Steve Vai and Ibanez unveil the three-necked Hydra in new video
20.01.2022

Steve Vai and Ibanez unveil the three-necked Hydra in new video

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(Image: Larry Dimarzio)
Words by Eli Duxson

Because why not?

Steve Vai has done one of the most ‘Vai’ things imaginable and revealed his new three-necked and two headstocked Hydra guitar with Ibanez, and that’s just the start of it.

What you need to know:

  • Steve Vai and Ibanez unveil the three-necked Hydra in a new video.
  • The Hydra’s two headstocks and three necks host seven and 12-string guitars, and a four string ¾ scale length headless bass, along with 13 sympathetic harp strings.
  • Vai also announced that on January 28 his new album Inviolate is released, an individual NFT of the Hydra’s reveal video will be auctioned off via OpenSea. 

Read all the latest product news here.

The Hydra’s two headstocks and three necks host seven and 12-string guitars, and a four string ¾ scale length headless bass, along with 13 sympathetic harp strings.

There are half-fretless necks so the 12 string can go fretless, while the pickups include  single-coil, humbucking, piezo, MIDI and sustainer pickups, with both floating and hardtail tremolo bridges, and phase splitters.

If that wasn’t enough, this steampunk looking beast has a vintage three cathode-tube climax regulator and an ethernet port.

Vai said he feels like “this instrument has the potential to be historical”.

“It’s unique in various ways and its construction is inspired. And there’s a song that was written on it that honours the potential of the instrument.

“We absolutely respected this instrument by having the brilliant Garson Yu and his team at yU+co create this phenomenal Hydra reveal video. The guitar geek in me is stunned every time I see it. This video captures the splendor and mystique of the Hydra in intimate detail.

“The conception and construction of the instrument was a monumental feat of creativity by a whole group of inspired people, and I could not be more happy with the way this video came out. Imagine being a half an inch tall and exploring the Hydra as an adventurer. It would be like exploring an alien planet. Sign me up!” 

Ibanez Artist Relations Manager Mike Orrigo said “it started off as a concept that Steve approached Ibanez with several years ago. While it was understood then that the task to turn Steve’s vision into reality would be a tremendous undertaking, we were undeterred by the challenge”.

Vai also announced that on January 28 his new album Inviolate is released, an individual NFT of the Hydra’s reveal video will be auctioned off via OpenSea. The NFT will also feature exclusive bonus content that will be unlocked to the buyer.

Check out the reveal video below!

Keep your eyes peeled to Ibanez for more updates.