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Beware of the Hydra.
That’s a warning from Steve Vai, the creator of the crazy three-necked guitar that he plays on a song appropriately titled “Teeth of the Hydra.”
“I am hellbent on bringing that beast (on tour), performing that song and dazzling everybody,” Vai said. “It really is quite an excitement to see it performed.”
If you go
Steve Vai is playing at the Wilma on Saturday, Nov. 26. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8. Tickets are $42-$50 at logjampresents.com, the Top Hat or 1-800-514-3849.
The Hydra was inspired by the scene in the movie “Mad Max: Fury Road,” where a guitarist is playing a crazy guitar, strapped to the front of a truck.
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“I thought that’s cool, but it’s fake. I’m going to make it real,’” Vai said in a recent phone interview. “I’ve always been attracted to multi-necked guitars. I wanted it to have a 12-string neck half fretted, a seven-string neck half fretted, a bass neck and 13 harp strings.”
Vai turned the plans for the Hydra over to engineers at Ibanez, the company that has made his guitars for decades.