Re: Malmsteen strats
What you say is interesting: I've seen photos of USA malmsteen strats on this site, and there often seems to be slight gap between the end of the neck, and the curved 'seat' in the body. I have a mid 80s Fender Japan strat, and you couldn't get so much as a hair into the join! As it happens this guitar I own is spoilt very slightly by the fact that, even with the truss rod slackened right off untill it's lose, I can't get enough neck relief which I believe should be 0.3 mm, at the eighth fret, when 1st fret 'capod' and string held against top fret. Consequently I can't get the action anywhere near 4/64 down to 5/64s, that it should be, at the 17th fret. So it's a bit of a dog with a high action! Lovely sustain though!!
What do 141YJM and 185YJM refer too? Presumably these are Japan guitars? I was not aware they made more than one type of 'Malmsteen' strat? Also what is the price differentail between the Japan models and the USA ones? I have not found any Japan versions in the UK, only USA ones; do you know I could get to see one?
I've also read somewhere that Japan Fenders reached their zenith in the mid 90s, with quality suffering slighty after they started producing them elsewhere in the east (Korea etc), are the ones you saw recent or 90s models?