Steve Vai swaps Ibanez for Gretsch in new single Little Pretty, and reveals bonkers triple-neck Hydra guitar

Steve Vai
(Image credit: Larry DiMarzio)

A day after announcing the title, tracklist and release date of his new album, Inviolate, Steve Vai has now unleashed the record’s third single, Little Pretty.

Unusually for Vai, who is rarely seen playing anything other than a variation of his Ibanez signature guitars, Little Pretty was almost exclusively recorded using a Gretsch hollowbody, with the electric guitar icon taking advantage of the six-string’s moody tones for the track’s equally dark riffs.

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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.