NAMM 2022: Ernie Ball Music Man overhauls its John Petrucci range with a wealth of new finishes

Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci model
(Image credit: Ernie Ball Music Man)

NAMM 2022: It’s already been a busy NAMM season for Ernie Ball. Not only has the company debuted its Heat Treated HT pickup technology, it’s also unveiled the Tosin Abasi-designed Kaizen electric guitar.

Now, in an effort to maintain the strong momentum, Ernie Ball Music Man has announced a comprehensive aesthetic overhaul for its John Petrucci range of signature guitars.

Both of the Dream Theater virtuoso’s Majesty and JP15 ranges have been treated to a wealth of new colorways, which join the ever-growing suite of stunning finishes that the range already has on tap.

In the Majesty department, Trooch’s six-, seven- and eight-string models are available in four new finishes: Emerald Sky, Sanguine Red, Wisteria Blossom and Okelani blue.

Notably, it marks the first time the Majety 8 has been treated to a new aesthetic, after it was unveiled last year in a sole Mystic Dream finish.

The Maple Top Majesty has also been decked out with a duo of decadent new finishes – Spice Melange and Crystal Amethyst – which each arrive with a slew of model-specific appointments.

While the Spice Melange iteration flashes a spalted maple top, roasted maple neck and three-piece neck construction comprising Honduran mahogany and roasted flame maple, the Crystal Amethyst model utilizes a full flame maple top with alder back and sides.

All new-look Majesty models remain true to the instrument’s blueprint, meaning they come equipped with DiMarzio Dreamcatcher and Rainmaker humbuckers, along with a piezo bridge pickup.

As for the JP15 range, a Tiger Eye Burst is now available in flame or quilted maple, and is joined by the equally eye-catching Purple Nebula, which is paired with a maple top. 

Both guitars are offered with a roasted maple fingerboard and lightweight okoume body, and feature a pickup combo comprising DiMarzio Dreamcatcher and Rainmaker humbuckers – a configuration that replaces the old JP15’s DiMarzio Illuminators.

Other specs include Schaller locking tuners and 24 stainless steel frets. The JP15s will be available in both six and seven-string iterations.

To find out more, visit Ernie Ball Music Man.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.