Yngwie Malmsteen Demos Signature Ovation Viper Guitar

August 28th, 2014

A brief video has turned up online that shows Yngwie Malmsteen demoing and discussing (again, briefly) his signature Ovation Viper guitar. You can check it out below.

We hereby present a goodly number of factoids about the guitar, courtesy of the company’s website. You’ll find even more factoids below the video. Enjoy the video and the factoids!

From the company:

As long time Ovation endorsee, Yngwie has incorporated many Ovation models into his live performances and recordings over the past 25 years, including the stage-friendly Viper.

Yngwie’s new signature Vipers, models 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 the most high-level stage volumes.

True to Yngwie’s personal playing preferences, the steel string Viper also has a hand-scalloped fingerboard, which creates less friction between the wood and the string when bending notes or adding vibrato. A light touch is all you need to play fast and articulate riffs with less effort than non-scalloped fretboards.

The new models are available in two color options: 6P (White) or RC (Rosso Corsa Red), which matches one of Yngwie’s favorite Ferraris.

BODY
Body Shape: Chambered Mahogany
Bracing: Quintad “T” Shaped Spruce
Rosette: “F” Holes: Bass and treble side
Body Back: Mahogany
Body Sides: Mahogany
Body Top: Solid Cedar
Purfling: Black/White

NECK
Neck Material: 5-Piece Mahogany/Maple
Scale Length: 25.25″ (642 mm)
Fingerboard: Deluxe Grade Ebony
Number of Frets: 24
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.6875″ (42.86 mm)
Position Inlays: Diamond

ELECTRONICS
Special Electronics: Ovation Viper 3-band

HARDWARE
Bridge: Walnut
Tuning Machines: Die-Cast Gold Schaller

For more info, visit ovationguitars.com.

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