Video footage of legendary axeman Steve Vai talking about the origins of his Ibanez Universe seven-string guitar and introducing the 20th anniversary reissue can be viewed below.
In 1990, Ibanez released Steve Vai's signature seven-string electric guitar — the Universe. Following the release, Ibanez's new seven-string guitar spread with lightning speed to the guitarists who pursued new sound options and triggered their creation of new music.
In 2010, Ibanez celebrates the 20th anniversary of the seven-string guitar and milestone introduction of the Universe Signature model.
The Universe UV77RE 1990 Reissue Multicolor will be available in highly limited numbers. Each swirl finish on these guitars are unique and distinct from each other, and swirled by master swirl artist and original "ATD" swirler Darren Johansen.
The guitar features a five-piece maple/bubinga Wizard Jem neck and a basswood body with original heeljoint; 24 frets and rosewood board with disappearing pyramid inlays. Pickups are DiMarzio BLAZE II Neck, Middle and cosmo black hardware and a Lo-Pro Edge 7 bridge.
The guitar comes in a special silver-lined Ibanez Flight Case, along with a special printed high-quality poster and special certificate.
Furthermore, in 2010 Steve Vai's six-string signature model JEM series will achieve sales of 77,777 pieces since its release in 1987. Steve and Ibanez are planning a unique JEM design contest in the near future.