Watch Yngwie Malmsteen Unleash Shred Fury on a 1959 Les Paul
A resplendent '59 LP is made to sound like a souped-up superstrat.
Remember when Yngwie Malmsteen took a Jimmy Page Telecaster for a spin last month? And ended up sounding... just like he normally does with one of his signature Strats? Well, the Swedish neoclassical guitar titan is at it again.
This time, for a video posted a couple days ago to his YouTube channel, Malmsteen picked up a resplendent 1959 Gibson Les Paul and put it through its paces.
In yet another example of the 'tone is all in your hands' mantra, Malmsteen makes the hefty solidbody sound like a souped-up superstrat, executing all manner of two-hand tapping sequences and blink-and-you'll-miss-them lead runs without so much as breaking a sweat.
You can check out the short 'n' sweet demo of the – in Malmsteen's own words – “nice guitar” above.
For more of Malmsteen's videos, stop by his YouTube channel (opens in new tab).
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.