“I came to America with a guitar and a toothbrush. When Fender said they wanted to make me a Strat, I didn’t even know what a signature guitar was!” Yngwie Malmsteen traces his Stratocaster story – and recalls the origins of his scalloped signature model

Yngwie Malmsteen
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Swedish shred legend Yngwie Malmsteen has become the latest guitarist to feature on Fender’s Stratocaster Sessions series, following episodes with Buddy Guy and Tom Morello

During the interview, the obsessive Strat collector talked through some of his favorite Stratocasters, and spoke about the guitar-playing journey that led to the creation of his signature guitar in 1986.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.