UV777 came home today...
They called me on Wednesday, she'd arrived on the UPS shipment. I was out of town, so I couldn't go see her.
We got there about noon today. One look, and I was amazed. For a long time… I’ve wondered what would make the Universe 7 worth the extra cash? Is it really worth it? I was thinking the guitar would probably be a disappointment for the money when I finally saw it in person. Boy, was I wrong. It’s jet black, so black you could comb your hair in the reflection. The neck has a nice dry feel to it... and I like that a great deal, in fact, I prefer maple necks for that reason... but this one feels great as well. The chrome/cosmo black hardware fits the guitar well… and the Ibanez logo is done in chrome to match the mirrored faceplate. The entire body has this mother-of-pearl outline and the disappearing pyramid inlays are matched. The “Light Without Heat” has a darker pearlescence to it. Beautiful workmanship.
But now I have to learn to replay guitar!! It's surprisingly comfortable, in fact, it's actually a little more comfortable than a six, the string. It feels as though the strings are a tiny bit closer together. It easy to navigate the entire fretboard. First impression? Incredible sound and sustain. Very warm tone. Much warmer and less punchy than the maple 770 that I have. It’s VERY light. Much lighter than I thought it was going to be. About the same weight as my six, if not less. I have been just running scales up and down the neck, making sure to learn where the notes are on the low B. I keep trying to use the 7th like a low E when I’m playing chord progressions by hooking my thumb over to grab different variations of chords... I have to break that habit when I play the Universe because it's not the same chords anymore! The neck is noticeably wider to the touch, but I'm used to that after just a few hours playing. Incorporating the low B in chord progressions is slowly beginning to work after just a few hours... and bar chords are a little more difficult. This will require some strengthening of my left hand muscles.
All in all, two thumbs up so far!!