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Fender Custom Shop 1969 Stratocaster Reversed Headstock Yngwie Inspired
Item: FE9231005404

Fender Custom Shop 1969 Stratocaster Reversed Headstock Yngwie Inspired

Item: FE9231005404

We have a break room that I eat lunch in everyday. This room has been decorated with framed 90s posters we received from Fender, one of these posters features Yngwie Malmsteen playing a killer looking ’69 Reverse Headstock Strat. I randomly stare at this guitar during my lunch break, and then one day inspiration hit me… “I should have the Fender Custom Shop re-build this guitar for Rainbow”. The adventure started, and after a lot of “back and forth” phone calls to Fender, and close attention to detail, Rainbow Guitars is very proud to introduce this Yngwie Inspired ’69 Strat Relic with Reversed Headstock.

It all started in January 2013, sitting by my phone with the framed poster in my lap, I called the Custom Shop and said “I want to build a ’69 reverse headstock Strat” and then started calling out the obvious features I could see from the poster – Large ’69 headstock, reversed with an upside down Fender logo, two string trees, bullet truss rod, black graphite nut, Rosewood fretboard, tall 6105 frets to give a scalloped feeling action, heavy relic’ed 3 tone sunburst finish, black pickguard, and crème colored pickups and knobs. For pickups, Dimarzio HS-3 single coils were put in the bridge and neck positions just like Yngwie did in the 80s, these pickups have a very low output, and a very clear distinctive tone when using high gain settings. Yngwie used a DOD OD-250 overdrive pedal to increase the output of his guitar, we did the same thing here for testing purposes, and the tone was awesome. On clean settings, this guitar sounds Stratolicious, delivering a type of response that lets you sculpt the tone with your fingers. Next, a considerable amount of time was spent with Fender Custom Shop discussing the neck carve. We wanted a small “C” shape that had the kind of feel that makes people say “Wow, what a great neck”, and Fender has succeeded. The small neck stays relatively consistent from the 1st fret to the 12th fret, and is a completely custom specified design that comes in slightly smaller than the Modern “C” neck shape.

Whether you’re an Yngwie Malmsteen fan or not, this is truly an amazing guitar on three different levels – Playability, tone, and uniqueness. You will not find another guitar like this anytime soon, so strike with a hot iron, and buy this one today. - Scott

Serial # R69917

Weight: 7lbs 4oz


  • Alder Body
  • Quartersawn Maple Neck, Lightly Tinted
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Worn Back of Neck
  • 9.5 Fingerboard Radius
  • 21 Dunlop 6105 Frets
  • 1st Fret Thickness .780"
  • 12th Fret Thickness .820"
  • Heavy Relic Finish
  • Dimarzio HS-3 Bridge and Neck Pickups
  • Fender Custom Shop 1969, Staggered Pole Piece Middle pickup
  • 5-Way Pickup Selector
  • 1 Volume, 1 Tone(neck), 1 Tone(middle and bridge)


  • Fender Black Tolex Hardshell Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Case Goodies
  • Tremolo Spring Back Cover with Relic'ed Screws

List price: $5,340.00

Price: $4,269.00

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