New Universe Owner - i.e. - ME!
This saturday, I went to get it - a secondhand UV777BK, that, according to the seller, was in mint condition apart from a cracked mirror pickguard.
I wasn't sure about it, but it turned out to be pretty much true (except for a small amount of damage to the neck binding), and I'm now the proud owner of a Universe!
It's a much better looker in real life than in any of the pictures I've seen, and it plays well, REALLY well. *It almost feels like a 6-string to me (after coming from a cheapo Kramer 7-string...).
Now I'll have to go out and use it !!