10 years aready, 10 years since EBMM first collaborated with Mr. Petrucci to create his signature model, boy, it's like he old saying, time flies!
Mr. Petrucci asked Sterling Ball to post this on the EBMM forum:
Wow! I can't believe I'm celebrating 10 years with Music Man already!
I'm so excited to introduce the JPX this year. It's the next incarnation in the gradual progression of my signature guitar.
One of the amazing things about working with Sterling and the boys over
at Music Man is having the freedom to be able to introduce changes to
my instrument that coincide with the evolution of my musical style and
Being able to interpret and realize my requests is certainly a talent possessed by all at MM.
It's definitely an ongoing process. In fact, we never actually intended
on making the JPX, it sort of happened accidentally. After playing the
25th anniversary model, I wondered what my guitar would sound like if
it too were chambered and how it would feel if the body were also a bit
bigger. Same goes with the 5 way switch. Then, I've often wondered what
the BFR would look like
if it were made to look more symmetrical with the horns of equal
leanness and the hips without the offset. I immediately fell in love
with Drew's drawings. Also, well over a year ago when Dudley and I
spoke about a stealth version of my original JP
model with all black hardware and pick ups, once again I was
salivating. The larger frets were basically a result of me always
wondering how they would feel on this model. The ebony fretboard and
opaque finish came from playing the Dargie. Although I absolutely
cherish all of my beautiful and unique transparent maple burst BFRs, I
was sent an awesome black sparkle that looked amazing under the stage
lights. Finally I asked for a little purple in the sparkle and the
barolo color was born. So the guitar naturally evolved based partly on
curiosity and experimentation, and partially on the implementation of
new and successful ideas and technological advancements. It wasn't
until Sterling and I were reminiscing about our 10 year mark and him
saying, "You know what? Let's make this latest version your tenth
anniversary model" that the JPX was born!
So that's the story. I absolutely love the way the JPX came out. It
looks lean, mean and ready for battle, it sounds tremendous and plays
like a dream.
I've said it before, but I consider myself blessed to be working with
such a brilliant group of individuals at the best guitar company on the
Can't wait 'till you have a chance to try it and hope you'll enjoy it as much as I am.
Click on the JPX link below to see some pics and get the specs from the Music Man website: