When I bought this guitar, there were only two companies making 7 strings, Ibanez and Hamer. The Hamers were cheap looking and were only available w/ 3 single coils and a standard Strat-style bridge. And they wanted $2500 for it! Also, this was the only one with a maple fretboard.
I would buy this guitar again if it were stolen or lost if I could find one. They quit making this model shortly after I bought this one.
I can't think of anything I would do to improve it. It' perfect for me.
I love all the aspects of this guitar. The only problem is finding replacement parts in the original color scheme.
This is a players guitar. It has done everything I needed it to every time. This is definitely a shining star above all others I've played.
Model Year: 1992
Price: $1950.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ryhthm City in Atlanta, GA
Made In Japan
Neck: Maple-Satin Finish
Inlays: Disappearing Pyramids-Three Color(Neon Green, Neon Yellow, and Neon Pink)
Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 5 Way Pickup Selector
Electronics: Passive- Humbuckers Split In Positions 2 and 4 On Selector Switch and Work w/ Single Coil
Pickups: Bridge-Dimarzio Tone Zone 7 Humbucker
Middle-Dimarzio BlazeII Single Coil
Neck -Dimarzio BlazeII Humbucker
Finish:Neon Green w/ Matching Headstock
Body: Super Strat
Bridge: EdgeIII Low-Profile Double Locking
Tuners: Standard Non-Locking
The action on this guitar is perfect as long as I put .009 gauge sets on. The neck makes playing relitively easier when going to a 7 string because the string spacing at the nut is narrower making for a narrower neck. The spacing at the bridge is the same as others. Also, the neck is only 21mm thick at the 12 fret and 20mm at the nut so it is well suited for speed and chord voicings that require all seven strings. As for comparing it to others, it has no equals in my eyes. All the other Universe models play about the same, but this was the only one available with the maple fretboard and I love maple fretboards.
Right now I'm playing through a Crate G120CXL w/ a 412 Crate cab. It has 2 channels, reverb, and chorus. Sometimes I use a Zoom 606, Peavey PRO-FEX II, or a Line 6 Rackmount POD. NO matter what amps or effects I've used, the guitar sounds great through anything. I play all styles with it. It has tone settings for all styles, but the look is totally 80's w/ the big hair set(a al C.C. DeVille and Steve Vai during the Passion And Warfare days).
The only mod I've done is replace the bridge pickup. It came w/ a Dimarzio BlazeII and I replaced it with a Dimarzio Tone Zone 7.
This guitar is suited for studio or stage. I love playing out with it because it is a real eye catcher(or eye sore, depending on who you ask).
This guitar is a tank. I've had it for 11 years and the only adjustment I've had to do was the spring tension and that was only once. I also had to clean the pickup selector one time. It goes through climate changes relitvely well. I only have to retune w/ the fine tuners slightly. This guitar is the only thing I can depend on when I'm on the road.