Yamaha Revstar Bowden Green
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The Yamaha Revstar RS302 is a beautiful guitar made for those who want a simple design but versatile sound. If you play, anything from punk, blues, pop or rock styles there is something to love about this guitar and the raw P90 tone.
Using Yamaha’s new Revstar body shape this offset guitar body sits comfortably close to your body and with a fantastic amount of spacing. This makes it comfortable to play both standing up and sitting down.
The body has been made out of Mahogany and topped with a sheet of Maple for a tone you would expect from some premium singlecut style guitars. This keeps your rhythms tight and warm while your leads can cut through with a tight attack. No matter what style you play this combination just works.
The neck is similarly made out of Mahogany but with a Rosewood fretboard for a smooth playing experience and warm tone.
In terms of carve they are calling this their ‘Medium’ profile. Think of something like a late 50’s or early 60’s singlecut guitar and you are in the right ballpark. Not too thick to stop you from shredding up a storm but not so thin that you feel like large chords are a pain to play.
Raw P90 Tone
P90 pickups are known for sitting in between single coils and humbuckers in terms of tone. They generally have the noise and response of a small single coil with quick attack but with greater output and a much more aggressive character.
That is what made them so popular for rock, blues and punk players in the 70’s and 80’s. The amazing pick response means you can easily adjust the output and feel with just your fingers and your guitars volume control as well and their quick breakup that made them perfect for those who want a bit of dirt.
One of the coolest parts about the pickups in this guitar is that they are connected to what Yamaha call the ‘Dry Switch’. Instead of working like your normal coil tap or coil split this switch sits somewhere in between to give you a stunning true single coil sound. Best of all volume drop is minimal so you don’t need a boost pedal just for your single coil sections.
Yamaha have a long history in the world of electric guitars. From their great line of Pacifica super ‘S’ type guitars to the powerful SG range they have great options for a wide range of musicians. Revstar now joins this list as their first completely new electric guitar in the last 20 years.
Designed in collaboration with teams from both England and Japan everything about this guitar has been thought through to the finest of details. Nothing was kept ‘just because’ or ‘that is how it is always done’. Between the designers, the engineers and the players every aspect of this guitar has been looked over so you get an instrument unlike anything you have played before.
When it came to the looks and feel of the guitar Yamaha wanted something truly special. It was not just as simple as using an old body shape delivering the same sound every other manufacturer creates.
The basis for the design was London and Tokyo’s vintage street racing motorbike scenes. This is what gave it the slightly offset shape and the smooth curves that almost look aerodynamic.
By using a world respected design agency and some of the top people in that field they managed to create something simple and beautiful. Similar to something you would have seen before but somehow completely different at the same time.
Here's what Yamaha say about the Revstar range
Drawing inspiration from London and Tokyo's vintage street-racing motorbikes, Japan's heritage of engineering excellence, and Yamaha's 50-year legacy of guitar craftsmanship, every detail of each Revstar model has been carefully engineered to bring out the unique personality of each guitar in the lineup. From the curves and contours of the ground-up body design to the distinctive colours and finishes and custom-wound pickups that perfectly match the guitar's character, the Revstar collection comprises a diverse lineup as the guitarists who play them.
This is Revstar - Meet your other half!
From the moment we started, Revstar had a different approach. We worked with a leading design agency and a global team of designers, to research and develop every element of the guitar, searching for the perfect balance of uniqueness and familiarity in every curve, component and colour. True design process is used in every aspect of our lives, but guitars aren’t designed this way. Until now.
Nothing made it to Revstar’s final design because “that’s how we do it”. Everything was questioned, everything was validated, everything is what we believe is right. Each detail, from the arm cut to the neck joint has been debated, argued about and chosen because it’s what the guitar needed. This isn’t change for the sake of it, it’s the search for perfection.
Every detail of Revstar is designed to make you want to play. To create something amazing. From necks designed to feel great for today’s players, to pickup tones which add a certain something different, this isn’t a guitar to be admired. It’s to be played.
Country Of Origin: Indonesia
Construction: Set Neck
Scale Lenghth: 628mm (24.75")
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Profile: Medium
Radius: 350MM (13.75")
Body Cut: Top and Back
Hardware Colour: Satin Nickel
Nut: Plastic 43mm
Tailpiece: Aluminium Tailpiece
Pickups: Alnico P90
Controls: Master Volume / Tone
Additional Function: Dry Switch (Push-Pull)
Finish: High Gloss