A top seller, the Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster® guitar is modeled after Malmsteen's favorite Fender guitar. Features include an alder body, scalloped fingerboard with deeper scalloping, machine screw neck mounting, brass nut, bullet truss rod nut, white/black/white pickguard, original synchronized tremolo and Seymour Duncan® YJM Fury pickups.
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Been playing nearly forty years. No longer professional but feel sufficiently experienced to comment. Own lots of Fenders including a new Eric Johson and a couple of Custom Shop Strats. My YJM Strat was delivered a few hours ago. First impression was that the guitar was very poorly set-up. Fret ends were sharp (not the tang portion but the fret end itself). Strings don't run centre down the neck so I keep pulling the high E off the fretboard (easy fix but I shouldn't have to). Nut is not cut deep enough. Especially the high E. I'll have to get that professionally fixed. Scalloping is great for 'digging in'. Really like it. Sounds great dirty too (though no particular character or sparkle clean and I can see that a five-way would be kind of redundant for that reason). My guitar case was also missing the straplocks. They're being supplied as a follow-up item. I think I'll just need to persist with this guitar. It's not the instant love I felt with my Eric Johnson maple neck (what a wonderful guitar, folks). Anyway, a little more QC and this'd be great too. Thanks. Brian.
Molly owns this item
Wow. the price sure went up on this guitar. I picked mine up brand new in 2008 for $1100. The price has doubled I see...but with good reason (I guess). People like to diss yngwie because he's a bad ass guitar player who is not ashamed to acknowledge that fact, so naturally there'll be a lot of haters and skeptics about this model strat. Yngwie has contributed a lot to what metal is today and it's sad that people just hate on him because he's so good. For me, I did research on the guitar then went to Hot Licks in Aiea to try it out. I was amazed by the feel of the neck and it's ease of playability. When I let my friends play it, they trip out on how good the neck feels as well as the tone. If you play this guitar through a heavily driven big amp, you'll get all kinds of unreal tones and screams out of it (especially with the tremolo). I'm not a shredding-leads kind of guy, but I noticed when you play this guitar, your chops will definitely improve over time due to the scalloped neck. I love this guitar and will keep it for as long as I can.
Ok I tried this guitar as a bit of a joke.
Scalloped frets with no wood supporting the strings? Metal oriented tone?
High supplied action? Relatively low mounted pickups (obviously both of these points are adjustable).
I like dirty guitar sounds but I like a wide range of them so my guitars go from Strats to Jems.
Well I am pleased to report that the design of the guitar combined with the setup makes for a truly versatile guitar.
Yes it can even do clean Strat sounds.
And when you want to shred this guitar is so focused and never harsh sounding.
A real keeper! Complaints? Well the no load tone pot clicks so hard into place that you can't simply roll it back with your little finger - you have to grab it and turn with two fingers and this takes an age to do when you are playing. Fortunately mine was only fitted with one and not two.
goodwood owns this item
I bought my first (of 2) Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Strats a couple of years ago and they are the best guitars I have ever owned. I had the guitars set up with a slightly lower action than the factory setup and it plays like a dream. The tremolo stays in tune which is impressive with a vintage style trem. It took a little while to get used to the scalloped fretboard, as I found I would sometimes push the string off the neck on the high E, but once I was used to it I find it hard to go back to a non-scalloped fretboard. The pickups are quiet and have that full Yngwie tone that any fan of Yngwie's loves and I'm sure anyone with an ear for a good guitar tone would appreciate. Bottom line is that the guitars were worth every cent and with it's versatility it fits any guitar style and really that is what Stratocasters have always been famous for.
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|Model Name:||Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster®, Scalloped Rosewood Fingerboard, Vintage White|
|Neck Finish:||Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Super Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Pearl Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Bullet Style|
|Headstock:||Artist Signature on Headstock|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Vintage-Style|
|Bridge Pickup:||Seymour Duncan® STK-S10B YJM Fury|
|Middle Pickup:||Seymour Duncan® STK-S10N YJM Fury|
|Neck Pickup:||Seymour Duncan® STK-S10N YJM Fury|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. No-Load Tone Control (Middle and Bridge Pickups)|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Middle Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||American Vintage|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender Vintage "F" Stamped|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Switch Tips:||Aged White|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bullets® 3250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Special Refined '60's Shape Neck, Machine Screw Neck Mounting Inserts, Bullet Truss Rod Nut, Scalloped Fingerboard, Flush Mounted Dunlop® Straplok® System Strap Retainers, Modified Body Contours, Brass Nut, Large '60s Styled Headstock, Dunlop 6000 Jumbo Fretwire, Aged Pickup Covers, Aged Plastic Parts|
|Included Accessories:||Vintage Tweed Case, Yngwie Malmsteen Strap, Cable|
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