“That was the one and only thing I found with Strats that I don’t like. I think they’re awful”: Yngwie Malmsteen reveals the one spec of certain Stratocasters he's not a fan of

Yngwie Malmsteen live on stage at O2 Forum Kentish Town on August 2, 2017 in London
(Image credit: Rob Ball/Getty Images)

Yngwie Malmsteen may have a signature Fender Stratocaster and be synonymous with his 'Duck' guitar. However, in a new interview with Guitarist, he reveals that he's not a huge fan of Strat pickups.

“When I was seven or eight years old, I bought a ‘Strat’, but it wasn’t a Fender; it was a bogus copy. But it was exact, you know?” he says.

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.

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