Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Signature USA-made Stratocaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case. One of the rarest iterations of the Yngwie Strat platform and the very first manufactured by Fender USA, this guitar boasts all the essential "Version 1" features including a small Pre-CBS-style headstock shape, brass nut, scalloped fretboard, Dimarzio HS-3/DP117 stacked coil humbuckers in the bridge and neck positions, TBX tone controls, and a two-point vibrato unit. And while most Yngwie models have maple fretboards and a white gloss finish, this example is visually and sonically distinct with its slab rosewood fretboard and custom color Candy Apple Red nitro lacquer finish.
The HS-3 stacked coil pickups are, according to Dimarzio, the "weapon of choice for Strat-powered classical metal since the early 1980s." Far from being a high-output monster, the HS-3 delivers a smooth sound with sweet overdrive characteristics, qualities which combine perfectly with a heavily distorted amp. These Dimarzios are paired with an American Standard Strat pickup in the middle position, nearly flush with the pickguard just like Yngwie likes it and out of the pick path. The pair of stacked TBX tone pots round out the electronics, and from 0-5, the TBX is a standard tone control, but from 5-10 the resistance decreases, allowing more bass, treble, presence and output to flow to your amp. This alder-bodied Fender weighs 8lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a medium C profile carve at the nut with notably round shoulders, gaining additional heft and chunk as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has shallower scalloping than many other Yngwie models while still providing the desired effect, and these C-shaped scallops are uniform in depth as you travel up the fretboard. The slender, vintage-spec fretwire shows no wear, playing cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The brass nut measures 1.650" in width, and the headstock features Yngwie's signature on the face, fitted with Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly. The SE-prefix serial number is intact on the back of the headstock, and the neck heel and pocket retain all of the Fender factory stamps and date codes, the most legible of which is from November, 1991.
The electronics are completely original with untouched solder joints and CTS pots that date to the 39th week of '91. Hardware includes the two-point Fender/Schaller vibrato with steel saddles, and this modern vibrato engages easily for deep dives and expressive gestures. The gloss Candy Apple Red nitro lacquer finish has a slightly coppery tint, and the lacquer has gently settled into the grain of the body, exhibiting a couple shallow marks between the neck plate and rear tremolo cavity cover, and sparingly little additional wear on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss on the neck profile highlights light flame figuring, and there is an isolated spot of finish flaking on the back of the headstock beyond where the palm contacts the profile.
The original tweed G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included.