Joe Satriani responds to Yngwie Malmsteen’s claim that Ibanez guitars are “a bad copy” of the Strat

By Steve Newton

I did my eighth interview with Joe Satriani the other day–man, I love that guy–and finally got to ask him about something that his former G3 tourmate Yngwie Malmsteen once said to me.

Back in 2014 I had interviewed Yngwie in advance of his Guitar Gods show in Vancouver, and that was when he declared that Ibanez guitars–the brand preferred by primo pickers like Satch and Steve Vai–were “a bad copy” of the model he holds dear, the Fender Stratocaster.

Then the famously opinionated Swede went on to describe the esteemed Gibson Les Paul as “furniture”.

Well, the ensuing blog I posted caused quite a stir among guitar freaks, many of whom seemed outraged by the audacity of Malmsteen’s comments. I mean, the nerve of that guy to insult the axe that launched a million killer riffs!

So when I got the chance this week to see what Satriani’s take on the controversy would be, I went for it.

Have a listen:

 

JOE SATRIANI 2016

JOE SATRIANI 2009

JOE SATRIANI 2002

JOE SATRIANI 2000

JOE SATRIANI 1997

JOE SATRIANI 1992

JOE SATRIANI 1990

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One response to “Joe Satriani responds to Yngwie Malmsteen’s claim that Ibanez guitars are “a bad copy” of the Strat

  1. I wish I could play guitar like Malmsteen or Satriani.
    However, if I had there riches I would play dozens of different makes and models.
    Imagine the range of sounds Malmsteen could have with different guitars.
    I went to a show that Randy Bachman put on with just him on stage with about 10 different guitars lined up across the stage. He would grab one, talk about the hostory of it and play songs by artists famous for using that guitar.
    It was one of the best shows I ever saw, and I was front row.

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