Yngwie Malmsteen reveals the origins of his love for the Fender Stratocaster – and why he chose it over a Gibson Les Paul

Yngwie Malmsteen
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Some players are synonymous with one type of electric guitar. Slash with the Gibson Les Paul, Eric Clapton with the Fender Stratocaster and Eddie Van Halen with his Frankenstein are just a few examples.

Yngwie Malmsteen is an equally strong case study, having developed a reputation as one of the fiercest and fastest players to ever wield a Stratocaster in recent times – he and Clapton were, after all, the first artists to ever be given a signature Strat.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.