Hear Steve Vai put his bonkers steampunk triple-neck through its paces on Teeth of the Hydra

Steve Vai
(Image credit: Larry DiMarzio)

Steve Vai’s utterly insane Hydra triple-neck is one of the most talked-about electric guitars in recent memory, but while we’ve seen closeups of the build, we’ve yet to hear it in action – until now, as the madcap electric’s namesake track, Teeth of the Hydra, has finally reared its head and showcased the instrument’s one-of-a-kind specs.

Teeth of the Hydra conjures the kind of nightmarish sonic landscapes that characterized Passion & Warfare’s moodier moments – except this time, they’re all coming from one instrument.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.