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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Strat Electric Guitar   

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The Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Strat Electric Guitar has his trademark scalloped fretboard, a brass nut, two DiMarzio YJM pickups, a DiMarzio HS-3, spec...Read More

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The Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Strat Electric Guitar has his trademark scalloped fretboard, a brass nut, two DiMarzio YJM pickups, a DiMarzio HS-3, special neck shape, late '60s large headstock, and a mint-green pickguard. It also has Schaller vintage F machine heads, medium-jumbo frets, a synchronized tremolo, and aged plastic parts. Of course, the Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Strat is all built on the Strat-standard alder body and maple neck.

  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Scalloped fretboard
  • Brass nut
  • 2 DiMarzio YJM pickups
  • DiMarzio HS-3
  • Malmsteen-specified neck shape
  • Late '60s large headstock
  • Mint-green pickguard
  • Schaller vintage F machine heads
  • Medium-jumbo frets
  • Synchronized tremolo
  • Aged plastic parts

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Great Guitar That I Was Skeptical On

By tommyguitar

from CA

I purchased online without ever playing YM Fender, just to add to my Signature Series Strat collection and that is would be different - love that antique White look personally with Rosewood neck. The first 5-minutes of playing, I though...Low volume output and weird to play on scallop the color..., but I think I' sell this guitar, which I never do. Came from work, and gave more adequate time - maybe 30-45 minutes and now I'm used to scallops and plug into a more overdriven amp then my Blues JR Tweed that I only used a Fulltone Overdrive pedal and now the beast has come alive and it's a keeper. What I still don't like that much is the pickups playing an ultra clean tube sound. If you're looking to play SLIGHTLY overdriven music, I have other models like Eric Johnson, John Mayer, EC, Jeff Beck, etc that are better.


Best Guitar Out...

By Yngwie Malmsteen

from Bolton, CT

I heard about this guitar from one of my friends. He told me the guitar was a good guitar but not for my style of playing (metal, hardcore, ect.) but I picked up this guitar and was stunned with the playability. It was simply amazing it has so much gain and the way the scalloped neck felt was amazing. It pretty much made the guitar. I love this guitar and hope to get one because I absolutly love the way this plays and sounds. I LOVE YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN!!!!


Your New Favorite Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I am so impressed with the way this plays it's not even funny. No, I had never played a 'scalloped' neck before, but I took a chance. And I'm glad I did. Keep in mind you will need to take this guitar to have it set up right(lower the action, adjust intonation, all that good stuff). Now, with the guitar set to my likings, it's just amazing. This guitar is really fun to play; It has increased my practice time three fold on inspiration alone; This is a quality, well made Fender, and for the price it's just insane not to pick one up. The neck is comfortable and playable everywhere. There is no 'one part' of the guitar that doesn't play as good as the others; All your classic/neo-classical rock/metal tones can be obtained here; It's maybe not the best for thrash, but works fine for anything else. I guess the bottom line is it's a really well made guitar that is a joy to play. If you have ever been on the fence about a scalloped neck, this would be a great opportunity. I can't imagine you would regret it...



By Ultimateshredder

from Atlanta, GA

I got this guitar about a year a go and its the best, I have 7 electrics and still this is the best. The scallop frets make it easyer to bend not for speed. If you get this guitar i would up a Dimarzio Super Distortion in for the bridge pick up, I did that and it sounds so much better.


Everything I Hoped It Would Be...

