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Price: $1,699.99 (list)
Info: usa.yamaha.com

MOD ROCKER

Yamaha's Revstar RSP20CR

H

aving spent the last 120 years perfecting
righteous guitar tones, Yamaha has set out to
increase their coolness quotient. The design of their
latest guitar line - the Revstar Series - was inspired
by café racer motorcycles popular in 1960s London.
Made in Japan, the RSP20CR is a handsome
retro machine with all the comforts of modern rock
and roll. Bearing a slight resemblance to Yamaha's
classic SG2000, the RCP20CR has its own rugged
thumbprint.

A push/pull Dry switch functions as
a low-cut filter or EQ knob, allowing
the player to roll off the bottom end of
the guitar's vintage-output alnico humbuckers. This result is single-coil or P90
flavors without the hum. Judicious use
of the pickup selector's three positions
results in an abundance of smoky blues
or heavy rock.
With a scale length of 24.75" and a neck

VOICES NOT IN
YOUR HEAD
Fishman's Fluence Greg Koch
Gristle-Tone Pickups

I

n 2014, Fishman introduced their Fluence
line with the goal of combining vintage tone
with freedom from the inductance problems
that impact even the most hallowed vintage
pickups. Rather than traditional windings,
Fluence pickups incorporate two 48-layer
boards, seemingly resulting in zero noise.
Designed with input from guitar
virtuoso Greg Koch, the innovative
Gristle-Tone addition to the Fluence series offers both classic whiteguard and blackguard
Tele voicings sans the 60-cycle hum issues.
Designed to be installed without requiring
permanent modifications, the Gristle-Tone set
comprises a a drop-in control plate with threeway switch, pots, jack and cup, and a Fluence
rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. The
only noticeable difference from a traditional
Tele plate is a flush voice selector button between the Volume and Tone controls. The
internal battery pack connects to a USB port

Price: $349.95 (street)
Info: fishman.com

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radius of 13.75", its setneck design, rosewood fingerboard, mahogany
body, and comfort cut make the RSP20CR a
breeze to manhandle. It's slightly weighty, but
the feel and access to the upper frets makes
this the kind of guitar one could get lost in.
With jumbo frets, die-cast tuners, TonePros
AVT-II bridge, antique-finish pickup covers,
and an anodized pickguard, it's strikingly cool
yet high-functioning.
Plugged into a two-channel half stack reveals
a dark rustic countenance. Its warm tones and
facile neck shape makes this an inspiring guitar
to conjure favorite classic-rock riffs or modern
blues soloing. The Dry switch is subtle but a
nice touch when you need a P90 dialect. The
pickups yield earthy grit with crunch, but clean
up nicely to expose a bit of twangy nasality.
The Revstar RCP20CR is a super-cool guitar
- an old soul with modern appointments. It
rocks, it snarls, and its looks provide just the
right amount of individuality. - Oscar Jordan
discreetly mounted in the jack plate for easy
recharging (Fishman claims that rechargeable
battery life is 250 hours; the set was tested for
for hours without any degradation of signal).
The test pickups came installed in a Fender
Custom Shop Tele that was played through
a '66 Fender Vibrolux Reverb and a 1965
Vox AC30. The Gristle-Tone-equipped Tele
played nicely with the usually noisy AC30
and sounded the same at any volume level.
Through the low-noise Fender amp and
with the voice-select button in the "out"
(whiteguard) position, the Gristle-Tones
provided a variety of usable clean tones. The
setting would be ideal for both clean and airy
rhythm work or twangy Bakersfield tones
reminiscent of Don Rich.
The real fun, however, began with the
voice-select button in the "in" (blackguard) position. The tone was instantly
fattened and sustain increased, all while
retaining the Tele twang. Rhythm tones
retained the trademark Tele clarity,
and single-note soloing was juicy and
delicious, with harmonic richness that
seemed to lead to the next note.
Offering modern convenience and
flexibility while retaining classic Tele
tones are these pickups' calling cards.
Indeed, the Gristle-Tones may offer both
clean and hot tones, but rest assured -
those multiple voices most certainly are
not in your head. - Tom Guerra

VINTAGE GUITAR


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