In this section you’ll find photos and info about Yngwie’s Signature Strat, as well as other guitars of note. The information about his gear and setup includes interviews with his guitar techs over the years, plus diagrams of his past and current setups. The discussion section contains interviews and excerpts from magazines about Yngwie’s equipment.
“The Duck” And Other Guitars
The Duck – 1972 “Play Loud” Strat
Yngwie’s most well-known guitar is his 1972 blond Strat, known as “Play Loud” or “The Duck” (because of the stickers on the body). Bought in Sweden when he was a teenager, this guitar has been with Yngwie from the start of his career, and is the one he has used most onstage and in the studio.
It is his most photographed guitar, and was the subject of Guitar World magazine’s poster feature [photo by Anne Petty] in their August 1994 issue.
Malmsteen Double Neck
Made by Fender of Japan, this specialty guitar features a twelve-string acoustic Malmsteen Signature top, with the Malmsteen Japanese Signature Strat on the bottom. The controls are separate for the two guitars.
Malmsteen Signature Strat
Yngwie’s Fender Strat Gets an Update! 2007
A top seller, with new revisions!
News Flash: Fender® Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster®
Posted by: S. Crouch — Fender | January 18, 2007 at 10:05 AM
Fender® Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster®
The Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster guitar continues on, with some new changes to make this model more like his current number-one Fender! Details HERE!
Updates include a White /Black/White pickguard, bullet truss rod nut, and machine screw neck mounting! Unleash the fury today! www.fender.com/artists/
Fender’s Work of Art:
the Malmsteen Strat
How the Custom Shop Works
Fender calls their custom shop The Dream Factory, and with good reason. It’s here that their designers and craftsmen turn the exacting requirements of world-class guitarists into one-of-a kind instruments, achieving “the perfect expression of each musicia n’s personal vision.”
To create Yngwie’s personal vision, designer George Blanda combined elements from vintage Strats of the 50s. “Yngwie is a traditionalist in many ways,” says Blanda. “It was important to him that all the Strat body contours matched those of his 50s Strats. But the neck was something else. Scalloped fingerboards are an integral part of his techniques. So, for him it had to have the vintage look with his special neck.”
Guitars from the Custom Shop are produced by hand. This includes cutting the body, performing six sand-and-finish operations, buffing to a radiant luster, and assembling the electronic circuitry. All components such as playing action, bridge height, and i ntonation are set to much finer tolerances than assembly line instruments. That’s why Signature Series guitars are special orders, taking up to several months to fill. Here are the specifications on both the U.S. and Japanese-made Malmsteen models:
Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Series Stratocasters
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.
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)
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)
Strings: Fender Super 3250L
Accessories: Strap & cable
Fender Case: Tweed
U.S. Signature Stratocaster, 1994 Model
Fender introduces the updated Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster. The model still retains such Yngwie trademark features as scalloped fretboard and brass nut, and adds a late sixties large headstock, original Synchronized Tremolo, and aged plastic parts. Visit Fender’s website for further details.
#010-7700 (rosewood neck), #010-7702 (maple neck) Colors: Candy Apple Red, Vintage White, Sonic Blue Body: Alder, satin finish Features:
American Standard tremolo system
2 DiMarzio HS-3 pickups
1 Fender American Standard pickup
Tweed case, strap, cable
1 volume control, 2 TBX
25.5″ (647.7mm) scale length
9.5″ (241.3mm) radius
1.654″ (42mm) width at nut
50’s style headstock
Japanese Signature Strat, 1995 Model
#027-2702 (maple neck)
Colors: Black, Vintage White, Sonic Blue
Body: Bass wood, gloss finish
70’s style Stratocaster
3 single-coil pickups
70’s style headstock
1 volume control, 2 tone control
Strings, Picks, and Accessories
Yngwie uses white 1.5-millimeter imprinted picks made by Jim Dunlop Manufacturing.
For Fender Nickel-Plated Bullets (Super 250’s),Yngwie typically uses a hybrid set of :
Amps and Stage Gear
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Yngwie Gear In The News
The November 2004 issue of BOSS Users Group (BUG) Magazine Online 8.1 has a great diagram of Yngwie’s current rig.
The September 2002 issue of Guitar World (USA) has a write-up of the YJM 308 Preamp Overdrive pedal, plus a full-page endorsement ad for Celestion G12T-75 speakers. Click on the thumbnails for a closer look.
Yngwie Setup 2000
GuitarOne magazine (March 2001 issue) has a great feature “Back Line Blueprint” and a diagram to describe Yngwie’s current setup and what he used during his Nov./Dec. USA tour with Dio. Click HERE to access a scan of the page.
Vintage Marshall Amps
Yngwie’s long-term love for vintage 1971-2 Marshalls is well documented. To see the historical development of the Marshall sound and where Yngwie’s favorite amps fit into the timeline. To see what new products are coming up, visit their awesome Website.
New Sound Chain for “Facing The Animal”
Yngwie’s 1980s Setup
When he was helping us compile this equipment list, Yngwie said he prefers the vintage Mark II Marshalls for their warm tube sound that’s never screechy. He’s been using them for the last fifteen years, and loves their warm sustaining tone.
Up to 24 Marshall Mark II 50-watt heads (vintage 1971)
Up to 27 Marshall 4×12 cabinets with Celestion G12 30-watt speakers
Basic onstage setup:
* 12 cabinets on stage right
* 12 on stage left
* 3 cabinets under the drum riser
Splitter box: all amps are plugged into the splitter, then fed to the speakers as needed.
Bob Bradshaw effects rack:
* Korg KMX-62 six-channel mixer
* two Korg SDD 2000 digital delays
* Hush II-C noise reduction unit
* Boss octave divider
* Furman PL-8 light module
* Marshall 400-watt power amp, model 6040
* Moog Taurus synthesizer bass pedals
* Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah-wah
* Vox flanger (vintage 1970’s)
Warmup amps: two Crate XL’s with Celestion 70-watt speakers
Wireless: Samson wireless unit
Yngwie’s 1980´s Onstage Sound Chain
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