Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster Double Neck model STW-230YJM in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Crafted during the golden age of “Made in Japan” production, this Stratocaster is an extremely rare Yngwie model offered under the short-lived Custom Edition banner (which itself was an extension of the ExTrad branding), purportedly limited to as few as 50 pieces. A highly sought after YJM model, this 6/12 double neck has a basswood body, scalloped maple fretboards (yes, on the 12 string too) and the standard Yngwie DiMarzio pickup complement.
This guitar has a lively, articulate acoustic response that provides an ideal platform for the pickups, which comprise 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 sandwiched in between. 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 ensure the sound won’t get muddy or messy, very useful for clear, chiming chords on the twelve-string neck or shred-ready sounds that pair great with heavily distorted amps. Weighing 11lbs 14oz, this STW-120YJM has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece maple necks both have medium C-shaped profile carves with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges. The six-string neck measures .855” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th, and the twelve-string neck is slightly slimmer, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The scalloped fretboards sport 10” radii, with pristine jumbo fretwire, playing cleanly in every register with optimally-adjusted truss rods and straight necks. The scale lengths measure 25 1/2“, and the brass nuts both measure 1.650” (42mm) in width. Both headstocks sport “spaghetti” logos and Yngwie’s signature; the six-string headstock has a small pre-CBS shape, only seen on select YJM Strats, and the Custom Edition decal is present on the back of that headstock. The Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the “Made in Japan” text and T-prefix serial are present on the six-string neck above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints, and the controls comprise a five-way pickup selector switch, independent Volume knobs for each neck, a Master Tone control, and a center detent Balancer knob to toggle between the two necks, located where the second Tone knob would typically sit. Plastics comprise the gently aged quartet of knobs, pickup covers, and large three-ply white pickguard, which exhibits some light scuffing along the strum path. The chrome-plated hardware is notably clean, including the tremolo, jack cup, and the GTC12 12-string bridge.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Yellow White finish is limited to a handful of minor nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the body perimeter. Additionally, there’s some light buckle worming on the back that is mostly contained on the plastic tremolo cavity cover. The smooth satin finishes on the neck profiles are flawless.
The original Fender-branded black hardshell case is included, along with all hangtags and factory paperwork, as well as the original DiMarzio ClipLock locking strap.