I love Steve - Steve knows that ... he actually personally has reached out to me, because he is that amazing of an artist but even more beautiful and truly, truly a pure, good true human being!
I realize Steve adores his wife, and this seems to be more of an ornate, feminine incarnation of the Jem....he can call it paradise in art, but its just for his wife lol
That aside, I actually think it is just as nice, but the biggest issue I have, and it is huge - no 7 string version?! Are you seriously joking? Like seriously, Are you serious?!
I would love to see some PIA in the UNIVERSE, or should I say PIA in the UV lol!
If Steve Vai does not gravitate towards the 7-string guitar anymore, that is fine. He has contributed his fair share to guitar design in my opinion.
Benedetto builds arch tops and every model they offer is available as either a 6 string or a 7 string. They are not custom guitars but they are close enough and expensive enough that whether it’s relevant is up to you.
EBMM has builds every JP model (of which there have been many) as both a 6 string or 7 string version. Considering this system has been in place for 20 years, it most likely works out financially. It also creates “option value” for the guitarist. The option of buying the same guitar with or without that extra string is always available.
Lastly, the Ibanez JEM/Universe coexisted for a long period of time. Ibanez was responsible for bringing the production model 7 string guitar to the market. They have ample experience at doing difficult things in that regard.
Steve and Pia’s children have unique names, especially when combined. If the family agreed to such an endeavor, we could have the Ibanez PIA and possibly an Ibanez FireAngel or AngelFire as the 7 string compliment. The idea of “family“ is a positive one and it puts the guitars in a unique context. People tend to appreciate unique things with stories behind them.
There many options out there...