Yngwie Malmsteen: "I got all the Strats. Gibsons, too. But I just keep going back to the signature gear because that’s the sound I’m looking for"

Yngwie Malmsteen
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Whenever Yngwie Malmsteen reenters our pop-cultural orbit brandishing another shred masterpiece, it is to the electric guitar community what Haley's Comet is to astronomy. Malmsteen’s sound, as evidenced on new album Parabellum, is an unearthly spectacle, a feat of virtuosity that’s verging on the celestial.

The scientifically minded of us might be driven to dust the Parebellum master tapes down for evidence of moon dust, or to test for trace elements of radiation travel that might confirm its arrival came by way of interstellar travel. But no. Malmsteen is very much of this Earth. 

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Henry Yates

Henry Yates is a freelance journalist who has written about music for titles including The Guardian, Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a talking head on Times Radio and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl and many more. As a guitarist with three decades' experience, he mostly plays a Fender Telecaster and Gibson Les Paul.