The Tokyo Hiro Custom Revstar has been an interesting experiment…to see what happens when a “world-class guitar luthier & designer” gets together with a “rock
star tattoo artist” to design the ultimate one-of-a-kind Revstar…from scratch! Besides the unique RS guitar shape, the sky was the limit with the customization plans for this guitar and the results are stunning. You can see and feel the artistic integrity and care that went into designing this guitar, the proof is in the details.
This guitar is no ordinary production model; it was built from hand-selected tonewoods, unique hardware and high-end electronics by Yamaha Guitars designer / luthier Pat Campolattano, who was recently featured in Bass Musician Magazine’s “Year of the Luthier” article. Pat’s designs have recently graced the covers of popular guitar and bass magazines showcasing John Patitucci and Tony Kanal custom built instruments.
Phoenix Custom Guitar
The artwork that Tokyo Hiro hand painted on this custom RS is that of a classic Japanese style phoenix. “The phoenix (hou-ou in Japanese) in Japanese mythology shares similar characteristics with the rest of the world” states Hiro. “They are seen as symbols of transformation, triumph over obstacles, loyalty, rebirth, and renewal. Similar to the chrysanthemum flower, the phoenix is a symbol of the Japanese emperor.”
“The guitar was an unfinished white wood body and neck that I routed for our specs (bridge/tuners/pickups/etc)” chimes in Pat. “The custom features include Custom Champagne Gold metallic Nitro Finish, Hand Carved Scalloped Bone Nut, Kluson Tuners with Tullip Buttons, Thorn Staple Top GT90 Bridge Pickup and Jescar Stainless Steel Frets!”
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