guitar. It’s completed with a chrome vintage-style tremolo bridge and comes with a whammy bar.
In all the guitar is basic, but well made and durable, and perfect for beginners – especially when combined with the amp.
The second highlight of this bundle is the Yamaha practice amp. It’s quite a small piece of kit, but with 15 watts there’s plenty of volume – enough to have the neighbors complaining if you turn it up past half way.
There are two channels – clean and overdrive – with controls for gain, gain volume, clean volume, and treble, middle, and bass. There’s also a 1/4” jack for headphones, which is crucial for late night playing, although you may need to buy an adapter for your personal headphones to fit.
As for gigging, despite being called the Gigmaker pack, the amp probably falls a little short when it comes to performing, and you may find it hard to fill a big room. However for practicing and jamming with friends, this is a great amp that complements the PAC012 very well.
In addition to the guitar and amp, this pack provides a strap, a lead, a case, a digital tuner, an instructional DVD, plectrums, and strings. Everything you need to start playing!
The highlight of this accessory package is the QuickStart DVD, which teaches the guitar basics and some chords, and would be well worth a watch for any beginner.
The case is fine, although there is no padding, so traveling with it wouldn’t be recommended. However it works for storage. A negative is that both the strap and the lead are quite cheap, and will probably need replacing soon, although they will do the job asked of them initially.
Undoubtedly the highlight of this kit is the guitar, and rightly so. It’s very playable, with a nice flat neck which is great for both chords and lead playing, and is a solid instrument on which to learn the basics. It produces a good, clear sound, which is nice and crunchy when played through the amp’s gain channel.
The tuners on the guitar aren’t the greatest, but providing you aren’t going crazy with the whammy bar they will hold your tuning fine.
Whether you are a complete beginner, or just want something to mess around on, this kit will have you up and running out of the box in no time.
At around $260, this very affordable package from Yamaha comes with everything you need to start playing, including an amp, lead, case and – the star performer – the PAC012 electric guitar itself.