Up for sale, a 2020 Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature JP6 Piezo in like-new condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original molded hardshell case and hangtags. The original collaborative design between Ernie Ball Music Man and the Dream Theater guitarist, this finely-crafted instrument features a vast array of available tones, plenty of tonal sculpting options, active electronics, and stereo functionality, loaded with DiMarzio humbuckers and piezo elements in the bridge saddles.
Tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. The humbuckers are two of John Petrucci’s signature DiMarzios; the bridge pickup is a Crunch Lab, featuring a half blade/half hex pole piece design that delivers a big, tight sound that’s neither muddy nor thin and, as the name would imply, takes gain notably well. The neck pickup is a Liquifire, offering exceptional articulation and a flowing, singing solo tone when used with a heavily overdriven amp. The piezo pickup can be blended into the signal or singled out, offering smooth, natural percussive-sounding tones, and there are adjustable trim pots on the back for Piezo Treble, Bass, and Piezo/Mag Mix. This guitar weighs 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The select maple neck has a fast-feeling, slender D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .720” deep at the 1st fret and .815” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 15” radius, with shield inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the compensated nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the Schaller M6-IND locking tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All of the electronic function as intended, with the active electronics powered by a 9V battery easily accessed on the back of the body. Controls include a three-way mag/piezo selector switch on the bass-side horn, a three-way humbucker selector switch, Mag Volume, Mag Tone, and Piezo Volume knobs. The stereo outputs enable the piezo and the humbuckers to be run out independently or in tandem.The matte black custom floating tremolo actuates smoothly and bounces quickly back to pitch from shimmering warbles and deeper expressions, with a brass block, and the knobs have ridged grips for easy swells and on-the-fly adjustments.
The gloss Mystic Dream finish is arguably the quintessential JP finish; it has a color-shifting effect with dense metal flake, varying between rich purple, greenish-blue, and vibrant copper depending on the viewing angle. There's barely a scratch on the body, and the smooth satin finish on the neck profile is similarly pristine, achieved by hand-rubbing a gunstock oil/wax blend into the maple.
The original Music Man-branded molded hardshell case is included, along with the factory hangtags and ephemera.