Ibanez has announced its latest collaboration with Steve Vai, the absolutely stunning PIA (Paradise in Art) Steve Vai Signature guitar.
Over 30 years in the making, the guitar is immediately distinct for its unique "Petal Grip," a feature Vai explains below:
“The petals signify the bond that two people have when they resonate together, and this is represented in the art of the guitar," Vai said in a press release. "The petals are also reminiscent of the Yin and Yang sign which is thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts.
"The petals are also the most beautiful and attractive part of a flower and intended to signify a message of unity and companionship. It is the ethos that guided the artistic design of the guitar.”
The PIA model features an alder body, a five-piece maple/walnut neck and a rosewood fretboard inlayed with an original design called the “PIA Blossom,” envisioned and designed specifically for this model.
Sonically, the guitar features new, custom-designed DiMarzio pickups - in the neck, middle and bridge - with a striking engraving pattern on the covers. It's available in a Stallion White finish, with limited Envy Green, Panther Pink and Sun Dew Gold finishes also available.
The price and release date of the Ibanez PIA (Paradise in Art) Steve Vai signature model have not yet been announced. We'll update this story once more information on the guitar becomes available.
For more info on the guitar, stop by ibanez.com.