There has never been any doubt about the quality of far eastern guitars that bear the Yamaha name – Ever since the late 70’s and the launch of the popular SG2000 model, Yamaha have been recognized as one of the leading non USA Guitar Companies – Yet equally they have produced many models that have struggled to establish any foot hold in the market place and as a result maybe they have questioned their own identity – A couple of years ago, following a big product launch and a host of world wide promotional activity the Revstar models were released onto the market place – Very much a retro designed guitar with Yamaha’s slant and influence stamped on each guitar – A host of models across the price range, most of which can be purchased for under £1000 – So let me update you with info regarding this used, Yamaha Revstar 720B, with an ash grey satin finish – Why not click here and spend 10 mins or so listening to a video review of the 720B courtesy of Guitar Interactive Magazine
- Just about in as new condition – barely played – well cared for – So be prepared to play ‘hunt the graze’ game to find any signs of a blemish – Pick marks on the scratch plate are probably the only sign of previous use – Even the gloss finish on the rear/rim of the body + neck is just about spotless
- Priced at £599 and that includes the deluxe Yamaha gig bag
- Whole guitar weighs 8lbs and 8oz
- Re-strung + set-up with 10/46 gauge strings
- Medium plus depth to a C neck profile – Measures .865″ around the top nut end and fills out to .967″ around the 12th fret – So a touch slimmer than a 50’s based LP, yet a touch fuller than a 60’s based LP – So sensible girth that is not a handful
- 1 11/16″ Gibson-esq nut width which equates to around 43mm
- Bound rosewood fingerboard – No nibs over the ends of the chunky frets
- Satin hardware including a set of locking tuners
- Gretsch Filtertron influenced pick-ups with a similar low output – 4.32K neck and 4.84K bridge
- 3 way switch + master vol + tone with coil tap push/pull option on the tone pot
I wasn’t so sure what to expect from the 720B when I hooked it up to my amp – The Gretsch influenced Filtertrons said to me twang – Yet the influence of a solid mahogany body suggested something that might be more along the lines of a Gibson SG – Yet the figured maple top should add more clarity than an SG – As an over view I’d say it is more SG than Gretsch – More tight and focussed, with a strong mid range – Yes it possesses sparkling highs, but less of that twang character that you’d find on a semi acoustic Gretsch based guitar , like a Duo Jet- That is not to imply any thing negative or positive, just a case of what I’m hearing – No shortage of ‘single coil’ clarity – Yet less raw ‘girth’ than a Gibson SG would deliver – The video clip I mentioned above should give you a good idea of the tonal character of the 720B – To me it offers a great voice for Indie/Brit Pop, hot country, rock ‘n’ roll, especially on clean amp settings and more subtle overdriven amp settings – It is not an Angus Young rock machine and when played as a blues box it is probably more about the driving rhythmic voice of Bo Diddely, rather than the scorching lead voice of Joe Bonamassa – It is fun – It brings something different to the table regarding its tonal character – It looks cool and it is certainly well built
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