Fender USA Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster Olympic White 1994
Fender Yngwie Strat, olympic white, made in USA 1994. The Malmsteen signature model was one of the first signature model Fender guitars ever produced, debuting in 1988. This one was made a handful of years later in 1994 in the then still pretty fresh Corona factory in California. It's not the superstrat speed machine you might expect from an eighties era shred star: it's vey closely based on Yngwie's personal collection of fifties Strats in terms of the body contours and configuration. There's a couple of major points of difference: a brass nut for added brightness, boost/cut tone knobs, a two-point tremolo and most obviously, a scalloped fretboard. The scallops mean you can fret a note with less tension, which allows for faster movement. It also increases the sustain and clarity of a note and allows for massive 2-3 tone bends without fretting out. If you've got a light touch and good control, you'll really enjoy the added nuance and speed the scallops offer. The Dimarzio stacked pickups are crisp, clear and sparkly, with a pleasing balance between a singing top end and a fast, assertive low end. They're a vintage style low-moderate output, but there's a lovely clarity on offer that lends lead lines a certain sonic pop. Being almost thirty years old, the olympic white finish has yellowed considerably and is sporting a swell lemon cheesecake hue, which looks great. I'm a big fan of this guitar, it's a whole lot of fun to play and has a certain swagger to it.
Model: Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster
Made: USA, neck date 5 May 1994, Corona factory (serial SE928725)
Finish: pearl yellow white (PWH), 1-ply white guard
Neck: one piece maple, scalloped fingerboard (factory), moderate '57 profile
Pickups: Dimarzio HBS-3 stacked passive single coils (bridge and neck), Fender American Standard ST Single (middle); all original
Case: original tweed hard case, inc trem arm and docs
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some dimples on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, just some minor dimples on the back only. The back has decent scuff patch near the neck joint, a littel dent on the top horn and some light scuffs along the back edge. The sides have some scuffs and dimples on the elbow area and near the jack. The front has a couple of dimples in the elbow area and behind the bridge, some fade marks where it looks like it might've been signed by someone at some point in the elbow area and some standard play wear and a sticker fade mark on the guard and top horn. Overall: good condition (7/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. The frets have some minor wear but are looking pretty good, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.