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The Tones Of Generation Axe

By Martina Fasano Yngwie Malmsteen. Steve Vai. Zakk Wylde. Nuno Bettencourt. Tosin Abasi. Any one of those names mentioned individually is enough to have shredders of any generation sit up and take notice. Imagine all five of the aforementioned individuals going on tour together? That’s exactly what the Generation Axe tour is doing starting April 5, 2016. Hitting a total of 27 cities in North America, the […] Continue Reading

Yngwie Malmsteen: Guitar God

The next Guitar Gods Festival takes place in Miami, Florida on February 19th, 2016. The brainchild of April Malmsteen, it’s a wall-to-wall showcase of virtuosity featuring performances by Steve Vai, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, Gus G, Rudy Sarzo and of course Yngwie Malmsteen. And the centerpiece of the Guitar Gods Festival is the online competition where budding artists have been duking it out to determine […] Continue Reading

5 Vibratos Every Guitarist Wants

The vibrato is one of the most used and sought-after techniques in music. From a theoretical standpoint, vibrato is “a rapid, slight variation in pitch producing a stronger or richer tone”. As many guitar-toting tone-seekers will agree, the right vibrato can make the difference between a good guitarist and a legendary one. Many of us can play the right notes, in the right order, and at […] Continue Reading

Single Coils That Work Well With Humbuckers

So you've been lured by a guitar with the HSS (humbucker/single coil/single coil) pickup configuration. This mullet-of-the-guitar-world (business in the front, party in the rear) is as old, as, well, the mullet. Can you really have it all in one guitar? Continue Reading

Talking Tone With Yngwie Malmsteen

There aren’t many players who can say they’ve spearheaded an entire genre, but Yngwie J Malmsteen is among this esteemed few. Yngwie synthesised the worlds of classical melodicism and heavy rock energy in ways that had only been hinted at before, and in doing so he ignited a guitar revolution. With Yngwie currently on the road for his Guitar Gods tour with fellow virtuosi Bumblefoot and Gary Hoey, we caught up with the maestro to talk tone. Continue Reading

Unleashing The Mysteries Of A Scalloped Fingerboard

Over the years there have been many modifications to the electric and acoustic guitar. One of the more radical ones is the use of a scalloped fingerboard. This is an irreversible modification that ‘scoops out’ the wood between the frets (see pictures). This article will explain exactly why someone might do this, the benefits and drawbacks of scalloping and why this became popular in electric guitar playing. Continue Reading

Yngwie Hits The Road And The Bookshelves

Yngwie J Malmsteen never slows down - certainly not on guitar, and definitely not in his work ethic. Yngwie is on the road right now promoting his new album Spellbound (which features some of the most extreme neoclassical guitar magic of his career), and he's also just released his autobiography, Relentless - A Memoir. Continue Reading

Unleashing the Fury In Prewired Form

Yngwie Malmsteen is best known for introducing to the world his own brand of neoclassical shred. Many imitators followed, but Yngwie is still unleashing the fury around the world. His tone is built on an alder Stratocaster with scalloped maple fretboard, vintage six-screw bridge, brass nut, and of course his signature YJM Fury pickups. I decided to try the YJM Furys in my Strat, but not […] Continue Reading

Choosing a Strat Pickguard

So you've got a Strat, and it's nice, but sometimes you are just after something else from the guitar. A different tone, the ability to play completely different styles of music, or just the ability to just swap pickups with only the use of a few screw drivers. Seymour Duncan can make your life extremely easy with their collection of Liberator pickguards for Strat®. Continue Reading

To Scallop Or Not To Scallop?

There are plenty of myths out there about scalloped fretboards. They help you play fast. They can make you play out of tune. They weaken the neck. What's the truth? And what on earth are they for? Continue Reading