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.

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“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.

Right here.

7-string wizard Dave Weiner is known as a recording artist and educator as well as being a key member of Steve Vai’s touring band. He’s currently gearing up for Vai’s Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour and is sharing the process on his YouTube channel. Let’s check out “I Would Love To,” shall we?

Well, he doesn’t really tell all—that would take a book (which we’d love to see). At any rate, that techy wizard among guitar wizards, Thomas Nordegg (who we last discussed in 2010) is being profiled at Ultimate Guitar. Aside from insight on the likes of Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, and Guthrie Govan, Nordegg has this to say about his onetime employer, Yngwie Malmsteen:

(H)e’s a big teddy bear and he’s a handful. He’s a bigger than life cartoon in a good way. Yngwie is Yngwie and he does totally what he does. I have stories.

Such a tease.

Read more and see some vintage photos at UG.

Right here.

Geez, what’s going on around here? Mostly, we here are Pointy Guitar have had our heads buried in Jude Gold’s magnificent podcast “No Guitar is Safe.” The longtime Guitar Player scribe has taken to the net to interview tons of fascinating players including Pointy faves like Guthrie Govan, Frank Gambale, Oz Noy, and Steve Vai.

Maybe you should spend a few months listening this afternoon.

Right here.

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. 

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SyVy

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.

Guitar finery is well and good: Expertly executed arpeggios and impeccable phrasing can set apart a performance in the most genteel way. But sometimes what’s called for is an outburst of racket, the type of squall with which the electric guitar made a name for itself. Premier Guitar‘s article “10 Essential Slides, Scrapes, and Noises” outlines such abrasive tactics as The Revving, The Elephant, and The Strangler. Do you know them? And you have to love this piece of advice:

Note: For dramatic effect, all the following examples land on a low E5 chord. Hey, why would you do a power slide in the first place if it didn’t land on an E5?

Read all of Aurelien Budynek’s tips at PG.
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And for another classic take on alien cacophony, see Steve Vai’s classic article from 1984, “Weird Noises.”

Right here.