Shin­ing Sil­ver

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As Yamaha’s Paci­fica cel­e­brates 25 years of mu­sic mak­ing, it’s hard to think of an in­stru­ment that bet­ter typ­i­fies Yamaha’s qual­i­ties as a gui­tar maker. The se­cret to the Paci­fica’s longevity is its util­ity – Paci­fi­cas at all price points blend ver­sa­til­ity and func­tion­al­ity in a tone­ful way mak­ing them near-per­fect tools for mu­si­cians.

Times change, of course, and with them the needs of mu­si­cians. An ideal com­ple­ment to Paci­fica is the Revs­tar se­ries of elec­tric gui­tars, which pushes very dif­fer­ent but­tons in the souls of gui­tar play­ers. With Revs­tar, Yamaha has un­leashed its imag­i­na­tion and dared to dream a lit­tle.

The be­drock of func­tion­al­ity that both Paci­fica and Revs­tar gui­tars pos­sess is what makes Yamaha’s ac­qui­si­tion of Line 6 in re­cent times so shrewd. Line 6’s He­lix multi-ef­fects unit has turned the heads of gui­tarists in a way that few new prod­ucts have in the past decade. Its com­pelling modelling tones, in­tu­itive user in­ter­face and pro-grade build have tempted many au­dio­phile gui­tarists to leave sprawl­ing ped­al­boards at home and use the sleek black de­vice as the hub of their live and stu­dio sound. Yamaha’s Tran­sA­cous­tic tech has also brought some­thing new to the ta­ble: the abil­ity of an acous­tic gui­tar to voice its own ef­fects, such as re­verb and cho­rus, without the need to plug into an ex­ter­nal amp.

Whether you are a pro­gres­sive player or a tra­di­tion­al­ist all these in­stru­ments are de­signed to be there for you when you need to give your best. As sil­ver lin­ings go, that’s a good one – here’s to an­other quar­ter cen­tury of Yamaha in­no­va­tion.

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