1989 Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster with Maple Fretboard - Vintage White

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1989 Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Strat - Early Features!

Please read the entire listing! There is a great deal of myth and erroneous info about the Malmsteen Strats, their variations and features. I have done considerable research to present to you an accurate depiction of what I have learned. I welcome comments and input. These are, after all, unique and desirable guitars... First, you all can debate and argue if this guitar is a 1990 or a 1989-- personally, I subscribe to the idea that the pot codes indicate the actual build year for the guitar itself. Often times, in production, the necks are manufactured, stamped, and added later... as you can see, we have '89 pots and an April '90 neck stamp. Either way, it is an earlier build. What really matters are the features.... and the condition + originality.

With serial# SE803498 ("SE8..." was used for a number of years-- you MUST pull the neck and date the pot codes for accuracy) and a neck date of April 9, 1990, this early Signature Edition Strat still has most the first edition Malmsteen features (they've changed considerably over 4 distinct versions, but are still made, and sell for $1750, without near the mojo this one has... I think it's PERFECT in vibe! By the way, 1988 was first year of issue, and it was one of the first signature Strats Fender did, along with the Clapton.

Here, we have, I believe, the best early color (Candy Apple Red is also pretty cool), but the "vintage white" finish here has an even richer, darker patina from 30 years+ of age (it's been mostly in its case, though). You can see how the poly finish has darkened by looking at the pic with the PG removed and the contrasting white plastic. It does not have that "banana-yellow" tint of some of the newer ones (ugh). This early one has the small 50's style headstock w/ spag logo, American standard 2-point tremolo; scalloped maple 21-fret fingerboard (the scalloping was less severe and the frets narrower on earlier models); DiMarzio pickups without the ugly logos on the covers, thank-you (HS-3’s in bridge and neck with vintage Fender American Standard PU in middle, which you are supposed to lower all the way down to the pickguard to minimize it a bit). There is some cloth wire, and the CTS pots; no bullet truss rod yet; the 1 11/16 brass nut of course (one of the constant features), stock Fender vintage Kluson-style tuners on this particular one (these tuners are the only ones EVER on this neck, no DiMarzio's, which you find on the 88's); 5-way switch; 3-ply pickguard with no pull (it is still totally flat to the body).

Now... this puppy is conservatively in EX 8.5+/10 condition -- there are a few minor dings on bottom, a little paint loss on corners of chrome parts (bridge, neck plate). I count 3 tiny dings on front and only 1 ding on back, plus a bit of belt buckle in the back scratch guard only. Some player wear, although frets and neck are very very clean... especially for a maple fingerboard (you know how they tend to look when played a bit). In fact, I just noticed some really nice figuring in the maple on the front of the neck--I've seen this on other earlier YMS's)... I believe (and I know something, after doing this for 30 years) that the guitar is 100% stock, including the CTS double-stack pots dated week 36, 1989. These have the TBX tone controls (treble-bass expander) feature, like the Clapton strats.  All electronics are fine, no scratchy pots or issues. The guitar could use new strings (they were put on when Yngwie was a pup) and a proper setup, but plays great, even for a hack like me, but I'd never get used to the scallops (I do eat them once in a while, however, usually with a dry Chablis) ;)

It has original tweed case that is in VG condition (it houses the tremolo arm. a hex wrench, and a well-used 80's Fender strap, which I will include).   Plus! I will throw in a special BONUS:   the June 1988 Guitar World magazine that features Yngwie holding this guitar on the front cover.   


Yes, you can get a new Malmsteen w/ Seymour-Duncans for $1750... but for not much more, you are getting a 100%-original collectible with 30 years of vintage mojo on an early version of this significant Fender release... for not that much more money. Lastly, I've had immense interest in this guitar-- sold 4x now-- people who do not follow through. You can call it "too high priced", if you want... it is my price, and I'm sticking to it. I've seen similar sell for $2500, w/o the "extras".  As they say... "it is what it is".   This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

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Listed2 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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