Right, I've just been having a look on the bay. For obvious reasons I will not name the seller or auction number etc. But this has really ruffled my feathers.
There is a UV777GR being sold from a supposedly reputable shop with a "buy it now" price of £1600. 1600 Quid!!!!
Perhaps I am being naive here, but I have been left asking "What the f*ck?"!
I understand that the Universe is a signature model, and hence will be expensive. I also understand that these "neon" colours are very highly sought-after. And with the guitar being a rare model, it will be all the more expensive. But 1600 quid! This is bloody ridiculous! It is bare-faced greed.
I am not an expert by any means, but I know enough about guitars to say that normally UV's of this age go for anything between £750 and just over a grand. Even for really good condition. But I find that asking 1600 smackeroos for any UV is insolence and stupidity of the highest order. Bloody ridiculous.
Demand has been pushing up the prices of early RGs, JEMs and UVs, but this is clearly getting out of hand.
To the mods: I have tried not to violate the rules here. However if I have, I send my apologies, feel free to lock this one up... sorry if I seem histrionic, I just find it very insulting that someone is so greedy as to offer an Ibanez Universe for over three times the value of my car.