“It’s like John Scofield took acid”: Steve Vai’s tech shares the story behind the virtuoso’s psychedelic semi-hollow

Steve Vai plays an Ibanez JSM100 in a custom finish
(Image credit: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images)

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Steve Vai live in concert over the past few months, you couldn’t have helped but notice that brightly colored semi-hollow electric guitar the shred icon has been playing during Little Pretty – and if it looks kind of familiar, then that’s because it is – Vai’s tech, Doug MacArthur, has revealed it’s a John Scofield signature guitar.

Futhermore, that custom dipped art finish? It’s by the same artist who turned Vai’s signature PIA into a tribute to the swirl finishes of his JEM and Universe signature models.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.