I have played many guitars during my time, Ibinez, Gibson, Kramer etc. and the Malmsteen strat stands out from all of these. I would buy this guitar many times over if it were stolen because this is one of the best guitars that I have every owned. I would prefer that the scallops be a little deeper. My favorite aspect of this guitar is the neck I love the scallops and the neck geometry is perfect for my hand size.
Model Year: 1992
Price: $1020.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Fender directly
This guitar was made in the USA. It is made from Maple and has a 21 fret neck. It has two volume controls and one tone control, it also has three pickups two HS-3 Dimarzio's and one original in the middle position. The pickups are passive. The guitar has a vintage white finish which by now looks yellow. The guitar body is a double cutaway body like other strats and the bridge is a vintage style wang bar style. The tunners are original style and the nut is brass so that is sounds like on of the fretts.
This guitar can achive any action possible. I tend to like my action higher than most and this guitar accomidates this very well. The scalloped neck is awesome but does take some getting used to. It feels weired at first to not feel the fret board under your fingers. I think that this guitar is one of the best playing guitars on the market today. I have a Washburn and a original B.C Rich B---- neck through body style and the fender plays as good as these if not better.
I use a 100 Watt Lee Jackson modified Marshall head along with a stock 50 watt head with two vintage cabinets. I also use at times my new Mesa Boogie Triaxes preamp along with the Mesa Boogie 50:50 tube power amp and this combo sounds awesome with this guitar. I play Instramental guitar music and this guitar suite this style very well. There are no guitar mods that I would consider and the axe is very quite. This axe is good in both the studio and on stage.
This guitar is now twelve years old and I have never had any problems with it. I adjust the neck about once every two or three years and the intonation stays in as long as you do not change the gauge of the strings that the guitar is intonated for. I had to put my own stap locks on because my guitar strap would come loose during shows. The guitar is very stable when it comes to climate changes.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1500.00 canadian (new)
The flaws with this guitar is that you have to get used to the neck, and also how the middle pickup is lowered. it is a great guitar and the sound is very good. i just basically left the action where its at when i got it, so i cant complain about it.
the guiar is beatiful, it looks, feels and sounds great. i love knowing that i have the guitar that the great yngwie plays. awesome guitar
Geat guitar! Perhaps a little expensive for what you get.
Would I get another if mine was stolen? Could I afford it???? Well if money wasn't an issue, I believe I would.
How could this guitar be better? Not sure! I think that the tbx controls should just be straight tone controls. I hate tbx's and never have them on. Apart from that the nut should be bone, apparently the brass nut wears out quickly!
My favourite aspect of the guitar has got to be the wonderful tone and the scalloped neck - feels great! My worst aspect? I dont have one. It's a great guitar.
All I can really say is check it out. Don't rush into buying it as guitar preference is personal preference. It is different to play than other guitars so allow yourself to adjust to the fretboard before making a decision.
I have given this guitar 4 out of 5 because it is a great guitar. For me there is a lot going for it, but it isn't perfect (not because of hardware, more fundamentally).
Model Year: 1998
Where Obtained: American Guitar Centre
1. US made strat
2. Alder body
3. Maple neck & fretboard
4. Pickup config: S/S/S
5. Dimarzio HS3 in Neck & bridge. Standard strat pickup in middle.
6. 1 x volume control, 2 x tbx controls.
7. Vintage (Sonic) blue.
8. Standard US tremelo.
9. Vintage Kluson tuners.
10 21 fret, scalloped fretboard.
Plays really well. Unfortunately I cannot get my favourite action. I like really low action, which the strat cant quite reach.
Although playing it is slightly tougher than, say an ibanez, it's well worth the effort. I love the scalloped fretboard. Everything about it has a great feel e.g. well balanced, adequate tremelo system, nice neck.
I suspect it's a guitar you'll either love or hate. So if you're in the market for buying one. Check it out first as you'll find it a little different than standard guitars - asumming you haven't played a scalloped neck before.
I use this guitar with a Pod Pro preamp which runs through my mixer, into the PC and finally into a hi-fi amplifier.
I love the sound. Great Fender tone along with the ability to scream as much as you like. I think it's very versatile in that it sounds good what-ever style you wish to play in.
If you get the right sound on the fx, take the guitar and stick new strings on it. You'll be in heaven.
Ok the neck will re-adjust slightly during climate changes - thats the only thing I've noticed. I dont suppose that's too unusual though.
Aside from that. You wont have problems using it for what-ever reason, be it live gigs or jamming - whatever! It is reliable and keeps in tune really well, has great intonation.