Price paid: $ 1600
Sound — 9
This guitar sounds great, nice high end and very warm. The DiMarzio Blaze pickups are great, they are probably the best pickups for 7 string guitars. The sustain is great. It has a killer 5 piece neck that is flat and wide. Very bright yet full sound, and it can do anything: the distorted tones are amazing and the clean sounds are outstanding. This guitar will work even for country -- it will cover the whole spectrum of music, but obviously it's designed for shreders.
Overall Impression — 9
Even if this guitar suits almost every music style, it's not the beginner's instrument (especially with its price). This guitar is fairly versatile with sound and has an easy reach. I would recommend UV777 for at least intermediate players -- this is a decent (if it's not the best) guitar to start striking the new techniques (and it's not only Korn, Limp Bizkit, etc). Be creative, this guitar could become your best friend.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Although the guitar seems very solid, you should have a backup axe because of the floyd rose. It's very reliable, you hardly could doubt this in Ibanez guitars. Be sure, this baby can withstand lots of gigs. The strap buttons are solid and easy to take strap on and off, yet it doesn't look as if the strap would have an easy time working it's way off by itself. Its chrome hardware is nice, won't oxidize or anything.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
From a set-up standpoint, there is something very nice about how rigid the extra thickness of the 7 string fretboard is. It seems that you can get your action lower because the neck is very flat and straight, yet the neck continues to be very thin for ease of playing and comfort. The Lo-Pro action is very precise and with perfect care has resulted in great response. The construction is precision craftmanship to say the least. There are no flaws on this particular instrument -- everything is sturdy and in place. Perfect in every way. Ibanez deserves great recognition for this.
Features — 9
The debut of the Steve Vai's JEM in 1987 and the introduction of his Universe 7-string changed everything. It's impossible to think of any one person who has done more for the evolution of Ibanez guitars than Steve Vai. The contoured basswood body with 24-fret Prestige JEM neck provides easy access to all registers. The deep routed tremolo cavity allows pitches to be lowered or raised. Vai's choice of specific DiMarzio pickups, combined with Ibanez Split-5 wiring, provide incredible tonal versatility. Steve Vai's Universe -- the guitar that ignited the 7-string revolution -- allows almost effortless transition from 6- to 7-string techniques. - UV Prestige neck - 5pc. maple/wenge neck material - basswood body - 24 large frets - Bound rosewood fingerboard - Edge Pro 7 bridge - DiMarzio Blaze (H) Neck Pickup - DiMarzio Blaze (S) Mid Pickup - DiMarzio Blaze (H) Bridge Pickup - Disappearing pyramid inlay. Basswood is a comparatively lightweight wood, which makes it very comfortable for extended playing. With a good balance of highs and lows, basswood is right in between alder and mahogany in sound character.