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and a two-point tremolo, the later two redesigns, launched in 19, are less easily distinguished.Online specs are often outdated, with a picture of the new guitar but the info on the old one; sometimes sellers on e Bay or smaller indy sites copy the latest Fender specs (from the ’07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.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.I’ve owned all three US versions of the Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster, and although I got rid of the earliest model, I still have the next two models, which are much closer in spec and appearance, and by far the two you’re most likely to find out there today.Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places.At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the head or on the cover plate of the vibrato.(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.
and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.So, What are the better models, and what are something to be weary of? Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar. There was a lower priced Fender Contemporary Squier model produced as well.