Revstar

Yamaha Revstar RS Series Electric Guitar at Bashs Music

The new Revstar electric guitar series introduces a new design concept geared to today’s style sensibilities and features Yamaha’s unique design capabilities in the first major update to the classic Yamaha guitar body shape in over a decade.

The new design is the culmination of three years of development incorporating information from multiple interviews and feedback from professional artists, music industry professionals, and guitar enthusiasts in London, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. The re-articulated design presents advances in design and sound production through a blend of Yamaha-ness with Japanese design sensibilities. The visual concept evokes the classic, stripped-down look of the customized Café Racer motorbikes popular in 1960s London and is specifically engineered to have the warm feel and look of well-used vintage equipment. The Revstar concept combines Yamaha’s 50-year legacy of guitar craftsmanship with Japan’s heritage of engineering excellence. Meticulous engineering makes the Revstar guitar models ideal instruments for musicians performing in a wide range of musical styles.

Main Features

1. Full sound presence reminiscent of revving up of a finely tuned motorcycle engine

The Revstar electric guitars feature a set-neck construction and pickups designed exclusively for the Revstar series to produce a full sound presence. Yamaha created the new pickups to achieve optimal performance with each model, testing over 50 prototypes to select the peak spec combinations of magnet wire, coil winding, metal parts, baseplate, and magnet. The RS420 and higher models come equipped with a unique and practical Dry Switch. In addition to a typical tone control that cuts high frequencies, the Revstar Dry Switch produces cleaner tone without diminishing output level or disabling the noise canceling function of the humbucking pickups.

2. Distinct, high-quality design inspired by the classic Café Racer motorbikes

The Revstar design concept brings the classic 1960s Café Racer motorcycle designs to the guitar realm and joins them with an inherent manufactured warmth and an aged-in-style appearance.

Every component and feature is perfectly matched to each model’s specific character for outstanding performance and style. The bodies of the RS502, 620, 720B, 820CR, and P20CR models are painted and then brushed with steel wool for a broken-in look. The RSP20CR features a copper pick guard that creates a distinct look for each musician. The RS502T features a completely re-conceptualized aluminum floating tailpiece.

3. Ideal body shape for comfortable playability

The Revstar series is engineered to fully accommodate all types of guitarists with thorough durability while being both comfortable to hold and highly playable. The body composition takes cues from classic Yamaha guitars and features a deep belly cut, hidden forearm contour, and a neck joint designed for easy upper fret access.The models offer an attractive look and comfortable feel with a solid architecture fully capable of extended, intensive performances.

4. A variety of models for all musical styles

The Revstar series offers a variety of styles each with a distinctive character allowing musicians to choose a design best suited to their musical style and personality.

The flagship RSP20CR model is made in Japan with custom parts and fully embodies the Café Racer concept. Copper pick guards wear over time as the guitar is played naturally creating a unique look for each player. Craftsmen-selected and -calibrated parts and Yamaha’s unique Initial Response Acceleration (I.R.A.) technology give it a mature sound and easy playability from the first day.

The RS820CR extends the RSP20CR’s design while balancing cost and performance and features an aluminum pickguard and the same TonePros bridge as the RSP20CR.

The RS720B model is a classic design look featuring a flamed maple top with a steel wool finish and Bigsby tremolo arm. The model is optimized for a clear sound with a custom-made Tron-type pickup and locking tuner.

The RS620 has a flamed maple top with a steel wool finish and comes with a custom wraparound bridge for maximum effectiveness transmitting string vibration to the body.

The RS502T offers a custom P-90 pickup and custom aluminum floating tailpiece for a unique sound and strong stage presence.

The RS502 has a distinct design with a steel wool finish and comes with a custom P-90 pickup and the same wraparound bridge as the RS620.

The RS420 is the Revstar series base model and comes with two humbucking pickups and a neck and fretboard specially designed for easy playing. A Dry Switch gives the model the versatility for a wide range of music styles.

The RS320 provides a full sound from an open humbucking pickup and no body cut. The neck and fretboard were specially designed for easy playing, making it an ideal model for beginning guitarists.

Product Name

RSP20CR

RS820CR

RS720B

Product ImageRSP20CRRS820CRRS720B
Brief NoteInspired by the stylish lines and effortless performance of the Café Racer bikes that colored the streets of 1960s London, the Revstar Professional wholeheartedly embraces the concept of being a stripped down, tuned up high performance package of sublime guitar craftsmanship.
Hand-selected premium parts and materials combined with an ingenuity and know-how that reflects Japan’s detail-oriented engineering ethic, ensure that this guitar is true to the ethos of the Café Racer—function, character, and style to burn. Made in Japan.
Designed to race from coffee shop to coffee shop on the streets of London in the 1960s, Café Racer bikes were high-performance racers stripped down to their bare essentials, but still showcasing the style of their owner.
The RS820 captures that spirit of total focus on performance, maintaining Yamaha’s unmistakable attention to detail, for a guitar that can’t be fully appreciated until it’s taken out for a test ride.
The style, feel, and sound of the RS720B is unmistakably classic, however, no detail has been left to blind tradition. From totally unique pickups voiced to match the Bigsby vibrato, to re-imagined inlays from a vintage Yamaha guitar and the beautiful hand-cut finish, it’s destined to become an instant classic.

