Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen signature Stratocaster model ST71-140YM in showroom clean condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case, all hangtags, and Dimarzio Cliplock strap. This Yngwie model is a premium iteration, with the exceptional feel and tone for which Fender Japan is known. This is also 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.
The guitar features USA-made DiMarzio DP217 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, and a smooth, glassy treble response that has a hair more presence than the HS-3 (DP117) Yngwie pickups. These qualities combine perfectly with a heavily distorted amp, because the sound won’t get muddy or messy, and the basswood body ensures a balanced, neutral platform for the pickups. Weighing 7lbs 5oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Strat with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .795” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The super jumbo frets on the 10" radius fretboard retain their full factory height, practically perfect with well-rounded crowns. The original brass nut measures 41mm in width (just a hair shy of 1 5/8") and the large '70s-style headstock has the correct block logo, Yngwie's signature, and original Schaller-made Fender F tuners. The "Crafted in Japan" text and P-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the original neck and middle pickups and a brand new replacement Dimarzio DP217 bridge pickup (the original is also included, albeit in need of a rewind). The wiring harness is untouched, with full-size 250k pots. Plastics include a bright white three-ply pickguard, with the original trio of knobs and uniform aging of the two Dimarzio pickup covers. The bridge shows just a dusting of surface patina on the saddles, and 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 Olympic White gloss finish is factory abbreviated YWH (Yellow White), as it's a purposefully yellowed iteration that closely matches Yngwie's vintage Strats, and there's barely a scratch on the high gloss. This guitar has been babied since new and is virtually unplayed.
This is a rare Fender Japan Yngwie model with a scalloped fretboard, USA DiMarzio pickups, brass nut, clean super jumbo frets, and a gloss Olympic White finish.
The original tweed Fender-branded hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar. The case even retains its protective factory plastic over the brown leather handle. All hangtags are included as well, including the serialized certificate stamped with the model number, and the Dimarzio Cliplock strap is also present.