For the Love of God Universe

Discuss Steve's guitars, set-up and equipment here. This forum is not for discussing general guitar topics.
Post Reply
Message
Author
dc27
Member
Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:30 am

For the Love of God Universe

#1 Post by dc27 » Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:53 am

I was just watching a bunch of live videos and couldn't get over how awesome that UV looks and sounds! But I cant find anything on it! Where did it come from and why is it all messed up? And why is it called For the Love of God? did he record using that or something? :P

User avatar
R1FSR
Member
Member
Posts: 1850
Joined: Fri May 14, 2004 3:45 am
Location: north west UK
Contact:

Re: For the Love of God Universe

#2 Post by R1FSR » Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:34 am

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."

Image

Blake Dunford
Member
Member
Posts: 45
Joined: Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:53 pm

Re: For the Love of God Universe

#3 Post by Blake Dunford » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:18 am

Such a gorgeous guitar

User avatar
R1FSR
Member
Member
Posts: 1850
Joined: Fri May 14, 2004 3:45 am
Location: north west UK
Contact:

Re: For the Love of God Universe

#4 Post by R1FSR » Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:56 pm

A photo i took at the sound check in Holland earlier this year
.....it now has a mirrored pick guard on it



Image

do NOT use without permission thanks

Post Reply