Probably what Wingnut was talking about is not using effects like phasers, flangers, pitch shifters or other filters.I'd read a magazine interview with Malmsteen, this was way back in the 80s. When asked if he used effects, he said he didn't use any. A month later, I'm watching him open for AC/DC and he's got a slew of stompboxes spread out in front of him.
Most of the "better" guitarists would be lying if they said they wouldn't use effects...
At least you'd need a Crybaby.
When I was playing, I had two of them actually and four Boss stompers.
By the way, I like Satriani and Vai more than Malmsteen anyway.
I still love his playing despite his arrogance, in fact his attitude and mannerism is just hilarious. No denying he’s a beast, but I’m also a big Satriani fan. Actually I find Steve Vai one of the most annoying guitar heroes. But he’s good.