ooo About 20 years ago, guitar companies started coming out with a smaller, and more sleek looking axe. My old guitar was traced off of a Fender Stratocaster. This body was traced off of a Jackson/Charvel Strat. If you look at the horns on the guitars, you'll notice the difference right away. I used mostly poplar wood (versus maple on the old one), so it is a much lighter guitar. The headstock was signed by Yngwie Malmsteen.