09 Jan

VaiAcademy 2017

Hey Folks, Steve here. 

Well, the Vai Academy 3.0 this year in Asilomar CA was truly epic. All of the folks that contributed put their best foot forward and raised the bar for all of us. The atmosphere was alive and vibrating with learning, creativity and enthusiasm. 

We all made new friends and connected a lot of dots that will inevitably add to the quality of our musicality and life. 

The guest clinicians, Carlos Alomar, Zakk Wylde and Al DiMeola, all delivered generously, inspirationally and humorously. 

But perhaps my favorite part of the camp was when I had the opportunity to jam with any of the campers that were willing. I enjoyed focusing on them and their musical ideas and watching and listening to how those ideas manifested with the band. 

My deepest appreciation and gratitude to all those who attended. We are looking very forward to the next camp that will probably happen around the same time net year (early January). 

All the best to you for 2017 and beyond beyond. 

Steve Vai

 

19 Jan

Ibanez Jem 30th Anniversary edition is here!

Today at NAMM, Ibanez has released the 30th Anniversary Jem models, in the original colours Loch Ness Green, Dessert Sun Yellow and Shocking Pink. Check out this cool website by Ibanez, which includes a video, shown below,  where Steve and key Ibanez people tell their story on how a legend was born. The Jem 30th is […]

18 Jan

The Making of Woody

Check out this really cool video, the Making of Woody, Steve’s all wood Jem created for the 2015 Vai Academy.  

09 Jan

VaiAcademy 2017

Hey Folks, Steve here.  Well, the Vai Academy 3.0 this year in Asilomar CA was truly epic. All of the folks that contributed put their best foot forward and raised the bar for all of us. The atmosphere was alive and vibrating with learning, creativity and enthusiasm.  We all made new friends and connected a […]

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Here is a new video that shares how Steve and Ibanez created the Woody JEM at the Ibanez Guitars/Hoshino USA Custom Shop in Los Angeles. Enjoy!

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This video shows the creation of Steve's Woody Jem, for the Vai Academy "All About the Guitar" 2015 camp, made by master luthier Tak Hosono. Film shot by Mik...

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MaelstroMGives me Woody

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Stephane GarridoHey Steve! I really hope we'll get to hear a little demo soon! Can't wait to hear those pick ups on such beautiful mahogany! The clean sound is gonna be out of this world..

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Shaun LinsteadThank you steve for releasing this, i just shared it to all the campers from the "All About The Guitar" Vai Academy group and it brought back a lot of memories. This years camp was amazing and i cant express how inspirational and unique an experience this was, as a group of strangers everyone seemed to bond and open up to the experience. Everyone had a story to share and everyone wanted to hear our own aswell. Special shout out to the staff and the Camp Mom Micki aswell :)

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Michael E. HamiltonAWESOME!!! beautiful guitar!!! That was very cool to watch. I may have to watch that again. Thx Steve!! Food for thought on the next guitar..... use wood again but a washed out stain in grey.... and the pick guard and stock in the same Burl'ish veneer, but a bleached/white veneer finish. If they even make that! Lol 😁 πŸ˜ŽπŸ™πŸ»

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Rosemary Montouramazing...my son's a guitarist, but to see just what goes into the making of the instrument is totally amazing...

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Chip JandaWow!! Gorgeous. I named a guitar Woody a couple years ago cause I got it in a pawn shop and previoys owner had stripped the body bare. $75 for the guitar, switched electronics out and took the stickers off. Not as nice as Steves but a real player!

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Gerard GaddiThat guitar is absolutely gorgeous Steve! I love the finish and the process it was made gave me some chills! It rivals the detail and care made by Philip Patek watchmakers! Lol! Like a work of Michaelangelo! Enjoy it!

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Den NisLACS used to be much better in the early 90s when Mike Lipe and Mace Bailey used to work for Hoshino Custom Shop in LA. When I see how you guys use this dried-out mahogany, instead of beautiful deep black ebony, shows the superior quality and the key feature no longer exist.

