So there's an interesting story behind this one. I'm a huge fan of strats, relics etc but never really got along with how they played because I'm used to thumping on huge frets and huge strings all the time, I never really warmed up to the smaller frets on more classic guitars and thus never really thought about buying a strat, even though I'm a huge fan of how they sound. Then a few weeks back my band did a signing at a store that had a YJM strat and I had a jam on it and fell in love right away with the jumbo frets and surprisingly enough, the scallops too, they just seemed to suit my playing style really well: As soon as I got my paycheck at the end of the tour, I started trawling the internet for a good deal on a YJM and was pointed in the direction of a particular website called J-guitar by a good friend of mine, Shane Bailey from the BMusic store in Adelaide. For those unfamiliar J-guitar is like a collective site for stacks of japanese guitar stores with lots of cool, wierd models and some very mint second hand gear (the japs are very particular about the condition of their guitars). I came across one particular YJM that was very interesting. It must have been a store special or something because it supposedly had an electric blue finish (looks more like daphne/seafoam now because I think the clearcoat has yellowed a tad), and a a small headstock instead of the usual larger one. The plastic parts on it aren't factory aged either but they have yellowed a tad because the guitar is from 1996. Anyway, I bought the guitar, Shane imported it for me and sent it out. I'm going to use the pics he took because I haven't been able to put it down long enough to grab some decent ones. I can't get over how good of a nick this thing is in and how easy it is to play, really didn't take much setting up and all and it sounds great with the stock dimarzios/fender pickups (had a 5-way which was wierd). The neck profile is very comfortable and it can pull a very wide range of tones. I have ordered some BKP trilogy suites with a RWRP middle pickup to try out in it, can't wait to throw those in and see how they sound. I will never sell this guitar and I feel sorry for my girlfriend.