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NAMM 2016 Passion & Warfare Universe

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Just released at NAMM:

The Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Limited Edition UV77. Available in 3 color combinations:  Blue/Pink, Orange/Yellow and Silver/Blue.

Specs:

  • Maple UV Neck
  • American Basswood Body
  • Jumbo Frets
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Disappearing Pyramid Inlay
  • Lo-Pro Edge 7 Bridge
  • DiMarzio Blaze pickups
  • Ultralite Trem Arm included
  • Hardshell case included
  • Certificate of Authenticity included.


New DiMarzio Pickup Covers

Besides the fabulous straps, DiMarzio is also introducing these new Vai pickup covers, The DiMarzio  Velorum™  and DiMarzio Dark Matter™ pickups are based on the Gravity Storm™ neck and bridge pickup, with new laser cut and laser etched covers designed by Michael Mesker.  

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New DiMarzio straps

We are pleased to announce Steve Vai has teamed up with DiMarzio for a Signature Strap Cliplock Series that will be launching this year!

The Universe strap art was designed by Mike Mesker, and the hieroglyph art was created by Steve Vai.

From Steve, “This approach to hieroglyphics is something that I started in 4th grade. I only have two rules when doing art: no thinking and no criticising the work. I found this to be tremendously liberating. It’s like automatic writing, and there is no such thing as a mistake.”

Stay tuned to DiMarzio’s website and Facebook page for additional announcements and a release date!

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Lemmy….

Lemmy was unique in the superlative sense of the word. 

Everyone loved him. He was the heart of Rock and Roll the way we like it. 

I ran into him at the Rainbow Bar and Grill once and said to him, “So when are you going to ask me to play a solo on a Motorhead record”? 

He said, “I’ll be at your house Wednesday at noon”. 

It only took a few hours to do the solos but the 2 of us just sat and talked for about 10 hours after that. 

He consumed a hefty amount of alcohol and speed but never once stuttered, lilted or missed an opportunity for an inspired bit of wit. 

He was sharp, alert and extraordinarily present at ALL times. I couldn’t quite understand it. 

The record I recorded on was “Inferno” and some days later Lemmy sent me an engraved lighter. How cool, ay? 

The stories he told were fascinating and I got to know the remarkable person he was. I discovered why so many of us adore and revere him. 

Lemmy marched to the beat of his own drums. His confidence in himself and his music was fierce and he was perhaps the most honest person I knew in this business. Because he was so in touch with himself, he allowed others to be themselves without judging them. He didn’t placate or sugar-coat things but delivered to you the reflection of your own intentions, meaning if you’re an asshole, you better be prepared to be verbally spanked with an inspired array of adjectives delivered with a firm, yet high quality calm. But if your morals were worth the salt, he was incredibly warm, considerate, generous and supportive. 

He gave you his quality attention when you were talking with him and that’s the best gift you can give to anyone. We loved him because he inspired in us our own desire to be as independent and dedicated to our work as he was.  And he did it with an incredibly solid, rounded, and grounded sense of confidence, warmth and witt.

Not to mention he played his ass off in the tradition of hard, fast, no excuses rock and roll with a look, voice and bass sound unlike anything. He was a totally invested performer who’s authenticity was epic. Even the way his microphone hung from above him will be historically recognizable. He was “the One… ALONE”.  

I wrote a song with him and Ozzy  called “My Little Man” that appears on Ozzy’s “Ozzmosis” record. Lemmy wrote the lyrics. If you listen to the lyrics of that song you can glean an insight into the deep softness that was comfortably resting under the external persona. The song is deeply touching and when I met his son Paul,  I realized how sincere those lyrics are. 

I remember when my wife Pia met him and had an opportunity to “kiss the mole” on his cheek. 

I was fortunate enough to be invited to perform for him at the Whisky for his 70th birthday party that took place Dec 2015 just a few weeks before he passed. I shared riffs with Bob Kulick and Lemmy’s son Paul, who is really quite a good guitar player. After the show I went to see Lemmy where he sat in the balcony all night. He was shockingly thin and frail but still had that steady awareness of all that was going on in the world around him. I held his shaking hand, told him how nice it was to jam with his son, and then I kissed his hand and said “God bless you my brother, and thank you”. 

There are times when you know you will be saying goodbye to someone for the last time in this life, and though there was a sadness, with Lemmy it was a heartfelt salute and a momentary exchange of deep respect and joy in the knowing of each other. 

He was the coolest and wherever his attention is right now, he still is. 

Lemmy, you were extraordinary and we are grateful. 

Steve Vai

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The inscription reads…

From Lemmy to Steve Vai in Gratitude for his fine work on “Inferno”  2004

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Vai-tal Gear – Melcor GME-20 EQ’s – two days left!

Two more days before the end of this month’s Ebay auction: two Melcor GME-20 EQ’s.
Here’s your chance to get your hands on some unique Steve Vai owned equipment, directly from his studio.

Each month we are putting up an item on Ebay.  Check out the information page here.

You can see previously sold items on our archive page. 

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Happy Happy Merry Merry

Hey folks, Happiest of Holidays and beyond beyond to you all. 

Below is a lovely and uplifting story I wanted to share with you. 

Peace and love and good happiness stuff. 

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In a Mothers Womb

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: 

“Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.” 



Vai-tal Gear: Melcor GME-20 EQ on Ebay

Today the Ebay auction for the two Melcor GME-20 EQ’s is up on Ebay and will run for the next 10 days.
Here’s your chance to get your hands on some unique Steve Vai owned equipment, directly from his studio.

Each month we are putting up an item on Ebay.  Check out the information page here.

You can see previously sold items on our archive page. 

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