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    Default Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10

    SDUGF Members, I'm proud to introduce the newest member of the Seymour Duncan artist family: Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Yngwie is spending the day with us in Santa Barbara and he was gracious enough to devote some time to you and let you get a chance to meet him.

    Yngwie is not much of a typist, so I'll be doing the typing. If I need to interject my own words, I'll use my initials.



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    So without further ado, Mr. Yngwie Malmsteen!
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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Yngwie,

    Given your change of pickups, one could assume you are changing small aspects of your overall tone. You playing has been described in many ways, but, If you could write a single phrase definition to describe your tone and style in the musical history books, how would you describe it?

    Also, being a classically trained guitarist, I must say that your Concerto Suite , live with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra was superb. By far my favorite mixture of classical and rock genres.

    Thank you for doing this,
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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Good to see you here Mr. Malmsteen. One of the first concerts I went to as a young teenager was Yngwie Malmsteen, Talas, and Sound Barrier at the Hollywood Palladium in '85.

    I remember thinking "this guy doesn't sound like anyone else" and figured you could probably play just about anything you set your mind to, but were trying to carve your own identity.

    My question is this......if you could add another LIVING guitar player's entire musical mind and technical skill set to your own, so that you'd have everything they're capable of added to your capabilities, who would you choose?
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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    I have no questions but just I want to say that you're one hell of a player and you have no doubt inspired hundreds of guitar players. Keep it up.

    I'll now enjoy these 30 minutes.

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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Quote Originally Posted by phil_104 View Post
    If you could write a single phrase definition to describe your tone and style in the musical history books, how would you describe it?
    That's an impossible task, but I'll try, Phil. Fluid, intense and emotional.
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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Hi Ygnwie, thanks for taking the time to do this.

    My question is - would you ever consider switching to a humbucker in the bridge position, for a heavier rythm tone?


    And good choice of singers, Tim is the best vocalist in metal right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser View Post
    My question is this......if you could add another LIVING guitar player's entire musical mind and technical skill set to your own, so that you'd have everything they're capable of added to your capabilities, who would you choose?
    I don't think like that. But I'll have to say, Allen Holdsworth. He does some stuff that's so outside the box.
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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Yngwie, great to have you on the forum!!

    My question is: If you were told that you could only play one more gig, where would you play it, and with whom?


    Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it's a plan!

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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Quote Originally Posted by Evan Skopp View Post
    That's an impossible task, but I'll try, Phil. Fluid, intense and emotional.
    Thank you very much for the response! That a great way of describing it.

    Welcome once more to the Duncan family, and keep on rocking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Got_tone? View Post
    I have no questions but just I want to say that you're one hell of a player and you have no doubt inspired hundreds of guitar players. Keep it up.

    I'll now enjoy these 30 minutes.
    Thank you!
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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    My question, what was the inspiration/reason for the scalloped fretboard, and very thin strings.
    Did you play a guitar that was already set up like that and fall in love?

    Or did you decide one day, I want to try this, because of this, and then it just stuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevie_bees View Post
    Yngwie, great to have you on the forum!!

    My question is: If you were told that you could only play one more gig, where would you play it, and with whom?
    I've played just about everywhere. And they've all been great. It's hard to pick just one.
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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    What is the "core" difference between your "old" PU and the new SD one.

    Thanx for the whole inspiration for years BTW. Cheers!

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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Hi,

    I've read that you have an amazing collection of vintage strats. What kinds do you have? Do you scallop the fingerboards and replace the pickups on all of them, or do you keep them original?

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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Yngwie,

    It's an honor to have you here with us. Thank you!

    I know Ritchie Blackmore has been one of your biggest inspirations as a guitar player; he's been my biggest influence for many years.

    What caught your attention the most about him when you first listened to him? Also, is there anything about his playing/tone/etc. that you still haven't quite captured that you wish you had in your arsenal?

    You're an amazing guitar player and a legend, Yngwie. Rock on!

    EDIT: Just noticed I wrote two questions. If necessary, ignore the first question. Sorry about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oilpit View Post
    My question, what was the inspiration/reason for the scalloped fretboard, and very thin strings.
    Did you play a guitar that was already set up like that and fall in love?

    Or did you decide one day, I want to try this, because of this, and then it just worked.
    As a young boy, I took a job as an apprentice at a luthier shop. And one day a lute from the 16th Century came into the shop that had concave wood in between the frets. I liked the way it looked so I tried it on my neck and found that it increases my control and vibrato. However, it DOES NOT make it easier to play fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daemon barbeque View Post
    What is the "core" difference between your "old" PU and the new SD one.

    Thanx for the whole inspiration for years BTW. Cheers!
    OK... with the old pickup, I basically settled for a "quiet" pickup. However, with the Fury, it took almost a year to reach the perfect tone and responsiveness that, in the past, I didn't think was possible.
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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Hi Yngwie, thanks for spending some time with the forum.

    my question is, how did you develop your finger speed?

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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Quote Originally Posted by DMyers77 View Post
    Hi,

    I've read that you have an amazing collection of vintage strats. What kinds do you have? Do you scallop the fingerboards and replace the pickups on all of them, or do you keep them original?
    I have some of the most rare Fender Strats ever. One of them is of the first 10 ever made. March '54. And no, I do not customize those instruments. In the past I have scalloped some of the old ones including a '56, '59, '61, '66, '67 and so on, but I don't do that anymore.
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    Default Re: LIVE Q&A with Yngwie Malmsteen - 1/18/10 3:00 Pacific

    Hi Yngwie!

    I have more some advice and proposition to you rather then answer. There is one dude in USA called John Evosevic, and he did mods to your YJM308 pedal. With his mod, tone was better then ever, and pedal was far less noisy. You should contact him! There is his myspace

    http://www.myspace.com/springhillguitar

    All the best!!

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