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I find the pickups to be excellent. I know that JKater swapped his for a pair of Gibsons, but concluded that, as it turned out, there was no need. Hand-wound, on the other hand, may be worth the money and effort - not sure. Note that the cavities, as pointed out by the same JKater, are shallow, which may call for modification of standard-size PUs.
Yes that's an important point about the cavity being very shallow. Either a Humbucker needs to be modified i.e. legs shortened or the cavity itself (I'd be careful with that one...). I sorely regret swapping the pups. I lost the splitability and the stock Yamaha AlNiCo V Pups were every bit as good as the Gibson pick-ups I put in. I'm even considering putting everything back but that's not easy on a semi and it does perform well enough as it now is. it is my main gigging guitar at the moment.
If there's nothing at the bottom of the pickups then it probably has no markings. It's not unusual for stock factory pickups to have absolutely no indicators.
I actually think the headstock is a nice modernized version of the classic Strat headstock, just like the guitars themselves are. There's also nothing particularly wrong about Pacifica as a brand, but where Yamaha has gone wrong is that the Pacifica range covers everything from cheap first guitars (which are some of the best in their class) all the way up to expensive signature models and limited editions. Because of this they're perceived as midrange guitars at best, which something like my Japanese made Pacifica 1511 (Mike Stern sig) isn't. It doesn't help that stores mostly stock only the lower end models and Yamaha keeps discontinuing models somewhat randomly. Right now they have no higher end Pacifica models available in Europe.
The new SGs look pretty nice though:
I've never liked that model but that is one of the best looking guitars I have ever seen. More pics?
Fender Vibro Champ
Crews Maniac Sound Taco
Hao Rust Driver
Vintage Technologies Toad
Thomas Organ Cry Baby
Guyatone Wah Rocker
Sony HR-GP5 & HR-RC5
No, that's just a decent picture of an SHB-400 off the internet. My SHB-400 looks just like it (actually, a bit better). I have a better picture of my SHB-400, but it's currently on a backup tape that I need to restore when I get a chance.
In the meantime, I have a picture of my very similar but slightly older Yamaha SSC-500 that I posted in a recent thread (link below). The SHB-400 and SSC-500 are like brother/sister guitars. Even though both are made of mahogany, my SSC-500 is a bit heavier than my SHB-400.