Guitars

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Ibanez Steve Vai JEM-EVO Signature Guitar

Ibanez Steve Vai JEM-EVO Signature Guitar

"For the most part, the record that I just finished is called The Story of Li... more

Ibanez Universe Burned Seven-String Electric Guitar

Ibanez Universe Burned Seven-String Electric Guitar

"With this guitar I broke out the seven string for a bunch of tracks on this ... more

Ibanez JEM/UV Steve Vai Signature Electric Guitar

Ibanez JEM/UV Steve Vai Signature Electric Guitar

"This is the new Jem that Ibanez just came out with. The bones of the Jem hav... more

Ibanez JEM Steve Vai 77FP Floral Fabric Print Electric Guitar

Ibanez JEM Steve Vai 77FP Floral Fabric Print Ele...

"This is fabric under there. The fabric came from my curtains. When I was liv... more

Amplifiers

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Carvin Legacy 1 VL100 100W Amp Head

Carvin Legacy 1 VL100 100W Amp Head

"I use a variety [of amps], like on the record I used a lot of different guit... more

Carvin Legacy 3 VL300 100W Amp Head

Carvin Legacy 3 VL300 100W Amp Head

"You want to continue to evolve and try to improve, so we came up with the Le... more

Fractal Axe-Fx II Guitar Effects Processor

Fractal Axe-Fx II Guitar Effects Processor

"I used to have what was the size of refrigerators for racks with all sorts o... more

Needs Improvement Marshall JMP 2203 Mk II Master Lead 100w

Marshall JMP 2203 Mk II Master Lead 100w

The 100 watt Marshall JMP was given to Ted Templeman by Steve Stevens during ... more

Effects Pedals

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Ibanez Jemini

Ibanez Jemini

"The pedalboard out of the front amp is pretty simple. I have an Ibanez Jemin... more

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Wah

Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Wah

"I'm using a Dunlop Wah-Wah," said Steve Vai about his Dunlop Original Cry Ba... more

Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah Pedal

Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah Pedal

"I'm using…a Bad Horsey Wah-Wah, which is a Morley that I helped design," say... more

Red Witch Titan

Red Witch Titan

"I just kind of put different pieces of gear in to try different pedals. I us... more

Studio Equipment

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Fractal Audio Systems MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller

Fractal Audio Systems MFC-101 MIDI Foot Controller

"This is the switcher for the Axe effect system. With my foot controller you'... more

Pultec Program Equalizer EQP-1A

Pultec Program Equalizer EQP-1A

"These Pultec Eqs are very old, very sought after and sre probably around $7-... more

ADR Compex F760X-RS Compressor

ADR Compex F760X-RS Compressor

"This here is a very cool piece of gear, the Compex EQ Compressor. They're ve... more

Eventide H3000S UltraHarmonizer

Eventide H3000S UltraHarmonizer

Steve Vai's studio rig contains an Eventide H3000S UltraHarmonizer. more

Microphones

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Shadow Hills Industries Mono GAMA 500 Series Mic Pre

Shadow Hills Industries Mono GAMA 500 Series Mic Pre

"These are mic pres API, they're called 500 Series because of their size. The... more

SVT Audio API 325/312 Mic Preamplifier

SVT Audio API 325/312 Mic Preamplifier

"These are mic pres API, they're called 500 Series because of their size," sa... more

AKG C214

AKG C214

This mic is used "for recording of lead vocals and solo instruments in studio... more

Needs Review Sennheiser MD 421-II Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

Sennheiser MD 421-II Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

"I use usually three microphones, on one cabinet and the way that they're pla... more

DAWs

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Needs Improvement Avid Pro Tools

Avid Pro Tools

"This is where I work, this is my computer and I use ProTools and I load ever... more

Software Plugins and VSTs

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Ocean Way Microphone Locker App

Ocean Way Microphone Locker App

“When the app revolution hit, I remembered that great CD-ROM and knew it woul... more

