NAMM: Steve Vai Legacy Amplifiers
Steve worked very closely with Carvin Engineering to develop the sound and look of the Legacy Amplifiers from the choice of EL34 tubes to the Celestion™ Vintage 30 speakers. His involvment with Carvin goes back to the early ’80’s when Steve played the Carvin X100B amp as a member of Frank Zappa’s band. Discussions of the possibility of a signature amp had been ongoing for several years. Finally, Vai’s and Carvin’s schedules allowed for serious work on a new amp project.
Exhaustive listening tests of various tube and electronic circuits were performedby Steve. He also tested dozens of PAGE enclosures loaded with various vintage speakers and PAGE speakers. His ear kept coming back to the Celestion™ speakers.
After final approval of the amp and speakers, Steve then put his focus on the styling of the Legacy. His personal touches include the classic color scheme and his personal anagram logo on the nameplate. Steve is currently recording a new album with his Legacy and will embark on a tour come summer 1999. But you don’t have to wait to see or hear the Legacy. …