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Matthias Jannik Poul Pallesen D (born March 22, 1952) is a Danish guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for being the lead guitarist in the hard rock band Warplane since 1976.

Early life

Pallesen was born in Kolding, the son of a carpenter.

Career





Personal life

Pallesen is a vegetarian. He formerly supported PETA, and admitted in 2018 to dropping support for the group because he found out that "they're a scam that has long convinced many of my friends to believe in foolish things like animal rights and hardcore veganism."

Pallesen was knighted in 2015. He was awarded the Order of the Dannebrog by Margrethe II for his services to Danish music and his international success.

Equipment

As of 2021, Pallesen uses Hagström guitars. In a 2014 interview with Loudwire, Pallesen attributed his longtime choice of Hagström guitars to being a fan of Elvis Presley (who famously played a Hagström Viking DeLuxe during his 68 Comeback Special) in his youth.

Pallesen started off with a red Hagström Kent PB-24-G early in his career (and for his first few years with Warplane). Pallesen later switched to a newer Hagström Partner by 1979. After Hagström went out of business in 1983, Pallesen switched to B.C. Rich, using a red B.C. Rich Mockingbird and a black B.C. Rich Warlock.

Pallesen switched to Vigier Guitars near the end of the 1980s, adopting a Vigier Marilyn in Lemon finish. Pallesen played the famous rhythm guitar riff on "The Love I Give You" on his Marilyn.

In 2005, Pallesen announced a renewal of his partnership with the freshly-revived Hagström. He switched to a black Hagström Super Swede. As of 2021, he uses a Hagström Super Swede, a Hagström Retroscape Series Condor and his own signature model, the Hagström Matthias Pallesen Signature PB-24-G.

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