Yngwie Malmsteen calls Ibanez guitars “a bad copy” of the Strat and says Les Pauls are “furniture”

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Had a nice little chat with Swedish guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen the other day, in advance of his Guitar Gods show next Saturday (June 28) at the River Rock Show Theatre.

I mentioned that the last time I saw him live was on the G3 Tour at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre in 2003 or something. We got to talking about his G3 tourmates Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, and how neither of them are big Stratocaster fans. I asked the outspoken picker what it was about the Strat that has kept him so devoted to it all these years.

“Well, it’s kind of the original instrument,” said Yngwie. “Everything else is a copy of it, you know. All the Ibanez and stuff like that’s just a copy. It’s like a bad copy, really. It’s the same design but it’s a bad copy.

“I’m an original, very purist kinda guy,” he added, “that’s why I use Marshalls, Ferraris–whatever. I like the original stuff.”

And don’t even try mentioning Gibson’s finest around the devout Fender fanatic.

“Yeah, Les Paul’s nice bein’ a piece of furniture,” he replied. “It’s nice to look at. It wouldn’t survive five minutes with me on stage.”

 

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51 responses to “Yngwie Malmsteen calls Ibanez guitars “a bad copy” of the Strat and says Les Pauls are “furniture”

    • and to think I was silly enough to think he was an egotist, now I am completely convinced. Look mate you have mad skills, that there is no doubt, but you really need to learn to keep your yapper shut. Makes you look like a complete tosser, cheeky b*astard. Signed “one of your peers.”

  1. It is not a copy, good or bad, because here in this world would be to give the consumer public a second or third option, because I believe that the existence of the company Ibanez as others are necessary to offer that second or Third option for the musician in general and I know that all this started from 1946. but I only know that the best quality has several companies of guitars worldwide and it is well that that is so. That Fender lives and that Ibanez lives because by that time both are already history …

  2. This, coming from the guy who never composed a tasteful lick in his life. I like Yngwie, but all he has is speed. Jimmy Page would disagree…

  3. I had an art teacher in high school that swears up and down he went to school with this guy and grew up with him in Brooklyn, and that for him to say he’s Swedish is a joke.

    • He is from Stockholm the capitol of Sweden. Why on earth do you believe he is from Brooklyn? I am from Sweden and YJM is one of our national icons for better or worse.

  4. So Ygn-wank Malm-stink says….”Yadda, yadda, yadda”…who the Hell cares, anyway? How is this over-inflated dick even remotely relevant to the real “gods of the guitar?” (Oh, that’s right, he’s NOT!)

    He’s just a posturing Swedish ponce who needs to play at positively blistering speeds in a desperate attempt to make up for his utter and complete lack of brilliance, originality, soul or taste.

    (I may be an absolute nobody, but I could play a 30 second solo using no more than five or six carefully selected notes, and do it with more passion, fire and soul than any five or six million of his!)

  5. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion I suppose – even a dickhead like Malmsteen. For him to slag off the Les Paul actually makes a great deal of sense, considering that Malmsteen wouldn’t know a tasteful lick or a great song if it kicked him in the ass.

  6. Although I don’t agree with him….I would argue that this player offers much more than speed. He is fairly amazing…..

  7. There are different types of music as well as different types of guitars! Can not put everything under a common word (copies) or (furniture)! Can not a person listening and playing a style of music to downplay everything else !!!! “The weakest musician becomes a music critic” …. like Malmstein !!
    It’s one thing to play a kind of music, and another is to understand it when one is a dry man, he understands only one thing that best works, while the other avoids him, and that makes him develop only on the one hand! Such a man can not give an objective assessment of things because he is underdeveloped

  8. I don’t see anything wrong with other guitars or other brands for that matter. Even Fender made copies of their Electric and Bass guitar thru Squier by Fender. Its a choice and preference, it’s good there are other option beside just buying Fender strat.

  9. He is right. Fender is the best. A Start or a Tele will do the job, any job. I once watched a bar fight up in Colorado and one of the band members was beating some idiot with a Les Paul. I remember thinking that was a good use for a Les Paul.

  10. Being a “purist”, you’d think he would know that Ferrari isn’t the original maker of the first cars.

  11. Hi , a purist maybe , guitar snob very much so . What a load of shit !!! Satriani and vai, both brilliant and help design better guitars every year with ibanez . If the Swedish big Noter did the same for fender I’d think about looking at one 👍

  12. I saw Yngwie in the early or mid eighties when he was playing with Alcatraz. He was doing a big show off solo in the middle of the set and threw his guitar up in that with the goal of catching it when it came back down and reuming his masturbating but he missed and it hit the floor. Best thing ever.

  13. Fender must have paid him a lot of money, or maybe Ibanez and Gibson had refused to pay him a lot of money.

    Fender guitars are brilliant and the Stratocaster is iconic, no doubt.

    But the electric guitar I picked after trying a few and have been playing for many years is an Ibanez guitar, and I know people who are as obsessed with Gibson as he is with Fender.

  14. “Yeah, Les Paul’s nice bein’ a piece of furniture,” -yngwie malmsteen..
    that;s such a arrogant statement….every electric guitars have their own character…for example…Slash..play gibson les paul…he dont need to play fast appegios to create such melodies…but his solos..were touch people heart around the worlds..Dimebag Darrel used Dean guitars..his solos/riffs were safe entire metal worlds….am sure Slash or Dimebag..couldn’t play like Malmsteen…but can yngwie malmsteen play like ’em???…

  15. Krispy Kreme’s are just copies of Dunkin’ Donuts but ya don’t seem to mind those.

  16. Alright, I’m not a huge fan of shwing-shway, but he does have some points to what he says. You may hate his comments because you own some of the instruments he’s ranting about. Here are the facts: Ibanez made their first 15 or so years doing NOTHING BUT ripping off guitar designs and making cheaper (or more affordable) versions of many iconic guitars (for those who are OLD like me who remember…) but they have come into their own over the years with some fine guitars of their own design… Well, the Gibson comment being “furniture” kind of struck me funny because (fine) furniture is often made of Mahogany and is generally kind of Heavy… kind of like a Les Paul! Haha!…. Look, stop hating as a reflex and open your minds a bit. All I see is a guy making sarcastic (and funny) remarks about guitars he doesn’t use. Big deal. People automatically want to “go for the throat” when somebody says something they don’t agree with, as if it weakens YOUR opinion… It doesn’t. ❤

  17. It’s an opinion nothing more. I like his music, some not all. As as his opinion on Guitars. That’s his Opinion. It’s Amazes me how everyone gets so Butt Hurt because somebody expressed their opinion . I’ll make sure to keep mine to myself. Might accidentally be construed as Fact. Opinion are like assholes while we all tend to have one & think it smells like Roses. In reality they all smell the same just like shit. That’s IS a Fact. Ciao

  18. More nonsense from the great Yankme Palmcream!
    Advice: write a real song and quit drowning turkeys!!! Hahaha

  19. Everything varies from guitar to guitar PERIOD.
    I’ve played amazing and horrible examples of new and vintage strats, les Paul’s etc.
    All have pros and cons
    All are just pieces of wood with magnets and strngs.

  20. You have no respect for tradition,take up the violin? Or a LesPaul! (Your green about joes success, yes the man can play but its his songwrighting and style as well)

  21. Wow, He just lowered my respect for him. Gibson, Fender and Ibanez are all great. It maybe your opinion, but I have to say it sucks.

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