Watch Tommy Emmanuel tear it up on Steve Vai's custom, Strat-style Ibanez JEM – with Vai on rhythm guitar

Tommy Emmanuel (left, foreground) jams with Steve Vai (background) at Vai Academy 6.0 in Las Vegas, Nevada
(Image credit: Tommy Emmanuel/YouTube)

Earlier this month, Steve Vai hosted the 6th edition of his annual, all-star Vai Academy workshop at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

Featuring electric guitar greats Nuno Bettencourt, Guthrie Govan, Larry Mitchell and Yvette Young, bass guitar wizard Billy Sheehan, acoustic guitar ace Joe Robinson, and, of course, Vai himself, the academy ran from August 4-8.

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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.