This was once a regular multicolor Ibanez Universe, believe it or not. Ibanez representative Scot Schwestska recounted the birth of the guitar's new look in the April '91 issue of Guitar World:
"Steve asked if we could create a finish that would make one of his Jem Universe guitars look like the Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix burned at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. We knew that Frank Zappa owned the actual Monterey Strat, so we hunted down a picture of Frank with the legendary instrument. The next thing we did was sprinkle mineral spirits on the body of a standard Jem Universe, and carefully started burning it to emulate the look of the Hendrix guitar. It was like a family barbeque! We had a group of people around to cook it in just the right places."