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Ever since it was designed and built in 1987, Steve
Vai’s signature Ibanez has been one of the most
instantly recognizable guitars in rock. Numerous
visual features make this one really stand out from
the pack: the monkey grip, the Lion’s Claw trem
cavity, and the Tree of Life fretboard inlay all help
make this a truly memorable guitar.
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The sonically relevant appointments are just as
unique: the rosewood fretboard attached to the
five-piece maple and walnut neck is scalloped
above the 21st fret to allow better control in the
upper register, and the DiMarzio Evolution pickups
were also designed exclusively with Vai’s input.
Steve’s main guitar, “Evo,” is a JEM7V identical
to the one pictured here, but “slightly battered”
after years of touring with one of the most exuberant guitarists of the past thirty years. Vai also
uses a JEM77 with DiMarzio Brood pickups, nicknamed “MOJO,” and a UV777 Universe seven-string guitar.
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