Fender Yngwie Malmsteen MN VW

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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen MN VW
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Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Strat
Brian6787 31.08.2014
I bought this guitar recently as I was looking for a classic strat sound with less noise when used with high gain sounds. I was also interested to try a scalloped neck as I've always preferred jumbo frets on other guitars.
I am absolutely delighted with the sound and playability of the guitar (I made a little demo video here showing some of the tones I can get from it scalloped neck takes a little getting used to but I love it and really enjoy the extra grip you get for bending and vibrato.
The only negative thing I can say about the guitar is that there seems to be a mismatch between the string spacing of the bridge (vintage) and the width of the neck (modern slimmer Fender style). This means that the E strings are extremely close to the edge of the neck and I find I regularly pull the high E off the edge when doing pull-offs on that string. I was aware of this limitation though before buying the guitar (I researched a good bit on the web before buying it) so it was not a surprise. Just a little disappointing that Fender have not resolved it. I guess you could learn to get used to it, but in my case I'm going to resolve it myself by changing the bridge to a Callaham after-market bridge. This should also solve another issue with the tremolo in that there's a lot of play with the bar, again something that could be better.
So to sum up, for me it's a fantastic guitar, but let down a little by a poor choice (and quality) of bridge. The other components, like the machine heads, quality of fret dressing are all very good.
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Average Bob 12.08.2014
I would not call it a top quality product for the price asked.

Some minor imperfections and fitment issues here and there. Fretwork is not the best either. Some frets have flat crowning, some crowned properly. Looks like a last minute fix to get rid of uneven frets or avoid fret buzz. Quite some frets are covered in laquer with small air bubbles under.
The bridge needed considerable amount of time to adjust it properly. The original small saddle adjustment screws are rather short. The bridge itself is of mediocre quality. A small spring from the inside of the tremolo arm hole that prevents arm rattling has fallen out and got lost quickly.
The pickup cavity underneath the pickguard has quite terrible processing, if any at all, with sharp wood edges and remained dirt, dust and wood residue stuck in laquer forever.
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