New York, NY: On Thursday September 15th, 2016, Sam Ash Music Stores, in collaboration with Ernie Ball Music Man, had the honor of hosting guitar legend John Petrucci at our flagship New York City location on 34th street, which is located just steps away from the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. John came down for an intimate presentation to discuss his various Ernie Ball Music Man Signature guitars and to unveil his brand new JP signature display, which now has a permanent home in the store’s high-end guitar room.

Figure 1: Lucky fans lining up to meet John Petrucci

After taking in the brand new display and talking guitar with some of the Sam Ash staff, John Petrucci hit the stage Thursday evening in front of over 150 eager fans. John discussed his longstanding relationship with Ernie Ball Music Man that dates back to 1999. Standing in front of all his Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitars including the JP6, JPX, Majesty, and recently released JP16, fans got an insider view on the collaborative process between John Petrucci and Ernie Ball Music Man that helped inspire these amazing instruments. John also shared memories with Sammy Ash, Chief Operating Officer of Sam Ash Music, about his early experiences as a young musician shopping at one of the original Sam Ash stores in Huntington, New York.

Fig2_JPFigure 2: John Petrucci with Sammy Ash (Sam Ash COO) checking out some of JP’s signature models

After the incredible presentation, fans got a chance to listen to their hero play as he demoed each guitar and discussed the features that made each one special. To close the event, John was nice enough to hang out by his brand new Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci signature display to talk to his fans and sign autographs. The looks on peoples’ faces after meeting John Petrucci told the true story of the event.

Fig3_JPFigure 3: View from the crowd at the Sam Ash John Petrucci NYC Event

Don’t forget to check out Sam Ash and Ernie Ball Music Man on Facebook for updates on Sam Ash events and John Petrucci signature models. Also, if you are in the Southern California area, don’t miss your chance to catch John Petrucci and special guest Sterling Ball (CEO/Chief Designer at Ernie Ball Music Man) at Sam Ash Hollywood on Thursday September 22nd to unveil yet another John Petrucci signature guitar display. Click here for more information on this event.

Fig4_JPFigure 4: John Petrucci and his fans in front of the new JP Signature Guitar display