Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bellport Village - LI, NY
I wouldn't expect anything. Last year would've been the 15th anniversary of Vai's involvement with Ibanez and this year is the 15th anniversary of the JEM but at least we saw a new model/color. I wouldn't expect a collectors edition until at least 2006 and there for 07 and 08 are always possibilities. Start saving.
I'd be interested and I hope there is a collector's UV but I don't know how much of a market there would be for that judging by the current climate. Production runs would have to be small and that will create it's own appeal which will be reflected in the price (up). Also, if there was an anniversary UV, what year do you base it upon? The Ibanez/Steve Vai seven-string concept came about in 1988. Prototypes in Whitesnake videos were seen in 1989. The UV went into production in 1990. It was discontinued for a year and was reborn in 1995 (date check on this one). So you could do what Ibanez did in 1996 and have an anniversary based on the year of the project's initiation. You could base it on the first year of production. You could base it on the year of production +1 to make up for the year it wasn't available. And, of course, you could base it on the year it was reintroduced marking however many years of continuous production. I'd get one if I can afford it.
Mike 777 Haug