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Ibanez UV77RE Universe 20th Anniversary

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It was 20 years ago when Steve Vai joined forces with Ibanez to produce his 7-string Universe, the first production 7-string solid-body electric guitar.

The groundbreaking Universe was 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 now says it "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 has seven strings and a multi-color swirl motif from the original Universe artist, Darren Johansen. Because of the swirl paint process each Universe guitar is uniquely individual in appearance, Ibanez says.

All UV77RE models are crafted in Japan by the same luthiers who created the originals. Only 100 UV77RE reissues will be available worldwide.

Check out www.ibanez.com for more details.
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