A rather charming addition done in 1963 was to add a switch so that you could add the neck pickup. Black, poorly sanded refin, came to us originally in parts, now back as a completed project, with added binding, original neck and slab rosewood board and clay dots, original bridge pickup, changed tuners and neck pickup, pots date... This guitar is very much original with all the key pre-CBS features: spaghetti logo, clay dots, green pickguard, shield plate, three way switch and brown case. Ex-, From the family of the original owner, Two Tone, slab board with hang tags and rare provenance.Much cheaper than the last of the Japanese Squiers, making a downgrade in quality inevitable.If you were looking for info on the Fender-branded '62 Reissue Strats exported from Japan from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s (the Fuji Gen Gakki Fender MIJs), please follow this link.
While the first Yngwie Strat model (1988) is distinct from the others in that it has a small, 50’s style headstock and a two-point tremolo, the later two redesigns, launched in 19, are less easily distinguished.The same applies to factory-scalloped Fender Japan ST71 and ST72 “SC” (for ‘scalloped’) models, which did not carry Yngwie’s name or signature, but were unmistakably intended as cheaper avenues into the Malmsteen realm.It’s easy to identify the Fender US approach as more appealing, having more craftsmanship invested in it; however, it has been said that refretting the Japanese style board would be an easier job, which may be true or may not.The most serious problem, though, lies with the sellers who use the great reputation of the very best JV Squiers, to sell inferior Squiers made in the latter phase of the '80s, for totally unjustified prices.This article, along with its companion piece on the '80s Korean models, sets out to provide an impartial and realistic look at the sometimes great, and sometimes not so great, 1980s Squier Strat.Online specs are often outdated, with a picture of the new guitar but the info on the old one; sometimes sellers on e Bay or smaller indy sites copy the latest Fender specs (from the ’07 revision) to the description of their older, used models. The way to ID the Malmsteen Strat you’re looking at is from its headstock.