Long Island, New York, native Steven Vai is one of the most acclaimed guitar virtuosos to come to fame in the late 20th Century. And he’s also a Sam Ash favorite! Taking inspiration from his rock heroes Jimmy Page, Brian May, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix, and many others, Vai set out to conquer his own sonic territory and created a tone that is all his own. From his early work with Frank Zappa to his tours with David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, and Public Image, Ltd., to his solo work and collaborative tours as part of the G3 Concert series, Steve Vai is a true rock and roll guitar pioneer. And, let’s not forget to mention his epic guitar duel with Ralph Macchio in the film “Crossroads.” (Hey, it was the ‘80s, right?).
Sam Ash Music wants to help you celebrate all things Vai this Holiday Season. We’ve put together a nice little wish list that includes:
Ibanez JEM7V Steve Vai Signature Series Electric Guitar: designed from the ground up for fast, smooth action, this guitar fetters a contoured alder body with a 24-fret Prestige JEM neck that provides easy access all the way up. The deep routed tremolo cavity allows extreme swells and bombs all night long.
Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie wah pedals: Steve Vai and Morley joined forces to produce a WAH that can handle all sorts of use and abuse. This Morley optical wah pedal is switchless for ease of use. Simply step on to engage it and step off to go to bypass. The Bad Horsie Wah has a special buffer circuitry to prevent signal loading, insuring superior WAH tonality and the ability to drive long cables without signal loss. Giddyup!
The Ibanez EP10B Steve Vai Acoustic Electric Guitar: a small bodied instrument that delivers big sound, whether amplified or played straight acoustic. Players who are more accustomed to playing solid body electrics (as Steve Vai is legendary for) will love the comfort and ease of playability of the EP10B. This beauty starts with an Englemann Spruce top, which is finished in an elegant high gloss black pearl. The Black Pearl finish is complimented beautifully by abalone inlays along the top edges. The back, sides and neck are all carved from solid mahogany. The 24 fret neck is adorned with a ‘tree of life’ inlay pattern and the cutaway body design allows for easy access to the upper frets for that little extra you need when soloing.
DiMarzio DP158 Evolution Neck Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup (Steve Vai Multi-Color): The Evolution® neck and bridge humbuckers are the result of two years of research to come up with the right sound for a very demanding player: Steve Vai and his Ibanez® Jems. Both pickups are designed for maximum impact and power. The neck pickup is fat, punchy and loud. The bridge pickup is tight, aggressive and louder. Both pickups have the DiMarzio patented dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers. Evolution® pickups are not polite-sounding, and they're not for the inexperienced, but - if you've got the chops and a hot amp - your sound will burn. The Evolution® pickups were originally designed with live gigs in mind, but they have so much presence and definition that they're great recording pickups, too; they slice right through even the densest mix.
Hal Leonard Steve Vai Guitar Styles and Techniques Book & CD: Play along with the actual backing tracks from Passion and Warfare and Sex and Religion especially modified by Steve Vai himself! Learn the secrets behind a guitar virtuoso then play along like the pro himself.
Steve Vai Signature™ Guitar Cable: Legendary guitarist Steve Vai has been using DiMarzio cables for years. The Steve Vai Signature™ Guitar Cable features modified gold-plated DiMarzio/Switchcraft plugs. The EP1700SV plugs incorporate a new improved strain relief for the already well-designed Switchcraft end. They have a jewelry finish and feature a ring with Steve Vai’s logo to identify the guitar side of the cable. The reduced capacitance cable is specially tuned for Vai’s sound. Steve Vai Signature™ cables are encased in a black braided jacket that protects the cable from damage, and they are double shielded to reduce hum, interference and stage noise.
So, if you are a fan or if someone on your gift-list is a fan of Steve Vai, Sam Ash Music is where you want to shop this holiday season!