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Hey bros, I'm new to the forum and would like to start by asking a few questions relating to the equipment Steve Vai uses. I recently purchased an Ibanez RGT42DX and put some nice DiMarzio Evolutions in the neck and bridge. The amp I use is a Line 6 Spider 3 75w. I'm curious to know more about the equipment/effects I need inorder to achieve the tone Vai uses in his song "For The Love of God". I notice a lot of his leads have presence and that is something my amp doesn't offer. I haven't been able to come close in matching the correct tone with my Line 6. Should I buy a whole new amp or can I get away with buying a POD? So yeah basically just need to know what I need to do or buy inorder to get the correct tone to play "For The Love of God". Yes, I am still a relatively new guitar player. I've been playing for almost 3 years now, with the past few months being spent studying Steve Vai. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#2
Quote by TheSaint97
Hey bros, I'm new to the forum and would like to start by asking a few questions relating to the equipment Steve Vai uses. I recently purchased an Ibanez RGT42DX and put some nice DiMarzio Evolutions in the neck and bridge. The amp I use is a Line 6 Spider 3 75w. I'm curious to know more about the equipment/effects I need inorder to achieve the tone Vai uses in his song "For The Love of God". I notice a lot of his leads have presence and that is something my amp doesn't offer. I haven't been able to come close in matching the correct tone with my Line 6. Should I buy a whole new amp or can I get away with buying a POD? So yeah basically just need to know what I need to do or buy inorder to get the correct tone to play "For The Love of God". Yes, I am still a relatively new guitar player. I've been playing for almost 3 years now, with the past few months being spent studying Steve Vai. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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#4
I need inorder to achieve the tone Vai uses in his song "For The Love of God"


A heavily modded JCM-800.
Good luck.
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A ton of reverb/delay would be useful too I imagine.
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#6
Carvin Legacy Steve Vai model would be a start, beyond that I dunno
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Sounds great man but any ideas as to what amp I should consider?

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#9
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Put a fernandes sustainer kit.


No. That wouldn't help at all.
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Quote by Archeo Avis
No. That wouldn't help at all.

Yea I know. But, I think he should get new amp.
#11
he has a fernandes sustaner n his guitar.... thats how he gets alot of the sound and does all thos eone handed things
#12
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he has a fernandes sustaner n his guitar.... thats how he gets alot of the sound and does all thos eone handed things


It won't get you anywhere close to his sound. I can only think of a few songs in which he's used it at all, and even then, all it will give you is sustain. The sustainer won't help him.
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#13
Quote by Archeo Avis
It won't get you anywhere close to his sound. I can only think of a few songs in which he's used it at all, and even then, all it will give you is sustain. The sustainer won't help him.


Having Vai's brain will though.
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#14
High as well get his hands while you're at it. If you're capable of pulling that off, you also might aswell just steal his rig too

More seriously, Vai's tone is a hard ont to match...as is anyones...there are SOOO many factors.

Honestly, if you tweak enough, with delay and maybe a little reverb...you should get close. My Valvetronix does.
#15
Not to mention it's changed a lot over the years. What era Vai are you looking for? I find his later tones to be very modern, and a hair on the processed side. His earlier solo times were just modern. His DLR tone wasn't anything unique -a JCM with an overdrive- but his fingers made it unique.

EDIT: Also claims his Boss DS-1 Distortions are very important, though I have no clue to what capacity; IE an overdrive, running it as a distortion into a clean amp, etc.
#16
I think he used to use Bogners (dream on!) and modded Marshalls, now it tends to be the legacy for live work. If you can save up for a Legacy you'll be pretty happy, though it's be total overkill unless you gig regularly.

Are you talking about a home/practice amp or a gigging one?
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EDIT: Also claims his Boss DS-1 Distortions are very important, though I have no clue to what capacity; IE an overdrive, running it as a distortion into a clean amp, etc.


Keep in mind though that his DS-1 is heavily modded (dont remember which one exactly)
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#20
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Keep in mind though that his DS-1 is heavily modded (dont remember which one exactly)


No it isn't. His DS-1 is stock.
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#21
new steve vai distortion and overdrive from ibanez is out looks awesome
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#23
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His old DS-1s were unmodded... all his new ones have the Keeley mods.


Other way around.
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#24
Quote by Archeo Avis
Other way around.

Huh? His new ones have the Keeley mods for sure; I've seen a GW video and have a friend who got to meet Vai and see his rig that confirms this. Keeley also wasn't around back in the mid/late 80's, unless Vai had someone else mod them.
#25
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Huh? His new ones have the Keeley mods for sure; I've seen a GW video and have a friend who got to meet Vai and see his rig that confirms this. Keeley also wasn't around back in the mid/late 80's, unless Vai had someone else mod them.


According both him and his tech, who post routinely on his forum, his DS-1 is unmodded. He stopped using the Keeley mod years ago.
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#27
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why???


The Legacy is a dark amp as it is. The Keeley modded DS-1 is very fat and warm sounding, and it gets too muddy when paired with the Legacy.
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