Yamaha Revs­tar RS720B

Carry that weight...

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First im­pres­sions?

The RS720B is the undis­puted heavy­weight cham­pion in this line-up. Your plucky Gretsch, Italia and Höfner con­tenders av­er­age a lit­tle un­der 3.6kg (8lbs) apiece. That’s in the same ball­park as an alder-bod­ied Fen­der Tele­caster. The Yamaha tips the scales at a heftier 4.1kg (9.1lbs). You’d ex­pect those sort of num­bers from a Gib­son Les Paul Stan­dard.

Why would I want a heav­ier gui­tar?

Well, the ex­tra beef doesn’t hurt when you’re talk­ing about tone. Add in the RS720B’S solid ma­hogany and flame maple tonewoods, set-neck con­struc­tion and the chunky Li­censed Bigsby B50 vi­brato an­chor­ing the strings and you wind up with a gui­tar bran­dish­ing some in­cred­i­ble sus­tain.

The pick­ups have a real Gretsch vibe...

Yeah, the hum­buck­ers have slot­ted cov­ers to echo the eye candy of a clas­sic Gretsch Fil­ter ’Tron. What’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing is how these pick­ups are voiced. They could have chis­elled in any old set of ’buck­ers. In­stead, Yamaha has un­der-wound these things to get as much vin­tage-style warmth and clar­ity as pos­si­ble.

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