Neoclassical metal icon Yngwie Malmsteen made a recent interview with Amit Sharma of Music Radar and revealed the 10 guitarists who impressed him most.
Yngwie also said that there are so many great guitar players in the world but he’s not influenced by every one of them.
Here is his statement:
“It didn’t feel like I had to underplay anything. I just performed at the appropriate level. There was no moment where I thought I should hold back or play slower or anything. So that’s why a lot of the bluesy songs, like the title track I wrote, involved a lot of my own sound.”
Here is his statement about Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page:
“This is getting embarrassing; I’m running out of guitar players… is it too late to change this to my top 10 classical composers?! Haha! Well, I did a tribute thing to Jimmy Page along with Al Di Meola years ago.
“I like him because he has a very broad view for a guitar player – understanding their songs as a whole. I really like the experimenting they started doing later on. And a lot of those classic recordings were done with a Telecaster. I heard about that new Fender reissue; I have to get one…
“Which reminds me, there’s also a new Malmsteen 30th anniversary model coming out soon. It’s done – they’ve sent me four prototypes, which are sick! The main difference is it has a maple cap, a ‘68-style neck and different colours, so I’m really proud of that. And the fact it’s my 30th anniversary, too, of course… I’m still here!”
Here is what he said about Queen icon Brian May:
“Brian May is someone that I like in general – he’s very inventive when it comes to tones, playing with a coin and having all those pickup configurations.
I remember hearing Queen when I was just a little kid and being impressed by the whole sound of the band. Brian tends not to stick to just pentatonics, either; he mixes it all up, which is how I like to think, too.”
He also praised Eddie Van Halen. Here’s his statement:
“I was 13 years old when that first fuckin’ album came out and it definitely caught my attention. Like I said, I wasn’t into guitar players back then; it was all about classical. But what I loved about them was the rawness of it all – no overdubs; they just went in and fucking did it.
“He didn’t have a Floyd Rose for those early records; it was just a vintage Fender bridge. I found those kind of locking vibrato arms kills the sound of the guitar. I use vintage trems and float my bridges quite a bit – usually about 5mm up so you can pull up, but not the whole way. Eddie’s tone was great: just a 1959 Marshall all the way up and nothing turned down!”
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