The Music Man John Petrucci Majesty Electric Guitar in Glacial Frost is a result of the fruitful collaboration between the enigmatic guitarist and one of the finest guitar manufacturers on the planet. As both a composer and guitarist, John Petrucci has pushed the boundaries of guitar playing, both as a solo artist and as part of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. The limits of his abilities know no bounds, and as such, he needed a model that would allow his prodigious abilities to soar. The new Music Man John Petrucci Majesty electric guitar, plays host to an array of technological advancements that takes his signature range to a whole new level, truly befitting of the legendary guitarist whose name it proudly bears.
To satisfy Petrucci's playing needs, the Majesty's design is to balance power, grace, and beauty on a grand scale. Not only that, but it had to look sleek, modern and stylish. Therefore, the team at Music Man set about utilising a range of construction methods and techniques in building this particular model.
In a first for any of Petrucci's signature models, the neck has been fitted via a neck-thru design using a single-piece of Honduran mahogany. This creates a much slimmer profile without a cumbersome heel, and optimises tone transfer and sustain. The neck is married to the ergonomically shaped basswood body, creating a dream-like playing feel that all guitarists will immediately fall in love with. Weighing in at a mere 3.06kg, the Majesty is a delightfully lightweight and svelte beauty that is a dream to perform with. The deep double-cutaway where the neck meets the body, allows your fretting hand to move effortlessly to the highest frets.
Married to the neck is a sumptuous ebony fingerboard, which bears the unique JP Majesty position inlays to guide your way in style. In order to improve intonation and tuning integrity, the headstock has been angled to make the strings conform to the carefully shaped nut slots. Schaller M6-IND locking tuners with black pearl buttons guarantee that once you lock into the tuning you desire, it stays that way until you decide otherwise.
Fitted directly to the neck are the DiMarzio Illuminators humbuckers, as well as the Piezo bridge pickup - itself attached to the Custom John Petrucci Music Man Piezo floating tremolo bridge. The technological creativity is undoubtedly matched by the tonal versatility on offer.
Access to controls is of the utmost importance and in order to make everything easy to reach, the volume and tone pots are laid out in an arc, so that they are easily reached without being accidentally knocked whilst performing. At your fingertips is a control for the onboard Custom Music Man active preamp. The volume switch acts as a push/push control to deliver a 20dB gain boost for searing solos. The passive tone switch also has a push/push control option for custom 2 pickup configurations in the middle position.
Not only that but there is a 3-way toggle pickup selector switch and a 3-way toggle Piezo/magnetic selector, and a momentary mono/stereo output knob with regard to the Piezo volume. The options at your disposal are quite astounding, and the only thing holding you back here is your own imagination.
Custom JP Tremolo
As previously stated, the bridge is a Custom John Petrucci Music Man Piezo floating tremolo, which is made from plated hardened steel in a black pearl with stainless steel saddles. This is the perfect partner for performing some serious fretboard gymnastics with, and you can almost guarantee that you'll wear out long before this resilient piece of kit.
The futuristic looking body top is actually made using maple that has been laser-etched, sanded and then stained to make it look like carbon-fibre. The body and back of the neck have then received a subtle matte coating with the Glacial Frost artwork to give the Majesty an eye-catching finish.
Whether you’re new to the guitar or a seasoned pro, the Majesty is one of the finest instruments your fingers could ever wish to run themselves over. You don’t have to be a Prog enthusiast to appreciate the graceful way in which this guitar responds. You don’t have to be a hard rock/metal/fusion player to appreciate the tonal versatility on offer either. It is clear to see that John Petrucci has designed this model to be a guitarist’s guitar; to create a model that allows everyone to play to the very best of their ability, without the guitar holding them back.
Manufacturer Music Man Model John Petrucci Majesty Electric Guitar Body Material Basswood with maple top and mahogany through neck Neck Material Honduran Mahogany Scale Length 25 1/2-inches Fingerboard Material Ebony No. of Frets 24 Position Inlays Custom JP Majesty Inlays Bridge Custom John Petrucci Music Man Piezo floating tremolo, made of black pearl plated, hardened steel with stainless steel saddles Pickup Configuration HH Pickups Neck/Bridge: DiMarzio Illuminators Electronic Shielding Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminium control cover Controls Custom Music Man active preamp; push/push volume for gain boost, 500kohm push/push passive tone for custom 2 pickup configurations - .022µF tone capacitor Switching 3-way toggle pickup selector, with custom centre position configuration Active/Passive Passive Tuners Schaller M6-IND Locking with Black Pearl buttons Finish Glacial Frost
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