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Info onVai's Blue Performance Guitar from the Alcatrazz days

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 5:18 am
by WrinkledPug
Hello Folks,

I have been looking to find out as much info as possible about the blue Performance guitar Vai used from his days in Alcatrazz (featured on the 3rd Gallery page)

I am toying with the idea of building a replica of it and would like any pictures or info possible.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,

WrinkledPug

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:38 am
by ppvai
go down and you will find photos,close ups etc...

http://www.jemsite.com/axes/model/perfomance.htm

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:19 am
by WrinkledPug
ppvai,

Thanks for the link, those pics should help me out. Any idea why that huge white piece of plastic is mounted on the guitar? I remember seeing something similar on other early Vai guitars (perhaps even on the legendary Green Meanie)

WrinkledPug

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:18 am
by ppvai
yes, the green meanie had it to,but i dont know much about that rare pickguard but im shure that someone in here knows that, just wait :wink:

see ya :peace
jose

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:01 am
by WrinkledPug
Jose,
Thanks again. I thought if I posted the questions regarding this guitar here someone will definitely have some answers and interesting tidbits of info, I'll just have to be patient. :P

Rich
~~WrinkledPug~~

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:08 am
by Mikey
The pickguard at the top was one of a number of rough designs Steve was working with that build up toward the tailpiece and strings, that stopped Steve resting his picking hand on the bridge.

Mikey :)
vai.com

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:00 am
by WrinkledPug
Mikey,

That's what I was imagining the plastic was for, if I remember correctly the piece on the Grean Meanie seems to be pretty thick (maybe even curved?)

Thanks for the info and also for locating my login info, I appreciate it :D :D

Rich
~~WrinkledPug

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 10:12 am
by Mikey
I don't think it was any thicker than regular pickguard.. though it might have been more like perspex/acrylic.

He has a similar setup on this "Old Yeller" Jackson seen here: http://www.vai.com/Machines/guitarpages/guitar065.html

though that has foam under it and is more "soft".

Mikey :)
vai.com

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:23 am
by WrinkledPug
Mikey,

I see what you're talking about, I searched over the gallery a little more and there are several pics of these wrist supports/rests. Everything from clear to the white. That 'JemSite' has a pic of the grean meanie with a slab of blue plastic (or whatever) mounted and that one looks pretty thick and curved....or I could be looking at it wrong :) :?

Rich
~~WrinkledPug

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 8:45 pm
by WrinkledPug
One more question regarding this guitar, any idea what color blue that is??

Warmoth offers a candy blue that looks pretty close


Rich

~~WrinkledPug