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For the similar model without the green accents, see UV7S.
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The UV7 is a seven string Universe series solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 1990. It is a signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai. It was made in Japan by FujiGen. It is also referred to as the green dot Universe due to its green fretboard inlays.

The UV7 features an American basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with green dot position markers. Components include green DiMarzio Blaze II pickups mounted in a black pickguard with a pair of humbuckers flanking a single-coil, a double locking tremolo tremolo bridge, Gotoh tuning machines and green top hat knobs.

The initial UV7 models have an Edge 7 tremolo; these 1990 Universe models are the only guitars on which this tremolo has been offered. From 1991 that was replaced with the new Lo Pro Edge 7. The color scheme of the UV7 is based on that of the JEM777V BK.

The UV7P is a similar model with a white finish and pickguard and disappearing pyramid fretboard inlays. The UV77 is a similar model with a swirl finish and three color disappearing pyramid inlays.

The UV7 was discontinued after 1996 and replaced by the UV7S.


Specifications for UV7
Model name: UV7
Year(s) produced: 1990–1996
Sold in: Europe / Japan / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
American basswood
Neck joint:
Cutaway Heel
1990: Edge 7
1991–1994, 1996: Lo Pro Edge 7 (10.8mm string spacing)
3-ply black/ white/ black
Knob style:
Plastic top hat (green)
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck type:
Neck material:
2-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Fingerboard inlays:
Green dot
24 / Jim Dunlop #6140
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Blaze II (H) green
Middle pickup:
DiMarzio Blaze II Single (S) green
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio Blaze II (H) green
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (angled side mount)
String gauge (factory):
Factory tuning:


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Additional details
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Pickup switching diagram
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Control layout