Inspired by the stylish lines and effortless performance of the Café Racer bikes that colored the streets of 1960s London, the Japanese made Yamaha Revstar Professional RSP20CR embraces the concept of being a stripped down, tuned up high performance package of sublime guitar craftsmanship. Hand-selected premium parts and materials combined with an ingenuity and know-how that reflects Japan’s detail-oriented engineering ethic, ensure that this guitar embues function, character & style to burn.
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Yamaha REVSTAR RSP20CR Solid body Electric Guitar - Made in Japan
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 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 of instruments as unique as the guitarists who play them. This is Revstar—meet your other half.
The flagship RSP20CR Professional model is proudly Made in Japan utilizing custom parts and fully encompassing the Café Racer concept. Copper pick guards wear over time as the guitar is played naturally creating a unique look for each player. Craftsmen-selected and calibrated parts combine with Yamaha's unique Initial Response Acceleration (I.R.A.) technology give this guitar a mature sound and great playability from day one.
3-Piece Mahogany Neck
Maple and Mahogany Body
Hand Brushed Satin (Steel wool) Finish
Humbucking Pickups/Alnico V
Push-Pull "Dry Switch"
TonePros AVT-II Bridge
Made in Japan
Designed from the ground up, Revstar features specially wound YGD pickups that are perfectly matched to each guitar. More than 50 prototype pickups were tested featuring different combinations of wire, windings, magnets and base plates. Eventually, a spec was settled on for each guitar model and the Revstar pickup series was born.
Alnico V magnet, German silver baseplate and heavy formvar wire for punchy, dynamic, articulate tone and the perfect balance between gain and clarity. [8.4k (neck) /8.8k (bridge) DCR]
Designed especially for Revstar, Yamaha’s proprietary Dry Switch gives you the versatility of a coil split, but with a tone that’s miles ahead.
Using a passive filter circuit painstakingly designed to give the perfect frequency response, the Dry Switch filters out low frequencies to give the punch and clarity of a single coil pickup minus the inevitable hum and hollow tone often associated with split humbucking pickups.
Plus, because it’s a filter circuit, the Dry Switch works on both humbuckers and P90s for a totally unique, usable tone.
Comfort Contoured Body
Revstar is a workhorse through and through, but that doesn’t mean there has been any compromise on comfort and playability. With every contour designed from the ground up to look and feel great, Revstar’s body features a deep belly cut, hidden forearm contour and a newly designed neck joint for outstanding upper fret access. This is a guitar made to be played all night.
Inspired by the stripped-down custom Café Racer motorbikes popularized on the streets of London in the 1960s, Revstar’s hardware captures the high-performance, individual character of those bikes with a wide range of totally unique, customized hardware. From the unique pickup covers and raw copper scratchplate on the Revstar Professional, to the totally custom floating aluminum tailpiece on the RS502T, each and every component is perfectly calibrated for great performance and unmistakable style—capturing the very essence of a Café Racer.
IRA (Initial Response Acceleration)
If you've ever played another guitarist's instrument and not been able to get the same sound, it's probably because you are playing a different style than what the guitar is used to. After playing the same guitar for years, the guitar adapts to the guitarist's playing style. It takes time for a new guitar to adapt to your own way of playing. Stress found between parts like finish, woods, body, neck, fingerboard, nut, bridge, etc., must be released before all of the parts can resonate together as an instrument. It takes time and a lot of playing for this to happen. Using IRA technology, stresses like those between the finish and wood are released by applying specific vibrations to the completed guitars. Once this treatment is complete, the guitar responds accurately to the guitarist's performance and produces sound more easily. It also shortens the time needed for the guitar to adapt to your playing style and it delivers excellent sustain.
24 3/4" (628.6mm)
Maple / Mahogany
Hand Brushed Satin (Steel wool) Finish / Polyurethane
13 3/4" (350mm)
Number of frets
Graph Tech TUSQ
Neck Width @ 0 Fret / 12th Fret
43.0 / 52.5 mm
Thickness @1st Fret / 12th Fret
21.1 / 25.2 mm
VH7n+: Humbucker/Alnico V
VH7b+: Humbucker/Alnico V
Master Volume, Master Tone (Push-Pull "Dry Switch")