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Vai's definitely not my guitar god. He's good and I like his music, but I think I dig Satch better. And I consider Randy Rhoads to be my guitar god.

I have Universes and a JEM, however, because I just like the guitars.
 

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Well, to be fair this community is called "Jemsite", not Ibanezsite, Gilbertsite, or Satchsite...Although they would all be cool I'm sure. As such is the name of this particular site you would have to understand how there could be a lot of Vai fans here...

For me, and I do think Vai is the all around best player out there, it seems to be how well rounded he is. Not just musically though...

From his memorable stint as Jack Butler, to his throwback persona as a real honest to God rock hero complete with the fans that blow his hair all around on stage, to the ageless look he has, to his mystical, socioreligious inflections which surround him. He carries himself like a superstar from back in the day and yet has the knowledge and technical prowess of the elite musician. His songs may not be easily digestible to some, and in truth it took quite a few years to "get it" after Flex-Able was released.

Joe Satriani surfed with the alien but Steve Vai is the alien (And yes I LOVE Satch!!) But Vai is as concerned with what he plays as well as how it looks...And sometimes one could hike on what he wears but he is full blown "on" all the time!

One of my favorite songs is "Liberty" and what I love is that there are lyrics to that song and he plays the melody to it...Not a lot of people knew that at the time...I thought that was really cool. His mixture of Eastern and Western sounds and ideas works very well within the confines of what he does. Not too technical, and not too feely, but rather the right blend of playing all the time. Ultra Zone is a great record... His idea for Alive In an Ultra World was fantastic and innovative...The interplay between him and the band when he breaks a string is perfect!

No one likes to see their heroes getting old, and Gilbert (who I also like) looks old to me and Satch does too...So many guys up close lose a lot of that "thing" that made them special... Michael Angleo, Yngwie, Van Halen, Impellitteri, all seemed to get old or not grow... I guess I can't explain except to say that for me and just my opinion is that Vai (the entire package of what he was about) spoke to me on a level different than other players, at a time I was most open to being influenced. I was a huge Kiss fan when I was younger but, of course have outgrown that adulation I had for them when I was 18...Vai always stays one step ahead for me... :)
 

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To be honnest, I have never ever listened to a Vai album..
I've watched both the G3 with Petrucci and Malmsteen, and was disapointed.

Yeah, seems like Satriani and Vai, but mostly Vai, wanted to be on the spot, and both were trying to let the guest left behind.

But yeah I think he rocked anyway, but there was some kind of attitude going on I felt, you know?
-Maybe that was just me..

Would you suggest me an album to begin with?
I'm a decent player I guess, and listened to many great guitarists (Satriani, Greg Howe, Malmsteen, Gilbert, Joey Taffola, Vinnie Moore, many more) but not Vai (LOL hey?).

Thank you fellow guitarists and blogmates.
 

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A good Vai album that I would recommend would be Alien Love Secrets. That is the album and convinced me Vai was not just technique but soul as well.
 

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Vai's most accessible album (IMHO) is Alien Love Secrets. His masterpiece, however, is Passion and Warfare.

Enjoy!
 

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1- Passion And Warfare 1990

2- The Ultra Zone 1999

3- Alive In An Ultra World 2001

4- Flex-Able 1984

5- Live At The Astoria (DVD) 2003

6- David lee Roth-Eat 'Em And Smile 1986

7- David Lee Roth-Skyscraper 1988

8- Alien Love Secrets 1995
 

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Well, to be fair this community is called "Jemsite", not Ibanezsite, Gilbertsite, or Satchsite...Although they would all be cool I'm sure. As such is the name of this particular site you would have to understand how there could be a lot of Vai fans here...
Technically they would be RG or Ssite, PGMsite, and JSsite respectively.
 

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i prefered vai in the 80's.his guitar work on skyscraper and eat em n smile were shear and pure genius.as for his solo stuff id say i like 75% of it,passion n warfare been my fav album.which ever way you look at it you cant escape the fact that the man comands a lot of respect and has to be right up there with best of all time rock guitarists.
 

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i prefered vai in the 80's.his guitar work on skyscraper and eat em n smile were shear and pure genius.as for his solo stuff id say i like 75% of it,passion n warfare been my fav album.which ever way you look at it you cant escape the fact that the man comands a lot of respect and has to be right up there with best of all time rock guitarists.
I agree with everything you said man...

Technically they would be RG or Ssite, PGMsite, and JSsite respectively.
Correct you are sir! :)
 

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at 49 yo i don't even buy records tapes or cd's any more..much less sign up as a fan of any kind, fandom was a long time ago.
but if you don't say that Steve Vai is a pleasure to watch, then it seems likely you don't play guitar at all.
 

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if you don't say that Steve Vai is a pleasure to watch, then it seems likely you don't play guitar at all.
Either you don't play guitar or you don't care to watch guys put on silly hats and make kissy faces, while making sure the fan blows their hair just right.
 

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Either you don't play guitar or you don't care to watch guys put on silly hats and make kissy faces, while making sure the fan blows their hair just right.
For real. Not to mention, watching vai play, when you're already tbh, a little sick of hearing him put out albums of new versions of old songs? Boring.

I would LOVE to say I'm excited for new vai material, but really, I'm doubting we'll ever freakin SEE any at the rate he's goin.
 

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Either you don't play guitar or you don't care to watch guys put on silly hats and make kissy faces, while making sure the fan blows their hair just right.
guess you and I were looking at different things..all I saw was fingers
to each his own I suppose
 

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guess you and I were looking at different things..all I saw was fingers
to each his own I suppose
So you just zoom in on the DVD to see fingers?
That's weird, but to each his own I suppose.

Your missing some truly embarrassing "showmanship".
 

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I think Vai is one of the true "guitar gods" but agree that he's perhaps had his "moment".

However you do have to ask, iff you make "guitar music" where do you go after Passion and Warfare? that's a hell of a work to try and better. Any more "shred" and it becomes mindless drivel, and more "arty" and it becomes indigestible. Steve captured it at the summit on that disc.

Likewise, I don't think that within it's product type, that the JEM has ever been bettered either. I guess Steve has double respect then as a guitarist and a guitar designer :D
 
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