Up for sale, a 1980s Valley Arts Steve Lukather Signature “Robot” in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original padded gigbag. This exceedingly rare Valley Arts offering, part of the M Series, is an eye-catching and infamous variant on the Steve Lukather Signature model, which was produced from 1986 into the early ‘90s. The “Robot”-finished model was used extensively by Luke himself on stage and in the studio, quickly accruing a reputation among fans for its wonderfully weird design.
This guitar boasts a myriad of premium features, including an HSS trio of active EMG pickups and a Floyd Rose tremolo. The tonewood complement comprises a mahogany body and a birdseye maple neck capped by a slab rosewood fretboard, resulting in a naturally rich and resonant acoustic tone that is faithfully captured by the trio of EMG pickups. Powered by a 9V battery, the pickups feature an EMG 85 humbucker in the bridge position and two SAs in the neck and middle positions; the 85 humbucker features Alnico V magnets and close aperture coils, offering incredible amounts of high end cut and fluid sustain. The two SA Alnico V single coil pickups have a classic Strat-style sound that’s bright and airy while also being hum-canceling, offering more midrange presence and low end punch than a traditional single coil. This Steve Lukather Signature weighs 8lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The birdseye maple neck has an asymmetrical slender C-shaped profile carve with more pronounced shoulder on the bass side, measuring .785” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 9 1/2“ radius, and the stock medium jumbo fretwire is nigh flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the locking nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. On the headstock, the Valley Arts-branded tuning machines function reliably, and there are a pair of doweled holes on the back of the headstock (possibly from an Allen key holder). The four-bolt neck plate is embossed with the Valley Arts logo and M Series text, and the stamped serial is present on the back of the headstock.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the EMG pickups powered by a 9V battery and governed by a simple control configuration of a Master Volume knob and a five-way pickup selector switch. The chrome-plated Floyd Rose tremolo actuates smoothly for sharp trills and deep dives, complete with its arm.
The “Robot” finish features a pair of lascivious automatons in the cosmos, and cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor dings and finish scratches largely on the back and along the lower bout perimeter. There is also some vertical finish checking in the gloss, relegated to the back. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is immaculate, highlighting the dynamic birdseye figuring that extends across the entirety of the neck and headstock.
The original faux leather padded gigbag is included, along with the Valley Arts-branded fretboard protector.