Gorgeous Yamaha Revstar RS820 double cutaway in steel rust finish (secondhand). Go faster stripes complete the retro vibe of this highly versatile guitar. Comes with padded gig bag.


Directly influenced by the hot-rodded style of Café Racer motorcycles, Revstar 820 models feature eye-catching accents like a hand-cut racing stripe finish, satin nickel hardware, and an aluminum scratchplate. Custom-voiced humbuckers matched with the versatile Dry Switch filter result in a guitar that sounds just as expressive as it looks.


It certainly lends a custom-shop slant, but on closer inspection, you can see two gloss stripes running down its centre. It’s another Café Racer motorbike emblem - evidenced by the CR suffix in the name - like the copper-coloured cut-off scratchplate, which is actually anodised aluminium, and the satin-nickel Tone Pros adjustable wrapover bridge. 


This textured metal vibe continues to the old-looking nickel covers on the YGD V5 humbuckers, which feature heavy Formvar-coated wire and Alnico V magnets under the hood.


The RS820 is very Les Paul-like, with thickness and balance; it’s powerful but not over-hot, and an easy drive to capture some fruity classic rock, or more contemporary gained voices. The Dry Switch here produces some single coil-like percussion without any additional hum as they are still hum-cancelling - almost like a Les Paul meets a Telecaster. 


There’s a meaty feel here from the chunky body - and associated weight - from that quite big neck to its sounds.

Yamaha Revstar RS820CR Double Cutaway Electric Guitar (secondhand)

  • Body Mahogany w/ Maple Top
    Neck Mahogany
    Fingerboard Rosewood
    Frets 22 Jumbo Frets
    Tuners Die Cast
    Bridge TonePros AVT-II
    Nut 43mm Wide Urea
    Pickups 2 x VH5+ Humbuckers Alnico V
    Scale Length 628mm