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Ibanez UV77RE 7-string Universe

Price: $5,999.99

UV77 RE’s basswood body recreates the legendary multi-color motif, arriving once again from original designer Darren Johansen, the master of swirl. All UV77 RE models are handcrafted by Ibanez’s finest luthiers in Japan, just like the original UV77’s.


Neck Material:      5pc Maple/ Bubinga
Neck Type:      UV77RE Limited
Body:      Basswood body
Frets:      Large frets
Fingerboard:      Rosewood
Inlay:      Disappearing Pyramid inlay
Bridge:      Lo-Pro Edge 7 bridge
NeckPU:      DiMarzio® Blaze™ Neck
MiddlePU:      DiMarzio® Blaze™ Middle
BridgePU:      DiMarzio® Blaze™ Bridge
HW Color:      CK
Finishes:      MC

Press Release

(Bensalem, PA) It was 20 years ago when Steve Vai joined forces with Ibanez to produce his ultimate weapon, the 7-string Universe, the first production 7-string solid-body electric guitar. The groundbreaking Universe was quickly recognized as the “Most Innovative Guitar of the Year” by music retailers at the 1990 Music and Sound Awards.

Originally designed as a virtuoso shred machine, the guitar would have a new life later in the ‘90s with its extended low-end range making possible the new breed of rhythmic metal of heavy music players such as Korn and Dino Cazares.   Ibanez is proud to recognize Steve Vai’s achievement with the release of the new UV77RE Universe 20th Anniversary edition.

Like the original, the solid body UV77RE reissue is seven strings of fire, ready-made for maximum shred and some of the meanest riffing on the planet. The multi-color swirl motif arrives once again from the original Universe artist, Darren Johansen. Because of the swirl paint process each Universe guitar is uniquely individual in appearance. As with Ibanez’s other Limited Edition Reissues such as the famous Bob Weir model, all UV77RE models are crafted in Japan by the same luthiers who created the originals.

1990 not only brought the Ibanez Universe guitar to the world, it also debuted Steve Vai’s groundbreaking, earth shattering album, “Passion and Warfare”, and each U77RE comes with a commemorative poster of this sonic masterpiece.

Only 100 UV77RE reissues will be available worldwide.

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Ibanez S7320 7-String Electric Guitar

Ibanez S7320 7-String Electric Guitar3-piece Wizard II-7 neck. IBZ AH1-7 and AH2-7 pickups.

 Ibanez’ sleek S was a revolt against the traditional Mahogany guitars of its time that were usually heavy, bulky and uncomfortable. Obviously it was a successful revolt as the S is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a wider selection of models than ever. Originally the S was designed as an all-around guitar. Now, however, the S finds its largest number of adherents among the practitioners of the more extreme forms of metal who appreciate the S for its unique combination of fat Mahogany tone and sustain with light weight and comfort.

The best feature about this guitar is the ZR trem, doing dive bombs non stop with it for about 15 minutes and went back to check the tuning, amazing that it was still dead on.
Guitar is a 7-string electric with a body that’s thin around the sides for comfort and thick around the pickups for tone. The ZR tremolo bridge uses ball bearings for frictionless arming and fast return. The pickups are rocking Ibanez AH for 7-string humbuckers.

Overall, not much wrong with it… but a noticed an overflow of glue around a few frets and some inlay markers. Nothing major, but it lacked some attention to detail you’d find on Japanese made Ibanez models and about this instrument is where the guitar cable plugs in, it’s kind of awkward especially when you go to unplug, and you almost have to yank the cable out by the wire and not the lead. The afraid it will be all scratched up eventually, but still the sound is incredible and it feels wonderful to play.

Unfortunately, the sound isn’t that great, but this is due to the low quality pickups. I’m sure if you swap them out for some DiMarzio’s or Seymour Duncan’s this thing will scream. That said, the stock pickups will get the job done.

It was a good bang for the buck at 700$. A good value, but it lacks in the pickup department. But again, the ZR trem is definitely worth the price of admission. Check Latest Price.

Ease of Use:
Setup was pretty damn good from the factory, and it played very well. No fret buzz anywhere on the neck. The action maybe could have been a bit lower, but nothing a good tech couldn’t adjust.

Technical Info:
Neck: 3-piece Wizard II-7 neck
Neck Type: Wizard II-7
Body: Mahogany body
Frets: Jumbo frets
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl Dot
Bridge: ZR 7 bridge
Neck Pickup: IBZ AH1-7
Bridge Pickup: IBZ AH2-7
Hardware Color: CK

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