U.S. Signature Stratocaster, 1998 Model
Fender’s website introduces the new model thusly: “Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen first hit the U.S. music scene through a Guitar Player Spotlight column and from there, hit the ground running. From his days in the 80’s rock scene to sold-out performances showcasing his classical influences and prodigious technique, Yngwie has remained truly one of a kind.”

The 1998 model incorporates Yngwie’s customization of heavy (Dunlop 6000) frets and a large 60’s-style headstock. These models have the YJM pickup as well as the HS-3.

Body: Alder
Neck: 1-piece maple with 60’s large headstock
Machine Heads: Schaller “F” tuners
Fretboard: Rosewood or maple, scalloped (9.5″ radius/241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Pickups: 2 DiMarzio YJM (neck & mid), 1 DiMarzio HS-3 (bridge)
Controls: Volume, Tone, “No Load” Tone (bridge & mid)
Tremolo: Vintage
Pickup Switching: 3-way selector
Pickguard: mint green
Special: Aged parts, brass nut
Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
Neck Width at Nut: 1.650″ (42 mm)
Fender Case: Tweed