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Yngwie Malmsteen Overdrive PedalFENDER YNGWIE MALMSTEEN SIGNATURE ACCESSORIES

Touring Australia in June, guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen spearheaded the neoclassical guitar movement of the early ‘80s and has influenced generations of musicians with his exciting playing and high-energy performances.

In addition to the Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster (historically one of the first signature models ever to be released by the company) Fender have recently released a signature line of accessories bearing the larger-than-life shredder’s name and seal of approval.

The Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Clip-On Tuner is designed for ease of operation even on dark stages. A striking chrome casing with a built-in vibration sensor aims to provide accurate tuning even when in high-noise locations and the large easy-to-read display features an LCD needle to indicate correct pitch. This tuner is very light (50 grams), portable, and offers a tuning range of A0-C8 and an A4 range of 430Hz-450Hz.

Also designed in collaboration with the guitarist, Fender Yngwie Malmsteen signature instrument cables are built with the professional performers in mind, delivering true sonic transparency that won’t color or change tonality. These cables, available in 10 or 20-foot lengths, feature custom-designed commercial-quality brass connectors for quiet connection and operation as well red-braided exterior for added flexibility (not to mention a really cool look). The thick interior reduces handling noise and like many Fender cables, this series is backed with a lifetime guarantee.

The Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Guitar Bag offers high-quality protection for the guitarist on the go. The bag features thick-cell foam padding, soft leopard-print plush interior and durable nylon exterior that allows musicians to transport their most-prized instrument in reliable safety and gloriously over the top Malmsteen style.

Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Electric Guitar Strings are custom designed with Malmsteen’s specific wrap ratios and gauges to provide unparalleled speed, maximum tone and smooth playability. Made from the highest quality nickel-plated steel and featuring Fender’s innovative (and largely under-appreciated) Bullet ends for more sustain and tone, these strings are available in the relatively unorthodox gauges of 8-11-14-22-32-46. That gauge may not be to every guitarist’s taste, but Malmsteen devotees will most likely get a kick out of utilising his preferred string set.

The Yngwie Malmsteen Overdrive Pedal captures the powerful, heavy, and yet quite transparent tone of the neoclassical shredmeister. High-quality construction in a compact and rugged chassis make this pedal truly worthy of even the most rigourous stage settings.  The unique tone-shaping circuitry was apparently designed in close collaboration with Malmsteen himself over a period of six months to get the sounds just right. Features Include true-bypass switching, die-cast housing with high-gloss red finish, gain and level controls, red (but of course) LED indicator, optional non-slip rubber feet which can be installed by the user, and the option of AC or 9-volt battery operation. Like most single unit effects pedals, the external power supply is sold separately.

Check with your local Fender dealer for price and in-store availability of the Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Accessories range of products.

CHRIS GIBBS

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