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1994 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster ST72-110DSC Olympic White, Japan MIJ w/ USA Dimarzio DP217

$2,099.99

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Up for sale, a 1994 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen signature Stratocaster model ST72-110DSC in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 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 model comes stock with a scalloped maple fretboard, brass nut, super jumbo fretwire, and DiMarzio single coil pickups. This early example was produced prior to Yngwie's signature being added to the headstock face.

The guitar features USA-made DiMarzio HS-4 (DP217) single coils in the neck and middle positions, with an upgraded (and perfectly complimentary) YJM signature Fury STK-S10B single coil in the bridge position. The Dimarzio DP217s 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 DP217 boasts Fender spec staggering of the pole pieces, setting it apart from the HS-3/DP117. The STK-S10B bridge pickup has custom length alnico V rod magnets and a unique coil architecture for the perfect balance of sweet fluidity and articulation. Designed to handle Yngwie’s chordal onslaught, it delivers a precise, articulate response that has just the right amount of high end without sounding harsh or brittle.  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 .800” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The super jumbo frets on the 10" radius fretboard retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns and zero wear, and the deeply scalloped fretboard allows notes to bend further and more cleanly without issue. The original brass nut measures 1.650" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"), and the large '70s-style headstock has the correct block logo and original Schaller-made Fender F tuners. The "Made in Japan" text and N-prefix serial number are present just above the three-bolt F neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should with a trio of USA-made Dimarzios coupled to a five-way pickup selector switch. The plastic parts show uniform aging, and the chrome hardware has plenty of shine. The guitar has a die cast tremolo block, and the vibrato responds effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The Olympic White gloss finish shows some scattered minor dings on the body parameter, extending faintly to the bass-side lower bout on top, with a few additional minor scuffs on the back and a faint rectangular sticker tan line on the treble side lower bout. The ambered gloss on the neck profile shows a few shallow marks central to the profile carve behind fret 7 and is otherwise silky smooth with palm wear down to the bare maple on the fretboard edges.

The original Fender Japan exclusive black tolex hardshell case is included. The case features a green plush interior, small Fender badge on the exterior, and functional latches.