Yamaha Revstar RS420 (HH) 6 String Solidbody Electric Guitar

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Street Price: 

$500
Yamaha Revstar RS420

Specifications

  • Body: Nato with Maple Top
  • Finish: Factory Blue (pictured), Black Steel, Fire Red
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic Bridge with Stopbar Tailpiece
  • Pickups: 2 x VH3 Alnico V YGD humbuckers
  • Neck: Nato (Set-in Slim Profile)
  • Scale Length: 24.75”
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 13.75”
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Width: 1.692”
  • Controls: 1-volume, 1-tone (push-pull dry switch)
  • Pickup Selector: 3-way toggle switch

Gearank Recommendation

The Yamaha Revstar RS420 was featured on our recommended list for Solidbody Electric Guitars Under $500 from November 2016 until March 2019.

Overview

Released late in 2015, the Yamaha Revstar RS420 is relatively speaking, a new comer.

Said to be inspired by vintage street-racing motorbikes, this guitar has a unique shape that looks familiar, without being just another clone of classic designs.

And it's not just about looking unique and cool, because this guitar also sports some distinct tones, courtesy of its push-pull dry switch. Instead of merely splitting the coils of its humbuckers, Yamaha implemented built-in filters to morph the sound into single coil sounds that are hum-free.

To keep the price reasonable, Yamaha went with nato for the body and the set-in neck, but they did add a maple top to the body, as well as a 24.75" scale rosewood neck. It comes with interesting finish options that include Maya Gold. Black Steel, Fire Red and Factory blue.

Looking for a fresh looking guitar that has a familiar retro vibe? Then the Yamaha Revstar RS420 may tickle your fancies.

The Revstar RS420 was on our recommended list until we performed a detailed review of solidbody guitars between $200 and $500 in March 2019. At that time we found there were more highly rated options with humbucking pickups to recommend and you can find them in our guide to The Best Electric Guitars Under $500.

Demo

Check out the demo video below to see and hear the Yamaha Revstar RS420 in action: