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Here’s a great package recently featured on the absurdly robust Make Weird Music site. MWM mastermind Anthony Garone and guitar electronics guru Ed Heisler had the opportunity to install the latter’s Mad Hatter SVST-HSH Terminator Kit into Steve Vai‘s signature Ibanez JEM, the guitar named Evo. Like … the real Evo itself. Here’s what Anthony had to say about the handoff:

It was a little nerve-wracking leaving the venue with one of the most valuable guitars on the planet. I joked with Ed that I would rather Steve handed us a bag with 1 million dollars cash because cash is replaceable. I think Ed double-checked his homeowner’s insurance after he brought EVO home.

Yeah, no shit.


“It’s like Evo has a bigger set of lungs.”

If you head over to MWM you can watch a mini documentary which chronicles the work done and reveals incredible details of the iconic axe inside and out. It’s a real treat for Vai fans and guitar tech wonks. Go see it all.

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Steven Siro Vai

Steven Siro Vai

This appropriately mystical Ernie Ball ad comes from Guitar Player, December 2001. Earlier that year Steve Vai and company released the adventurous Alive in an Ultra World. 



While some guitarists seem to hop endorsements on a regular basis, Steve Vai has been with Ibanez and Carvin, as shown here, for ages. This ad for the Carvin Legacy amp ran in Guitar Player, April 2001 making it the contemporary of Vai’s collection The 7th Song, Enchanting Guitar Melodies (Archives Vol. 1), inset here.

Sy Vy

Sy Vy

Here’s the monumental Steve Vai for Dean Markley Blue Steel strings. This is pulled from Guitar School, February 1997, dating it to the days of G3: Live in Concert joing album with Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson.


Light Without Heat

Here’s Steve Vai at his most Steve-Vai-like, touting the Ibanez Jem 7VWH. Steve was embarking on the Sex & Religion journey at the time this ad appeared in Guitar for the Practicing Musician, September 1993.

Steve Vai was six years old on 6/6/66

Here’s a DiMarzio ad that was running in early ’93. The copy (complete with reference to Sex & Religion‘s working title, Light Without Heat) appears identical to another version of the ad that also appeared around that time. This variation was taken from Guitar World, February 1993.

Steve Vai recently shared with The Quietus his 13 favorite albums. Not surprisingly, the list is an eclectic assortment including records by Sly & The Family Stone, Tom Waits, and Deep Purple. Vai says this about Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica, though it could be applied to listening in general:

We deprive ourselves the opportunity of appreciating something that is artistic, by making certain claims and being dogmatic or snobbish about it.

Check out the entire list at The Quietus.

Right here.

Steve Vai is back in the press with the pending release of his new album The Story of Light. You can read a new interview with Mr. Vai at Jam Magazine. The article sheds fresh light on old topics, such as Vai’s stepping into high profile guitar slots vacated by the likes of Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen:

The key to dealing with the long shadows they cast was the simple fact I was fiercely confident in my abilities. My style … was my own little secret. I figured that if I was going to go out into the world and play, I had to keep real what was important to me.

Also discussed is the guitarist’s other role as composer:

I was recently commissioned to write a piece of music for the 2013 Stravinsky Festival (which is) happening on the 100th anniversary of the Rite of Spring performance. The concept revolves around seeing if someone can compose a piece of music that is as jarring as Stravinsky’s legendary work. It’s virtually impossible to do that today, but how could I turn something like that down?

Read much more at Jam.

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Steve Vai’s first studio album since 2005’s Real Illusions: Reflections is in the wings. The Story of Light is available for pre-order now at Vai’s website where you can also check out the track “Gravity Storm.” The above video of Steve working on “Weeping China Doll” has been around for a bit, but provides an interesting window into his creative process.

Go to Steve’s official site for the latest.

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"Extreme grind, massive crunch and jaw-breaking punch"

This ad introduces DiMarzio’s Evolution humbucker, a collaboration with Steve Vai. Taken from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, May 1993, the copy refers to Vai’s forthcoming album, Light Without Heat. The album that appeared in July of that year wound up titled Sex & Religion.