NAMM 2012: Ovation Yngwie Malmsteen Viper acoustic

Yngwie gets a pair of acoustics via Ovation at NAMM this year. YM68 (steel string) and YM63 (nylon string) feature a solid chambered Mahogany body, five-piece mahogany and maple necks, and preamp circuitry specially designed to deliver natural acoustic tone with absolutely no feedback – even at Yngwie volumes. And because this is Yngwie, the steel string Viper has a hand scalloped fingerboard.

They’re available in White or Rosso Corsa Red (which is the colour of one of – ONE of – Yngwie’s favourite Ferraris).

They’re not cheap: US RRG is $3149. Pics from NAMM below!

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Premier Guitar tours Yngwie Malmsteen’s guitar rig

Check out this cool video of Yngwie Malmsteen giving Rebecca Dirks from Premier Guitar the grand tour of his guitar rig. Yngwie talks about his signature Seymour Duncan pickups, his signature Fender Stratocaster, his signature Marshall amps… and he mentions that Ovation may be releasing a signature Yngwie acoustic some time soon. Cool! Check out Premier Guitar for more info.

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Marshall Yngwie Malmsteen Signature YJM100 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head


Seymour Duncan STK-S10 YJM Fury Stack Bridge Pickup White


Seymour Duncan STK-S10 YJM Fury Stack Neck Pickup White


Seymour Duncan STK-S10 YJM Fury Stack Set Pickup Off White


Fender Custom Shop Custom Shop Yngwie Malmsteen Tribute Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic White


Fender Artist Series Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster Electric Guitar Vintage White Maple
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REVIEW: Ovation Standard Elite 2778AX


I’ve been a fan of Ovation guitars ever since my guitar teacher brought one to one of my very first lessons way back in 1989. I was ten at the time, and even then I’d already been aware of the brand through Denny Laine’s Guitar Book. Laine was the guitarist in Paul McCartney & Wings, and his book featured a photo of Laine and Macca hanging out while Laine strummed a gorgeous Ovation Adamas (it’s on page 85 if you manage to track this rare 1979 book down). The company makes visually striking and sonically gorgeous instruments that are like nothing else out there.

The Standard Elite series is Ovation’s mid-priced line. The 2778AX features a hand-selected, deluxe AA solid spruce top with scalloped bracing and Ovation’s famous Contour Bowl composite body, which unites the back and sides as one single unit designed to maximise acoustic output while placing the guitar in the optimum position for ergonomic comfort. This is Ovation’s Deep Contour bowl, although other depths are available on various models. The bowl is made of Lyrachord composite, impregnated with glass microspheres. Cool, huh? Like the Adamas in Laine’s book, this model features a series of different sized sound holes surrounded by a rosette of various inlaid hardwoods. It’s an incredible look that feels like it has an authentic design pedigree, rather than the often more practical visuals of most guitars.
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CLICK HERE to pick one up from Musician’s Friend.

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