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.6

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.6

Steve Vai of [Alcatrazz](https://equipboard.com/band/alcatrazz), [Stuart Hamm... more

Studio Monitors

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Ocean Way HR3 Monitor System

Ocean Way HR3 Monitor System

"My friend is Allen Sides and he has this speaker line, the OceanWay Monitor ... more

Yamaha NS10 Studio Monitor

Yamaha NS10 Studio Monitor

"The speakers I use, I've always been used to NS-10s because it's just the wa... more

Strings

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Ernie Ball Super Slinky Cobalt Guitar Strings (9-42)

Ernie Ball Super Slinky Cobalt Guitar Strings (9-42)

"I'm usually a 9-42 guy, and I think the seven-string is a 52. Some of the gu... more

Needs Review Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Guitar Strings (10-46)

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Guitar Strings (10-46)

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Electric Strings are favored by many musicians arou... more

Ernie Ball Super Slinky Guitar Strings (9-42)

Ernie Ball Super Slinky Guitar Strings (9-42)

On 4:00, Steve is talking about Ernie ball Strings According to Ernie Ball... more

Dean Markley Blue Steel

Dean Markley Blue Steel

At the second column, you'll read "Steve uses: Ibanez Guitars, DiMarzio Evolu... more

Music Accessories

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Ibanez 1000SVWHR Steve Vai Signature Guitar Pick

Ibanez 1000SVWHR Steve Vai Signature Guitar Pick

"I use these Ibanez picks. It's funny because you can give me anything and I ... more

Ibanez 1000SVMP Steve Vai Signature Guitar Pick

Ibanez 1000SVMP Steve Vai Signature Guitar Pick

"If I got the wrong pick I just can't play. And I had to go through a lot of ... more

Ibanez 1000SVBR Steve Vai Signature Guitar Pick

Ibanez 1000SVBR Steve Vai Signature Guitar Pick

"I don't use Tortex, because well - it's not that I'm an animal activist - I ... more

Ibanez 1000SVGR Steve Vai Signature Guitar Pick

Ibanez 1000SVGR Steve Vai Signature Guitar Pick

"These [Ibanez picks] are like a special kind of plastic that just grips my f... more

Bass Guitars

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Needs Review Fender Black Precision Bass Gold Pickguard

Fender Black Precision Bass Gold Pickguard

This black Fender Precision Bass with Gold pickguard is also a part of Steve ... more

World Instruments

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Needs Review Coral Sitar

Coral Sitar

This rare 1960s Coral Sitar made by Jerry Jones is the Angel Hair model. It i... more

Banjos

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Needs Review Fender FB-54 5 String Banjo

Fender FB-54 5 String Banjo

This Fender 5 String Banjo model FB-54 in black finish is a part of Vai's ext... more

Other Gear

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Needs Review RIAA Gold Sales Award – "Passion and Warfare"

RIAA Gold Sales Award – "Passion and Warfare"

This Gold sales award was presented to Steve Vai by the Recording Industry As... more

Needs Review RIAA 2x Platinum Sales Award – "Live at the Astoria London"

RIAA 2x Platinum Sales Award – "Live at the Astor...

This 2x Platinum sales award was presented to Steve Vai by the Recording Indu... more

Needs Review Nielsen Gold Sales Award – "Passion and Warfare"

Nielsen Gold Sales Award – "Passion and Warfare"

This Gold sales award was presented to Steve Vai by the Nielsen SoundScan to ... more

Needs Review TrueFire

TrueFire

Steve Vai is an educator on the online guitar lesson website TrueFire. His co... more

Gear Guides

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13 Best Reverb Pedals for Guitar

Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

Updated July 2021

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8 Best Looper Pedals for Guitar: 2021 Gear Guide

Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

Updated July 2021

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7 Best Guitar Tuners

Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

Updated November 2019

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The Top 11 Overdrive Pedals - 2021 Edition

Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

Updated July 2021