Up for sale, a 1993 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen signature Stratocaster model ST72-86DSC in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, finished in Olympic White. 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 8lbs 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 .925” at the 12th. The slender frets on the scalloped 10" radius fretboard show only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. 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 O-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 March of 1993. The pickup covers and knobs show light aging, while the three-ply pickguard is bright white with some requisite pick marks. The chrome hardware shows only light surface patina on the block saddles, and the guitar has a vibrato with a full-size diecast block, responding effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles.
The Olympic White gloss finish is its original yellowed factory shade, with a couple tiny spots of raised finish along the bass-side edge of the pickguard. Wear is otherwise limited to some scattered minor marks where the forearm crosses the top and on the lower bout body edge, while the back is surprisingly clean. The neck profile has a silky smooth nigh flawless gloss finish with just a couple small nicks on the fretboard edges.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.