kyle am I wrote:
[color=#FF0000]I'm pretty sure Vai uses the lava cable, not his signature dimarzio.
The cables he uses are not his 'signature' cables- but almost all of them are custom made DiMarzio cables... different colors/shapes/sizes that they make for him from scratch.
I'd also say in general I have some room to talk in all this because...
I am an endorsed artist from many of the brands mentioned above...
DiMarzio, Morley Pedals, TC Electronic, Fernandes Guitars, Fractal Audio Systems...So I know how things work. (although I'd use all of the stuff even if Vai didn't use them- I still only use the Bad Horsie- not because of Vai but because it is the closest pedal to an EMB Audio remote wah)
I've also passed on several endorsements and no longer use many companies I've once endorsed/got stuff from... For example N-Tune guitar tuners that are built into the vol pot- i know longer use/endorse.
D'Addario for example hit me at artist pricing before tax and extremely expensive fedex shipping- more than what musiciansfriend sells 10 packs for on electrics.
I'd use carvin guitars- they're very underrated and the best set up instruments out of a factory- I like their amps but all the free carvins in the world wouldn't make me get rid of a boogie.
I also have many other endorsement deals, InTuneGP for guitar picks and a few others... I also have relationships with people at many other companies that I wouldn't call and endorsement but they take care of me...even guitar center
...so I know how things work.