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1990 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster ST72-86DSC Yellow White, Japan MIJ w/ USA Dimarzio DP117


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Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen signature Stratocaster model ST72-86DSC with a scalloped fretboard, USA-made Dimarzio pickups, and a "Yellow White" gloss finish. 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 8oz 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 medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with modest shoulder and a hair more heft further up the fretboard, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 12th. The slender frets on the scalloped 10" radius fretboard have grooves beneath the wound strings, primarily near the nut, with wear extending more lightly until fret 12. Wear beneath the plain strings is more restrained, tapering off by fret 8. The upgraded carved bone nut measures 42.5mm in width (just shy of 1 11/16"), 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 G-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 February of 1990. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, with only light surface patina on the block saddles and jack cup, and the vibrato has a full-size diecast block, responding effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles. Original plastics comprise the three-ply white pickguard, with uniformly aged knobs and deeper yellowing of the middle pickup cover in particular.

The Yellow White gloss finish sports its original factory-yellowed shade of Olympic White, with various dings on the body perimeter, largely concentrated along the lower bout, and more restrained wear on the top and back, also comprising some dings and finish scuffs. There is also an extra filled strap button mounting hole on the treble-side body horn. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss with a few shallow marks, primarily behind frets 1-3 and palm wear through the finish on the profile edges and one finish chip on the fretboard beyond the 21st fret.

A modern padded Fender-branded gigbag is included.