Watch Steve Vai tame his monstrous triple-neck Hydra in the first-ever live performance of Teeth of The Hydra

Steve Vai playing his Hydra guitar
(Image credit: Tonefiend/YouTube)

As 2021 drew to a close, Steve Vai managed to outshine practically every single electric guitar drop from the preceding 12 months when he released his single Little Pretty – a track from his latest studio album Inviolate that was accompanied by a beastly creation named Hydra.

Unlike anything the guitar community had seen before, the triple-neck monster could basically do it all: it had one body, two headstocks and three necks, and accommodated seven- and 12-string guitars, as well as a four-string bass and half-fretless neck.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.