Yamaha Revstar RSE20, RSS20, RSS02T and RSP02T review

Seven years after it first appeared, Yamaha’s Revstar range gets a thorough makeover without losing any of the original style. The next level? Let’s examine the evidence

Yamaha Revstar 2022
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

One of the sales slogans of the original Revstars was ‘Just Different Enough’, and that’s not been forgotten on these second-generation models. They’re not trying to be ‘better’ versions of a classic design. Instead, they are very much their own thing, underpinned by excellent build quality with a unique feature set.


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    Resonant, playable design.

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    Dry Switch.

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    Graphite-reinforced necks.

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    Attractive price and modding potential on RSE20/RSS20/RSS02T.

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    Tidy builds.


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    RSP02T more pricey so try before you buy.

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    Not everyone will get the Focus Switch passive boost on RSS20/RSS02T.

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Combining Yamaha’s long and storied history with a dash of motorcycle ‘Café Racer’ heritage, plus a mixture of Japanese craft styles, Revstar originally launched in 2015 after quite a lengthy gestation period. 

We were among the many involved in evaluating the various prototype stages, which occurred around the world, and the time and expense involved in the process was certainly a rarity in our experience. The final multi-level Revstar range was impressive, although (barring a couple of additional models) it remained rather static. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.