Emerald Guitars' Ultra Guitar on Tour with Steve Vai
Emerald Guitars, based in beautiful Donegal,
Ireland, is proud to announce that Grammy Award-winning master
musician Steve Vai is playing Emerald's "Ultra" guitar onstage
during his 2012-2013 world tour. Featured onstage in the
Steve Vai song "The Ultra Zone," this
one-of-a-kind custom guitar is sure to generate a lot of discussion
with its unearthly design, built-in lasers, and its chameleon-like
tendency to change color (and even seem alive) under the right
Steve Vai is a virtuoso guitarist and visionary
composer who has sold over 10 million albums, and whose 16th solo
record was released this month. Starting in 1980 as Frank
Zappa's "stunt guitarist," Steve Vai
proceeded to work with major artists including David Lee
Roth, Whitesnake, Joe
Jackson, Alice Cooper, and Meat Loaf among many others.
Vai is frequently featured on the cover of major guitar
publications and is constantly cited in countless lists as one of
the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. Official
Steve Vai website: www.vai.com
Steve Vai, on the Ultra guitar:
"At first I wasn't sure if I should plug it in and play it or
crawl inside of it and fly it to Venus, so I did both... at the
same time. After handling it, it was obvious that it was not just a
masterpiece extravaganza of a carving frenzy, but it was also a
very well crafted and playable instrument. In the years following
my receiving the Ultra guitar, Alistair has continued to create
unique guitars that are constructed from original designs and
materials that produce stunning visual and audible heights, but
mine is the only one that can fly to Venus and back without missing
For Alistair Hay of Emerald Guitars, seeing
Steve Vai embrace the Ultra guitar and use it
onstage each night is tremendously gratifying, and marks a return
to the original point of inspiration for building the
"Steve Vai is truly one of the most creative, accomplished,
influential guitarists of his generation and to see him perform
onstage in front of thousands of fans playing the guitar I made for
him... it's a real milestone for Emerald Guitars and for me,
personally, it's a dream come true."
The Ultra guitar was created specifically for Steve
Vai as a tribute andoriginated from a concept drawing by
illustrator Aaron Brown for the cover of Steve Vai'sThe Ultra
Unconventional custom designs are standard at Emerald Guitars,
where master guitar maker Alistair Hay creates a variety of
electric and acoustic instruments using carbon-fibre instead of
wood. Emerald's building techniques allow for non-traditional body
shapes and ornamentation, and most importantly, consistent and
incredible tone that surpasses most other guitars in the world.
Because the carbon-fibre body doesn't react to climate conditions
like wood (ie: warping etc.), Emerald guitars thrive in any
climate. Other well-known Emerald custom guitars include the
Bahamut dragon guitar.
A full line-up of Emerald Guitars can be viewed
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