Yamaha Introduces a New Generation of Revstar Guitars

A renewed lineup of Revstar electric guitars feature a unique 5-way switching circuit and comes in three tiers: Element, Standard, and made-in Japan Professional.


All new Revstar models feature unique switching options for increased versatility. Revstar Element models feature the Dry Switch high-pass filter introduced in the original series. Revstar Standard and Professional models, available with either humbuckers or P90-style single-coil pickups, feature the Focus Switch—a passive boost function that evokes the sound of overwound pickups—as well as a unique five-way switching circuit that offers a new twist on classic “in-between” sounds.

The new Revstar series comes in three tiers: Element, Standard, and the made-in-Japan Professional. All models feature chambered bodies developed with the signature Yamaha Acoustic Design process. Using advanced measurement and modeling tools, Yamaha developed the chambering pattern to precisely shape tone and increase resonance while lowering weight and optimizing balance. The renewed lineup also introduces a new neck profile across all models, a new range of racing inspired finishes, and the first left-handed models in the series’ history.

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RSP02T/RSP20 MSRP: $3,200.00.

RSS02T/RSS20/RSS20L MSRP: $1,260.00 and $1,340.00 left-handed models.

RSE20/RSE20L MSRP: $786.00 and $864.00 left-handed models.

More info at: https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical_instruments/guitars_basses

A chambered body and enhanced switching make this affordable Revstar light and loaded with tones.

Scads of cool tone combinations. Articulate pickups. Relatively light. Balanced and comfortable. Well built.

Some P-90 players might miss the extra grit the Revstar trades for articulation.

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While the Yamaha name is famous in circles beyond the guitar world, they’ve made first-class guitars since the 1960s. And while they don’t unleash new releases with the frequency of some larger guitar brands, every now and then they come down the mountain with a new axe that reminds us of their capacity to build great electric 6-strings. In 2015, Yamaha introduced the first generation Revstar. With a handsome aesthetic inspired by the company’s motorcycle racing heritage, the Revstar combined sweet playability and vintage style touchstones. This year, Yamaha gave the Revstar an overhaul—including body chambering, updated pickups, and new switching. What’s impressive is how these alterations enhance the already impressive playability and versatility of the original.

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