By Steve Newton
The most popular story I ever posted on Ear of Newt–until I broke the news about AC/DC being spotted in Vancouver back in 2018–was the one from 2014 with the headline Yngwie Malmsten calls Ibanez guitars “a bad copy” of the Strat and says Les Pauls are “furniture”.
For some reason people–mostly guitar players, maybe–went crazy for that blog. They couldn’t believe that Yngwie would slag Ibanez, the highly respected brand favoured by such stellar pickers as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
And to compare the mighty Gibson Les Paul to a coffeetable? What type of moron would say that?
Yngwie’s trash talk started when I noted that neither Satch nor Vai–his former partners on the 2003 G3 Tour–were Fender fanciers like himself. I wondered aloud what he liked so much about the Stratocaster, and the slagging began.
No matter what you think of Yngwie Malmsteen–and a lot of people can’t stand him, it appears–you gotta give him credit for knowing how to rile folks up. I just think he’s funny–which is why I couldn’t stop chuckling while he laid the boots to Fender’s competition.
Have a listen:
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Don Wilson of the Ventures, 1997
Trevor Rabin of Yes, 1984
Albert Lee, 1986
Yngwie Malmsteen, 1985
Robert Cray, 1996
Jeff Healey, 1988
Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, 1993
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 1995
Elliot Easton from the Cars, 1996
Wayne Kramer from the MC5, 2004
Roy Buchanan, 1988
Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash, 2003
Davy Knowles of Back Door Slam, 2007
Steve Stevens of Atomic Playboys, 1989
Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule, 1998
Robben Ford, 1993
Jason Isbell, 2007
Joe Satriani, 1990
John Sykes of Blue Murder, 1989
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, 1998
Myles Goodwyn of April Wine, 2001
Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1999
Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, 1992