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1987 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster ST57-140YM Order Made Olympic White, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1987 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster model ST57-140YM in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An Order Made, non-catalog iteration of the Yngwie Malmsteen '57 Stratocaster model, this guitar is exceedingly rare and by far the earliest example of this model we've ever encountered, produced many years before Fender Japan's official endorsement with Malmsteen. This Fujigen factory-made model has both the exceptional feel and tone for which Fender Japan is known, featuring a scalloped maple fretboard, DiMarzio single coil pickups, E-prefix serial number, and pencil dated neck heel.

The guitar features a trio of USA-made DiMarzio HS-3 (DP117) single coils. The Dimarzios offers hum-free performance with a broad low end that's warm and tight and a smooth, glassy treble response. These qualities combine perfectly with a heavily distorted amp, because the sound won’t get muddy or messy, and as Dimarzio puts it, the HS-3 is the, "weapon of choice for Strat-powered classical metal." Weighing 7lbs 5oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Strat with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.

The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with modest shoulder and a fast feel, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th, not accounting for the factory scalloping. The original slender frets show only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4, extending beneath the B until fret 7. The scalloping favors the treble side of the board from frets 1-5, with a “graduated” scalloping on each fret until the octave, where the groove is most shallow just beyond the fret, growing deeper as you approach the subsequent fret, with more uniform C-shaped scalloping from the octave and beyond. The original nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the '50s-style headstock has the correct "spaghetti" Fender logo and original Kluson-style tuners. The E-prefix serial number and "Made in Japan" text is present just above the four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate, and the neck heel is pencil dated 7-4-87.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the Dimarzio pickups are wired to full-size pots which date to May of 1987. The original plastics are clean and white, and the chrome has plenty of shine, with a vibrato that features a full-size block for optimal sustain and clarity. The vibrato responds effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The Olympic White finish is a more yellowed, saturated shade from the factory, and cosmetic wear includes various small nicks and dings, primarily on the back and body parameter, with a few minor marks on top as well, with vibrato arm wear behind the bridge. The neck gloss is smooth and deeply ambered, exhibiting just a few minor marks on the profile length.

A Fender-branded gigbag is included.