Yamaha Revstar RS720B
Carry that weight...
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.