Ernie Ball Music Man JP16 John Petrucci Electric Guitar (SN:G78279)

SKU: MG78279XX-P

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You are looking at an Ernie Ball Music Man JP16 John Petrucci Electric Guitar, serial number G78279. This is the actual guitar you will receive should you decide to purchase. (6 lbs, 13.3 oz.)

A rare opportunity for JP fans, this particular JP16, serial number G78279, comes complete with a back plate that has been personally signed by John Petrucci himself.

The ultimate mixture of the original John Petrucci signature model and later Ball Family Reserve models, the JP16 celebrates nearly two decades of collaboration between the legendary Dream Theater axe man and Ernie Ball Music Man.

Dressed in a sleek Black Lava finish, the JP16 sports a lightweight basswood body featuring the original scooped forearm contour to provide you with exceptional comfort throughout your entire set. Carved from beautiful roasted figured maple and finished in a smooth gunstock oil & hand-rubbed special wax blend, the neck is shaped into a super-thin, ultra-fast profile that'll satisfy even the pickiest of shredders. Crafted to JP's preferred specs, the neck is capped is a smokey ebony fingerboard that features a 17" radius along with 24 medium jumbo stainless steel frets. The ebony 'board showcases custom JP16 inlays including a JP16 logo at the first fret.

The Ernie Ball Music JP16 has plenty of scorch and sizzle thanks to a pair of DiMarzio Sonic Ecstasy humbuckers. Offering more power, depth, and warmth, these pickups were specifically designed to John's exacting specs, emphasizing an increased response in the mid and low frequencies. The custom Music Man active preamp provides you with an array of tonal options, featuring a 3-way pickup toggle with a custom center position configuration, a push/push passive tone control for custom 2 pickup configurations, and a push/push volume control with onboard gain boost (up to +20dB) for when you need that extra sonic punch to push your leads and solos over the edge. Unlike any JP model before, the JP16 comes equipped with a smooth-playing Floyd Rose 1000 Pro Floating locking tremolo system to deliver those insane vibratos and filthy divebombs. A locking nut and a set of Schaller M6LA tuners complete the package. Includes hardshell case.

Get your Ernie Ball Music Man JP16 John Petrucci Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

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  • Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case


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Amazing non-muddy dark tone, and clear highs, a true Metal G


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  • Fast neck, dark tone, easy access to high notes


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Comments about Ernie Ball Music Man Jp16 John Petrucci Electric Guitar (Sn:G78279):

Im a 15+ years guitar player. Ive played a Custom LP for the last 11 years which have 490R pickups, hot and high output. the JP16 gives that same growl and then some. the mahogany wood plate in the center of the body which holds the pickups really resonate the strings correctly. its the least muddiest distorted sound I've heard. the dimarzio pickups work with this guitar perfectly. if you scoop out the mids on your pedal/amp you will get very sweet tone on the higher octaves. the floyd rose trem system is the key to not only playablity but tone as well. make sure you have the floating trem system set up properly. if you are buying this guitar for playing metal, which is what i bot it for, you will want the bridge lowered and straightened to a point where the strings buzz across the neck but does not come out thru the amp. that level of low-ness and the tone of the guitar changes from "more of an esp tone" to "more of a gibson tone" but less muddy. i mean less muddy is priceless if you ask me. it ll get you playing without mistakes in no time because the muddiness covers up mistakes, this guitar does not. trem stays in tune after the strings have stretched out properly so don't worry when you have to re-tune the guitar from the head for a week. after the new strings are stretched out, i guarantee you this thing stays in tune no matter how hard you jam on the whammy bar. seriously. you can select pickups and boost tone by i think +20dbs by pushing the volume and tone knobs. very nifty and handy to be exact bkz it eliminates the need for a clean boost pedal if you are using one. the roasted maple neck is not only slippery than I've ever seen it, but also thin and fast, very very easy playing riffs as well as high notes ease of reach is great. the pickup selector is very nicely placed right next to approx where your pinky would be thus faster to switch back n forth compared to if it was above the strings. When both pickups are selected suddenly turns into an acoustic.

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Number Of Frets 24
Scale Length 25-1/2"
Nut Width 1-11/16"
Fingerboard Radius 17"
Body Style JP
Neck Type Bolt On
Neck Wood Select Figured Roasted Maple
Fingerboard Smokey Ebony
Body Wood Basswood
Pickup Configuration H-H
Bridge Pickup DiMarzio Sonic Ecstasy
Neck Pickup DiMarzio Sonic Ecstasy
Bridge Type Floyd Rose® Black 1000 Series Pro Locking Floating Tremolo with Fine Tuners in Black Finish
Tuning Machines Schaller M6LA in Black Finish with Black Buttons
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Weight 6 lbs, 13.3 oz.
Series John Petrucci
Model JP16

Ernie Ball Music Man JP16 John Petrucci Control Function Diagram

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Ernie Ball, Inc. (hereafter “EB”) warrants for one (1) year from date of purchase by the initial retail purchaser that this product shall be free from defects in material and workmanship. Any material or workmanship determined defective by EB within the one (1) year term shall be repaired or replaced without charge for parts and labor provided the unit is returned, transportation costs prepaid, to Ernie Ball, Inc., 151 Suburban Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or to such other service facility authorized by EB. EB will pay shipping costs to return the unit to its owner.

This warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse, neglect, unauthorized or improperly performed repairs or alterations, and/or wear and tear occasioned by use of the product, and does not include any expense for inconvenience or loss of use while the product is being repaired or replaced.

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EB expressly disclaims any liability for consequential damages arising from the sale, use, or inability to use the product. Any warranty implied by law, including any warranty of merchantability or fitness, is expressly limited to the one (1) year warranty term. The foregoing statements of warranty are exclusive and in lieu of all other remedies.

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