The UV77 (2016 reissue) is a seven-string solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2016. It is a limited edition version of the original UV77 from the early 1990s which was a signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai, and part of Vai's Universe series. The UV77 reissues were produced in Japan by Sugi.
Ibanez announced a limited production reissue of the UV77 at the Winter NAMM Show in 2016. A prototype of the original UV77 appeared on the cover of Vai's 1990 masterpiece album, Passion and Warfare. The reissue commemorates the 25th anniversary of the release of that album.
The UV77 features an American basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with disappearing pyramid inlays. Components include DiMarzio Blaze pickups with a pair of humbuckers flanking a single-coil, a low profile double locking tremolo bridge with an Ultralite tremolo arm, a locking nut and Gotoh tuning machines.
Production was limited to just 77 of each of three new multi-color swirl finishes: "Passion" (blue and pink), "Warfare" (orange and yellow) and "Silver" (silver and blue). The Passion and Warfare color schemes are inspired by the original album artwork which depicts the ravages of a war-torn hell at the bottom juxtaposed against a nirvana-like state of passion for life and for love at the top. The Silver color scheme signals the traditional role of silver in commemorating a 25th anniversary.
A certificate of authenticity and hard-shell case were included with each guitar.