That time I asked Yngwie Malmsteen if he’d ever been tempted to “cheat” on the Strat

By Steve Newton Yngwie Malmsteen is synonymous with the Fender Stratocaster. Since the get-go he's proclaimed the superiority of Leo Fender's classy creation. He's even gone so far as to compare the competition to "bad copies" and "furniture". So when I interviewed him back in 2014 I asked him if he'd ever been tempted to … Continue reading That time I asked Yngwie Malmsteen if he’d ever been tempted to “cheat” on the Strat

Caught on tape: that time Strat fanatic Yngwie Malmsteen trash-talked Ibanez and Les Paul guitars

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, … Continue reading Caught on tape: that time Strat fanatic Yngwie Malmsteen trash-talked Ibanez and Les Paul guitars