The Yamaha Pacifica guitar has long held its own amongst other brands as a range of great starter and intermediate electric guitars. The Yamaha Pacifica 311H is no different. With the 311H, Yamaha have bought a touch more originality to the Pacifica range by combining the straight-edged Pacifica body shape with a more vintage look which in the case of this vintage white model consists of a tortoiseshell pickguard, cream-covered P-90 pickup and chrome humbucker, and discreet chrome volume and tone knobs.
Functionally, the Pacifica 311H does not disappoint with the Humbucker / P90 combo offering a great range of vintage and modern pop and rock sounds with the help of a coil split, and high quality hardware including Tusq nut, Grover locking tuners, rosewood fretboard and maple neck completing this workhorse guitar.
Pacifica 311H Guitarist Magazine Review
Yamaha’s Pacificas have always ticked the value box, but this guitar adds an air of something more unique and desirable in the classic rock and blues cool of the 311: a good idea, well executed. Give it a go and see if there’s a budget boutique choice here for you.
Its humbucker is, if anything, better suited to giving warm, Gibson-style tones and, with a moderate gain setting, the reduced amount of bite from the guitar allows for a reasonable impression of Warren Haynes’s fat sound, albeit with a more transparent edge. We love the feel of the 311, and it plays very well indeed.
- Pros: Great price. Smooth neck. Cons: A little under-powered in comparison to the 611.
- Verdict: Proof that you don’t need to spend a small fortune to own a guitar that plays like a dream and sounds pretty good too – the very essence of Yamaha’s Pacifica concept.