Yamaha today introduced a brand new lineup of Revstar® electric guitars. Originally launched in 2015, Revstar was the first new electric guitar series from Yamaha in more than a decade, drawing on the brand’s heritage in electric guitar design and the heritage of motorcycle design from the Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
“The original Revstar concept was inspired by café racer motorcycles—high-performance racing machines that showcased the personality of the riders,” says Dave Miner, Product Marketing Manager for Electric Guitars, 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.”
The new Revstar series consists of three tiers: Element, Standard, and the made-in-Japan Professional. All models feature chambered bodies developed with Yamaha’s Acoustic Design process. Using advanced measurement and modeling tools, Yamaha developed the chambering pattern to specifically shape tone and increase resonance while lowering weight and optimizing balance.
All new Revstar models feature unique switching options for increased versatility. Revstar Element models feature the Dry Switch high-pass filter that was 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 5-way switching circuit that offers a new twist on classic “in-between” sounds.
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.
Pricing and Availability
PROFFESIONAL – £2126.40 RRP
RSP20 Swift Blue / Sunset Burst / Moonlight Blue
RSP20X Rusty Brass Charcoal
RSP02T Swift Blue / Sunset Burst / Crisp Gold
STANDARD – £873.60 RRP
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 – £543.60 RRP
RSE20 Swift Blue / Black / Vintage White / Red Copper / Neon Yellow
RSE20L Swift Blue / Black
ABOUT YAMAHA GUITARS– Yamaha began manufacturing classical guitars in the early 1940s, expanding to electric and steel-string acoustic guitars by 1966, the year in which they started exporting guitars internationally. Combining traditional craftsmanship with innovative technologies, Yamaha produces some of the best-selling guitars and amplifiers in the world—and the Yamaha Guitar Group now includes both the Line 6 and Ampeg brands.