Well, it’s something beyond my comprehension, I must say. I own a ‘96 Ibanez Universe UV7BK “green dots”
for about 1 year and a half, and the more guitars I play, the more I love this UV. Surely there is something different with these old Universe models.
This week I had to play with some friends, some light stuff, and I bought just my UV. A guy plugged his guitar (a japanese Fender Stratocaster, I guess) into a cheap 30W amp. The sound was horrible, and he said “eh, this amp sucks”. Another guy with a Les Paul also plugged into the amp, with the same bad results. Later, I plugged my UV straight into the same amp. Dudes, the sounds was BEAUTIFUL. The guys instantly turned to me and asked:
- What the hell are you using there? Which pedal?
- See yourselves, there is nothing here.
- How is that man? What do you have on this guitar?
- Nothing. This is how she always sounded.
I don’t know what happens, because I even had some experiences side-by-side with one of those “new” UV777BK (the one with the mirror pickguard), and although it does sound good, it’s still not good as my ’96 UV7BK. Same DiMarzio Blaze II, same wood type, etc. And not only the sound, the playability is also better, it feels more “smooth”, dunno how to explain.
Surely there is something DIFFERENT on these old Universes. Any thoughts on this?