Steve Vai's childhood home practice rig is up for sale – but it's not what you think

Steve Vai performs onstage in the early '90s
(Image credit: John Lynn Kirk/Redferns)

In the past, whenever electric guitar virtuoso Steve Vai found himself with a run of dates on the East Coast, he'd typically set up shop at his parents' house in Long Island, New York.

There – in the setting where he first learned guitar – he'd practice for his forthcoming shows with a rig far more impressive than that on which he first learned the instrument he'd eventually master.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.