Guitar master Yngwie Malmsteen spoke in an interview with Ultimate Guiitar’s Justin Beckner and had a conversation about his gear used on his recent album, Blue Lightning.
“You didn’t change up any of your gear for this album, did you?”
“Yeah, it’s funny because I have literally hundreds of guitars. So I figured for this album I should break out a ’55 or ’56 Strat.
I’ve got some old Les Pauls and some 335s and I kind of tried a little bit and then I put them aside and started playing my Yngwie Malmsteen model guitar with Yngwie Malmsteen pickups through my Yngwie Malmsteen Marshall with my Yngwie Malmsteen overdrive pedal.
It’s all my stuff and it’s perfect – I don’t think about the mechanics at all, I just think about the music. Oh, and I have my 30th-anniversary Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster coming out this year. That’s very exciting, everybody should check that out.”
“What’s the difference between one of that guitar someone would buy off the shelf and the ones you play on stage?”
“It comes in a few different colors and the neck is what is called a maple cap ’68 style, which is great, I have a couple of those originals too. The one I play now is a one-piece neck with a skunk stripe.
These guitars have the maple cap which is like the Hendrix Woodstock guitar. It comes in Candy Apple Red Burgundy Mist, Sonic Blue, and then my Olympic White. But I just got these guitars back and they are fucking amazing with Seymour Duncans of course.”
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