Re: What seperates Universe from RG7?
Different neck profile, different pups (in some cases they are actually the same).
Most (or all, I cant tell for sure) RG7s are backrouted and most UVs (all, except the UV77MC) are front routed.
All the high end RG7 (the ones you can say are on par regarding quality of woods and craftmanship) are mahogany with maple top, and the UVs are made of basswood.
The difference between the jem vs RG and the UV vs RG7 is that you dont have that many qualilty 7 string RGs. So if you compare a UV777BK against a 1527 or a 7620 (not to even mention the 7420 and the 7320) you ll find that the UV has more attention to details and even better maple on the necks.
Comparing a UV against a 7620 would be like comparing a jem to an RG770. Comparing a UV against a 2027X would be like comparing a jem with an RG2020. Id take the jem and the UV in both cases.
Now, if you compare a UV next to an RG7CT its a harder choice (well, if its a UV77MC the chioce is still easy....)