Steve Vai's "The Hydra" Ibanez Triple-Neck Guitar Will Leave You Speechless
Listen to the half-fretless 12-string/7-string/harp/fretless bass instrument in action this Friday.
Ibanez and Steve Vai have just unveiled the instrument behind the guitar virtuoso’s upcoming track.
Something out of a science-fiction novel, “The Hydra” is a triple neck instrument with a steampunk aesthetic, and it has details that would leave even Michael Angelo Batio speechless. The guitar features a top neck 12 strings – half fretless, a middle 7-string neck, a bottom that’s a half fretless bass, a 13-string harp, a “Seducer,” a “Dragonizer,” a “Climax Regulator,” an ethernet 4-way output, and a plethora of switches, controls, and gauges.
This guitar was designed by Moti Kashiuchi and built by Kazuya Kuroki of Ibanez Japan with electrical done by Hirotada Nomura. Those interested in hearing how Vai’s guitar acrobatics will sound on “The Hydra” will have to wait until Friday when the song “Teeth of the Hydra” drops from his new album Inviolate.
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