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Steve Vai Guitar Tech REVEALS Setup

Steve Vai Guitar Tech REVEALS Setup  ·  Source: Thomann/YouTube


Legendary guitar tech Thomas Nordegg shows us exactly how Steve Vai likes his guitars set up. The video also features some great stories along the way. So grab a drink, a guitar and some tools, it’s time to take a behind the scenes journey into the world of Vai.


Thomas Nordegg

Steve Vai has all his personal guitars fettled by guitar technician Thomas Nordegg. And, as Mr Vai puts his guitars through some extreme playing with his massive use of the vibrato and huge fluid runs, he needs his instruments in tip-top condition and ready for some serious action!

Nordegg is a bit of a legend when it comes to being a guitar tech. He has worked with some of the greats, including Yngwie Malmsteen, Frank Zappa and Dweezil Zappa. These players also have some pretty specific needs for their guitars, so it makes sense that Nordegg would also work with Steve Vai.

Ibanez JEM 777 Lock Ness Green Steve Vai

Ibanez JEM 777 Lock Ness Green, Steve Vai’s iconic signature guitar

Passion and Warfare

In this latest Thomann Guitar Tech Tips video, you’ll get to see exactly how Mr Vai likes his guitars set up, his preferred string action, and how best to string them up. If you are searching for some great guitar tech tips for your locking trem system, then this interview should be super useful.

Ibanez Steve Vai PIA3761 goes darker

Ibanez Steve Vai PIA3761

The Secrets

You can check out the full interview below and discover the secrets of Steve Vai’s EVO guitar’s setup. Along the way, you’ll also hear some tales of what Steve prefers in his instruments and what details matter to his playing style. Definitely a must-watch for any fans of Steve Vai. Or anyone that owns a guitar with a floating locking trem system.

Thomas Nordegg Video


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Steve Vai Guitar Tech REVEALS Setup

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