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Tour Yngwie Malmsteen's Guitar Rig, Up Close and Personal

Yngwie Malmsteen has a few West Coast shows coming up in January, including some SoCal dates timed for the 2018 Winter NAMM Show. In preparation for the trek, he recently got together with Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott (of Grim Reaper fame) to show off his current touring rig. This includes the few pieces of gear Malmsteen actually plays through each night and a lot of other stuff that looks cool onstage.

"As you can see behind him, he doesn't have many amps," jokes Bowcott in the clip above. "Ladies and gentlemen, believe it or not, there are 18 Marshall 4x12 cabinets, all loaded with 75-watt Celestions, and a mere 55—I repeat, 55—Marshall heads. This man is not messing around!"

Of course, there's plenty more where that came from. Starting at the 34-second mark, Malmsteen and Bowcott discuss Yngwie's guitars, pickups, pedalboard, vocal mics and amplifiers. Enjoy!

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.