Steve Vai: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Written by Ava   

Wish we could say it was Jemsite that had the privilege of interviewing the legendary Steve Vai. But alas, Premier Guitar had that opportunity and ran with it, but let us along for the ride!

Here's a detailed, republished interview with the Ibanez icon from Oscar Jordan at Premier Guitar magazine.

I was left alone in the Harmony Hut. No, it’s not a corporate family restaurant chain. It’s virtuoso guitarist Steve Vai’s recording studio. It’s where the magic happens—his sanctum sanctorum, if you will.

In one of the rooms, his guitars are lined up against the wall in two long rows, top and bottom. I see guitars that I remember from his Alcatrazz and David Lee Roth years, electric sitars, seven-strings and old Frankenstein Strats. Further back is Vai’s amp rig, locked and loaded. Sitting on a desk, there is a Ted Greene chord book opened to the middle laying on top of a Mahavishnu Orchestra transcription book. Behind his desk and workstation in the adjoining room, a large window reveals a big, beautiful tree situated just outside the studio, a tree that radiates the kind of Zen-like peace and serenity I imagine would be perfect to inspire psychotic guitar riffs in bizarro time signatures. The studio is immaculate.

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I Want Candy
Written by Peter   

For this, my second guest post for the Jemsite blog, I’d like to talk a little bit about my Ibanez Talman TC825FSL. This sparkly beauty was a Christmas present from Mrs I Heart Guitar in 2005. We were out and about pre-Christmas in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton, and we called in on Music Swop Shop, a secondhand store with more great gear than my tiny little mind can handle. Had a look a few cool things, including an Ernie Ball Music Man Axis, but when we stepped into the back room I saw two guitars that made my ears prick up: a Heartfield Talon and this Ibanez Talman. Now, the Talon was made by Fujigen, the same Japanese company that builds guitars for Ibanez. It was a sub-brand of Fender, and the Talon itself is basically a slightly tweaked Ibanez RG550. But I digress. Even though I’m interested in Heartfields, how could I concentrate on that guitar when this Talman was beckoning me?

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To Floyd or not to Floyd: That is The Question
Written by Tank   

Now many young starters on the electric guitar ask me about what to get as their first real guitar and amp and one of the most often asked questions is if they should get one with a Floyd or not.

Disclaimer: For simplicity I will call any double locking tremolo a Floyd that derives from the original Floyd Rose Design, like Edge, Edge Pro, Schaller Double Locking etc.

Now they ask of course because most of my guitars have one. Actually all my guitars have one except the Les Paul, which I rarely play.

Well here is the plain and simple truth (please read on before flaming):

There is no other trem system (at least none of which I tried) that will keep your tuning as good as a Floyd, period.

There is a downside of course. You Floyd has to be adjusted right, has to be a quality product and not a cheap rip off and you need to take care of it. Now can a young beginner do so? Well the initial adjustment probably not. But you can have a Pro do the initial setup. It is then very easy, if instructed right, to upkeep that setup. Very few adjustments are needed if you keep it in constant shape. If you do so, you are rewarded with the most stable tuning available.

Of course there is a second side to the story:

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Bright Flamboyant Guitars
Written by IbanezFreak777   

 3some on my bed

Why do I like flamboyant colored Ibanez guitars?  Every time I buy a guitar, it always ends up being an over-the-top color or design. Maybe it’s because when I finally save up enough cash, I just can’t waste it on a dull understated color. Maybe I am in some way, trying to full fill a childhood fantasy, to own a bright or interesting guitar. Maybe if I were cashed up, I could buy one of each flavor. But because I‘m not, my purchases have to be exactly what my heart desires, and if that’s a hideous swirly thing, then so be it.

At age three, my parents got me onto playing classical piano. Basically, years of boring classical music, wasted on a young child, who would eventually grow up to love the neo- classical sounds of Yngwie Malmsteen. Just before my 12th Birthday, I hinted to my parents that I wanted to change instruments and learn the guitar.

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Never Underestimate The Power of Your Guitar
Written by theapprentice   



I got my first electric guitar, an extremely cheap made-in-China model, on my fourteenth birthday. It came with an equally crappy 15 watt transistor amplifier with a reasonably high gain built-in overdrive. Was I thrilled when I played on it for the first time! I instantly felt the potential of an electric to astound people with simple power chords played through a distorted amp, and I was quite satisfied with it for a while, until I thought about how I wanted ‘real’ guitars better such as Fender and Gibson models. Every day I dreamt of finally owning a Strat or a Paul in the near future. I remember my mother being mad at me for not being happy with my current gear.
 
For a while, I hated playing on the damn thing. It got to the point where I stopped playing for a while. I resumed my practicing after four or five months of thinking about how I wasted money by buying a guitar and not using it. I felt contented with the guitar again and I took it to small gigs at times, and that made me realize that being happy with your instrument doesn’t mean it has to have that big “I am VERY expensive” logo on the headstock. Sometimes, it’s not the instrument that has a problem, it’s the PLAYER. I soon found out about that a couple of months after I resumed playing.
 

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Take This Into Consideration
Written by Ava   


Here’s something perhaps I should consider when buying an electric guitar.  

Jon over at Guitar Noize has brought something special to my attention.  The Gibson Dark Fire is a musical masterpiece of a guitar  that combines the P90h in the neck position and a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge position. New carbon fiber-like pickup covers are designed especially to match the guitar’s fade.  Black binding and a chambered Mahogany body, a deep glossy finish, and tuners that are smaller and faster.  Also, the acoustics sound amazing! It’s being called “he most technologically advanced guitar ever created.”

I’m sure this guitar is wayyyyy over my budget, but it definitely seems like an amazing instrument nonetheless.  Could you imagine me walking in with this baby? I think everyone’s mouth would drop open.