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Jim OuelletteVery cool to see the process. The first guitar I built was from Tak's old company Hosono Guitar Works in the late 80's/early 90's. It's still one of my main guitars today. Hey Steve, I'll trade ya. ;)

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Jeff BensonI bought my Woody the day after Christmas. That guitar gets the most compliments. Thank you Steve Vai for having that vision on what the next Jem should look like

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Daniel MarquesI will post this video everytime someone whines about Custom Shop guitars costing too much. The craftsmanship and skill of these guys are just outstanding, almost priceless.

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κΉ€μ§€ν˜„Thanks for sharing this exciting video clip. So nice to hear `Tender Surrender' looking at the incredible beautiful pickguard.πŸ’“ You looked so so so pleased when you finally cuddled it.^^ (Makes me happy together.^^) Always wish your happiness and I love your playing all the time.πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

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Craig KronvallHey Steve, still want that behind the scenes bio of your rock star touring most memorable moments. The woman walking in the hall on her hands needs to be chapter one, lol!!! :p

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Stephen AnthonyAll that work and that used a decal for the headstock .. fail. And they had an inlay guy already working on it. WTF. Beauty guitar though.

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James RodriguezAwesome! Had to get my EVO experience custom g-framed for display, thanks Steve!

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Donnie YatesI don't need to know how he got his woody! Too much info!

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Eric Estingoy-DevignacSo interesting! IMO Woody looks better without the steam punk pickups cover. They are too much.

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Doug SadlerLove this video! Really interesting to see how it's made, and the gorgeous woods they are working with. Tak is a true master!

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Marty McConnellThe 300ZX turbo is very nice. I had one very similar to that one. I miss it.

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Wood BoxI like this guitar, but the dont like the fact that the one the consumer gets is totally different.

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Ian DevlinThat was fascinating. Great to see finished custom Jem which started out as a rough idea and some cool-looking paper. Amazing.

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Damian ReddyGreat vid.great craftsmanship.now I want to get another ibanez!!!!πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ»

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Tom HowardScott Newman when you get 20 mins, have a gander at this if guitar production interests you.

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Matt PetersThis was amazing Steve, My Mouth is dry from just watching this.πŸ˜›

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MiklΓ³s KarmanovszkyHello Steve how many faculty are the frets?...Beautiful mahogany congrats ...

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Hey Folks, Steve here.
Well, the Vai Academy 3.0 this year in Asilomar CA was truly epic. All of the folks that contributed put their best foot forward and raised the bar for all of us. The atmosphere was alive and vibrating with learning, creativity and enthusiasm.

We all made new friends and connected a lot of dots that will inevitably add to the quality of our musicality and life.
The guest clinicians, Carlos Alomar, Zakk Wylde and Al Di Meola, all delivered generously, inspirationally and humorously.

But perhaps my favorite part of the camp was when I had the opportunity to jam with any of the campers that were willing. I enjoyed focusing on them and their musical ideas and watching and listening to how those ideas manifested with the band.

My deepest appreciation and gratitude to all those who attended. We are looking very forward to the next camp that will probably happen around the same time net year (early January).

All the best to you for 2017 and beyond beyond.

Steve Vai
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Hey Folks, Steve here. 
Well, the Vai Academy 3.0 this year in Asilomar CA was truly epic. All of the folks that contributed put their best foot forward and raised the bar for all of us. The atmosphere was alive and vibrating with learning, creativity and enthusiasm. 

We all made new friends and connected a lot of dots that will inevitably add to the quality of our musicality and life. 
The guest clinicians, Carlos Alomar, Zakk Wylde and Al Di Meola, all delivered generously, inspirationally and humorously. 

But perhaps my favorite part of the camp was when I had the opportunity to jam with any of the campers that were willing. I enjoyed focusing on them and their musical ideas and watching and listening to how those ideas manifested with the band. 

My deepest appreciation and gratitude to all those who attended. We are looking very forward to the next camp that will probably happen around the same time net year (early January). 

