Originally Posted by Jem666Sk
1) Better wire system.
2)Has a pickguard ( The RG doesnt)
3)Better paint (More layers of paint)
4)Pickups are different. Better sound.
5)The color of the knobs and the pickups are better and the inlays.
6)UV7 is one piece maple neck. (The RG is 3 piece maple neck so is easier to break.)
7)The hardware of the UV7 doesnt stains. (The RG7620 stains in two months)
The UV has a good name in Ibanez family "Universe" and is designed by one of the best guitar players in the world Mr. Steve Vai. And is a part of his guitar colection the RG7620 is not.
This explains why the UV7 is better then the RG7620 thanx for stoping by.
1.) Better? not necessarily. Different? yeah. I personally happen to prefer guitars without a middle single coil pickup, and i think the two humbucker tone of my RG-7 is one of the best rhythm tones i've ever heard- more defined and with better high end articulation than either humbucker on its own. One of the heaviest sounds i've ever dragged out of a guitar.
2.) Yeah... good point... of course, many on this board would argue the direct-mounted RG pickups offer superior resonance than the pickguad-mounted UV.
3.) More layers? Interesting... any way you can prove that? My RG's finish is flawless, by the way. Anyone who wants pics who might not believe that, let me know.
4.) Pickups are different? Yeah. Better sound? All relative, but i'll give you that one, as i didn't care for the stock dimarzios on my RG. the $100 mod for a Air norton/Tone Zone 7 combo, on the other hand, more than made up for this difference
5.) color of the pickups and knobs? Well, i'd personally take black metal over neon green plastic anyday... the UV7Bk with green dots? I'll take my pearloid dots, sorry. the UV777BK's dissapearing abalone pyramids? maybe we can talk.
6.) Actually,. a three peice neck is stronger than a one peice. the reason the RG neck is more fragile is because it's thinner. Course, all the pre-'00 RG-7's shipped with a UV-profile, one peice maple neck, so that's a moot point...
7.) Hardware staining? huh? First of, it's the same hardwear, and second off, after about a year and a few odd months, my lo-pro edge is still flawless. no pimpling of the finish, even. Same bridge, dude.
8.) Point taken... course, the RG line was also designed with imput from Vai...
So... how bout i offer a few points of my own?
1.) Cosmetics. UV7BK- black and neon green. My RG-7 is burgandy and black. a bit classier, IMO.
2.) price. BIIIG selling point here. I got mine before they went on closeout for $750. Even after the replacement pickups, i'm still looking at less than $900 new. Try finding a new UV for less than that.
3.) one phrase for you- "all access neck joint." Once you try it, you'll never go back. Once again, the UV777Bk has this... but we're not talking about the 777, now are we?
4.) the aforementioned pickup scheme. Even if i had a middle pickup, i'd have to custom wire the thing so i could still get that combined humbucker tone out of it.
5.) see #3.
So, i'm not going to pretend there's any absolute answer here, but for me i personally feel that a good RG-7620 is a better instrument than a UV7BK, and that the RG-7620 is a better value than a UV-777BK. your milage may vary, but if it does, please inform us of the differences in your opinion (because it IS that, not a fact or proof) in a polite, articulate manner.
Gresh- priceless, dude. Hey, as long as we're playing, huh?