The Swedish virtuoso guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen achieved success in the 80’s playing in Hard Rock groups Steeler and Alcatrazz, later starting a successful solo career. Known for his incredible playing technique the musician gave his opinion on many musicians over the decades and one of them was the Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.
Malmsteen likes Jimmy Page but when asked in an interview with Guitar World back in 2014 which one he prefered, Page or Jimi Hendrix, the guitarist answered: “I love Jimmy Page but Hendrix is little dear to my heart, you know.” He also asked to chose Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan and he said: “That would definitely be Hendrix, Steve Ray was great too, but if wasn’t for Jimi nobody would be sitting in this room.”
But when asked to chose between Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, the guitarist answered Deep Purple.
The guitarist played in 2021 during a Questions and Answers sessions on his social networks the replica of Jimmy Page‘s Dragon Telecaster model, after being asked by a fan if he owned a Telecaster guitar. The musician is famous for using the Stratocaster model.
“I actually do have one, this is the one here. It’s the Jimmy Page model, I just got it. So let’s see what it sounds like. This doesn’t have any scallops and doesn’t have any stack pickups, so… It feels different. There it is, Jimmy Page.”
To celebrate Led Zeppelin’s 50th birthday, Fender decided to release a line of guitars back in 2019 inspired by the iconic designs used by Jimmy Page.
Yngwie Malmsteen was born in Stockholm, Sweden back in 1963 and at the age of 10 he formed Track On Earth, his first band that only had him and a friend from school playing the drums. He released 22 studio albums in a career spanning over 40 years.
His first solo album “Rising Force”, released in 1984 won the Guitar Player’s award for Best Rock Album and was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Instrumental”, reaching no. 60 on the Billboard album chart.
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