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guitars in his collection include an Ibanez Metheny, a Telecaster with
B-bender, Jeff Beck Strat, '60s Electric XII, DiMini Strat, Gibson Les
Paul Traditional, Jerry Jones sitar guitar, Fernandez Sustainer, and
acoustics made by Guild, Gibson, Taylor, Ovation, Carvin and Ibanez.
Vai has employed Carvin amps since the early 1980s, including an
X100B head with 4x12 cabinet on Flex-Able and in Alcatrazz. With
Roth, he plugged into Carvins and modified 100-watt Marshalls,
and later augmented with Marshall JCM 800, 900 and Jubilee heads,
Soldano SLO amps, and VHT power amp with Marshall cabinets with
30-watt Celestion speakers. He unveiled his Carvin Legacy signature
amp in 1999, which is now in its third incarnation as the Legacy 3
and contains three distinct channels.
Vai used a Crybaby wah, Boss chorus, and MXR stompboxes on FlexAble, then added a Roland SDE-300 delay and Boss Super Overdrive
with Alcatrazz. With Roth, he added a Boss overdrive, rack effects like
AMS reverb, Ibanez SDR-1000, Roland and Yamaha gear, Eventide SP2016, and a Bob Bradshaw switching system. His current pedalboard
has a Jemini distortion, Dunlop and Morley wahs, Whammy pedal,
and a Fractal foot controller to access a Fractal Axe-FX II effects.
Vai has used strings by D'Addario, Dean Markley, and currently
Ernie Ball (.009-.042). He prefers Ibanez heavy-gauge plastic picks.
Wolf Marshall is the founder and original editor-in-chief of GuitarOne magazine and
a respected author and columnist who has been influential in contemporary music
education since the early 1980s. His latest releases include 101 Must-Know Rock
Licks, B.B. King: the Definitive Collection, and Best of Jazz Guitar. Wolf's list of credits
can be found at wolfmarshall.com.