Steve Vai names his "greatest accomplishment on the guitar"

Steve Vai performs at the Las Noches del Botanico festival in Madrid, Spain on July 18, 2022
(Image credit: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images)

Electric guitar hero Steve Vai recently sat down with Guitar Player for a chat about the five tracks that have defined his career. 

Tender Surrender was present on this list, as was, of course, For the Love of God, the dazzling, melodic shred-fest Vai famously recorded underneath a wooden pyramid while in the middle of a 10-day fast. 

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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.