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.