Yamaha Revstar RS720B Ash Grey
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The Yamaha Revstar RS720 is a really interesting part of this new line. It manages to perfectly blend together a modern design with the feel of a classic 60's singlecut but with some of the characters you would have found on semi hollow guitars at the time.
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 Flamed 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.
Best of all, the Flamed Maple top looks absolutely stunning with these translucent finishes. Normally reserved for guitars that cost a lot more than this you will find it hard to get a better top for less.
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.
One of the most immediately identifiable tremolo systems in the world is the Bigsby. Its innovative design and unique movement made it an instant hit in blues and jazz circles as it required minimal routing to fit it on stoptail guitars.
This tremolo system may not dive down like a Floyd Rose but it has a beautifully smooth and short motion great for flutters, swells and accents that require minimal change in pitch.
Filtertron Style Humbuckers
If you look back at the guitars from a particular semi hollow guitar company of the 50's and 60's you will see what looks like a half covered humbucker. These are commonly known as Filtertron pickups and are known for their mid gain sound and beautiful harmonic response at the breakup point between clean and crunch tones.
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: Flamed Maple/Mahogany
Body Cut: Top and Back
Hardware Colour: Satin Nickel
Nut: Plastic 43mm
Tailpiece: Bigsby B-50
Pickups: Filtertron Style Humbucker
Controls: Master Volume / Tone
Additional Function: Dry Switch (Push-Pull)
Finish: Steel Wool