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1991 Ibanez Universe UV7-BK Steve Vai Signature 7-String Guitar Black, Near-Mint w/ Case, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1991 Ibanez Universe UV7 Steve Vai Signature 7-string in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. This shred-ready Ibanez was crafted at the Fujigen factory as part of the Universe series; it’s a Steve Vai signature model, notable for being the first ever mass-produced electric seven-string. Deeply influential among progressive and metal guitarists, the UV7 has been played by artists including John Petrucci and Korn’s James Shaffer. This guitar features a Lo-Pro Edge 7 tremolo, along with DiMarzio Blaze II HSH pickups, and iconic neon green plastics accenting the gloss Black finish.

Tonewoods include an American basswood body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard, and this guitar has a lively, balanced acoustic profile. The DiMarzio Blaze II pickups are big and bold-sounding, designed exclusively for the Universe series. The humbuckers are roaring and full, with plenty of low end punch and cutting trebles, and the single coil has an articulate sparkle, complementing the humbuckers well in positions 2 and 4 on the five-way pickup selector switch. This UV7 weighs 7lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-59 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: UV carve, slender D shape, measuring .755” 1st fret, .850” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound rosewood, 24 fret, dot inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, hint of wear beneath plain strings 1-3
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1 7/8”, Top-Lok III
-Tuners: Gotoh SG38

Body Specs:

-Wood: American basswood
-Pickups: HSH, DiMarzio Blaze II
-Controls: Volume, Tone, Five-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Lo-Pro Edge 7

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to a scant few tiny nicks and a couple faint marks in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.

An aftermarket hardshell case is included (not pictured).