Yamaha’s Revstar series was introduced four years ago as the company’s answer to modern boutique instruments. The idea was to create a range of guitars with a cool, retro look in a style reminiscent of “Café Racer bikes”.
Yamaha Revstar 2019 additions
This year Yamaha has added five new models to the Revstar line-up. The new RS702B and RS720BX both have Bigsby B50 trems, while the RS820CR is a hardtail model with a TonePros AVT-II bridge.
The RS502TFMX and RS502TFM are both loaded with P90s, whereas the first three are all equipped with Alnico V humbuckers.
The construction is similar across all the new models, with mahogany bodies, maple caps and three-piece mahogany necks. The only real variation is that both the RS502TFM and the RS502TFMX come with a flame maple laminated top. Apart from these two laminate tops, the rest of the models have solid finishes.
Staying true to the aesthetics of the Revstar range, these new models have a stripped back look, with brushed aluminium embellishments. The colours tend to be muted greens and blues, along with bridges, tuners and knobs in the same brushed metal finish. The new models also have the Dry Switch feature that allows you to roll off some of the low-end and get you tones more like those of a single-coil. They are activated by a push/pull switch and give you some useful tonal variations, which is always welcome.
Yamaha’s Revstar range are interesting guitars, I’ve played a few of the previous models and found them to be good instruments. Ideally, I’d have thought these latest 2019 models would add something new to the series. But I think they get a little lost in amongst the existing line-up. They are good guitars, but I’m a little confused by those code number names. Pity that didn’t name them, say, after old British bikes. It would have made them stand out a little more from each other.
- RS820CR USD 999,
- RS702B & RS720BX USD 899 each,
- RS502TFM & RS502TFMX USD 649 each