Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen signature Stratocaster model ST72-86DSC in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, finished in Sonic Blue. Made in Japan at the famed Fujigen factory, this '72 reissue Strat has both the exceptional feel and tone for which Fender Japan is known and is a discontinued, non-export model designed for sale only within Japan. This early example was produced years prior to Yngwie's signature being added to the headstock face.
The guitar features a pair of USA-made DiMarzio HS-3 (DP117) stacked single coil pickups in the neck and bridge positions, with Fender Japan's ST-Current single coil in the middle position. The Dimarzio DP117s offers hum-free performance with a broad low end that's warm and tight with a smooth, glassy treble response. These qualities combine perfectly with a heavily distorted amp, because the sound won’t get muddy or messy, and the DP117 boasts a staggered pole piece design. Weighing 7lbs 4oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Yngwie Strat with low action, accurate intonation, and 9-42 strings.
The maple neck has a slender, shred-worthy C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The slender frets on the 10" radius fretboard show only light flattening of the crowns beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-5, and the board is more shallowly scalloped compared to later examples. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the large '70s-style headstock has the correct block logo, dual string trees and chrome Gotoh tuning machines. The "Made in Japan" text and J-prefix serial number are present just above the three-bolt F neck plate. The factory ST72-86DSC model stamps are intact on the neck heel and in the pocket.
All of the electronics work as they should with the stock pickup configuration comprising a pair USA-made Dimarzio DP117s in the neck and bridge positions, with an "ST-Current" middle pickup. The solder joints are untouched, with a five-way pickup selector switch and full-size pots which date to 1990. The pickup covers and knobs show varying degrees of aging, while the three-ply pickguard is bright white. The chrome hardware is clean, and the guitar has a vibrato with a full-size diecast block, responding effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles.
The Sonic Blue gloss finish is remarkably well-kept with a distinctive yellow tinge pushing the color towards Surf Green. Cosmetic wear is limited to localized pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard, a few minor scuffs and nicks on the body parameter, and sparingly little wear on the top and back. The smooth gloss finish on the profile shows only a few shallow marks, mostly clustered behind frets 7-10.
A gigbag is included.