General specifications

Product Name

RSP20CRRSP20CR

RS820CRRS820CR

RS720BRS720B

Scale Length24 3/4″ (628.6mm)24 3/4″ (628.6mm)24 3/4″ (628.6mm)
NeckMahoganyMahoganyMahogany
FingerboardRosewoodRosewoodRosewood
Radius13 3/4″ (350mm)13 3/4″ (350mm)13 3/4″ (350mm)
ConstructionSet-inSet-inSet-in
Frets22, Jumbo22, Jumbo22, Jumbo
BodyMaple top, MahoganyMaple top, MahoganyFlamed Maple top, Mahogany
TunersDie-castDie-castLocking Die-cast
BridgeTonepros AVT-IITonepros AVT-IITune-o-matic, Bigsby B50
PickupsVH7+ ; Vintage output humbucker with antique finished coverVH5+ ; Vintage output humbucker with satin nickel coverVT5+; Vintage output Filtertron-style pickup with satin nickel cover
Pickup Switch3 position lever3 position lever3 position lever
ControlsMaster Volume, Master Tone (Push-Pull, Dry Switch)Master Volume, Master Tone (Push-Pull, Dry Switch)Master Volume, Master Tone (Push-Pull, Dry Switch)
Product Name

RS620

RS502T BGR

RS502

Product ImageRS620RS502T BGRRS502
Brief NoteInspired by the 1974 Yamaha ‘Super Flighter’ guitar, the RS620 takes its design cues from a cult classic, combining them in perfect balance with the individual styling and custom-built vibe of the Revstar concept.
Its roots definitely run deep, but this isn’t your dad’s guitar.
The RS502T represents the purest expression of the Revstar design concept. Balanced perfectly on the point where familiarity and uniqueness coincide, the RS502T is everything you hope it’ll be, with custom-built hardware, the unique Revstar shape, and a tone that inspires.Japanese minimalist style is simple to describe but hard to capture. With just enough of everything you need, and nothing that you don’t, the RS502 is exactly what it should be–beautifully simple.

General specifications

Product Name

RS620RS620

RS502T BGRRS502T BGR

RS502RS502

Scale Length24 3/4″ (628.6mm)24 3/4″ (628.6mm)24 3/4″ (628.6mm)
NeckMahoganyMahoganyMahogany
FingerboardRosewoodRosewoodRosewood
Radius13 3/4″ (350mm)13 3/4″ (350mm)13 3/4″ (350mm)
ConstructionSet-inSet-inSet-in
Frets22, Jumbo22, Jumbo22, Jumbo
BodyFlame Maple top, MahoganyMaple top, MahoganyMaple top, Mahogany
TunersDie-castDie-castDie-cast
BridgeAdjustable WraparoundTune-o-matic , Aluminum Original TailpieceAdjustable Wraparound
PickupsVH5+ ; Vintage output humbucker with satin nickel coverVP5 ; Vintage output P-90VP5+ ; Vintage output P-90 with satin nickel plated cover
Pickup Switch3 position lever3 position lever3 position lever
ControlsMaster Volume, Master Tone (Push-Pull, Dry Switch)Master Volume, Master Tone (Push-Pull, Dry Switch)Master Volume, Master Tone (Push-Pull, Dry Switch)
Product Name

RS420

RS320

Product ImageRS420RS320
Brief NoteBalance—a simple concept that is often difficult to achieve. The RS420 combines outstanding performance with a character all its own to hit that elusive stylistic sweet spot, for a guitar that walks it like it talks it.No nonsense—stripped down, souped up and ready to rock, the RS320 is ready for whatever you can throw at it.

General specifications

Product Name

RS420RS420

RS320RS320

Scale Length24 3/4″ (628.6mm)24 3/4″ (628.6mm)
NeckNatoNato
FingerboardRosewoodRosewood
Radius13 3/4″ (350mm)13 3/4″ (350mm)
ConstructionSet-inSet-in
Frets22, Medium22, Medium
BodyMaple top, NatoNato
TunersDie-castDie-cast
BridgeTune-o-matic, Stop TailpieceTune-o-matic, Stop Tailpiece
PickupsVH3 ; Vintage output humbuckerH3 ; Hot output humbucker
Pickup Switch3 position lever3 position lever
ControlsMaster Volume, Master Tone (Push-Pull, Dry Switch)Master Volume, Master Tone