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Steve Vai Guitars

Steve Vai, born Steven Siro Vai, is an American guitarist and composer, born June 6th, 1960 in Long Island, New York (making him six years old on the sixth day of the sixth month in 1966, as he noted in the introduction to his guitar transcription book of Frank Zappa). Vai is best known for his self-composed, performed and produced guitar instrumental music, but he has also played on the recordings of several other rock acts. Steve Vai made his name playing ‘stunt guitar’ with the legendary rock performer, composer, music producer, and publishing mogul Frank Zappa. In the early 80′s he replaced Yngwie Malmsteen (a good friend) as lead guitarist in Graham Bonnett’s Alcatrazz. Then he joined former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth’s group to record the albums Eat ‘em and Smile and Skyscraper. Vai also stepped into guitarist Adrian Vandenberg’s shoes to record with British rock legends Whitesnake (after Adrian Vandenberg injured his wrist due to some exercises he found in a book and tried out) shortly before recording was due to begin for the album Slip of the Tongue.
Ibanez Jem 77GMC
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Jem 77 Prototype
Prototype, Serial #883372

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Jem
Serial #882041

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Jem 7PBK Prototype
Serial #: 916238

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez JEM7RB Prototype
Serial No. 870039

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Universe UV77MC
Serial # SV01

Steve Vai Guitars

“For The Love Of God”
Ibanez Universe Custom
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Universe
Prototype, Serial # 895414

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Universe Custom
Serial No. SV02

Steve Vai Guitars

Conklin 7-String Custom
Serial #SV04

Steve Vai Guitars

 

Ibanez Jem Tripleneck
Serial # LA060493

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Heart Tripleneck Guitar
Serial # A800050 / A800208

Steve Vai Guitars

BC Rich Doubleneck guitar
No serial number

Steve Vai Guitars

Jem Custom Guitar
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Despagni JEM “Zng Zng” Custom
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Jem Custom Guitar
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

McSwain Custom Carved Guitar
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Jerry Jones Electric Star
Serial #1088

Steve Vai Guitars

Performance Jem Custom
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Steve Vai continues to tour regularly, both with his own group and with his one time teacher and fellow Grammy award winning guitar instrumentalist friend Joe Satriani (on the G3 series of tours). Steve recently teamed up with former David Lee Roth band member Bassist Billy Sheehan for a world tour. G3 2003 features Steve, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen.

Steve Vai’s music has featured in a number of feature films, including Dudes, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and Ghosts of Mars. He appeared onscreen in the 1986 Ralph Macchio vehicle Crossroads, playing the demonically-inspired Jack Butler. At the film’s climax, Vai engages in a guitar duel with Macchio (with Ry Cooder dubbing Macchio’s part). The 32nd note quick tempo pseudo-classical-baroque track (entitled Eugene’s Trick Bag) with which Macchio wins the competition was composed by Vai, heavily based on Paganini’s Caprice Op. 1 # 5, and has become a favorite apprentice-piece among many guitar students. Vai received a Grammy Award in 1991.
Jackson Soloist
Serial #: J0334

Steve Vai Guitars

Charvel Custom Electric
“The Green Meanie”
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Tom Anderson V.A.I. Prototype
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Taylor 615C Acoustic
Serial Number 16280

Steve Vai Guitars

Fernandes Travel Guitar
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Universe 90th Anniversary Prototype
Serial #: F9822053

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Jem 77FP (with synth controller)
Serial #: 262339

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Jem “Strat” Prototype
Serial #: LA090898

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Universe DNA Baritone Custom
Serial #: LA02190

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez JEM7VWH 2003
Serial #: F0228369

Steve Vai Guitars

The “Ultra Zone” Guitar
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Ibanez Jem Acoustic Prototype
No Serial Number

Steve Vai Guitars

Where Vai’s contributions to others’ material has been constrained by the largely rock or heavy-rock style of those bands, his own material is considerably more esoteric. Vai is an accomplished studio producer (he owns two: ‘The mother ship’ and ‘The harmony hut’) and his own recordings combine his signature guitar prowess with novel compositions and considerable use of studio and recording effects.

Steve Vai owns ‘Favored Nations’, a recording and publishing business which specializes in looking after both newly discovered and already high profile recording artists from around the world.

Vai is married with two children (Julian Angel & Fire) to Pia (former Bassist of All-Female Group ‘Vixen‘, which can be seen in the movie ‘Hardbodies’). He also enjoys keeping bees, which regularly produce a crop of honey that Steve sells for his chosen charity every year through his web site.

Vai also helped design his signature Ibanez JEM series of guitars. They feature a handgrip cut into the top of the body of the guitar. They also use a humbucker-single coil-humbucker pickup set-up and a locking tremolo bar.


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