By Matt-OrVb4

from LaFayette, GA

Received my YJM last week. I wanted to get a good feel of this guitar before writing a review. I purchased the Vintage White/Maple Fretboard model. It is a stunning guitar! I had reviewed all of the guitar's features, i.e.-- scalloped neck, vintage trem, 21 frets, alder body, stacked singles in the bridge position.I must be honest and state that I did a foolish thing when I purchased this guitar. I had never played a scalloped neck before -- ever! But I did a LOT of research and read a lot of previous reviews. I was concerned that I did not have that 'light touch' I had read was absolutely needed in order to keep the guitar from going out of tune when chording (or so the theory goes).Well, I can prayerfully give thanks that this guitar was everything I hoped it would be. I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS AT ALL WITH THE SCALLOPED NECK! It was so comfortable to play. The guitar tends to bring out more creativity as I play. I think the warnings about aquiring a light-touch are apropo IF, that is, one has a tendency to play serious thrash or brutal guitar playing, and have never developed a proper technique to begin with.If you are like me, and are seriously looking to invest in this instrument, do not let the scalloped neck scare you away! I have never been more pleased with the feel, the playability, the tone, and the look of any guitar -- until now.I'm not a shredder at all. I can do a 'few' legato-type runs, but my style is more reminiscent of a staccato-styled player (ala Billy Gibbons). This guitar covers ALL the bases tonally. I love the YJM and HS3 pickups. The the bridge pickups are stacked, they are still voiced and appear as single-coils. To my knowledge, they are not stacked humbuckers, but stacked single-coils. The fact that they are stacked gives the guitar much more bite tonally and cancels out all typical Strat hum.But make no mistake, this is a Strat through and through. The neck pup is to die for (Think Hendrix, or even certain Malmsteen settings). The thing plays like butter. I rarely use the middle pup, but do not agree with Malmsteen himself that it is useless. Its good, too.Featuring a 70s-styled headstock & Schaller tuners, you simply cannot go wrong with this versatile, gorgeous guitar. Kudos to Malmsteen . For blues-rock guitarists, there simply is nothing I can fathom better!


Fun guitar

By The Captain-N4siu

from holyoke, MA

There are plenty of reviews here describing the guitar's features, you know what they are. Mine is white w/ rosewood and has become my favorite player. I own MANY guitars including a few high end shredder models. This Fender has a certain vibe to it that makes it hard to put down! I also tune down a 1/2 step but I put on a set of 10's and replaced the E with a 9, seems more stable now. This was my first scalloped fretboard and it took no time at all to adjust to it. Bending is my strength and this guitar gives you total control over the note! The sound in your head is easily translated to your fingers, fun to play! This is YJM's signature model so I won't complain about any of it's features, it's his guitar. I would prefer a 12" radius but it's not my model. The pickups sound great distorted but because they are low output I have no clean sound when I click off my pedal, the volume drops off too much for me to use this guitar in my cover band. I have put in a hotter pickup but I ended up putting in the HS3 again because it sounds the best. To play clean I have to step on my EQ for a clean boost or roll down the volume and play half dirty. Whenever its time to practice I grab the YJM, it has released a new level of creativity for me. It's not the easiest guitar I own but it's the most fun! Try one if you can! These guitars also hold their value very well, hard to find a deal on a used one! I will buy another with maple board when I sell off some now unplayed guitars! Truely unique guitar that will be around for a long time, I wish I bought one years ago!


Nice Guitar

By kernel kOrN

from Mobile, AL

I just bought a second one. I have one candy apple red and one vintage white. Both have rosewood fingerboards. The vintage saddles suck. I have replaced mine with graph tech vintage strat saddles. They add a lot of sustain and look really cool. I like the brass nut but hate the way the treble strings bind in it. GHS makes a good nut lubricant called GraphitAll that works great. It helped eliminate my tuning problems especially when using the tremelo. Mine had a little nick in it when I got it. I figure it's gonna get dinged up anyways so no big deal. The case is real nice and the extras are pretty cool. Overall it's a great guitar and a good value. I wouldn't play anything else.


Great Guitar

By Js90Lx

from Watkinsville, GA

This guitar sounds awesome and looks awesome. The build quality is top notch. At 1st it would not stay in tune using the bar much but Big Bends Nut Sauce took care of that. Action is perfect right out of the box. The scallops do help for bends and vibrato. I did not have to get use to the fretboard just felt natural to me. This guitar is a better value than my Les Paul Classic. I would buy this guitar again.


Won't be playing my other guitars now!

By sparky rayvaughn

from Houston, TX

Great sounds, traditional strat or heavy rockin' strat. Excellent quality construction, fast playing neck!


A must if you want to play like a pro!

By 80sGuy

from Los Angeles, CA

This guitar will certainly improve your chops. I have own the very first USA (1988) YJM Stratocaster and still play to this day. What I like most about this guitar is the alder body which puts out a solid resonance whether playing clean or through a Marshall at full shred. Also the DiMarzios really filter out the unwanted noises. I like to switch guitars back and forth within my playing time (Les Paul, '72 re-issue Strat) and what a difference it made on my shredding playing the guitar playing was certainly alot easier in terms of technical phrasing and above all, feel, after building up with the scalloped neck Strat. I have total control over other non scalloped neck guitars.

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