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post Dec 15 2016, 09:28 AM
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My new axe... a Fender Stratocaster Yngwie Malmsteen with scalloped fretboard...

A present from my wife to my 50th birthday.... I've had no premonition... speachless! cool.gif ohmy.gif
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post Dec 15 2016, 10:01 AM
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you have a lovely wife !!!

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post Dec 15 2016, 10:08 AM
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post Dec 15 2016, 12:23 PM
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Wow, you have an awesome wife!!! smile.gif
Very beautiful guitar. I hardly wait to hear a demo wink.gif
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post Dec 15 2016, 12:24 PM
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WOW what a guitar!! I am drooling all over the place. How does it feel?

I have actually had quite a bit of strat thoughts recently myself, but I am looking for classic/texas tones which I can't really get from my (modern sounding american) strat. I have been looking at Squier and MIM so far.


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post Dec 15 2016, 01:42 PM
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post Dec 15 2016, 02:31 PM
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Wou!! Your wife is the best!! smile.gif

That guitar looks so beautiful! I'd love to see you rocking it soon in a video. Enjoy it!!

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post Dec 15 2016, 03:47 PM
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Beautiful guitar! Happy bday! Enjoy that over the holidays.


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WOW what a guitar!! I am drooling all over the place. How does it feel?

I have actually had quite a bit of strat thoughts recently myself, but I am looking for classic/texas tones which I can't really get from my (modern sounding american) strat. I have been looking at Squier and MIM so far.


Which types of Strats have you had?
The 'Texas' tone is fairly dependent upon 1) normal to slightly over wound pkups 2) heavy strings - at least a set of .11s and 3) a cleaner Fenderesque amp or Fender model/profile. Also, I personally feel that a light weight Strat gets you there easier. The best sounding Strats are usually no more than 7.5 lbs or 3.4 kgs. 6.5 lbs/2.94 kgs is ideal.
Other attributes: Vintage hardware, fat neck, rosewood board, jumbo frets, 7 1/4" radius and Ash body (ash is generally lighter than alder).

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post Dec 15 2016, 05:23 PM
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Congrats, you're a Strat Cat! She's a beauty! I was considering that axe last summer and tried one on for size. I loved the way the neck felt and the way the guitar played but I didn't really like the pups that come with it. So in the end I purchased a used 07 American Standard (same color) that was in excellent shape and looked as if it had rarely been played.
The main reason I looked at the Yngwie strat was because of that scalloped neck. So now I guess I gotta buy another guitar or order a scalloped neck for my strat. rolleyes.gif
Happy Birthday and welcome to the 50 club. I joined back in May. smile.gif I hope you enjoy the new axe man! Rock on! cool.gif
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post Dec 15 2016, 06:07 PM
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best birthday present ever ohmy.gif congrats dude.


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post Dec 15 2016, 10:41 PM
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She is a keeper!! The wife isn't bad either smile.gif Seriously, great axe there, and a fine gal to boot! Your Always wanted to try one of these. Have never seen one in the wild.

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My new axe... a Fender Stratocaster Yngwie Malmsteen with scalloped fretboard...

A present from my wife to my 50th birthday.... I've had no premonition... speachless! cool.gif ohmy.gif


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post Dec 16 2016, 07:04 AM
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Thank you all for your kind words! smile.gif

This guitar is epic and the sound.... speachless... cool.gif

Because of the scalloped fretboard I learn to play without force in my left hand, otherwise the strings are completely out of tune. When I play with the LP, I have often noticed that I try to push the strings through the fretboard....

Here is a video about the Fender (only in German), but you can get an impression about this guitar:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AocZx9fsqeA

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post Dec 16 2016, 02:30 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Dec 15 2016, 03:47 PM) *
Which types of Strats have you had?
The 'Texas' tone is fairly dependent upon 1) normal to slightly over wound pkups 2) heavy strings - at least a set of .11s and 3) a cleaner Fenderesque amp or Fender model/profile. Also, I personally feel that a light weight Strat gets you there easier. The best sounding Strats are usually no more than 7.5 lbs or 3.4 kgs. 6.5 lbs/2.94 kgs is ideal.
Other attributes: Vintage hardware, fat neck, rosewood board, jumbo frets, 7 1/4" radius and Ash body (ash is generally lighter than alder).