All the best to you for 2017 and beyond beyond. 

Steve Vai

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Nikos PapaioannouSteve Vai, saw you perform in London about 4 years ago. I remembered you brought your family up on stage and thanked them for their love and support. I've never met you in person but you seem like a truly great person, and truly, a fantastic inspiration and role model for the younger generation. All the best to you and everyone else reading this :).

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Andrew BonicaI had a great time and it was a pleasure meeting all the campers and working with all of these amazing musicians! Thank you, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Al Di Meola, Dave, Phillip, Carlos, Doug, Stig, Thomas, and all the other amazing staff for a fantastic week! Rock on! 🀘🏻

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Serafin PedrosoHallo Steve Vai long time l'd love to watch your guitar playing and listening to your beautiful vibration...... Sounds so lovely l intend to meet you but its further because Timor Leste is a land called sleeping crocodile...

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Marcel NijsIt sounds like it was a blast Steve. Such a great idea...I would give anything to experience one in the future. A great learning experience and an opportunity to meet you in person. You inspire me through your music, but also through your take on life and your musical journey. Awesome!! Thanks man....

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Tiffany NicholsI am SURE I would NEVER actually get a response, but I just have to say that Steve vai... u r and always have been my musical inspiration and go-to.... your music speaks to my heart... thank you for always being there for me....❀

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Justin MurrayThank you to Zakk, Carlos, Al, Chris and especially you Steve for creating a positive atmosphere in which we could all open up and play from the heart!

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Eric CarrilloThanks to you, Carlos, AL, Zakk and everyone involved. Your band and the support staff were amazing. I walked away a new person and have started a new musical journey. Going deeper than the technique. I'll let you know how it goes at the next one.

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Robert Joesph ReesAlright mr. Stevie Guitar vai I know you're a busy man but I sure hope some new Tunes are on the way my brother and I love that guitar that you play I love your music brother you're the best thank you mr. Steve Vai

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Ecan SufianAlthough i'm not greatsArtist n superstar..I try 2 save n colour musicLeadGuitar from extinct..i love musicLeadGuitar..i'm not afraid of height..

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William BissoWow how awsome would have liked to have attended that. I recent lost ring finger and the last joint of my middle finger.im hopeing i will be able to play again.ive enjoyed your playing since flexible.was my first real HEY WTF WAS THAT moment. Best wished to you steve.im hopeing to catch you and joe at the filmore one day. Have a happy new year and keep it up.you joe eddy billy eric are the old men of my generations guitar gods.not unlike clapton.holdsworth.page beck blind willy muddy waters zappa gilmore.carry the torch gentlemen .missing frank much.take care and best wishes

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Brett CastleWhat a great event it was

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William StaffordThose dots, they're called "crochets", the others are quavers. You'll get the hang of it, eventually, Steve.

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Adung Al FathI love it... ROCK its you are... Mr Steve its favourite name.. I wait your performance

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Daniel Molina HenaoI was there 🀘🏻

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Fran L JonesLooks like you hsd a great time Nick Nicholas Hammonds :)

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Colin HaunHey I'm making a movie about a little boy who likes to jerk off to the stuff that kills his family, the motorcycle that ran over his cousins head, the flag that mowed down his cousins, the 44 magnum that decapitated his wife and the God that gave his daughter small pox and laughed at her as she died.Sound familiar Einstein?

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Daniel FowlesWell if you get a chance to read this, please come to Australia ASAP!

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Nicholas Hammondsthanks for a great time everyone, play stay in touch ;)

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Shaun LinsteadSo i held evo.... it was alright.....

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Dale WickliffeWas gonna say another CROSS ROADS haha! Looks like the stage setup

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Street Mani like Steve Vai

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Wade AnesI need to save...I'm going one day.

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James TouchtonI love you steve keep shredding

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Ben SaundersI hope to see you there next year!

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Vladik TkachovSteve come back to calabria !!!

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