Yamaha Revstar RS502T with Aluminum Tailpiece - Bowden Green

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Maple/Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, and 2 P-90 Single-coil Pickups - Bowden Green
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P-90 Pickups and a Distinctive Aluminum Tailpiece

Inspired by vintage motorcycles and designed from the ground up with feedback from real players, the Yamaha RS502T solidbody electric guitar promises to add a distinct vibe to your guitar collection. Two P-90 single-coil pickups are onboard to deliver punchy, chiming tone, while a push-pull Dry switch allows you to cut lows for even more sonic snap. The floating aluminum tailpiece adds an extra dose of vintage style. Factor in a smooth-playing mahogany neck, topped with a rosewood fretboard and jumbo frets, and you have a guitar that's built to perform with the Yamaha RS502T.

Yamaha RS502T Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Add snap and presence with a push-pull Dry switch
  • Yamaha-designed P-90 pickups deliver iconic tone
  • Copious sustain from set-neck construction
  • Revstar series guitars are packed with personality
Add snap and presence with a push-pull Dry switch

Yamaha's innovative Dry switch on the RS502T gives you the tone-shaping capabilities of a coil tap circuit, even though the RS502T already has single-coil pickups. The push-pull Dry switch is actually a passive filter that cuts out low frequencies, giving your tone even more clarity and punch to cut through the mix.

Yamaha-designed P-90 pickups deliver iconic tone

As far as Sweetwater is concerned, every guitarist should have a guitar loaded with P-90 single-coil pickups in their collection. You get the snap and spank of a single-coil pickup, but with the girth and low-mid richness that you'd expect from a humbucker. The custom-designed P-90 pickups in the RS502T utilize Alnico V magnets, a silver baseplate, and plain enamel wire, creating a clear, vintage-inspired tone with plenty of bite. Set your tube amplifier at its breakup point, and you'll be able to take the RS502T from clean and chiming to blazing overdrive just with the volume knob.

Copious sustain from set-neck construction

The mahogany neck on the Yamaha RS502T is set directly into the maple/mahogany body. This maximizes vibrational transfer for outstanding sustain and helps enhance note definition too. Clean tones ring out like a bell, while overdriven tones can sustain for days.

Revstar series guitars are packed with personality

Inspired by the bold styling of London and Tokyo's vintage street-racing motorbikes, Yamaha's Revstar series of electric guitars features dramatic curves, character-packed custom-wound pickups, and delightfully muscular tone. Each model in the Revstar lineup is full of its own distinct personality. These instruments exude a distinctiveness as unique as the guitarists who play them.

Yamaha RS502T Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Vintage-inspired guitar with comfortably contoured body and distinctive aluminum tailpiece
  • Set-in neck construction enhances sustain and note definition
  • P-90 single-coil pickups deliver the richness of a humbucker with the snap of a single-coil pickup
  • Push-pull Dry switch cuts low frequencies for more clarity and definition
  • Smooth playability thanks to jumbo frets and a medium neck profile
The Yamaha RS502T would be a great addition to any guitar collection.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape RevStar
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Maple
Body Finish High gloss
Color Bowden Green
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Medium
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Number of Frets 22, Jumbo
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.692"
Nut Material Resin
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic bridge with aluminum tailpiece
Neck Pickup Alnico YGD P-90 single-coil
Bridge Pickup Alnico YGD P-90 single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone (push-pull dry switch EQ engage), 3-way pickup selector
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number RS502T BGR

Customer Reviews

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"Les Paul in Disguise"

Great guitar, extremely versatile! My brother calls it my "Les Paul in disguise." The sounds you can get out of it are amazing. One that I particularly like is getting a twangy "tele" sound by using both pickups with the dry switch engaged. I also love the bridge pickup on its own. The neck pickup is very nice as well, thick sound with great cleans. The hardware looks and feels very nice. When it got to my house, I only had to adjust the truss rod, (the guitar comes with wrenches and an instructions/maintenance manual to help you work it out) now it plays really great! The colors are really dark though, my guitar ends up looking completely black most of the time unless it's in direct light. It's the most difficult to see the translucent brown on the back of the guitar. This is a little disappointing as I really love the way the green and brown look together. It is a little heavy, still getting used to it as I mostly played acoustics and hollowbodies. Go try one out! I highly recommend this guitar!

Fantastic Guitar

This instrument, to be bluntly and outrighy honest, completely blew me away. This is a meticulously finished instrument with absolutely incredible-sounding P90 pickups. These guitars really took a long while to peak my interest, and I actually gravitated to this instrument while seriously shopping for a Les Paul, as it employs similar tone woods. Now, instruments are a subjective taste, and most manufacturers are making high quality professional-level instruments at affordable prices. I'm guilty of having pigeonholed myself into the Fender/Gibson/Music Man camp and never gave Yamaha instruments much thought. As a matter of fact, I was disinterested in them and thought them to be obscure entry-level instruments. I was very much mistaken. The Revstar line truly hosts some amazing guitars.
Music background: Hobbyist Songwriter

It's a kind of magic

Unique for this particular model is a floating massive trapeze tailpiece that ensures a very straight string run. This makes bending more elastic, i.e. you may have to bend further, but have far more control.And the sustain is just incredible, and ever-so-slightly colored by the heavy resonant mahogany body and set mahogany neck.Add the Yamaha take on P-90 pickups, which has a very good bite to them with excellent treble, and can get really loud if you pick hard, but are less microphonic and noisy than original P-90s.The build quality is just excellent. No rough fret edges or sticky pots or rattling tuners on this one. If there's one thing Yamaha does exceedingly well, it's build quality.The retro look, and a green that's so dark that it's almost black against the cream binding, pickups and scratch plate is just classy.If there are some minor niggles, those would be:- Weight. It's hefty. Then again, a big slab of mahogany is going to have some mass.- Tuner ratio. The tuners are very smooth and good, but the ratio is somewhat high for fine tuning.- Lack of case. Yamaha doesn't even make a Revstar case. I hope this will change.- The back of the neck needs a little bit of high grit sanding to become faster.- The bass attenuation pull switch might not work so well for this particular model. If using P-90s and a trapeze tailpiece, it's unlikely that you want to roll off bass, and more likely that you want the full tonal spectrum. It doesn't hurt either, but on this model, using it for a phase switch would have made more sense.But overall, wow. It's a lot of guitar for the money, and for old school blues and jazz-blues, I'd take this over an SG standard with P-90s any day. It's that good. Add a drive pedal and go into a clean tube amp, and you have some of the best sound you can ever attain. Really, don't let "Yamaha" lead you into thinking this is like a beginner's guitar. It certainly is not.
Music background: Multi-instrumental, songwriter
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Yamaha, Yamaha Solidbody Guitars