Up for sale, a 2005 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen signature Stratocaster model ST71-140YM in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case. This is a premium iteration of the Yngwie Strat platform, 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 boasts a scalloped maple fretboard, brass nut, super jumbo fretwire, and an upgraded set of Fender USA Noiseless pickups.
The upgraded trio of Fender Noiseless pickups offer a traditional range of Strat tonalities from sparkling snap to bell-like chime, all without any hum! Weighing 7lbs 9oz, this Strat has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation and fresh 9-42 strings.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .795” deep at the 1st fret and .885” at the 12th. The super jumbo frets on the 10" radius fretboard retain their full factory height, practically perfect with well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. 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 Schaller-made Fender F tuners. The "Crafted in Japan" text and R-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the USA Fender Noiseless pickups are wired to the original harness with full-size 250k pots and a five-way switch. Plastics include a bright white three-ply pickguard, and cream knobs and pickup covers. 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 factory abbreviated YWH (Yellow White), as it's a purposefully yellowed iteration of Olympic White that closely matches Yngwie's vintage Strats. Cosmetic wear is limited to one tiny shallow nick on top behind the bridge, and a few light scuffs on the pickguard and rear tremolo cavity cover. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original tweed Fender-branded hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar.