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January 23, 2015

Just announced! Vai Academy 2015 – All About the Guitar, the ultimate guitar experience music camp hosted by Steve Vai, will be held in Vail, Colorado August 2-6, 2015! The immersive 4-day experience features master classes by Steve, and very special guests Eric Johnson & Sonny Landreth! This is a hands-on education in all things guitar, featuring informative sessions, evening jams with the students/teachers, informal chats, food and friends. For complete information, to reserve your spot and read a personal message from Steve, visit www.VaiAcademy.com



Musicians Institue Conversation Series Part 2

January 21, 2015

Joining MI for a conversation, legendary guitar great, Steve Vai, discusses touring, what he looks for in bandmates, composing for orchestras and playing with Zappa back in the day.

Here is part 2!

 



Frost Blue Jem

January 16, 2015

Today we take a closer look to the Frost Blue Jem, which has been featured in many of Steve’s recent promotional photos.

This prototype guitar was ordered by Steve along with the Sea Foam Green Jem in order to choose a potential production model for the Ibanez Premium Series. This color was not chosen, rather the Sea Foam Green Jem made it to production. The Premium Jem has most of the original Jem’s features, but at a lower price point.

It’s specs are:

  • Basswood body
  • Maple Neck with Maple Fretboard
  • Dimarzio Evolutions
  • Ibanez  Edge tremolo
  • Perloid pickguard
  • Frost Blue Painjob

Stay tuned for our next installment in which we will showcase another very rare Jem.



Musicians Institue Conversation Series Part 1

January 15, 2015

Joining MI for a conversation, legendary guitar great, Steve Vai, discusses touring, what he looks for in bandmates, composing for orchestras and playing with Zappa back in the day.

Part 1.

Part 2 will be online next week.

 



Thomas, the Ultra Jem

January 14, 2015

Yesterday, Steve named his latest addition to his already massive guitar collection. The guitar, which is the natural evolution to the “Ultra Jem” which Steve used in the early 2000′s, is probably the most technically advanced guitar ever created.

Steve named the guitar “Thomas”, in honor of Thomas Nordegg, Steve’s long time guitar technician and the creative brain behind this particular guitar.

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The specs-list for this guitar is nothing short of mind-blowing:

The guitar is modeled to the exact specs of Steve’s “Flo” with the following additions:

  • Steinberger Gearless Tuners
  • Wilkinson Jeff Beck Nut
  •  Fernandes FSK-401 sustainer
  • Line 6 GR-30 Relay Wireless
  • Blue Led fret markers by Martin Sims UK.
  • Scalloped frets 20-24
  • Kill Switch
  • ATG Auto Tune for guitar Version 3.0
  • Dunlop Counter sunk straplocks
  • Linear Tremolo System by Don Ramsay
  • Ibanez Carbon Fiber Whammy Bar
  • No Monkey Grip, due to the needed real-estate for all on-board electronics.

Steve received the first iteration of this guitar on January 27th, 2014.  It was named Thomas on January 13, 2015.



Opening of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Hall

January 7, 2015

For the final “Story of Light” tour date, Steve was sought out to perform his original orchestral compositions at the Grand Opening of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Hall in Poland. It was truly a magical evening with the 72 piece orchestra and Steve showcasing a range of imaginative music, ranging from absolutely monstrous to perfectly subtle and delicate. Check out the video by Patrick Corell below and the setlist.

 

“SOUND THEORIES” SET LIST

Without Steve:

1. Frangelica Pt. I: 3:04

With Steve:

2.      Racing the World: 3:45

3.      The Murder: 7:56

4.      Velorum: 6:11

5.      Gentle Ways: 5:48

6.      Answers: 5:44

7.      Whispering Prayer: 8:00

8.      The Attitude Song: 4:37

9.      I’m Becoming: 2:20

10.    Salamanders in the Sun: 5:05

11.    The Crying Machine: 5:00

12.    Lotus Feet: 8:45

13.    Bangkok: 2:47

14.    The Fire Garden Suite: 10:00

Encore

1.    Liberty: 2:00

2.   For the Love of God: 9:36



Happy Holidays!!

December 23, 2014

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