Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled 20th anniversary editions of John Petrucci's signature JP and Majesty guitars.
The 20th Anniversary Majesty and JP guitars both feature Honduran mahogany bodies, mahogany necks (bolt-on for the JP, neck-through on the Majesty) ebony fingerboards with gold acrylic JP/shield inlays, black and gold hardware, and laser-etched anniversary tremolo backplates.
Each of the limited-edition guitars also comes with an autographed certificate of authenticity.
“I can't believe it was 20 years ago that I first started talking to everybody at Ernie Ball Music Man,” Petrucci said in an interview with the company (which you can check out above). “I do remember really clearly what was going on at that time. I just had all these, sort of, design ideas and things that I wanted to do.
“At the time, a dear friend of mine, Mark Snyder – who was my guitar tech had [said]: ‘If you want to play the greatest guitar ever, you've got to play a Music Man.'
“I can’t even express how proud I am of the success of my line of guitars with Ernie Ball Music Man, it blows my mind,” Petrucci continued. “I think the coolest thing about it is that we did it on our own terms. That commitment – from the first conversation I had with Sterling about creating guitars, that came from an authentic place.”
The Ernie Ball Music Man 20th Anniversary Majesty retails – in six- and seven-string editions – for $3,899 and $4,099, respectively, while the 20th Anniversary JP – also available in six- and seven-string incarnations – rings up at $3,799 and $3,999, respectively.
For more info on the guitars, stop by music-man.com.
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