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Watch B.B. King "Shred" Like Yngwie Malmsteen

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A hilarious new video is making the rounds in guitar land, and you can check it out below.

The clip, which was posted directly to Facebook earlier this month by Richard Daude, masterfully combines actual live footage of B.B. King and Lucille (his trusty Gibson guitar) with the arpeggiated, neo-classical sounds of Yngwie Malmsteen—or at least a semi-dedicated Yngwie impersonator.

The heavily edited clip features several enjoyable highlights, including the way King's trademark finger vibrato and on-the-fly string tuning are made to sound like signature Malmsteen flourishes—and the way King's backing band sways to the infectious Malmsteen beat.

As one Facebook commenter puts it, "This is so wrong on so many levels." With that in mind, enjoy!

P.S.: The footage used in the parody video is from King's performance at the 1993 Montreux Jazz Festival; we've also included "Caledonia" from that original show (bottom video).

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Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.