Steve Vai’s latest product endorsement comes in mahogany, walnut and maple – but it isn’t a guitar. It’s a chair.
The Sonus Guitar Chair was designed by Brian Bogg Chairmakers of North Carolina specifically for guitarists. It’s designed as a “direct complement to the human body in a playing position”. Brian Bogg Chairmakers claims the chair “promote[s] an ergonomic, upright posture which both reinforces the lumbar curve of your lower back” as well as “promote[s] circulation by placing legs at a comfortable angle”.
Vai gave his endorsement of the chair during an episode of his Alien Guitar Secrets YouTube series that aired on 13 March.
“It’s kind of like my butt was moulded into wooden butter,” Vai mused. “It’s just very comfortable and it keeps your back straight and it’s just remarkable actually and so this is now my go-to chair for sitting and playing. Highly recommend checking out the Sonus chair.”
Melanie Boggs, president of Brian Boggs Chairmakers, said in a statement: “Bringing Brian’s mastery of the chair to the support of Mr. Vai’s guitar mastery has been a dream come true.”
The Sonus Chair, however, isn’t a new release. Introduced in 2010, it has earned fans the likes of Phil Collen and Colin Hay. It’s available in ambrosia maple, burled maple, cherry, curly maple, mahogany, oak, plain maple and walnut, with an additional selection of leg materials.
The chair doesn’t come cheap. Prices range from $2,000 to $3,200, depending on the woods you select. But they are hand-built to custom heights, with each chair taking about three to five months to complete.
In other recent Steve Vai news, you can now listen to a song the virtuoso wrote with one hand. Knappsack was written while Vai was recovering from shoulder and trigger finger surgery.
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