UV777 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.2 (138 votes)
Ibanez: UV777
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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.

13 comments sorted by best / new / date

    teknoguitar
    I am totally unhappy with the UV777. The pickups are Shit. I bought the guitar for recording Game/Film Soundtracks. I am running it into a Vox Tone Lab and the noise that comes from this guitar is pathetic. Also, there is a very strange hum, reverberation that comes from the back cavity. If you tap the body of the guitar you can almost create a pitch. This additional noise is amplified when you are in the middle of a take and beating on the guitar. I spoke with "Ive been had" (Ibanez) and their only answer was to "gate my signal" Is anyone using this guitar in a professional recording situation or just impressing their girlfriends with it?
    ibanez_freq_777
    If you're so unhappy with the reverberation that is created inherently from the springs on a floating bridge, and can't be bothered to gate your signal, try out a hipshot tremsetter. Should fix the 'verb issue. Either that or block the trem altogether. If you are going to be so picky about things that are inherent with a floating bridge guitar, than go with a fixed bridge model (my RG321MH is excellent)
    Mahoru
    One of the guitarists I've been playing with used this model, and it was really nice. No complains about it. There are better 7-strings guitar, but this one is an very good choice.
    tjv777
    im satisfied with mine, i do agree that there is some resonance in the back cavity, but im in love with it and i couldnt think of another guitar that i would want.
    UV777
    UV is a legendary guitar, and if you can't make a choise on 7 string this will be the one. But there still some srong competitors as Carvin and MusicMan JP siries. I own one and i'm glad to have such a great instument in my rig.
    Spl!nTeRgu!tAr
    Carvin 7 strings sound better and play just as good, have better wood quality and you can basically customize EVERYTHING on a Carvin. if you are considering buying an Ibanez 7string, be surer that Carvin guitars arent what your looking for 1st
    Nirvana00125
    UV777 wrote: UV is a legendary guitar, and if you can't make a choise on 7 string this will be the one. But there still some srong competitors as Carvin and MusicMan JP siries. I own one and i'm glad to have such a great instument in my rig.
    idk, I like the look and the Dimarzios are possibly the best passive pups EVER, but Schecters are freaking amazing especially for the price(although the neck is like a baseball bat) and ESP has some great 7 strings. I mean again: the guitar is amazing but it's way overpriced.
    Nirvana00125
    Spl!nTeRgu!tAr wrote: Carvin 7 strings sound better and play just as good, have better wood quality and you can basically customize EVERYTHING on a Carvin. if you are considering buying an Ibanez 7string, be surer that Carvin guitars arent what your looking for 1st
    I don't own a Carvin, but I've played a few and they're great(especially since you get a custom guitar for only like 800-1200 bucks) so yeah Carvin's are actually better. Ibanez has some good, cheaper 7 strings(7321 is great as long as you change the pups, and they have a good S series 7 string) but Carvins are better cuz you can get them custom made for much cheaper.
    blacksunshine13
    i got one of these new 2 years ago and out of the box i had to make a shim for the locking nut to fix the string buzz and the factory setup was pity poor but since then it has been a deasent player and a good head turner ant gigs granted its a expensive guitar and it wouldn't be to hard to get a cheaper rg7 and install new pups speaking of the blaze pups that it has fitted some will say that they sound bad well to them i say its your playing and your amp set up to blame i run mine threw a vox combo and it can fill a room with sound granted you have to adjust your ex to get the best out of the lower range with out killing the highs
    Ih5g
    I've bought a 1999 version of this guitar a couple of months ago for 800 bucks.. Totally satisfied with it. There was some noise from the spring-cavity, but I just put some cloth under the springs to fix that, there was some string noise from the nut when I did staccato chords, i fix that with tying a part of a shoe-lace around the headstock. It plays great, sounds great, looks awesome.. but I would never have paid the regular retail-price for it. There's probably better guitars for the kind of money. Still though.. i have not found a guitar for 800 bucks that I like more than this one.