I have only had a squier (my starting guitar) and my current which is an Am deluxe with noiseless pickups.

I should probably clarify: I am not looking specifically for an SRV type sound/strat. The only specific I can say is that I am looking for that shimmering highend typically associated with glossy maple fretboard and more traditional/dynamic sounding single coils. And if the guitar has relatively small neck (thin and narrow) and jumbo frets - then I might pull the trigger.

My current strat does not really sound like a typical strat - probably because of the noiseless pickups. I do like them for what they do though, so I would not want to swap them out. (+ of course a new guitar can never be a bad thing biggrin.gif )


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post Dec 16 2016, 03:54 PM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Dec 16 2016, 06:30 AM) *
I have only had a squier (my starting guitar) and my current which is an Am deluxe with noiseless pickups.

I should probably clarify: I am not looking specifically for an SRV type sound/strat. The only specific I can say is that I am looking for that shimmering highend typically associated with glossy maple fretboard and more traditional/dynamic sounding single coils. And if the guitar has relatively small neck (thin and narrow) and jumbo frets - then I might pull the trigger.

My current strat does not really sound like a typical strat - probably because of the noiseless pickups. I do like them for what they do though, so I would not want to swap them out. (+ of course a new guitar can never be a bad thing biggrin.gif )


The SRV sound is not really about his guitar, it was a relatively stock late 50's/Early 60s Strat. *It was him and a little bit his amp choice along with how he boosted the front end of those amps (TS808 - gain down/level up). And possibly the jumbo frets.

A maple neck/fretboard is usually but not always a better choice for the shimmering 'glassy' sound. Interestingly, my 2002 with a rosewood board is my brightest of Strats (I have 4). The main things for the classic strat tone is vintage wound single coils and a relatively light body. Vintage style hardware too, though I'm slightly on the fence about this.
If you maybe decide to put your own Strat together, Fender Robert Cray pickups are some of the glassiest I've found (including boutique sets) at a great price. They are also ever so slightly over wound.
Lollar 'blonde' or 'black face' sets are also other great, classic 50s and 60s type sets (though expensive).

A good Strat is a beautiful thing!

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Cool!!! Very nice!!
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post Dec 16 2016, 04:04 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Dec 16 2016, 06:54 AM) *
A good Strat is a beautiful thing!


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post Dec 16 2016, 08:20 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Dec 16 2016, 03:54 PM) *
The SRV sound is not really about his guitar, it was a relatively stock late 50's/Early 60s Strat. *It was him and a little bit his amp choice along with how he boosted the front end of those amps (TS808 - gain down/level up). And possibly the jumbo frets.

A maple neck/fretboard is usually but not always a better choice for the shimmering 'glassy' sound. Interestingly, my 2002 with a rosewood board is my brightest of Strats (I have 4). The main things for the classic strat tone is vintage wound single coils and a relatively light body. Vintage style hardware too, though I'm slightly on the fence about this.
If you maybe decide to put your own Strat together, Fender Robert Cray pickups are some of the glassiest I've found (including boutique sets) at a great price. They are also ever so slightly over wound.
Lollar 'blonde' or 'black face' sets are also other great, classic 50s and 60s type sets (though expensive).

A good Strat is a beautiful thing!


Thanks for the input - sounds like I am somewhat on the right track then! I haven't considered a custom guitar, because I have found that cheap guitars work nicely for me. I am not really looking for the guitar of my dreams, but versatily instead. However swapping pickups is always doable!

I do realise that most strats that fit my description don't have jumbo frets. Maybe I should be looking at an Ibanez AT10 - but that guitar costs twice as much as a MIM strat.


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Awesome axe, happy birthday and welcome to the 50 club smile.gif


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