Another question: Steve's ultra zone guitar

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boswell wrote:FS systems?
Floyd Rose? If I say it right lol... I'm not sure. We call it different in Dutch... :P
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No Steinberger only fit their own trems which are R Trems (knive edge trem) S Trem (a bearing trem) and Trans Trem (a S Trem with a transposing feature allowing you to reduce or increase pitch by the same amount on all strings)
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http://www.emeraldguitars.com/guitars/u ... one_1.html

Odd place to have an in-put jack. (6)
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FRETPICK wrote:http://www.emeraldguitars.com/guitars/u ... one_1.html

Odd place to have an in-put jack. (6)
What happend there?
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FRETPICK wrote:http://www.emeraldguitars.com/guitars/u ... one_1.html

Odd place to have an in-put jack. (6)

dead link.
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FRETPICK wrote:I have a pic in guitarist of the guy who made it for Steve. Steve was told about the guitar at a signing but thought it was a joke. On the second contact made. I think it was confirmed that the guitar really had been made for steve.

I was very shocked.

The artical goes on to say that the guitar's neck length is very long or the scale length is massive, something like that. There is a whole list of stuff that was put on the axe from the guy who made it. Break pipes were used I think. :shock:

It's goes on to show you a pic of steve at the guys workshop picking up the
concept axe. Brit (close,IRLAND) made if I remember. Steve flew in on special trip to collect.

Apparently it plays really well but is very long. Also the case is ment to be hugh. Equally the case is ment to be just as alien in it's looks. Never seen a pic though.

Talking some years back now. I remember saying to people have you seen this? Guess what? It really does work! Then I'd show them the album cover. :D
Let me give the backstory, as some of what's written above isn't quite accurate. I have photographed the guitar in detail and it lived at my place for a while. Most of the photos on the now-defunct Emerald site were taken by me.

The guitar is physically long, but has a regular scale length (i.e. from nut to bridge). It's basically just a Steinberger with the extra body built around it.

Steve did not fly anywhere specially to pick up the guitar. It was brought to him in LA as a gift.

It was originally built in 2001 by luthier Alistair Hay of Emerald Guitars in Ireland, and features a one-piece through neck with the EMG pickups and the Steinberger tuning system attached. Surrounding that is polythene foam, carved to the basic shape then coated with a mixture of carbon fiber and fiberglass which was filled and sanded to shape. The add-on pieces range from bits of brake pipe, industrial wire, aluminum insulation and armored cable, and were affixed to the guitar after painting. The whole thing is 61" long.

The guitar is finished in Triflash paint. The reptilian paint job turns from gold to green to a sort of reddish closeout depending on how the light hits it. There is also a wall mountable silver cocoon to house it which, like the guitar, is also fiberglass covered foam with a rough texture to simulate muscle tissue and sinews for a bio-mechanical look. It all comes together to make an extremely nice package.

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They just got the Green Goblin a cool guitar. :lol: :wink:
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Thanks for some of the background stuff. Mikey.

I think I have a pic of the gent who gave the axe to steve. A guy with long ginger hair springs to mind for some reason.

See if I can find it at some point.

Sorry my account wasn't completely accurate.
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Is this a Fake, or did steve actually raffle off the ultra zone guitar???
i just saw this one earlier today actually, thought it was a fake coz it looked nothing like the one shown here, or did ibanez make a few of these???

http://www.ibanezregister.com/Gallery/j ... razone.htm
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sunai0804 wrote:Is this a Fake, or did steve actually raffle off the ultra zone guitar???
i just saw this one earlier today actually, thought it was a fake coz it looked nothing like the one shown here, or did ibanez make a few of these???

http://www.ibanezregister.com/Gallery/j ... razone.htm
No, that's real. Ibanez made it when the Ultra Zone was released, and it was raffled for charity at Jemfest in Las Vegas in 2000. I'm not sure how much Steve actually played it though, but it did belong to him.

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What a bizarre guitar... Somehow it seems fitting for such an evocative and surreal album as The Ultra Zone, which, as it happens, is my favorite Vai cd. (now, if only Steve would release live versions of a few of those songs on his live DVDs :P )
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I just came across this old post and thought it was fitting to bring it to the fore as Steve has taken out the Ultra Guitar on the current tour.
we built the guitar for Steve back in 2001 but this is its stage debut. As you can imagine this is beyond amazing for us right now.
You can find the full story and lots of pics at http://www.emeraldguitars.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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