Yamaha has revamped its Revstar line of electric guitars, streamlining the range into three models and introducing a host of fresh, racing-inspired finishes and the first left-handed models in the series' history.
The new lineup includes the affordable Element, mid-priced Standard and made-in-Japan Professional, each boasting a chambered body, designed specifically to shape tone and increase resonance while lowering weight and optimizing balance using Yamaha's Acoustic Design process.
Electronics are a key focal point, with a host of switching options that Yamaha says brings “increased versatility”. The double humbucker-equipped Element sports the same Dry Switch high-pass filter that was introduced with the original Revstar range in 2015, while the Standard and Professional – both available with either humbuckers or P-90-style single coils – each sport a passive boost function and a five-way switching circuit.
In terms of build, the Element boasts a mahogany body and neck and a rosewood fingerboard, while the Standard adds a maple top and a carbon-reinforced neck.
The Professional features carbon inserts inside the chambered body – to “further shape the vibration transfer” of the guitar – and is given Yamaha's Initial Response Acceleration (IRA) treatment, which aims to deliver the sound and feel of an instrument that's “been played in for years”.
“The original Revstar concept was inspired by cafe racer motorcycles – high performance racing machines that showcased the personality of the riders,” says Dave Miner, Product Marketing Manager for Electric Guitars at the Yamaha Guitar Group. “The new Revstar series fine-tunes that concept with enhanced playability, versatility and tone, for players interested in classic style with modern upgrades.”
Originally launched in 2015, the Revstar range was Yamaha's first offering of electric guitars in more than a decade, fusing both its history of guitar design with visual elements of its Yamaha Motor Co. motorcycle division.
See below for the new lineup's pricing and availability – 'T' designates the addition of a custom racing tailpiece in addition to the tune-o-matic style bridge, while 'X' refers to the addition of body binding and an anodized aluminum scratchplate. 'L', of course, means it's a left-handed model.
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Professional – $1,999/£2126
RSP20 – Swift Blue / Sunset Burst / Moonlight Blue
RSP20X – Rusty Brass Charcoal
RSP02T – Swift Blue / Sunset Burst / Crisp Gold
Standard – $799/£873
RSS20 – Swift Blue / Sunset Burst / Black / Vintage White / Hot Merlot / Flash Green
RSS20L – Swift Blue / Black
RSS02T – Swift Blue / Sunset Burst / Black / Hot Merlot
Element – $499/£543
RSE20 – Swift Blue / Black / Vintage White / Red Copper / Neon Yellow
RSE20L – Swift Blue / Black