When the UVs first came out, it seemed like you could have any color you wanted, as long as it was black. Being a huge Vai fan, I waited non-patiently and called the two biggest Ibanez dealers in Houston at the time, Evans Music City and TME at least once a week waiting on the MCs to show up. My bass player called me from the counter at Evans one fine day, when he was up there making a payment on his SoundGear bass, and said they had just un-boxed their first MC. It was also the only one sent to them. I talked to the salesman on the phone and bought it sight unseen.
A few days later, TME got a couple of them and called me. I had to decline, but went by to see what they had. The swirls were much nicer than mine, in hindsight. But at the time, nothing could compare to that first swirl. It was an ATD, too. Lots of pink in that one, and a bunch of white, too. Very strange swirl, that one. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Lost it in a divorce, and did not have another until I bought one from Rich on the 15th of last month. Once again, say what you want but as far as I'm concerned, it is the nicest swirl out there. I now have every 7-string except for the UV7BK'97 which keeps eluding me, and am as happy now as I was when I was 23, and had my first one.