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1996 Fender Custom Edition Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster ST72-140YM Yellow White, Japan MIJ


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Up for sale, a 1996 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen signature Stratocaster Custom Edition model ST72-140YM in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for upgraded USA-made CTS pots. From the second year of Yngwie's official endorsement with Fender Japan, this Fujigen factory-made model was the highest tiered iteration available, produced by a select team at Fender Japan's Custom Shop under the "Custom Edition" banner. A discontinued, non-export model designed for sale only within Japan, this Yngwie Strat features a scalloped maple fretboard, brass nut, super jumbo fretwire, and DiMarzio single coil pickups.

The guitar features USA-made DiMarzio HS-3 (DP117) single coils in the neck and bridge positions, and a Fender Japan ST-Vintage single coil in the middle. The Dimarzios 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 as Dimarzio puts it, the HS-3 is the, "weapon of choice for Strat-powered classical metal." Featherweight at just 7lbs, this Yngwie Strat has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The scalloped maple fretboard has a 10” radius and retains the pristine stock super jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2”, and the original brass nut measures 41mm in width (just shy of 1 5/8”). The large 70s-style headstock has the correct block logo, Yngwie’s signature, and “Fender Custom Edition” decal on the back. The Schaller-built F-stamped tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Made in Japan” text and U-prefix serial number are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the trio of pickups are wired to a harness with the original five-way switch and two upgraded USA-made CTS pots. Plastics include a bright white three-ply pickguard and gently aged pickup covers and knobs. The tremolo has a full-size steel block for optimal sustain and clarity, responding effortlessly for deep dives and expressive warbles, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. The chrome plating on the hardware is notably clean on the bridge base and jack cup, with light patina across the saddles.

The gloss finish is abbreviated YWH (Yellow White), as it's a purposefully yellowed iteration of Olympic White that closely matches Yngwie's vintage Strats. This is a particularly well-kept example, with cosmetic wear limited to a handful of pinhead-sized dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.

A gigbag is included. The pull tabs have fallen off both zippers, but the case is secure and can still be zippered shut.