and now the year i was born 1972 1972 STRATOCASTER CHARACTERISTICS from Fender Stratocaster, Buy, Sell, Learn, Vintage, Collectible, Used Strats Specs: A second "butterfly" string tree added in late 1972. Read all... This year also saw the introduction of the natural finish. Type: 1972 Stratocaster Serial #: Unknown Remarks: This is Yngwie Malmsteen's most popular instrument, a.k.a. the "Play Loud Strat" or "The Duck". It's often been used on his albums and on stage, and was the subject of an August 1994 "Guitar World" special.