“Steve Vai and Joe Satriani’s setups are amazing examples of streamlined innovation. But with my maple neck Strat, it would be hard to do what they’re doing”: Eric Johnson on G3, profilers, and the custom pedal he “might actually put on the market”

Eric Johnson performs at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California on February 3, 2024
(Image credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

In 1996, when Joe Satriani first dreamed up G3 as a breeding ground for the guitar’s latest and greatest, he recruited old friend Steve Vai and fellow shred-era cohort Eric Johnson. From then on, despite their differences in style and demeanor – especially Johnson’s – the trio were forever linked.

That’s why Satriani called Vai and Johnson to reunite the original G3 in 2024. “It was this crazy idea,” Satriani told Guitar World of the original shows. “But it turned into a great success, so why not celebrate it?”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.