Tag: Ibanez

Steve Vai interviewed by Music Radar at NAMM 2011

Last weekend the 2011 version of NAMM in Anaheim, California, saw many of the usual artists coming to present new products, signature series and so on. Steve Vai was there as he often is, this year to present his new Ibanez Euphoria signature model, an acoustic model not too dissimilar to Joe Satriani’s JSA Series as you can see below:

Photos © Ibanez - from Facebook

While he was there, the guys at Music Radar took their chance to briefly catch up with him, here’s an excerpt of their interview, with something I find quite exciting:

Last year, the film you co-produced, Crazy, was released. Do you have any other such projects happening?

“There are a couple of things I’m working on that I’m very excited about. One of them is a whole new division for Favored Nations. I’m partnering with a company in New York, and what we’re going to do is develop a completely new model for a record company. It’s still way early to talk about, but it’s going to be very contemporary. Ever since I started my first label at the age of 20, I’ve always been aware of how the music business works. Trends can happen, and things can change, but there’s always opportunity.

“The other thing is something that’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s called Guitar TV – an internet station, 24/7, streaming all of the greatest guitar performances ever. Basically, it all started when I asked myself, ‘What would I like to see?’ That’s how a lot of good ideas come about. So we’re going to be launching that at some point. Guitar TV is going to be all guitar, every genre, the greatest performances. Being it Joe Pass, Eric Johnson, Hendrix, Satriani – all the greats, here they are.

“Not only that, but it’s going to have some really cool features. At any point, you can click on it and go to a Wikipedia page and read about the artist. You can click on another place and go to their website. You can click and buy their CDs. And what’s really cool is, you can click on the guitar the artist is playing and learn everything about the instrument. You can even find where you can buy the guitar, too. It’s crazy! The whole thing is built, and the man who’s going to be running it, Andy Alt, is talking to companies about content. I can’t wait to get it off and running. I figure, if I want something like this, there’s got to be other people who want the same thing.”

Now let’s hope it won’t suffer the fate of Pandora in this country. For the whole interview, head over to Music Radar 🙂

Design your own specialty Ibanez guitar with Satch

Ok I think the guitar heroes have been sitting around a table recently and bounced ideas off each other. Closely following the “Design a JEM” contest, it’s now Joe Satriani’s turn to propose a competition for people to design their own guitar. Only this time it’s not tied in to the JEM, but to Joe Satriani’s signature models.

And the prizes are quite enticing too, check this out:

  • an Ibanez guitar with the winner’s own design
  • a Vox Satchurator
  • a Planet Waves strap
  • Joe’s new CD and DVD “live in Paris”

The contest runs until the 16th of March so get to your pencils!

For more details, check out the official page for the contest, along with the submission form and a design template

Design a JEM contest rules available

Direct from Steve Vai himself, the rules for the Design a JEM contest have now been published by Ibanez. They’re pretty straightforward, though I recommend you read them first before going toooo crazy on submitting a design, there are certain restrictions. Other than that as long as you’re over 18 and not an employee of Ibanez, you’re free to enter. Here’s the details in Steve’s words:

To celebrate the sale of the 77,777th Ibanez Jem guitar, Steve Vai and Ibanez are holding a very special contest that gives you the opportunity to design the Ibanez Jem of your dreams! The winner of the contest will have the guitar made for them to their specifications by Ibanez. Only two guitars will be produced – one for the winner and one for Steve, making this one of the rarest Jems ever produced! The contest is on now! Visit http://www.ibanez.co.jp/JEMUV/contest.html for official rules, details and your Jem template. Three entries per person are permitted, so go crazy! Contest ends on June 6th 2010.

In addition to the design software from Jemsite I posted last time, there’s also a template available for the the Ibanez website to use as a base. So get designing, you can submit up to 3 designs so don’t worry about not getting it quite right the first time. 🙂

Design the Ibanez JEM of your dreams

Aah, the JEM, such an iconic guitar for the fanboys like myself who relish in simple, yet elegant designs in a guitar which can be customised again and again but still retain its essence. Unfortunately, the JEM is a high level guitar and therefore one I’ve never been able to afford. But there might be hope.

Steve Vai and Ibanez have announced an upcoming contest for you (and me, umm, hopefully) to design the next JEM. This is to celebrate the 77,777 JEM to be sold (I did say they are expensive) and there will be only 2 manufactured: One for the winner and one for Steve. Check the video below:

Now if you don’t know how to design a guitar, that’s ok, neither do I, but there’s a great resource on line to come up with ideas, it’s called the VRG-Builder. It won’t allow you to do fancier designs than plain colour but it can give you a template to begin with.

If  residents outside the US can enter, I might give it a shot, as I would love to own a custom-made JEM. More on the Ibanez website, contest details have not yet been announced.