If you have been contacted via your Best In Shred Instagram video, congratulations, you’re a Finalist!

You are now invited to compete in the Best In Shred Finals at the store where you entered. Most store Finals will be held on Thursday, October 10th at 7:30PM with the exception of the Sam Ash Dallas and Sam Ash Atlanta Finals which will be held on Friday, October 11th at 7:30PM. All transportation is the responsibility of the contestant. Please arrive by 7:00PM with a signed Entry Form.

Download official Entry Form here

You are invited to bring your own guitar and effects rig. You must play through the house system and amp – no other amps will be allowed. Contestants will be given 5  minutes to set up and perform either solo, over the Steve Vai Naked Track supplied below, or an original naked track of your own. Please bring any original backing music as an MP3 or on a CD. Prepare for a 2-3 minute performance.

Download “Juice” here

Most Sam Ash locations have chosen 5 finalists, and will award 2 winners. Sam Ash Dallas has selected 10 finalists, and will award 4 winners. Sam Ash San Antonio has selected 15 finalists and will award 6 winners. Sam Ash Glendale has selected 11 finalists and will award 6 winners. See corresponding tour dates below.

Participating Sam Ash Locations/Steve Vai Tour Dates:

Sam Ash Cerritos, CA House of Blues, San Diego  10/17/13
Sam Ash Canoga Park, CA Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA 10/18/13
Sam Ash Las Vegas, NV House of Blues, Les Vegas 10/19/13
Sam Ash Glendale, AZ Wildhorse Casino, Chandler, AZ 10/20/13
Rialto Tucson, AZ 10/22/13
Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ 10/23/13
Sam Ash Lombard, IL The Castle Theater, Bloomington IL 11/2/13
Sam Ash Burbank, IL Mojoes, Joliet, IL 11/03/13
Sam Ash Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH 11/05/13
Sam Ash Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN 11/06/13
Sam Ash Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH 11/09/13
Sam Ash Nashville, TN Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN 11/10/13
Sam Ash Atlanta, GA Track 29, Chattanooga, TN 11/12/13
Sam Ash San Antonio, TX Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX 11/20/13
Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX 11/21/13
House of Blues, San Antonio, TX 11/23/13
Sam Ash Dallas, TX – House of Blues, Dallas, TX 11/22/13
Clicks, Tyler TX 10/26/13

The Prize:

1. *Two (2) Winners from each participating Sam Ash Music location will be given the opportunity to play live over a Steve Vai “Naked Track” or to play solo, before Steve Vai takes the stage at the concert venue corresponding to the Sam Ash Music location of their winning performance.*
2. Both Winners (plus guest) from each participating Sam Ash Music location will receive tickets to the Steve Vai concert where the winner will be performing. They will be treated to a Steve Vai after-show Meet and Greet and an opportunity to get a picture and autograph from Steve.

*Sam Ash Dallas will select (10) finalists and (4) winners. San Antonio will select (15) finalists and (6) winners. Sam Ash Glendale will select (11) finalists and (6) winners

Official Steve Vai Tour Dates:


If You Win:
The finalists will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release before performing for the Judges. Winners release the Sponsor, Sam Ash, Steve Vai, Ibanez, Instagram and each of their affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from any responsibility or liability in connection with any loss, accident, or death incurred in connection with the use of or the installation of the prizes won in the giveaway. Failure to comply or to arrive at your scheduled performance may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate. Any tax liabilities are the responsibility of the winner only and the winner will be required to provide his or her US social security number for tax purposes. Prize components are not exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash. Sponsor and Sam Ash do not make any warranty (including fitness for particular purpose) or guarantee with regard to any prize. If any of the stated prizes is not available, Sponsor may substitute an item of comparable value, however the opportunity to perform at a Steve Vai concert will not be transferable and no substitutions will be made. Sponsor is not responsible for cancellation of performance dates or change of location of Steve Vai performances. Winners who attend the performance must arrange transportation and lodging at their own expense.
Additional Rules:
1. All music and lyrics (collectively the “Songs”) performed by you in your contest entry must be original and not contain portions of other works. Your performance must be free of the rightful claim of third parties by way of infringement or the like and you will indemnify and hold harmless Sam Ash with respect third party claims.
2. The winning performances will be selected from all entries by judges (the “Judges”) selected by the Sam Ash. The Judges’ decision on all matters will be final and non appealable. The Judges will make their determination on the quality and originality of the performance, including performance skill and musical inventiveness, and may reject any performance that is not in compliance with contest rules. No content will be accepted for the contest that is defamatory, obscene, owned by a third party or, may, in Sam Ash’s sole opinion, be inappropriate or harmful to Sam Ash’s reputation.
3. You give Sam Ash Music Corporation and its affiliates (collectively, “Sam Ash”) the right to use your name, likeness, photographs, and videos, for advertising and promoting Sam Ash and its business in catalogs, websites, e-mail, and all other media in all technologies and formats. This right is non-exclusive and you may grant others the same rights.
4. You grant to Sam Ash a non-exclusive, perpetual, fully paid up, license to all Songs and performances used by you in the contest permitting Sam Ash to reproduce and to distribute them on our websites and in compilations on other all media, technologies, and formats and to use to demonstrate audio equipment in our stores, for music on hold, and in advertising. The non-exclusive license granted to Sam Ash includes all copyrights, trademarks, and other proprietary rights associated with the Songs and performances and all performance, mechanical, and synchronization rights and all other rights required for reproduction and use of the Songs and performances for all purposes. You warrant that you have the right to grant the licenses provided in this paragraph and that no consent is required from any third party to enable the grant of the licenses that has not already been given. You will not grant a license to the Songs or performances to any other musical instrument retailer for use in the promotion or advertising of that retailer.
5. You release Sam Ash and its directors, employees, officers, and agents from all liability, loss, or damages arising out of in connection with the awarding of prizes and the receipt, use, or misuse of the Songs and the performances or participation in any contest related activities. You agree that you shall be solely responsible for any taxes payable with respect to any prize awarded.
6. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram and Instagram is not a sponsor of or otherwise associated with this contest. Instagram has no responsibility or liability for this contest, its rules, or any prizes awarded or withheld.
7. All contestants must be 18 years of age or older and residents of the United States of America.
8. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Sam Ash is sole interpreter of the rules and its decisions are final. Contest open only to residents of the United States. By participating, you agree to be bound by these rules. Contest is void where prohibited by law. To obtain the name of the prize winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Winners Steve Vai Instagram Contest, P.O. Box 9047, Hicksville, NY 11802-9047. Good luck!