Does anyone have any information on the guitar Steve is holding on the cover of Young Guitar from March 1988? Is it an early prototype with pyramids before they settled on the vine inlay? Are there any other known photos of this guitar?
Yes, he played that guitar live for the first time in 1987 at the Guitarmania show during 1987 NAMM, just after the release of the original neon trio. Dealears wanted that finish too so Ibanez had to produce it in mass and was released in 1988 but with the vine inlay. Steve gave that guitar to his friend fron Western Vacation.
I’ve always been curious about this one that appears briefly in an old video interview with Vai while he was recording guitar parts for Slip of the Tongue. Another prototype FP? Pink vine, green pickups and blue knobs!!
Yeah, I've seen that guitar in one of my Vai guitar tab books. I really dig the disappearing pyramid inlays with a rosewood fretboard like the Multicolor 7 string Universe. If Ibanez/Vai came out with a floral JEM with those disappearing pyramid inlays, I'd jump on it in a heart beat.