Steve Vai Discusses Designing Ibanez Universe Seven-String

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Steve Vai recently sat down with Wichita NPR affiliate KMUW to discuss the current Generation Axe tour, which sees him performing alongside Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi.

In addition to talking about the tour, Vai was also asked about helping to design the Ibanez Universe, the first mass-produced seven-string guitar, which helped to kick off the extended-range craze and influenced the sound of metal bands like Korn, among many others.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.